SETI Institute Partners with Machine Learning Company, SkyTree

About the Center for SETI Research

SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is an exploratory science that seeks evidence of life in the universe by looking for some signature of its technology. Our current understanding of life’s origin on Earth suggests that given a suitable environment and sufficient time, life will develop on other planets. Whether evolution will give rise to intelligent, technological civilizations is open to speculation. However, such a civilization could be detected across interstellar distances, and may actually offer our best opportunity for discovering extraterrestrial life in the near future. more

Gerry Harp, Director of SETI Research
Trained as a quantum mechanic, Gerry was lured to the SETI Institute by the intriguing possibilities of using the multiple antennas of the Allen Telescope Array to generate images of the sky with thousands of beams smaller than any single antenna could produce. Since his arrival in 2000, he has undertaken many studies on beam formation including the Array’s ability to produce “negative” beams – useful for cancelling out, or “rejecting”, signals from such man-made noise makers as telecommunications satellites. Working with the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) team, this capability is now built-in to the Institute's search system.

Jon Richards, Senior Software Engineer 
Jon works on the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) software and hardware control systems. This involves maintaining and improving the software that operates the 42 - 6 meter receiving dishes, maintaining and developing electronic controls, and developing/improving the software that analyzes the received data for signals.