2010 Annual Science Report
University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting | SEP 2009 – AUG 2010
AIRFrame Technical Infrastructure and Visualization Software Evaluation
The Astrobiology Integrative Research Framework (AIRFrame) analyzes published and unpublished documents to identify and visualize implicit relationships between astrobiology’s diverse constituent fields. The main goal of the AIRFrame project is to allow researchers and the public to discover and navigate across related information from different disciplines.
During the reporting period, Astrobiology Integrative Research Framework (AIRFrame) researchers harvested over two thousand publications in astrobiology from journal article databases and meeting documents, processed them through the Textpresso open source text analysis software, migrated to our own server and created a working Web prototype. Based on this initial work, we have begun testing machine learning methods and visualization software on our growing dataset. We published and presented three scholarly papers related to AIRFrame and have submitted two others currently in review. We supported one PhD student in computer science throughout the year, involved two graduate students in AIRFrame via a summer independent study project, and one undergraduate student through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the University of Hawaii.
PROJECT INVESTIGATORS:Rich Gazan
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 1.1
Formation and evolution of habitable planets.
Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets.
Outer Solar System exploration
Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts
Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules
Origins of energy transduction
Origins of cellularity and protobiological systems
Earth's early biosphere.
Production of complex life.
Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere
Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms
Co-evolution of microbial communities
Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments
Effects of environmental changes on microbial ecosystems
Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth
Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials
Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems