Hi, I’m Patrick Bos, astrophysicist and, since 2014, eScience engineer.
I am currently finishing my research at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands, where I study the large scale structures of the universe and cosmology in general. My approach combines theoretical and computational efforts with the occasional observation.
Specifically, I currently study the interplay of the cosmic web – the intricate pattern of filaments and sheets that surround huge empty regions (voids), and which fills the entire universe like a foam – with the heaviest objects in the universe, galaxy clusters, that reside at the knots connecting filaments and sheets. I’m also working on ways to shed more light on the nature of dark energy – one of the greatest mysteries in physics at the moment – e.g. by probing the shapes of voids.
My day to day tasks include developing and applying methods for data reduction and analytics, statistical (mostly Bayesian) inference, visualization and teaching.
In my new job at the Netherlands eScience Center in Amsterdam I continue this line of analytical work. However, the field of applications at the NLeSC is broader than just astronomy. My current projects are in the digital humanities. Read more about them at my NLeSC page.