Washington, DC—Carnegie Research Scientist Anirudh Prabhu was recognized for early career excellence in Earth and space science informatics by the European Geosciences Union.
A data and information scientist by training, Prabhu's research focuses on advancing data science by developing and applying analytics and machine learning techniques to answering some of the biggest questions in science, including: understanding the role of information in complex, evolving systems; The co-evolution of Earth’s geosphere and biosphere; biosignature detection; and identifying and characterizing planetary kinds—a new approach to studying exoplanets using data-driven methods.
Additionally, his interdisciplinary approach seeks to solve data science challenges, such as extracting robust information and meaning from small or sparse data sets and developing network science metrics and methods that can be applied to various levels of granularity in data.
The EGU selects one researcher in the Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) division to honor with the annual Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award, which was formerly called the Outstanding Young Scientists Award. The recipients are chosen by the division’s president and the chair of the organization’s Award’s Committee.
Prabhu's current research applications include the fields of mineralogy, astrobiology, paleobiology, crystallography, and planetary science. He is on the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance and has been a member of the Data Science Team on both the Deep Carbon Observatory and the 4D initiative since 2016.
“Congratulations to Anirudh on this well-deserved achievement,” said Earth and Planets Laboratory Director Michael Walter. “He is showing early leadership in an emerging field in the geoscience world. Bold, creative experts like Anirudh are driving us toward future breakthroughs and a new understanding of our planet and its place in the universe. I am eager to watch his career progress as this research area continues to develop.”