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Yr Athro Bernard Schutz

Yr Athro Bernard Schutz



My current position as Director of the Data Innovation Research Institute allows me to expand my previous data science research, where I have been active in areas like the reproducibility of research and user interfaces and workflows. This work draws on my work in gravitational wave detection, where I have worked since the 1980s to develop techniques to aid the recognition of weak signals in large data sets.


I was born and educated in the USA, and came to Cardiff for my first academic teaching position as a lecturer in 1974.

In 1995, then a full professor, I became part time in Cardiff to take a full time position as a director of the new Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany (http://www.aei.mpg.de/).

I retired from that position in 2014 and returned to Cardiff to help set up the new Data Innovation Institute, one of Cardiff's University Research Institutes.

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  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Uppsala
  • I have been awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation and the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Glasgow University
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Fellow of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).


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My principal research over the last 40 years has been in the study of the physics and astrophysics of possible gravitational wave sources, including black holes and neutron stars; and in methods of analyzing data from gravitational wave detectors to discover and study gravitational waves.

I am the Principal Investigator responsible for data analysis for the GEO600 collaboration, which is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

I am also a member of the eLISA Science Team, which guides the development of the ESA mission to place a gravitational wave detector in space. eLISA is currently approved for launch in 2034-6.