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 USA's NRAO Forges Agreement with new Astronomy Institute that includes UWC

USA's NRAO Forges Agreement with new Astronomy Institute that includes UWC


 

Launch of IDIA, September 2015. IDIA Director, Prof Russ Taylor (UCT and UWC) is to the right of DST Minister Naledi Pandor.​

 

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the USA and the Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) in South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on algorithm and software development in support of forthcoming surveys on the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and MeerKAT.

Pilot observations with the VLA are underway and Early Science with MeerKAT is scheduled to begin later this year, with full operations in late 2017. These surveys will be pathfinders for the scientific direction and technical challenges of even larger surveys with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the future.

IDIA is a new South African Rrsearch  institute established as a collaboration of three research-intensive universities engaged in MeerKAT large survey programs and SKA pathfinder projects: University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, and North-West University. A primary goal of the IDIA is to develop capacity for data processing and build data science solutions for processing and analysis of the large data sets from MeerKAT.​

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