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Kai Polsterer

Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS)
Physiker und Informatiker
Heidelberg
Kai L. Polsterer received his diploma in computer science at the Technical University of Dortmund, before he switched to physics and astronomy at the University of Bochum where he received his PhD in Physics and Astronomy in 2011. During that time he was responsible for realizing the control software for one of the main instruments (LUCI) at the world׳s largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope. Besides working on control software, he started developing and applying machine learning techniques to analyse complex and large data sets. He is involved in the efforts of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance, ensuring uniform access to astronomical data and the IEEE task-force on mining complex astronomical data. Currently he is head of the Astroinfomatics group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.