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Staff Profile

Dr Andrew Williams

Dr Andrew Williams Dr Andrew Williams

PhD(UWA)

Position Instrument Engineer, M&C
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Department Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Campus Technology Park
Location 610.117
Phone 08 9266 9474
Email Andrew.Williams@curtin.edu.au
Website http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-abs_connect?library&libname=Andrew%27spapers&libid=4e1e9ae5c2
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0001-9080-0105
ResearcherID www.researcherid.com/rid/K-2931-2013

Brief Summary

Andrew is working on software for the Murchison Widefield Array, a low frequency radio telescope in outback WA.

Overview

Andrew is part of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) operations team, operating and maintaining a low frequency (80-300 MHz) radio telescope 800 km North-East of Perth. His focus is the 'Monitor and Control' software which includes the user interface (web pages, scripts), schedule database, communication with the hardware and software that makes up the telescope and the data analysis pipeline, and monitoring the health and performance of the telescope. Part of his work involves software to control other instruments, including Square Kilometre Array prototypes and other research projects, either as stand-alone instruments or integrated with the MWA. Almost all of the software he works on is written in Python.

 

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Member of the Astronomy Society of Australia

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Employment History

Andrew worked as a research astronomer at Perth Observatory from 1996-2013, specialising in software for telescope and camera control, and automating observations and data reduction.

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Teaching

Andrew has been giving 1st, 3rd and honours year lectures in astronomy and astrophysics at UWA, Curtin and ECU since 1993.

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Research Interests

Andrew's PhD project was an automated search for supernovae using the Perth-Lowell 61cm telescope at Perth Observatory, which included building WA's first digital (CCD) camera and helping to automate the telescope. He was a founding member of the PLANET research group (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork), an international research group using 1-metre class telescopes around the world to follow gravitational microlensing events. He worked with PLANET on gravitational microlensing research from 1995-2013, including the discovery of around a dozen extrasolar planets. One of them (OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb) was, at the time of discovery, the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the Solar System.

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Publications

2015

Journal Articles (Research)

2014

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2013

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

Additional publication categories

2013

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beardsley, A. P., B. J. Hazelton, M. F. Morales, W. ARCUS, D. Barnes, G. BERNARDI, J. D. Bowman, F. H. Briggs, J. D. Bunton, R. J. Cappallo et al. 2013.“The EoR sensitivity of the Murchison Widefield Array.”Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 429 (1): L5-L9.
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