Dr. Paul Gazis

December 21, 2006

SETI Institute Principal Investigator

As space probes increase in their capacity for interplanetary reconnaissance, ironically, scientists back on Earth are faced with a tremendous problem: How can they best make use of all of the information they receive? As a graduate student, Paul Gazis first encountered rack after rack of computer tapes bearing information transmitted from the Voyager spacecraft. The successors of these probes now explore the solar system, telemetering quantities of information that make the Voyager data seem trifling in comparison. As the stream of information constantly grows, Gazis is developing strategies for sifting through the data, drawing on insights from expert systems and genetic algorithms.


- SETI Institute Explorer, Special Edition 2005