Dr Cormac R. Purcell

Technologist, Data Scientist and Astronomer.

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I am program director for Trillium Technologies in Australia and New Zealand, working on interdisciplinary projects involving artificial intelligence, space technologies and scientific data. I hold honarary positions at Macquarie University and Sydney University, where I previously worked as a professional astronomer, using radio telescopes to investigate the interstellar medium in the Milky Way.

I am passionate about building strong links between academia and industry, and between diverse scientific fields. I believe in doing impactful science in a faster, more agile way. With these goals in mind, I founded the X-Sensing Conference in 2019 and I am leading the Bushfires Data Quest 2020.

Can AI, primed with data from multiple satellites and local sensor networks, detect bushfires earlier, predict fire behaviour and help emergency services respond more effectively to protect homes, people and valuable natural capital?

The Bushfire Data Quest is a one-week interdisciplinary research sprint run in partnership with Frontier Development Lab and supported by government, academia and industry. Click on the banner image to find out more.

The 'cross-sensing' conference taught machine learning & modern e-research techniques, and bootstraped cross-disciplinary projects via an expert-supported hackathon. Click on the logo to go to the conference website.

Shark and Drone

Applying machine learning to identify shark species using drones. In collaboration with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Surf Life Saving.
[More Information]

M600 Drone

One-day workshop on using drones and satellite data, hosted by Macquarie University in 2019.
[Workshop Website]


The Friendly Virtual Radio Interferometer is Python software designed to simulate astronomical observations by arrays of linked radio antennas.

QU-fitting plot

RM-tools is a suite of scripts to analyse Faraday rotation in polarised radio-continuum data. Written in Python, it is available on GitHub.

IR & radio images.

CORNISH is a 5 GHz radio-continuum survey of the Galactic Plane. Observations on the VLA were tailored to find ionised bubbles around young stars.

NH3 in the Galaxy

The H2O southern Galactic Plane Survey imaged dense molecular clouds in 3D by detecting water and ammonia.

Parallax screenshot

The AstroParallax web page hosts a simple interactive animation that demonstrates astronomical parallax.
[Link] [GitHub]

Star-formation cartoon

Cartoon showing the observed phases in the birth and early evolution of a high-mass star.
[png] [Tarball: svg/pdf/eps]

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