The University of St. Thomas

Ruch, Gerry

Assistant Professor

Phone: (651) 962-5207
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5207
Fax: (651) 962-5209

Mail Stop OWS 153
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1080

Office Location: OWS 160E

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D. - Astrophysics, August 2008
B.S. - Astrophysics, Computer Science, June 2002

I'm interested in exploring the boundary between computer science and the physical sciences.  In particular, how can astronomers and physicists take advantage of computer science techniques such as artificial intelligence, data mining, computer vision, and game theory.  My current research involves using artificial neural networks and principal component analysis to analyze spectra of proto-planetary disks, the likely sites of planetary formation.  These techniques help me to robustly analyze large amounts of data, discover interesting patterns in the data, and compare and contrast competing physical models.