Planetary Science Directorate


Upcoming SwRI Boulder Colloquia

Colloquia are normally on Tuesdays at 11:00 am in the 4th-floor conference room, except as indicated below in bold text.
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For questions or suggestions for speakers, please contact the SwRI colloquium organizers:
Hannah Kaplan, 720-208-7208 or kaplan(at)
Derek Lamb, 720-208-7207 or derek(at)
Katie Primm, 720-240-0124 or kprimm(at)
Raluca Rufu, 303-226-0879 or raluca(at)
Julien Salmon, 720-208-7203 or julien(at)
Kelsi Singer, 303-226-5910 or ksinger(at)

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Tue Nov 20, 201811:00 am Saverio Cambioni University of Arizona Application of machine learning to planetary science
Abstract: Machine Learning (ML) is a subfield of data analysis that lies at the cornerstone between statistical methods and computer science, as well as at the core of artificial intelligence. State-of-the-art ML techniques allow for several advantages: they can streamline the generation of data sets to most efficiently explore regions of interest in a large parameter space; and they can perform accurate mappings of initial conditions and end states, with associated probabilities, taking into account a high-dimensional parameter space. I will discuss the potentialities of coupling ML to planetary science by reporting on our current work on giant impact studies (Cambioni et al., 2018, EPSC) and characterization of thermal properties of asteroids (Cambioni et al., submitted). Giant impacts heavily influenced the final configuration and geochemistry of the terrestrial planets; we use ML to explore a rich dataset of giant impact simulations in a supervised fashion. This new methodology produces mappings of giant impact outcomes in an N-Dimensional (N-D) parameter space, e.g., mass of target, target-projectile mass ratio, impact velocity and impact angle. For asteroids, we developed a new approach which uses ML to train, validate, and test a neural network representation of the thermophysical behavior of the atmosphereless body. We applied the method to ground-based infrared observations of asteroid (25143) Itokawa and simulated infrared remote sensing of asteroid (101955) Bennu. We successfully retrieved surface roughness, thermal inertia of the regolith and rock component, and relative rock abundance. We foresee the application of the proposed methodology to support the forthcoming selection of the sampling site for future missions, such as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and JAXA’s Hayabusa 2.
Wed Dec 5, 201811:00 am Sarah Hörst Johns Hopkins University Bystander Intervention Training
Tue Feb 19, 201911:00 am Hold for Possible Speaker