Meet Katie Bouman the MIT computer scientist who made the black hole

first_img Left: MIT computer scientist Katie Bouman w/stacks of hard drives of black hole image data. Right: MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton w/the code she wrote that helped put a man on the moon.(image credit @floragraham)#EHTblackhole #BlackHoleDay #BlackHole— MIT CSAIL (@MIT_CSAIL) April 10, 2019 Bouman’s face as the black hole image came up on her screen. Image: Facebook Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 12:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Katie Bouman is one of the scientists that made the #EHTBlackHole image a reality.— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) April 10, 2019 Apr 11th 2019, 12:39 PM 80 Comments Source: MIT CSAIL/Twitter By Rónán Duffy Share856 Tweet Email1 WHEN THE WORLD was getting to see the first ever image of a black hole, Katie Bouman could hardly believe that her work had led to such an incomparable achievement.What she perhaps found even more incredible was that her name trended across the United States in recognition of her efforts and those of whom she worked alongside.Yesterday’s red-letter day for astronomy was built as part of a global collaborative effort and Bouman had led the team which developed an algorithm to bring all that collaborative work together.Bouman is a former PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her work involved helping computers see through images and video.While at MIT she led a project to develop the algorithm, assisted by a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.No single telescope is powerful enough to capture a black hole so the image the world saw yesterday was assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world.The data was gathered two years ago, over four days when weather conditions in the eight worldwide locations were just right.Completing the image was an enormous undertaking, involving an international team of scientists, supercomputers and hundreds of terabytes of data in hundreds of hard drives around the world.The task of sorting through that data was enormous and the algorithm created by Bouman and her team at MIT was a crucial part of that effort.Bouman details her work in a 2017 Ted Talk titled: How to take a picture of a black hole. Source: TED/YouTubeThen yesterday, as that work was finally coming to fruition, Bouman posted to Facebook about how she felt.“Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed,” she wrote alongside an image of her face as the image came up on the screen. Meet Katie Bouman, the MIT computer scientist who made the black hole image possible Bouman has herself became an internet celebrity after yesterday’s picture. Image: Facebook Short URL Bouman’s face as the black hole image came up on her screen. Source: Twitter Moments/Twitter Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/TwitterBoumon’s image of herself has itself gone viral along with one taken 500 million trillion km away but speaking to CNN, the computer scientist said the credit was not all hers.“No one of us could’ve done it alone,” she said. “It came together because of lots of different people from many different backgrounds.” 27,986 Views last_img read more