Shirley Ho, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Cosmology X Data Science, CCA (Beginning Fall 2018), Flatiron Institute

Shirley Ho will join CCA in fall 2018 as leader of the Cosmology X Data Science group. Her research interests have ranged from fundamental cosmological measurements to exoplanet statistics to using machine learning to estimate how much dark matter is in the universe.

Ho has broad expertise in theory, observation and data mining. Her goal is to understand the universe’s beginning, evolution and ultimate fate.

On the data side, Ho currently co-chairs a number of working groups in astronomical surveys and is active in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Euclid, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.

Ho earned her Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University and her bachelor’s degrees in computer science and physics from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Chamberlain fellow and a Seaborg fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before joining Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. She is a and a senior scientist at Berkeley Lab.

Since 2011, she has been a primary mentor to more than 15 postdoctoral fellows, six graduate students and 14 undergraduates in the fields of astrophysics, computer science and statistics. She plans to continue mentoring future generations of astrophysicists and data scientists at CCA and Carnegie Mellon.

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