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Target Proeftuin at the 2nd Information Universe Conference 2018
When:03 July 2018

The Information Universe conference brought eighty scientists from eighteen different countries around the world together in the center of Groningen to spend four days in the "DOT", a planetarium with a dome-shaped 3D screen of thirty meters in diameter.

Target Sponsors EUROVIS Conference
When:08 June 2016

EuroVis 2016, hosted by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (6-10 June 2016) is the 18th annual visualization gathering organized by the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization and supported by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (IEEE VGTC). EuroVis has been a Eurographics and IEEE co-supported international visualization symposium held in Europe annually since 1999. EuroVis has been a conference since 2012.

Euclid Netherlands Science Data Centre awarded NWO-Groot funding
When:10 February 2016

Euclid is the next cosmology mission of the European Space Agency, ESA. It will study the dark energy and dark matter. The NWO-Groot funding of 1.985.000 euro will be used to establish a Dutch Science Data Centre with which astronomers in the Netherlands can access the data from this satellite, and participate in the scientific analysis.

Astronomers shine new light on invisible dark matter
When:09 July 2015

An international team of astronomers, using data processed within the Target expertise center at the University of Groningen, announced today a series of new findings from a major dark matter survey. These are the first results from the Kilo-Degree Survey which uses ESO's VST telescope in Chile and they include as yet the most accurate measurements of dark matter distribution in groups of galaxies.

A bit closer to understanding the history of our Universe
When:11 May 2015

Not a single seat was left empty at the Infoversum during this year's Target fulldome lecture show, part of the EU Kijkdagen

Astronomers use MUSE to see into the deep Universe like never before
When:26 February 2015

The MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. MUSE looked at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours but the observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties of far more galaxies than ever before as well as faint objects that remained invisible to Hubble. Target at the RUG and other EU partners provide the data management system that enables scientific discoveries with MUSE.

Scientists use LOFAR data to produce a record sharp radio image of galaxy M 82
When:11 February 2015

An international team of astronomers led from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has used the giant radio telescope LOFAR to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths. The galaxy M 82 was observed simultaneously with LOFAR stations in five countries. After the observations, the data was accessed via the LOFAR LOFAR Long-term archive (LTA), managed jointly by Target and ASTRON. The image produced from the data shows the glowing centre of the galaxy Messier 82 and many bright remnants of supernova explosions.

Spectacular inauguration of the Infoversum
When:19 June 2014

June 17th marked the opening of the digital 3D fulldome theater Infoversum in the vibrant city of Groningen. The first theater of its kind in the Netherlands, the Infoversum was inaugurated by the King's commissioner Max van den Berg and the mayor of Groningen Ruud Vreeman.

Big Data gets Big attention at the EU Kijkdagen 2014
When:12 May 2014

Target hosted one of its most successful public outreach events this Saturday at the Donald Smits Center for Information Technology.

Target steps up operations at the NL Euclid Science Data Center
When:17 February 2014

Six years from now, a satellite will be launched to carry out the Euclid mission. Target leads the national effort in solving one of the most challenging aspect of the project – the development of a massive distributed system for storage and processing of the Euclid data.

NWO Grants for Target Partners and Collaborators
When:14 February 2014

The Target supported Monk system for handwritten text recognition will continue to expand its capabilities after it received a 100,000 euros grant from the NWO as part of a collaboration between institutes from Europe and the USA which was granted a total of 400,000 euros. Meanwhile, prof. Leon Koopmans from the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute received the prestigious VICI grant of 1.5 million euros to support his work on dark matter using strong lensing data from the KiDS survey. The latter was produced by the Target partner, OmegaCEN.

The MUSE instrument on the VLT telescope captures its first-light image
When:14 February 2014

After more than a decade of hard work the MUSE instrument mounted on the VLT telescope in Chile captured its first light image. The instrument is a combined imager and spectrographer which will deliver high-resolution data in both image and wavelength space. These data will be used by astronomers around the world to resolve more of the mysteries of galaxy formation and super-massive black holes. Target is involved in the development of the information system that will handle the MUSE data.

The E-ELT at the end of the road
When:13 December 2013

At the beginning of December, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) made a step forward towards the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) which will become the largest optical/near infrared telescope in the world. Astronomers will open their biggest eye towards the skies at the beginning of the coming decade.

Target and the eScience Center to tackle Big Data visualization
When:22 April 2013

Target and the eScience Center are launching in collaboration a new project that will focus on developing novel visualization tools for Big Data. Residing at the cross-border between the fields of large-scale information systems, data visualization and visual analytics, the project aims at facilitating the process of human exploration and discovery by integrating different visualization techniques into the automated data handling processes.

Astro-WISE system and its applications featured in a special topical issue of Experimental Astronomy
When:19 April 2013

This January, the bi-monthly Springer journal Experimental Astronomy published a topical issue on the Astro-WISE information system, developed and maintained by the OmegaCEN group, one of the main partners in the Target project.

NASA officially joins the Euclid space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA)
When:04 February 2013

The big family of scientists and institutions that comprise the Euclid consortium will grow a bit bigger after NASA, the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency decided to join the ambitious project that aims at solving important mysteries about the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

New Euclid satellite Science Data Center at RUG receives major funding
When:20 December 2012

A collaboration between the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), Space Research Organization Netherlands (SRON), the Leiden Observatory, Target, RUG’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) and OmegaCEN/Kapteyn Institute from the RUG have decided to found a new space research data-handling center at the University of Groningen. The Science Data Center will support the Euclid mission, recently selected by ESA.

ESO celebrates the inauguration of the VST telescope
When:07 December 2012

The European Southern Observatory celebrated the inauguration of the VLT Survey Telescope, known shortly as the VST by releasing a stunning image of the Carina Nebula captured by the telescope.

Groningen researchers receive two awards at the 13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition
When:23 October 2012

Prof. Lambert Schomaker, the father of the Target-supported Monk system won the Dr. Ching Yee Suen Special Award and the IAPR Best Paper award at this year's international conference on handwriting recognition.

LifeLines project welcomed its 100 000 participant
When:19 October 2012

Lifelines hit a milestone by welcoming its 100 000 participant into the program. The project had become the largest medical research project in the Netherlands and the large volumes of data to be collected from the participants in the course of 30 years is expected to provide new insights into aging processes. Target is an important partner in the LifeLines project collaborating with researchers and technical staff from the UMCG in the development of secure database system that can handle the expected volumes of data in a flexible and scalable manner.

A great success for Target and the Infoversum in this year’s Noorderzon festival
When:27 August 2012
The Qu3 booth dedicated to science and technology exhibitions at the Noorderzon festival in Groningen was a great success this year, visited by more than 6000 people. Target, the Kapteyn Institute, ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) and the Infoversum jointly set up a highly interactive exhibition that stirred the imagination and tickled the senses of visitors of all ages.
Dark Universe Mission blueprint complete (c) ESA
When:20 June 2012

The European Space Agency announced today that Euclid, one of its M-class mission that aims to create a 3D map of the dark energy and matter in the Universe, has stepped into a full construction phase after the approval of ESA's Scientific Program Committee.

Presidents explore the night sky with the OmegaCAM camera on the VST telescope
When:19 June 2012
OmegaCAM camera, which is mounted on the VST telescope located in Paranal, Chile allowed the presidents of Chile and Mexico to observe some of the magnificent stars and galaxies invisible to the naked eye. Both presidents took some time during the fourth summit of the Pacific Alliance, which was held in ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama desert.
NWO grant for the KiDS astronomical survey project
When:18 June 2012
Dutch astronomers from the University of Leiden and University of Groningen were awarded a 770 000 euro grant as part of the NWO-M funding line to produce a reliable and easily accessible scientific database of sky images and source catalogs for the Kilo-Degree public survey ( KiDS). The state of the art Target infrastructure, and the data management expertise of Target’s leading founder, OmegaCEN, will play an important role in the development of KiDS survey archive. The KiDS data will be delivered to the mission archive of the Euclid satellite as part of the Dutch contribution to this large scientific endeavor.
Green light for the world's largest optical telescope
When:14 June 2012

The council of the European Southern Observatory approved a program set out to build what would be the world’s largest optical/infrared telescope -the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

The Infoversum: knowledge temple and information dome
When:27 April 2012

For many people data is an abstract idea projected as endless streams of ones and zeros. And this is where data visualization needs to step in and help data speak to the public. But where, and how? The answer is the Infoversum - a 3D dome theater that will host captivating scientific, business, art and educational productions aimed at disseminating knowledge in the most intuitive for us way - visually. The architectural plans for the Infoversum have been finalized and after a year of construction the dome theater will rise in the center of Groningen.

IBM Faculty Award for Target member Prof. Lambert Schomaker
When:06 December 2011
Prof. Lambert Schomaker - director of Artificial Intelligence Research at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen received an IBM Faculty award 2011 at an official ceremony on November 29th this year. The award is a recognition for his work and contribution to the development of a distinctive IT system that enables quick and efficient searching through handwritten documents and archives. The system, called Monk is one of Target's challenging projects.