Research

About



I am currently an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of Physics and Astronomy. I received my B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 to 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at McGill University. See CV here

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Kevin Bandura
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research

My interests are in disovering the mysteries of the universe. In particular I seek to better understand Dark Energy, the name given to the driver of the accelerated expansion of our universe.

This has led me to focus on building wide-field survey Radio Astronomy instruments in order to better understand our universe, such as CHIME.


CHIME

CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) is a new radio telescope being constructed at the Dominion Radio Observatory in Penticton, BC Canada. It will be the largest Canadian Radio telescope. The instrument will survey the entire sky, and measure the Neutral Hydrogen distribution on the largest scales across history to better understand how the universe evolves. It will also search the sky for radio transients, monitoring known pulsars, and searching for new transient sources, known as fast radio bursts (FRBs).

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CHIME Pathfinder
The CHIME pathfinder is a unique cylinder telescope design, currently operating at the DRAO, Canada


ICE System: ICEboard

Modern Radio Telescopes have huge digital signal processing requirements that lead to developing new custom hardware. The ICEboard was designed to enable the enormous bandwidth and computation required to make the CHIME telescope possible.

IceBoard
ICEboard
A single board which processes the signals from 16 inputs

Contact

Email:
kevin [dot] bandura [at] mail [dot] wvu [dot] edu


Address:
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AERB 237
West Virginia University
Morgantown WV, 26506

(304) 293-9686