Data Science for Frontier Astronomy, Biology, Medicine and Climate

During the last decades the Atacama desert of Chile has become a natural laboratory for the study of astronomy. Its unique conditions of extreme dryness, high altitude and low atmospheric turbulence have attracted a collection of state of the art astronomical observatories that have revolutionized the field and have made it one of the highest impact sciences in Chile. Now, a new generation or larger, deeper and wider observatories are expected to produce unprecedentedly large volumes of data which will  further transform the field and will make it a natural laboratory for the study of data science.

In order to take advantage of these opportunities, in 2009 the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) started the first CMM Pucón Symposium, an event which gathered the most prominent figures in the nascent field of astroinformatics with the intention of advancing the field with a stronger focus on data science and to create a community of researchers around these topics. Since 2009 the Pucón Symposium has been held every two years (in a total of five different versions) and has expanded to include the areas of biology and medicine, always with a focus on data science. The event has brought together people from various engineering, technical and scientific disciplines, and from different R&D organizations with an established tradition of international collaboration. We meet in a special academic and scenic environment, where current activities can be analyzed in-depth and where discussion about possible futures can occur.

To celebrate the first ten years of the Pucón Symposium we are organizing the sixth version of this meeting incorporating a new research area: climate research. In a year where the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) climate change conference is held in Chile, we recognize the importance of climate research as critical for the future of our planet. Moreover, we recognize that the monitoring, forecasting, mitigation and adaptation of our living planet in a changing climate can greatly benefit from the techniques of data science. Biology and medicine are closely linked to the previous problems, specially when the human factor is taken into account, and astronomy can be used as an example of an area moving in a more data-driven direction, but which can also benefit from the techniques and knowledge gathered in climate research.

We hope that you can accept our invitation to participate in the CMM Pucón Symposium 2019, a workshop conference focused on the advanced mathematical and computational tools as well as the engineering and technological aspects involved in frontier astronomy, biology, medicine, climate research and other massive data-driven sciences, including ultra-high speed networking, e-science/grids/high performance computing, data storage/processing/archiving, data visualization, machine learning, or streaming data in all areas.

Sponsors: TBD

Registration Fees: USD 300 (CLP 200.000)

Registration Open


Pucón Symposium 2019 Organizing Committee,
Eduardo Vera, Chair
Tel: +56 2 2978 4939 office direct
Tel: +56 2 2978 4525 office secretary (Maria Ines Rivera)
email: pucon2019 (at)