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Downing Research Group @ ASDRP

Answering Physics Problems with Data Science &  Mining

We are interested in using data mining as a tool for cryptography. Please see the below Voynich manuscript project for details.

Cryptography

Our group uses publicly-available data sets to extrapolate and understand complex data systems.

Data Mining

Much of our research centers around current questions in astronomy, space physics, and outer-space phenomena.

Astronomy

Proposal

Securing a publicly-available dataset describing current Near Earth Object [NEO] discoveries, employ data mining & machine learning to extract potential life-threatening candidates. This can be done by examining time-series image(s) of a region for changes in pixel value(s).

Goal

Acquaint interested students with astronomy and current practices used in querying existing datasets for objects of interest. It will give them an introduction to:

  • Identifying, connecting to and downloading data from external sources

  • Preparing said data for use by a machine learning system

  • Designing and implementing algorithms for the implementation of custom logic

  • Preparing a formal scientific report describing the protocols used and results achieved

Near-Earth Objects (NEO)

Proposal

Securing a publicly-available dataset describing current exoplanet discoveries, employ data mining & machine learning to extract potential life-bearing candidates. This would involve examining the external data for objects lying within the “Goldilocks” zone [that region that represents orbital parameters in which liquid water would obtain].

Goal

Acquaint interested students with astronomy and current practices used in querying existing datasets for exoplanets of interest. It will give them an introduction to:

  • Identifying, connecting to and downloading data from external sources

  • Preparing said data for use by a machine learning system

  • Designing and implementing algorithms for the implementation of custom logic

  • Preparing a formal scientific report describing the protocols used and results achieved

"Goldilocks Zone" Exoplanets

Proposal

Searching for giga-Jansky fast radio bursts from the Milky Way with a global array of low-cost radio receivers. “[I] propose searching for Galactic FRBs using a global array of low-cost radio receivers. One possibility is the ~ 1 GHz communication channel in cellular phones, through a Citizens-Science downloadable application. Participating phones would continuously listen for and record candidate FRBs and would periodically up-load information to a central data-processing website which will identify the signature of a real, globe-encompassing, FRB from an astronomical distance.”

Goal

Acquaint interested students with astronomy and current practices used in pursuing alternative methods of data collection and the Internet of Things [IoT]. It will give them an introduction to:

  • Identifying, connecting to and downloading data from external sources (i.e.: sensors)

  • Preparing said data for use by a machine learning system within an IoT environment

  • Designing and implementing algorithms for the implementation of custom logic

  • Preparing a formal scientific report describing the protocols used and results achieved

Listening for gigaJansky Fast Radio Burst Objects

Proposal

Securing a publicly-available textual version of the “Voynich Manuscript,” employ data mining & machine learning in conjunction with modern cryptographic practices to extract potential meaning from this corpus. This would involve examining the corpus for such markers as word frequencies and possible encryption mechanisms.

Goal

Acquaint interested students with encryption/decryption, and current practices used in attempting to ‘crack’ hitherto indecipherable text. It will give them an introduction to:

  • Identifying, connecting to and downloading data from external sources

  • Preparing said data for use by a machine learning system

  • Evaluating a corpus for degree of possible encryption, and possible mechanisms used

  • Designing and implementing algorithms for the implementation of custom logic

  • Preparing a formal scientific report describing the protocols used and results achieved

Voynich Manuscript
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Primary Investigator

Robert A. Downing

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RESEARCH | Summer 2019