Over the years the SETI Institute has developed extremely efficient algorithms for the near-real-time detection of narrow-band continuous and pulsed signals that may or may not be changing their frequency in time. Such signals are one example of an obviously engineered transmission that could indicate the existence of a distant technological civilization. With increased computational power it is now possible to consider broadening the search for additional classes of signals with higher dimensionality. Signals of interest are those that can be expected to propagate well through the interstellar medium and be easily detected.
We are making large quantities of data from the Allen Telescope Array available in the cloud. We are also working on creating an environment to allow you to develop and test new algorithms. The best-performing algorithms can then be optimized for real-time performance, and used on the telescope to expand the searches.
Will you volunteer to join us in this quest? If so, please sign up using the buttons on the top right of this page, and help us carry the dialog further by participating in forums. Please also feel free to email us with your ideas (our apologies in advance if we cannot respond to your mails immediately).