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Deep Learning and Its Application in Astronomy—A Webinar by the Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club of Manipal hosted a webinar by Dr Kaustubh Waghmare, a Data Scientist at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), on 31st October in NLH 303. He introduced students to the field of machine learning and deep learning, and its applications in astronomy.

The speaker first introduced himself and briefed the audience about his interests and his work. He started his webinar with the basics of machine learning, by introducing topics like gradient descent, spam detection by ML models and other machine learning applications. After this, he delved into the field of deep learning, where he discussed the perceptron, the architecture of a neural network, and how exactly a deep learning system learns. He also gave a brief introduction about Recurrent Neural Network (RNN), Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), and deep learning applications in computer vision and Natural Language Processing (NLP). After each topic, Dr Kaustubh was keen on addressing the student’s doubts and was left impressed by their questions.

Image Credits: Dr Kaustubh Waghmare on Facebook

Due to the time restriction, he had to cut short his slides on the fundamentals of deep learning, and swiftly move onto the specific applications of ML and DL in astrophysics. He emphasised the utility of deep learning in analysing billions of images to discover exoplanets and supernovas, which is a task that is impossible to complete manually. Dr Kaustubh also explained to the audience how astronomers analyse data using Deep Learning models to get stellar classifications from stellar characteristics.

The event was a success. We are very happy with the way the event proceeded and also with the turnout. We had students of MIT from 1st till 4th years, and also some students from other MAHE institutes. We’re really glad that Dr Kaustubh Waghmare was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to teach us about a subject that he’s deeply involved in,” said Radha Parikh, President of the Astronomy Club. The event was highly informative and provided an introduction for those who want to delve deeper into the fields of Machine Learning and Deep Learning and its applications in astronomy.

(Featured Image Credits: The Astronomy Club)