Tara Murphy is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. Her research is interdisciplinary, investigating the application of novel computer science and software engineering techniques to data-intensive astronomy research.
Tara is leading the VAST project: An ASKAP Survey for Variables and Slow Transients. This project is investigating astronomical objects that vary on rapid timescales. These objects act as a laboratory for studying extreme physics. VAST will allow us to answer questions about the formation of black holes, the missing mass in our Galaxy, and the origin of many exotic objects that burst and flicker in the distant universe. Tara is also working on transients surveys with the Murchison Widefield Array, a low frequency SKA pathfinder.
In 2013 Tara co-founded a start-up company Grok Learning that teachers high school students (and teachers) to code.
Associate professor, University of Sydney
Senior lecturer, University of Sydney
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Sydney
The University of Edinburgh, PhD (Astrophysics)
The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours)
Grants and Contracts
The radio transient sky in real time
ARC Future Fellow
Extreme Events: Mining the Radio Sky for Gamma-ray Bursts with Intelligent Algorithms
ARC Discovery Project
New Dimensions in Radio Astronomy: Mining Sparse Datasets with the Australian SKA Pathfinder
ARC Super Science
Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
Galactic Astronomy (020104)
Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)
Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)