Steward Observatory, Astronomy Department

Vivian Miranda

Educational Background:
    Ph.D. University of Chicago 2015, Postdoc Fellow University of Pennsylvania 2018
Bio:
Vivian Miranda joined Steward Observatory on September 1, 2018, to work with Prof. Elisabeth Krause. Vivian's research is focused on probing inflation, the epoch of reionization and dark energy with the Cosmic Microwave Background. She has done her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under the guidance of Prof. Wayne Hu. Vivian is also keen on understanding how extensions of the LCDM model can be constrained via the combination of the CMB with low redshift probes. As a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, she has developed research on how to test fundamental assumptions about the standard model using model-independent techniques. At the University of Arizona, Vivian intends to dedicate her time to the Dark Energy Survey (DES), in particular, to cluster cosmology and weak lensing. Vivian's work stands on the bridge between theory and data, and she is open to radically new ideas, as long as it can be falsified by either the CMB or the DES/LSST/WFIRST surveys. In 2019, Vivian was awarded the Leona Woods Distinguished Postdoctoral Lectureship Award.
Area(s) of Interest:
  • Machine Learning
  • Image Analysis