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The Center for Astrophysical Surveys facilitates collaboration between researchers and students involved in astrophysical survey science with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ (NCSA) advanced resources and services. This means researchers and students have increased accessibility to high-performance computing, software development, data processing, user experience design, standard AI execution, and consultation.

Research at CAPS focuses on increasing the understanding of cosmological phenomena and, ultimately, the universe through analyzing and processing astrophysical data collected from surveys. The center will house several surveys, such as the U.S. Department of Energy Dark Energy Survey, producing the most extensive and accurate dark matter map, and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time, beginning in 2022.

The center is a collaborative effort between NCSA, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the Department of Astronomy, and the Department of Physics at Illinois which seeks to bring cohesion and advancement to astrophysical survey science efforts across campus. Enabling collaboration between researchers, scientists, and students, CAPS adds to Illinois’ longstanding legacy of pioneering research and accelerating education and innovation.

To learn more about CAPS, email our director, Illinois Professor Joaquin Vieira.