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Artificial Intelligence and astrophysics

  1. Feb 19, 2016 #1

    My Astrophysics teacher has offered us to do an extra credit writing assignment, whose topic we can choose. I'd like to do something on the relation of astrophysics and artificial intelligence, but I don't know what to pick. I'd appreciate if you could suggest some topics I could talk about: an interesting technique or a relevant paper.

    I've studied some CS on my own, so I would love to code a simpler version of an algorithm; do you know of something that an undergraduate could understand (even if not completely) and replicate (in a simplified way)?

    Thank you for your time.
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  3. Feb 19, 2016 #2


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    Can you think of any AI related topics in the SETI field? :smile:
  4. Feb 19, 2016 #3


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    This might help http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2523, Evolutionary Computation in Astronomy and Astrophysics: A Review.
  5. Feb 25, 2016 #4
    We are still a very long way from developing true artificial intelligence. However, we have already developed numerous expert systems which could be applicable. The further away from Earth we explore the more we are going to rely on those expert systems to be able to make decisions on their own because the communication times with Earth will make it impractical for us to make those decisions on Earth. The Spacecraft Health Inference Engine (SHINE) expert system currently in use by NASA/JPL is a good example.

    The C Language Integrated Production System (CLIPS) is another NASA/Johnson Space Center expert system that was developed in 1985. The Wikipedia article includes a code snippet from CLIPS.

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