SNAD-IV workshop will take place in Briançon, France. Briançon is Europe’s highest town in the heart of Ecrins National Park and at the foot of one of France’s largest ski resorts, Serre Chevalier. The main topic of the workshop is the anomaly detection problem in astrophysics.

Important: do not forget to take your hat, sunglasses, and suncream because the ultraviolet in the mountains is especially harmful.

Briançon, France


Maria Pruzhinskaya


Researcher of Sternberg Astronomical Institute (Moscow). The main scientific interests are supernovae of all types. However, Type Ia supernovae seems to be the favorite one. As a post-doc, Maria spent two years in Clermont-Ferrand, that's why she can easily distinguish 6 semaines Saint-Nectaire from 8 semaines. Homepage:

Matwey Kornilov


If you are using Linux, then you already came across Matwey's code. You can learn more about Matwey by looking at his GitHub account.

Konstantin Malanchev


Python lover. Konstantin works as a researcher at Sternberg Astronomical Institute and as an associate professor at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He defended his PhD on Non-stationary processes in astrophysical accretion discs under the supervision of Prof. N.I. Shakura. Now he is dreaming to study different machine learning methods in astrophysics. Konstantin's GitHub.

Emille Ishida


Brazilian physicist, working in Astronomy and discovering Statistics. Emille's research is focused in Type Ia Supernovae (photometric classification, characterization and cosmological application), machine learning, Bayesian modeling and the connections between them. She is a leader of the Cosmostatistics Initiative (COIN). Homepage:

Patrick Aleo

PhD student

PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patrick has worked on machine learning-informed cinematic astrophysical data visualization with NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and is now working on building an anomaly detection filter for real-time alert brokers such as ANTARES for deployment on LSST. He is interested in an interdisciplinary approach to apply machine/deep learning, visualization, and anomaly detection techniques to astronomical big data. In his free time, Patrick enjoys being a background actor in Hollywood films, and writes his own screenplays.

Alina Volnova


Alina works at Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Her main scientific interests are gamma-ray bursts and their optical counterparts. She contributes to the observations of a binary neutron star merger detected through gravitational waves by the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo detectors. Alina is an incredible musician and vocalist.

Vladimir Korolev

aeronautical scientist

Researcher of Cen­tral Aero­hyd­ro­dy­namic In­sti­tute (Zhukovsky) and a lecturer at the Department of Aeromechanics and Flight Engineering of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). The main scientific interests are aircraft dynamics, control systems, identification of aerodynamic characteristics.

Sreevarsha Sreejith


Astrophysicist from India, with the twin pet peeves of machine learning and galaxies. Sreevarsha works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique de Clermont in the LSST group. She is currently working on refining an active learning algorithm for the classification of supernovae.

Etienne Russeil


Ph.D. student of the Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (Clermont-Ferrand, France). Etienne works with the LSST working group where he mainly develops unsupervised machine learning algorithms aiming at identifying anomalous objects in large astronomical datasets.


Every day we start at 10:00 but we encourage you to come 15 minutes in advance to take a cup of coffee and prepare yourself for a hard working day. Lunch will be served at 13:00.

17/10, Sun Arrival
18/10, Mon 10:00-18:00 Work
19/10, Tue 10:00-18:00 Work
20/10, Wed 08:30-21:00 Excursion activities
21/10, Thu 10:00-18:00 Work
22/10, Fri 10:00-18:00 Work
21:00-24:00 Watching a movie
23/10, Sat 10:00-18:00 Work
24/10, Sun Departure