2010 Annual Science Report

University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

AIRFrame Technical Infrastructure and Visualization Software Evaluation

Project Summary

The Astrobiology Integrative Research Framework (AIRFrame) analyzes published and unpublished documents to identify and visualize implicit relationships between astrobiology’s diverse constituent fields.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.

4 Institutions
3 Teams
3 Publications
0 Field Sites
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Project Progress

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
    Co-Investigator
  • RELATED OBJECTIVES:
    Objective 1.1
    Formation and evolution of habitable planets.

    Objective 1.2
    Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets.

    Objective 2.1
    Mars exploration.

    Objective 2.2
    Outer Solar System exploration

    Objective 3.1
    Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts

    Objective 3.2
    Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules

    Objective 3.3
    Origins of energy transduction

    Objective 3.4
    Origins of cellularity and protobiological systems

    Objective 4.1
    Earth's early biosphere.

    Objective 4.2
    Production of complex life.

    Objective 4.3
    Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere

    Objective 5.1
    Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms

    Objective 5.2
    Co-evolution of microbial communities

    Objective 5.3
    Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments

    Objective 6.1
    Effects of environmental changes on microbial ecosystems

    Objective 6.2
    Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth

    Objective 7.1
    Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials

    Objective 7.2
    Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems