Universität Wien

280545 SE The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life (2024S)

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max. 10 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

March 1st: Introduction

Friday 01.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 10.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 24.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17
Friday 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 1 Astronomie Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The upcoming seminar on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) aims to examine the rigorous scientific methodologies and advanced technological tools employed in the quest to discover intelligent life beyond Earth. Scheduled to take place at the University of Vienna's astronomy department, Fridays at 13:15, this event will present the latest research findings, discuss the challenges faced in detecting signals of non-terrestrial origin, and explore the implications of potential discoveries. Attendees will gain insights into the use of telescopes, signal processing techniques, and the significance of identifying extraterrestrial technologies. The seminar will also provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue, fostering collaboration between astronomers, physicists, and other scientists, to further our understanding of the universe and our place within it.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is an academically rigorous course designed to explore the scientific methodologies, technologies, and philosophical implications of the search for intelligent life beyond Earth. For the examination and course performance, students are required to engage in a comprehensive analysis and presentation of material that includes peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings, and relevant articles from reputable news sources. This ensures a well-rounded understanding of the current state of SETI research, technological advancements in the field, and the broader societal impacts of potential discoveries. Students are expected to not only present this material in a clear and coherent manner but also to actively participate in discussions, critically evaluating the evidence and methodologies presented in their chosen sources.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The target group of this course is Master students. Depending on the number of enrolled students, exceptions can be made for bachelor students.

Examination topics

For the examination and course performance, students are required to engage in a comprehensive analysis and presentation of material that includes peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings, and relevant articles from reputable news sources. This ensures a well-rounded understanding of the current state of SETI research, technological advancements in the field, and the broader societal impacts of potential discoveries. Students are expected to not only present this material in a clear and coherent manner but also to actively participate in discussions, critically evaluating the evidence and methodologies presented in their chosen sources.

Reading list

The list of papers to be discussed will be posted on Moodle. Good starting points include:

1- The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) by Tarter, J. (2001). Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 39, 511-548. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of SETI, including the history, scientific basis, and the different search strategies employed.
https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.astro.39.1.511

2- "The Galactic Habitable Zone and the Age Distribution of Complex Life in the Milky Way" by Charles H. Lineweaver, et al. (2004) - In Science, this paper examines the distribution of potentially habitable planets in the galaxy, informing SETI strategies by highlighting regions where life is most likely to develop.
https://www.science.org/doi/abs/10.1126/science.1092322

3- "The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: Wide-bandwidth Digital Instrumentation for the CSIRO Parkes 64-m Telescope" by Price, D.C., et al. (2018) - In Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, this paper describes instrumentation upgrades for one of the world's leading telescopes in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/publications-of-the-astronomical-society-of-australia/article/breakthrough-listen-search-for-intelligent-life-widebandwidth-digital-instrumentation-for-the-csiro-parkes-64m-telescope/B7ABB2F93745A6677DD79BFAC96ACB98

4- "NASA AND THE SEARCH FOR TECHNOSIGNATURES" A Report from the NASA Technosignatures Workshop, various authors (2018) - This report summarizes the findings of a workshop convened by NASA to explore the search for technosignatures, or signs of advanced extraterrestrial technology.
https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/technosignatures2018/agenda/Technosignature-Report.pdf


Association in the course directory

VAZ; PM-Astr;

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