S. George Djorgovski is a Professor of Astronomy and a Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech, and the Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophsics, the first professional scientific organization based in virtual worlds. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1985, was a Harvard Junior Fellow, and joined the Caltech faculty in 1987. Among his honors, he was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Presidential Young Investigator and, having authored or coauthored several hundred scientific publications; he was among the Institute for Scientific Information’s 1000 most cited physicists. George is one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory framework and the emerging field of AstroInformatics, and he chaired the U.S. National Virtual Observatory Scientific Definition Team. Among his many current interests are development of methodologies for a computationally enabled, data-intensive science for the 21st century, and exploration of observable parameter spaces with digital sky surveys.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
On January 14, 2011, Caltech hosted TEDxCaltech, an exciting one-day event to honor Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, Caltech physics professor, iconoclast, visionary, and all-around “curious character.” Visit TEDxCaltech.com for more details.