This young scientist formulated algorithm to get first image of black hole

12:18 PM | 11 Apr, 2019
This young scientist formulated algorithm to get first image of black hole

CALIFORNIA -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.

That historic first photo of a black hole was released to the public on Wednesday after years of work on an international project called Event Horizon Telescope.

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.

Bouman had only shared the algorithm details only with her colleagues until yesterday when a team of the Event Horizon Telescope unveiled the first image of a black hole.

According to the Event Horizon Telescope website, “This long-sought image provides the strongest evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes and opens a new window onto the study of black holes, their event horizons, and gravity.” In layman’s terms, this could change everything about how we think about the universe.

Three years ago MIT grad student led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole.

Bouman joined the California Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in 2019. She works on new systems for computational imaging She researches computational methods for imaging, and developed an algorithm that made possible the first visualization of a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope.

She was one of about three dozen computer scientists who used algorithms to process data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project, a worldwide collaboration of astronomers, engineers, and mathematicians.