Research Interests and Goals

My principal research interests center on using computers, computer software, and new computer algorithms to perform astronomical research and advance the work of other astronomers at UW. Examples of my own research in this area include the creation of high precision astrometric software to produce mean light curves from space-based pulsar photometry with sub-microsecond precision, the use of new wavelet compression theory to develop and test a viable method of transmitting astronomical images over inexpensive but slow data links while maintaining a very high effective bandwidth, and a new state-machine approach to the traditional problem of producing and reducing astronomical coordinates for the purposes of pointing a telescope.

Examples of work in support of UW astronomy include:

Short- and long-term goals include research into autonomous determination of attitude in rockets and spacecraft for guidance and control and real-time compression of image data suitable for bandwidth conservation in space-based applications.