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Behind the SingularityU Summit - Melanie Johnston-Hollitt

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This article was published on 29 November 2016

Melanie Johnston-Hollitt explains how data analysis from space can help us back on earth.

The SingularityU NZ Summit brought the world’s top speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with New Zealand's and Australia's leaders of today and tomorrow.

We spoke backstage with SingularityU Summit speaker, Melanie Johnston-Hollitt. Melanie is an internationally prominent radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science and big data. She is Director of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, Chair of the Board of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, which is tasked with building the World’s largest radio telescope.

In yet another example of disruption crossing scientific disciplines, she described how the algorithms and data analysis techniques used to look for distant objects in space can also help us find things back on earth - such as plankton in sea water or fragments of proteins.

Watch the video below.