I am a postdoctoral scholar with a dual appointment; half the time working on LSST commissioning and half of the time serving as an Associate Director for LINCC Commissioning. My previous software development experience is as a pipeline specialist for the Prime Focus Spectrograph, the flagship instrument for the Subaru telescope. My research focus is extragalactic time-domain science, stochastic models of star-formation, and galaxy-black hole evolution. My main interest is the optical variability of active galactic nuclei, where I use large datasets and advanced statistical methods to determine the connections between variability and physical parameters driving this variability.
Samuel Wyatt is a Postdoctoral Scholar for the LINCC Frameworks commissioning whose research interests are heavily tied to observational transient research and big-data in astronomy. Most of his PhD research was spent developing robotic telescope capabilities for the small telescopes (<2m) at the University of Arizona with the anticipation of automated follow-up of interesting LSST discoveries. He is also passionate about efforts in discovering gravitational wave counterparts through his work in developing the Gravitational Wave Treasure Map [treasuremap.space], which is designed to enable coordination between observatories in order to minimize unnecessary overlap in these searches and find the counterpart as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Outside of astronomy he enjoys long rides on his bicycle, and yelling into the mediocre abyss that is the Nashville Predators ice hockey team.
I completed my Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the development and application of new techniques for the discovery and characterization of the most distant bodies in our Solar System, trans-Neptunian objects, as part of the Dark Energy Survey (DES). At the University of Washington, I am expanding this research to current surveys, as well as upcoming projects such as the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).
Discovering these objects is inherently a computationally expensive task, requiring these bodies to be tracked across multiple telescope images during several years of observations, as these move against the background of stars in the night sky. My research focuses on the development of computationally efficient and effective algorithms to enable such discoveries. I am also interested in the relationship between models of formation of the Solar System and the population of trans-Neptunian bodies, and I am carrying studies of photometric colors as well as comparisons of theoretical populations to observed data.
Born in Poland, graduated with MPhys Physics in 2012 (University of Oxford), obtained a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2019 (University of Washington). Pursuing research in Astrophysics, specializing in the analysis of time series data, using the variability information to classify and characterize quasars and variable stars. Since 2020 working within the Active Optics System group as a commissioning postdoc for the Rubin Observatory (LSST).
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the DiRAC Institute and a UW Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the UW eScience Institute. I am a member of the Rubin Observatory Commissioning team as well as a member of two LSST Science Collaborations: the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (LSST SSSC) and the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST DESC) where I am the co-convener of the Cosmological and Survey Simulations Working Group.
My scientific interests focus on creating new tools and methods to study large, complex datasets like the LSST through simulations, machine learning and high performance computing. These interests take me across a range of astronomical topics from detecting the faintest asteroids in our Solar System to measuring the distances to far-off galaxies.