Arfon Smith

Arfon Smith
Technical Lead: Galaxy Zoo, University of Oxford

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Dr Arfon Smith is Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Technical Lead of the Zooniverse ( He leads a team of developers, educators and scientists who build citizen science projects across a range of disciplines including astrophysics and papyrology. He gained a PhD in Astrochemistry from The University of Nottingham (2006) and subsequently worked as a senior software developer in the production software group at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge (UK). In 2008 he joined the Zooniverse team at University of Oxford and has coordinated the development of more than 20 citizen science projects and grown the Zooniverse community to more than 650,000 volunteers.


Office Hour
Location: Sponsor Pavilion (Table B)
Arfon Smith (University of Oxford)
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Data Science
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Intermediate
Arfon Smith (University of Oxford)
Web-scale citizen science such as Zooniverse ( has provided a temporary solution to the flood of data that confronts researchers of 21st century, however the solution is a short-term one. In this presentation I will outline a potential strategy for combining a large web community and significant compute resources to create a scalable, intelligent classification engine. Read more.


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