Episode 9

#9 Exploring the Cosmos with Bayes and Maggie Lieu

Have you always wondered what dark matter is? Can we even see it — let alone measure it? And what would discover it imply for our understanding of the Universe?

In this episode, we’ll take look at the cosmos with Maggie Lieu. She’ll tell us what research in astrophysics is made of, what model she worked on at the European Space Agency, and how Bayesian the world of space science is.

Maggie Lieu did her PhD in the Astronomy & Space Department of the University of Birmingham. She’s now a Research Fellow of Machine Learning & Cosmology at the University of Nottingham and is working on projects in preparation for Euclid, a space-based telescope whose goal is to map the dark Universe and help us learn about the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

In a nutshell, she tries to help us better understand the entire cosmos. Even more amazing, she uses the Stan library and applies Bayesian statistical methods to decipher her astronomical data! But Maggie is not just a Bayesian astrophysicist: she also loves photography and rock-climbing!

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com/ !

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Learning Bayesian Statistics
A podcast on Bayesian inference - the methods, the projects and the people who make it possible!

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Alexandre ANDORRA

Hi! I'm your host, Alex Andorra. By day, I'm a Bayesian modeler at the PyMC Labs consultancy. By night, I don't (yet) fight crime, but I'm an open-source enthusiast and core contributor to the awesome Python packages PyMC and ArviZ.

An always-learning statistician, I love building models and studying elections and human behavior. I also love Nutella a bit too much, but I don't like talking about it – I prefer eating it.

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