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PODCAST: What can ophthalmology learn from astrophysics?

Scientist Matthew Bailes presenting a lecture on Black Holes

Prof Bailes presented on Big Data to colleagues from Swinburne University and CERA.

‘Big Data’ is one of the latest science buzzwords, but what does it mean for health, vision and ophthalmology? And what type of collaborations could there be between astrophysicists and vision scientists?

On 21 July researchers from the Centre for Eye Research Australia and Swinburne University spent the morning discussing the importance of big data and super computing power in their research.

In a short podcast interview, Professor Matthew Bailes, an astrophysicist at the University’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and the Director of OzGrav, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, gave his thoughts about research using Big Data and possible collaboration with CERA.

“I met CERA’s Jonathan Crowston on a 120 kilometre bike ride, – I found myself riding next to him and chatting- and we realised as we chatted together, and in subsequent discussions over the years, that big data is spreading throughout science and we thought it might be good to bring our two groups together to see what synergies and strengths there might be.

“It’s fantastic to see people working on real world problems for people suffering ailments today and maybe some of our (computer) techniques can help,” said Professor Bailes.

“Physicists took a long time to understand the importance of computing in their research… you don’t have to be an expert but you need to be able to understand (its) capabilities,” he said.

Listen to the podcast interview by clicking on the orange button below.