Edwin Valentyn

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OmegaCEN
Target
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

                                                                   update 22 September 2018

Department of Astronomy University of Groningen The Netherlands

Professor in Astronomical Information Technology at the University of Groningen, since Dec 2005.

Coordinating the Target/Target Fieldlab project and leading OmegaCEN a National datacenter for wide field astronomical imaging, supported by the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy NOVA.

OmegaCEN is building and supporting advanced Survey Information Systems. At the center, ~17 staff and PhDs are involved in research and development of data basing and processing of very large data sets.


Founder of OmegaCEN (2002), Astro-WISE (2001), Target
( 2008), Target Holding bv (2009), Intrinfo (2009),  Stichting Infoversum ( 2012), Infoversum Producties bv ( 2012),
 "The Information Universe" (2008, 2015), Target Proeftuin (2017)


An interview on RTV Noord on the Euclid satellite - Feb 2014

An interview about my views on Big Data   by Fast Moving Targets in de series "De Voorste linie"   Dec 2013
short version and  full unedited version


Chairing  The Information Universe Conference
The second edition took place 3-6 July  in DOTliveplanetarium Groningen
Information Universe 2018

The first  Information Universe Conference  was held at the Infoversum Groningen- Oct 2015

The Information Universe Conference


On 13 May 2008 I gave a public lecture (oratie) at the occasion of my formal inauguration:

The Information Universe
.pdf of the lecture - booklet ISBN 978-90-367-3473-8

.ppt of the lecture

The Information
          Universe


                       my works direct at "Information as a whole"



God is an eJ

26 August 2011 Noorderzon festival Groningen, QU3,  presenting  at the  Target floor the act:   "God is an eJ"    attended by over 5600 visitors.   Watch God  is an eJ.

World premiere to public  MS's World Wide Telescope with Kinect

In 2015 my first full 3D dome production From the sun to the sun made in collaboration with Mirage3D was released (12 minutes) . It was premiered at the opening of the Infoversum and next to the  NL and Eng version is now also translated in German and shown at the Hafengeburtstage in Hamburg 2015.
It tells the story of energy in the universe, down to the gas fields in Groningen and contains the best 3D CG animation of a city.

from the sun to the sun

Postal address:

Prof. Dr Edwin A.Valentijn
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
P.O. Box 800
NL-9700 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

Telephone (work): +31 (0)50 3634011 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 (0)50 3634011      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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CV


I did my PhD at the Sterrewacht Leiden, on Radio Investigations of Clusters of Galaxies with Prof H. van der Laan as supervisor (1978), studying the intra cluster medium, cluster radio haloes and head-tail radio sources.

After that, I worked on X-ray astronomy (Einstein observatory,) and optical surface photometry, studying cooling flows, at the European Southern Observatory in Geneva and Garching, Munich (1979-1984). At ESO I was chairman of the working groups supervising the development of the MIDAS image analysis system.

In 1984 I returned to the Netherlands to help building up the new UK-NL optical observatory at La Palma (Canarias) and studied dark matter in dumbbell and cD galaxies. In 1989 I published with A. Lauberts the first large digital image survey (ESO-LV), which led to my paper on the opacities and dust content of spiral galaxies (Nature 1990).

During the 90's I worked at SRON-Groningen and ESA Villafranca- Madrid to build and commission the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) satellite's Short Wave Spectrometer, which I used to pioneer the detection of cool extragalactic molecular hydrogen- unseen matter in the universe. The detection of relatively cool molecular hydrogen in NGC 6034 and NGC 891 was the first of its kind and is still unique.

Since 1998 I work at the Kapteyn Institute for the OmegaCAM project which led to the founding of the OmegaCEN data center (2002) and the Astro-WISE information system (2001), one of the first distributed Big Data information systems. In 2005 I was appointed as bijzonder professor Astronomical Information technology at the  Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

I am leading the Target project, which started in 2009 with a 32M Euro programme - a collaborative project between public institutions (RuG, UMCG, Astron) and companies (IBM, Oracle, Target Holding)  in which very large datacollections from astronomy, medical and historical origin are handled  with similar techniques. From Target  I  initiated new enterprises  in Groningen, such as the Target Holding bv, the  NL- Science datacentre for the  Euclid satellite and the  Infoversum which is now operated by DOT.

I am  the National project manager for the Euclid satellite and in 2016 we got a 2M Euro grant from NWO-groot to build the NL National datacenter in Groningen for  Euclid.
In 2017  Target is continuing its programme  with the Target proeftuin "Mining Big data", and the tender valorisation programme "the internet of things", together a 8.3M Euro programme, with contribution from SNN and Provincie Groningen.  OmegaCEN continues to support Astro-WISE,
OmegaCAM at the VST, MUSE at the VLT and prepare for Euclid and  Micado at the ELT.

My current research focusses on  data modeling,  extreme data-lineage  and Big Data handling with the Center for  Information Technology in Groningen: the entanglement of information, both in our computer systems and in physics.

Next to research on dark energy  and dark matter I am  working on the role of information in our Universe, with the DOTliveplanetarium as  a beautiful laboratory.



Assignments

current:

past:

Lectures

The founding fathers of Astro-WISE

The GANG of Astro-WISE - the founding farthers of the Astro-WISE architecture in the days the system was perceived- Nice April 2001.

Picture by Emmanual Bertin, from left to right: Drs Danny Boxhoorn, Dr Kor Begeman, Dr Edwin A. Valentijn, Dr Roeland Rengelink and Dr Erik Deul.

The GANG of AstroWISE

Press releases/ in the press

Galaxies get up close and personal

The ESO-LV project

The first large digital imaging project with 32000 images scanned in the '80s

Publications

Up-to-date overviews are available at:

Presentations

Some  Recent Keynotes/Invited talks
In the period June 2014- June 2015 I gave 40 presentations in the Infoversum, mostly about big data

Current

In 2011 we delivered  our wide field imaging camera to ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile
see VST and 268 Mpix OmegaCAM start work
Here one of our first pictures, reduced at OmegaCEN with Astro-WISE of  M17- Omega Nebula

M17

OmegaCEnstaf2017

                                                                  OmegaCEN staff 2017

Currently we handle the data of  our Guaranteed time observations and the KiDS1500 Square degree survey.
In 2017  Target is continuing its programme  with the Target proeftuin "Mining Big data", and the tender valorisation programme "the internet of things", together a 8.3M Euro programme, with contributions from SNN and Provincie Groningen. 
OmegaCEN continues to support Astro-WISE, OmegaCAM at theVST,  MUSE at the VLT and prepares for the Euclid satellite and  Micado at the ELT.

My current research focusses on  data modeling,  extreme data-lineage  and Big Data handling with the Center for  Information Technology in Groningen: the entanglement of information, both in our computer systems and in physics.

Next to research on dark energy  and dark matter I am  working on the role of information in our Universe, with the DOTliveplanetarium as  a beautiful laboratory.



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Sailing

I owned, sailed and maintained an oak- wooden French sailing cutter (Dundee) for 25 years. Steven Gerritsen is now essentially re-building her see Orion. Like the fantastic "Theater te Water" on the ship the "Verwondering" the "Vrijhaven" of Groningen made me (amoungst other things) move to Groningen in the 80's.

Orion

Orion

I enjoyed very much Prof Blaauw sails back home from Vlieland on board of Rudolf Le Poole's skutsje.

In memoriam Adriaan Blaauw 1914-2010

My favourite picture of amazing Adriaan on this memorable trip.

Prof Blaauw



In Auguste evey year I guide on the sail charter SENTA Waddenzeilen to view the Perseides in the dark on the Wadden




The DOTliveplanetarium


The greatest show on earth- Foto Teymoor Saifollahi

The greatest show on earth  21 November 2017 
photo by Teymoor Saifollani

I  build a fantastic dome theater downtown in Groningen.
On 31 March 2014 the building  was delivered to the Infoversum Foundation and the theater officially opened on 17 June 2014.

Footing of Founder-2014

 
After a wonderful  year with over 80.000 visitors the city of Groningen withdraw from the enterprise and it closed down in December 2015.
The venue is now operated by DOT and in October 2017  the RUG started a new programme DOTliveplanetarium
coordinated by Prof R. Peletier, Drs H. Wind and myself. 

Infoversum


DOTliveplanetarium