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Dr Hugh Dickinson

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Preservation and Visualization of African Indigenous Knowledge for Resilient Food Systems
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Oct 202029 Oct 2021STFC Science & Technology Facilities Council;Brunel University London

Our study aims at exploring the potential of the STFC’s data science and citizen science expertise to develop an interactive, digital, open infrastructure that pulls together African indigenousagriculture and food systems data from multiple sources, making it accessible and reusable for policy, research and practice in modern food production efforts.African Indigenous Knowledge (AIK) refers to tacit knowledge held in different languages, cultures and skills that drive food production, preservation and consumption for more than 80% of citizens in Africa. The documentation and dissemination of AIK remain a big challenge confronting librarians and other information professionals in Africa, and there is a risk of losing AIK. There is also a clear disconnect between the AIK and scientific knowledge and modern efforts for sustainable food production. Combining citizens’ participation and STFC’s expertise, this project will identify and pilot documentation of the first interactive AIK platform along with standards for nicethically collecting, preserving and sharing the knowledge.


Galaxy Zoo: Clump Scout: Surveying the Local Universe for Giant Star-forming Clumps (2022-05)
Adams, Dominic; Mehta, Vihang; Dickinson, Hugh; Scarlata, Claudia; Fortson, Lucy; Kruk, Sandor; Simmons, Brooke and Lintott, Chris
The Astrophysical Journal, 931(1)

A SuperWASP Light Curve Displaying a Single Long-duration Transit: A Jupiter Size Exoplanet in a Very Distant Orbit? (2022)
Norton, Andrew; Dickinson, Hugh; McMaster, Adam; Middleton, Matthew and West, Richard
Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 6, Article 84(4)

Detecting gravitational lenses using machine learning: exploring interpretability and sensitivity to rare lensing configurations (2022)
Wilde, Joshua; Serjeant, Stephen; Bromley, Jane M.; Dickinson, Hugh; Koopmans, Leon and Metcalf, R. Benton
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ((Accepted Manuscript Online))

Practical galaxy morphology tools from deep supervised representation learning (2022)
Walmsley, Mike; Scaife, Anna M M; Lintott, Chris; Lochner, Michelle; Etsebeth, Verlon; Géron, Tobias; Dickinson, Hugh; Fortson, Lucy; Kruk, Sandor; Masters, Karen L; Mantha, Kameswara Bharadwaj and Simmons, Brooke D
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ((Accepted Manuscript Online))

Identification of Single Spectral Lines in Large Spectroscopic Surveys Using UMLAUT: an Unsupervised Machine-learning Algorithm Based on Unbiased Topology (2021-12)
Baronchelli, I.; Scarlata, C. M.; Rodríguez-Muñoz, L.; Bonato, M.; Morselli, L.; Vaccari, M.; Carraro, R.; Barrufet, L.; Henry, A.; Mehta, V.; Rodighiero, G.; Baruffolo, A.; Bagley, M.; Battisti, A.; Colbert, J.; Dai, Y. S.; De Pascale, M.; Dickinson, H.; Malkan, M.; Mancini, C.; Rafelski, M. and Teplitz, H. I.
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 257, Article 67(2)

Predicting the self-lensing population in optical surveys (2021-10-01)
Wiktorowicz, Grzegorz; Middleton, Matthew; Khan, Norman; Ingram, Adam; Gandhi, Poshak and Dickinson, Hugh
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507(1) (pp. 374-384)

Super-resolving Herschel imaging: a proof of concept using Deep Neural Networks (2021-10)
Lauritsen, Lynge; Dickinson, Hugh; Bromley, Jane; Serjeant, Stephen; Lim, Chen-Fatt; Gao, Zhen-Kai and Wang, Wei-Hao
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507(1) (pp. 1546-1556)

VeSPA: The SuperWASP Variable Star Photometry Archive (2021-10)
Mcmaster, Adam; Norton, Andrew J.; Dickinson, Hugh J.; Thiemann, Heidi B. and Kolb, Ulrich C.
Research Notes of the AAS, 5(10) (p 228)

An Old Stellar Population or Diffuse Nebular Continuum Emission Discovered in Green Pea Galaxies (2021-05-10)
Clarke, Leonardo; Scarlata, Claudia; Mehta, Vihang; Keel, William C.; Cardamone, Carolin; Hayes, Matthew; Adams, Nico; Dickinson, Hugh; Fortson, Lucy; Kruk, Sandor; Lintott, Chris and Simmons, Brooke
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 912, Article L22(2)

Investigating Clumpy Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Stripe 82 Using the Galaxy Zoo (2021-05)
Mehta, Vihang; Scarlata, Claudia; Fortson, Lucy; Dickinson, Hugh; Adams, Dominic; Chevallard, Jacopo; Charlot, Stéphane; Beck, Melanie; Kruk, Sandor and Simmons, Brooke
The Astrophysical Journal, 912, Article 49(1)

SuperWASP Variable Stars: Classifying Light Curves Using Citizen Science (2021-03)
Thiemann, Heidi B.; Norton, Andrew J.; Dickinson, Hugh J.; McMaster, Adam and Kolb, Ulrich C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 502(1) (pp. 1299-1311)

VeSPA: The SuperWASP Variable Star Photometry Archive (2021-06)
McMaster, Adam; Norton, Andrew; Dickinson, Hugh; Thiemann, Adelheid and Kolb, Ulrich
The Open University