Dr Cormac R. Purcell

Technologist, Data Scientist and Astronomer.

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I am a researcher working on interdisciplinary projects involving artificial intelligence, computer vision and scientific data. I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University and hold an honarary position at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, Sydney University. My background is in using radio telescopes to investigate the interstellar medium, with a focus on magnetism and star-formation in the Milky Way.

I am passionate about building strong links between diverse scientific fields, and between academia and industry. 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.

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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.

Drone & Satellite Workshop

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University hosted a 1-day workshop on using drones and satellite data for research. The meeting was held on September 20th 2019 and showcased research conducted using drones and satellites.
[Meeting web page].


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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Dept. of Physics and Astronomy,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Macquarie University, NSW 2109.