Planetary Defense wins the Best Project Award, Gold Medal, Excellence in Astronomy and other awards at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2022

Arushi Nath. Grade 7. Toronto. This year the 60th annual Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) was hosted virtually in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from May 13 -19, 2022. Over 350 finalists from all parts of Canada participated in the prestigious national-level science fair. My project “Strengthening Planetary Defense: Detecting Unknown Asteroids using Open Data, Math, and...

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Silence of Global Oceans? Underwater Acoustics Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown @ AGU 2021 Conference

Artash Nath, Grade 10 Student, Toronto It is wonderful to back at the AGU 2021 conference with my latest research. Last year I presented my research: “The Silence of Canadian Cities: The Seismology Impact of the Covid19 Lockdown” at the Social Seismology S004-01 session: The Effect of COVID-19 Lockdown Measures on Global Seismic Noise and it was an amazing experience. This year, AGU 2021 is being held from 13 – 17 December 2021 at New…

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Image Compression for CubeSats using Discrete Cosine and Discrete Wavelet Transformations @ University of Toronto Aerospace Team

Artash Nath In September 2020,  I came across the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) while searching for communities centered around rocketry and aerospace. UTAT is an award-winning interdisciplinary team based at the University of Toronto that designs and builds drones, rockets, and satellites. It does so by bringing together passionate students from across Canada who like solving engineering and science challenges. One of UTAT’s divisions, Space Systems was hosting several recruitment workshops that month…

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Gold Medalist @ Canada Wide Science Fair 2021

Artash Nath I am pleased that my year-long project: The Silence of Canadian Cities: Seismic Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns won the Gold Medal at the 2021 Canada Wide Science Fair organized by the Youth Science Canada. It also won the Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award for the best project in Math, Database and Statistical analysis. It was a long journey – one I started in May 2020 during pandemic lockdowns. COVID-19 lockdowns meant physical doors…

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Do It Yourself Asteroid Astrometry Using Python

On 3 February 2021, Arushi and Artash, members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada gave a presentation on the research they had been carrying out on Asteroid Apophis at the online meeting of the Recreational Astronomy Night. The closure of doors to physical schools due to COVID-19 lockdowns meant more time trapped at home. But it opened up windows to observe the night skies and carry out observations. While observing the night skies from…

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Aiming for Asteroid Apophis @2021 IAA Planetary Defense Conference

Arushi Nath and Artash Nath The 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (26 – 30 April 2021) is hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in cooperation with the European Space Agency. The biennial conference brings together world experts to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object. We are happy to present our paper: “Aiming for Apophis: How…

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Artificial Intelligence and Biases: the Role of Curiosity (WIAD 2021)

Artash Nath, Grade 9 Student, Toronto. 27 February is the World Information Architecture Day. World Information Architecture Day (WIAD) celebrates information architecture and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from students to practitioners, globally and locally. This year WIAD events were organized in 42 locations. Toronto was one of them where it was organized by the students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. There was a diverse…

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MonitorMyLockdown.com: Monitor Reduction in Human Movements in 9 Canadian Cites due to COVID-19 Lockdown using Seismic Data

Artash Nath, Grade 9 Student, Toronto, Canada “Monitor My Lockdown” project keeps policymakers, health workers, and citizens updated about the effectiveness of COVID-19 lockdowns in reducing human movements. It does so by analyzing near-real time anthropogenic seismic vibrations across Canadian cities using data from the Canadian National Seismograph Network. The project website and the web app are now live at www.MonitorMyLockdown.com Since 11 March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic,…

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Oral Presentation @ AGU2020: The Silence of Canadian Cities: The Seismology Impact of the Covid19 Lockdown

Artash Nath On 7 December 2020, I gave an oral presentation about my research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The AGU Fall Meeting 2020 being held online from December 1 – 17 is one of the world’s largest virtual scientific conferences. It is attended by over 25,000 delegates each year. My oral presentation was on “The Silence of Canadian Cities: The Seismology Impact of the Covid19 Lockdown“. It was selected…

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Taking Bias in Machine Learning to Space @ Space Science in Context Conference

The Space Science in Context 2020 is a virtual conference bringing space and science and technology studies (STS) scholars together for an interactive event on 14 May 2020. The conference will have three sessions–Decolonizing Space; Computing, Technology and Space; and Space for Society and will bring together 12 speakers and 30 poster presenters at different times in a video-chat hybrid format. Artash Nath will be presenting his poster “Will Machine Learning Algorithms Take their Bias…

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