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News: Exoplanet Detection with Convolutional Neural Networks

By Simone D'Amico, August 3, 2023

For the first time, in this research, PhD student Zahra Ahmed shows the potential of Convolutional Neural Networks applied to the detection of exoplanets from a telescopic formation flying mission concept using star shades. An example of such a concept is the Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO). The initial comparison with conventional techniques is very promising and paves the way for systematic exoplanet spectral characterization using new machine learning techniques.

Congratulations Zahra, and many thanks to JPL and specifically our collaborators Rehyu Hu and Mario Damiano for all the help!

  • Ahmed, Z., D'Amico, S., Hu, R., Damiano, M.; Exoplanet Detection from Starshade Images using Convolutional Neural Networks; SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications 2023, San Diego, CA, August 21-24, 2023.


Simone D'Amico is the founding director of the Stanford Space Rendezvous Lab

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