Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Meet the woman who helped create algorithm for capturing black hole photo

Meet the woman who helped create algorithm for capturing black hole photo

She led the project alongside a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the MIT Haystack Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The project combined experts from all sorts of scientific backgrounds, ranging from physicists to mathematicians, and she saw the work through the lens of computer science, stressing the importance of running tests on synthetic data and making sure that the methods they used to make the image kept human bias out of the equation.

Bouman delivered a TED talk in 2016 called "How to take a picture of a black hole", where she explained "getting this first picture will come down to an worldwide team of scientists, an Earth-sized telescope and an algorithm that puts together the final picture".

The data from the telescopes around the world was gathered two years ago, but it took years to complete the processing of the data.

Nasa has unveiled the first-ever photo of a black hole, and we have Katie Bouman to thank for that.

"No one of us could've done it alone", she told CNN.

Once considered impossible, the image captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) shows a black central core - the event horizon - surrounded by a lopsided ring of light emitted by particles racing around the black hole at almost the speed of light.

"I think it looks very convincing", said Andrea Ghez, director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group, who wasn't part of the discovery team. And how can we come up with unique ways to merge the instrumentation and algorithms to get at measuring things that you can't measure with standard instruments.

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BRUSSELS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) post-doctoral student Katie Bouman, who isn't an astronomer, amazingly played a vital role in taking the first-ever photograph of a black hole. Light gets bent and twisted around by gravity in a weird funhouse effect as it gets sucked into the abyss along with superheated gas and dust.

Katie Bouman, a computer scientist, took the lead on creating the algorithm that made it possible to take the photo 55 million light-years away from Earth. "It has been truly an honor, and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you all".

"We all watched as the images appeared on our computers", Bouman says.

Beyond the hole exists a gravity so powerful, not even light can escape, and all known physical laws break down. And that's what we were testing.

We get this partial information. "I'm glad to be able to do that".

Bouman did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for an interview.

"No one algorithm or person made this image, it required the incredible talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this seemingly impossible feat", said Bouman.

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