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Keivan Stassun

Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Computer Science
Director, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Computer Science

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

I am interested novel data visualization methods for extending human capabilities in exploring large and complex datasets. I am especially interested in data visualization approaches that leverage our emerging understanding of autistic visual thinking. Members of my neurodiverse research team have commercialized data visualization systems that have been licensed by NASA for exoplanet discovery -- especially potentially habitable planets -- and that have enabled groundbreaking discoveries about the surfaces of stars and about extreme planets beyond our solar system. My team also builds small satellites in order to flight-test new kinds of detectors for applications such as asteroid mining.


Current Projects

- NASA TESS mission 

- Frist Center for Autism & Innovation 

- Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering traineeship

- Data Science Institute 

- Astro2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics