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Confirmed Invited Speakers



Assistant Professor - Durham University - UK

Astronomy Research
Her research explores how spiral galaxies -like Milky Way- form and evolve throughout cosmic history. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the internal dynamical processes occurring in galaxies and the broader cosmological context, and how these link to the dark matter problem. She uses theoretical tools, such as N-body & hydrodynamic simulations, as well as orbital structure theory, to interpret observations of the Milky Way and of nearby galaxies.



Professor at the Universidad de La Serena - Chile

Lines of investigation:

Extragalactic Astrophysics - Formation and evolution of galaxies.

Using ground-based and special telescopes, coupled with state-of-the-art simulations, she investigates stellar populations in nearby galaxies to understand their formation and evolution, determining key aspects for their growth.



Emeritus Director at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik - Germany

Research Interests:

  • Galactic structure.

  • Extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology.

  • Structure, formation and evolution of galaxies.

  • Galaxy clusters and the large-scale distribution of galaxies.

  • Nature and distribution of dark matter.

  • Numerical simulations of the formation of galaxies and larger structures.



Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching - Germany

Lines of investigation:

  • Cosmic structure formation.

  • Dark matter and dark energy.

  • Galaxy formation, feedback processes, supermassive black holes.

  •  Computational astrophysics, high-performance computing.



Extremely Large Telescope/ANDES Project Scientist (ESO) - Germany

My Research Interests
Only a minority of the normal matter can be probed by observations of starlight from galaxies. She is interested in studying the remaining 90% of the baryons traced by the intergalactic gas. Her overarching objective is to study the physical processes by which gas travels into, through, and out of galaxies. These processes may collectively be described as the cosmic baryon cycle. Such studies are essential to understand the formation of galaxies and the growth of structure in the Universe and hence impact the fields of astrophysics and cosmology.



Professor - University of Victoria: Astronomy Research Centre - Canada

Astronomy Research
Her research interests can be divided into two basic categories: quasar absorption lines and galaxy evolution as a function of environment. The underlying theme of this research is to understand galaxy evolution through cosmic time, with a particular focus on chemical enrichment of the interstellar and intergalactic media. The work is built on three pillars which span the main tools we use to study galaxy evolution: observations, simulations and machine learning.



Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching - Germany

Astronomy Research
Her work has focused on the formation and evolution of galaxies and their central super-massive black holes. Her work spans both theory and observations and has developed our understanding of how the study of galaxy populations can constrain theory.



CONICET Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy and Space Physics - Argentina

Research interests:

  • Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

  • Computer simulations.

  • Dark Matter, nature, properties and detection.

  • Effects of baryons on large scale structures.



Research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik - Germany

Research interests

  • Formation of stars and stellar feedback & winds, ionization.

  • The turbulent ISM, magnetic fields, cosmic rays.

  • Chemo-dynamical models, formation of molecular gas.

  • Dynamics of dense stellar systems, globular clusters, nuclear star clusters.

  • Formation and evolution of galaxies, galaxy dynamics, stellar populations, hot coronae.

  • Formation and growth of BH, AGN winds, X-ray emission.

  • High-performance computing and numerical techniques for hydrodynamics and stellar dynamics.



Full Professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Research interests

  • Galaxy formation and evolution in the cosmological context

  • Astrophysical constraints on the nature of dark matter

  • Galaxy-halo connection through semi-empirical modeling

  • Fossil record inferences of galaxy evolution

  • Cold gas scaling relations of galaxies

  • Dusty star forming galaxies

  • Cluster of galaxies: BCGs and ICL

  • GRBs as cosmological tools

TBC Invited Speakers

  • Carlos Frenk - Professor at the Durham University - UK

  • Robert Grand - Professor at the Liverpool John Moores University - UK

  • Volker Bromm - Professor at the University of Texas - USA

  • Silvia Bonoli - Research at the IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science - Spain

Hands-on Sessions

Lucas Bignone

CONICET Researcher at the Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio - Argentina. 


Astronomy Research

His group focuses on using numerical simulations to study the formation and evolution of galaxies. Also, Dr. Bignone is very interested in machine learning and deep learning techniques, specially applied to examining the morphologies of galaxies.At the moment, He is working on several projects implementing supervised and unsupervised deep learning methods to study the shapes of galaxies and their morphological components.

Ting-yun (Sunny) Cheng

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University - UK


Lines of investigation:

Her works focus on the applications of a variety of machine learning (ML) techniques to large astronomical datasets, including both photometric and spectroscopic datasets. Dr. Cheng studies galaxy evolution and formation via data from sky surveys as well as collecting her own data at the telescopes. Additionally, she studies neutral hydrogen clouds through quasar spectra to understand the environment of our Universe.

Machine Learning uses on Astrophysics

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