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Emille E. O. Ishida, PhD

I am a Brazilian physicist based in France and  working in Astronomy and Cosmology since I can remember.  

My research is focused on machine learning applications to astronomy and in the development of sustainable interdisciplinary scientific environments.

I am co-founder of the Cosmostatistics Initiative (COIN), 

the Fink broker and the SNAD team. 

Main scientific activities

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Fink
An adaptable LSST community broker based on machine learning
COIN
The Cosmostatistics Initiative
SNAD
SuperNova Anomaly Detection

MY LATEST RESEARCH

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The SNAD Viewer: Everything You Want to Know about Your Favorite ZTF Object

Malanchev et al., 2022

We describe the SNAD Viewer, a web portal for astronomers which presents a centralized view of individual objects from the Zwicky Transient Facility's (ZTF) data releases, including data gathered from multiple publicly available astronomical archives and data sources. Initially built to enable efficient expert feedback in the context of adaptive machine learning applications, it has evolved into a full-fledged community asset that centralizes public information and provides a multi-dimensional view of ZTF sources. For users, we provide detailed descriptions of the data sources and choices underlying the information displayed in the portal. For developers, we describe our architectural choices and their consequences such that our experience can help others engaged in similar endeavors or in adapting our publicly released code to their requirements. The infrastructure we describe here is scalable and flexible and can be personalized and used by other surveys and for other science goals. The Viewer has been instrumental in highlighting the crucial roles domain experts retain in the era of big data in astronomy. Given the arrival of the upcoming generation of large-scale surveys, we believe similar systems will be paramount in enabling the materialization of scientific potential enclosed in current terabyte and future petabyte-scale data sets. The Viewer is publicly available online at https://ztf.snad.space.

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Enabling the discovery of fast transients: A kilonova science module for the Fink broker

Biswas, Ishida et al., 2022

We describe the fast transient classification algorithm in the center of the kilonova (KN) science module currently implemented in the Fink broker and report classification results based on simulated catalogs and real data from the ZTF alert stream. We used noiseless, homogeneously sampled simulations to construct a basis of principal components (PCs). All light curves from a more realistic ZTF simulation were written as a linear combination of this basis. The corresponding coefficients were used as features in training a random forest classifier. The same method was applied to long (>30 days) and medium (<30 days) light curves. The latter aimed to simulate the data situation found within the ZTF alert stream. Classification based on long light curves achieved 73.87% precision and 82.19% recall. Medium baseline analysis resulted in 69.30% precision and 69.74% recall, thus confirming the robustness of precision results when limited to 30 days of observations. In both cases, dwarf flares and point Type Ia supernovae were the most frequent contaminants. The final trained model was integrated into the Fink broker and has been distributing fast transients, tagged as KN_candidates, to the astronomical community, especially through the GRANDMA collaboration. We showed that features specifically designed to grasp different light curve behaviors provide enough information to separate fast (KN-like) from slow (non-KN-like) evolving events. This module represents one crucial link in an intricate chain of infrastructure elements for multi-messenger astronomy which is currently being put in place by the Fink broker team in preparation for the arrival of data from the Vera Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time.