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WSI Distinguished Lecture with Professor Chris Lintott

Published: 6 May 2015
Professor Chris Lintott

The Web Science Institute hosted the fourth in its series of Distinguished Lectures at the University of Southampton on Friday 23 April 2015.

There was a opportunity recently to listen to Professor Chris Lintott of the University of Oxford give a talk entitled: Lessons from the Zooniverse: Science with a Million People

"The web has proved to be a remarkable space for collaboration, as myriads of communities have gathered with purpose to form what Tim Berners-Lee called ‘social machines’. Amongst them is the Zooniverse, the world's largest and most successful scientific crowdsourcing platform, engaging more than a million volunteers in tasks including classifying galaxies, discovering planets and mapping star formation in the Milky Way. This talk will investigate how the web can enable science on enormous scales, look at the implications for fields from disaster relief to politics and consider the future collaboration between humans and machines. It will also include at least two images of penguins."

Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world's most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC's long running Sky at Night program and the author, with Queen guitarist Brian May and Sir Patrick Moore of two books, both available in more than 13 languages including American.


WSI Distinguished Lecture

Professor Linott gave a lecture entitled: Lessons from the Zooniverse: Science with a million people

Professor Chris Lintott
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