Citizen Science

Our current set of signal-detection algorithms do a very good job of detecting a limited set of signal patterns and noise. We anticipate working with a global community of signal-detection experts to develop additional algorithms for real-time detection of different types of signals.

For signals that we can define, computers are the most-efficient search tool. However, for anamolies or signal patterns that aren't anticipated or well-defined, the human brain may well be the best pattern-detector.

We are planning to develop applications for citizen-scientists to use their eyes, ears and minds on a real-time display of data to help us detect and verify interesting artifacts. Most of these will be due to interference from our own technologies. So, the citizen scientists will also be invaluable in recognizing and ignoring those.

Previously undetected pattterns will be sent to the Allen Telescope Array for immediate follow-up. This could be what we have all been waiting for and you could be one of the discoverers.

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). No prior experience in astronomy, algorithms or software is required. All we are looking for, are enthusiastic citizen-scientists.

We are still working on specifying what this system will look like. The tentative date for starting development of this system is the second quarter of 2010. If you would to help in the specification process and development of API's and software, please let us know that too.