CS Seminar: Hunting for Exoplanets with TESS

CS Seminar: Hunting for Exoplanets with TESS


Speaker: Tansu Dalyan

Title: Hunting for Exoplanets with TESS

Date/Time: April 17, 2019  /  13.40-14.30

Place: FENS L035

Abstract: We did not have any observational evidence for planets outside our Solar system until about 30 years ago. Nowadays, however, we can study the atmospheric and structural characteristics as well as the abundance of these se so-called “exoplanets”.  These research efforts both help us understand the origins of our own planet and the Solar system and increases our hopes of finding Earth’s twin. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a new generation telescope that was launched into space for this purpose. It is expected that the data it collects will allow thousands of exoplanets close to our Solar system to be discovered.


BIO: Tansu Daylan is a postdoctoral Kavli fellow at the MIT Kavli Institute, working in astrophysics and statistics. After graduating from Robert College in 2008, he did a double major in electrical and electronics engineering and physics at METU. He then obtained a PhD in physics from Harvard University in 2018. He mainly works on various statistical methods (e.g., signal processing, neural networks, transdimensional Bayesian inference) as applied to problems in astrophysics such as cataloging, detection and characterization of dark matter and exoplanets.

Contact: Öznur Taştan