A role for neural networks in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence

Taylor, Douglas, Towsey, Michael W., Finn, Gerard D., & Diederich, Joachim (1999) A role for neural networks in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. In 6th International Bioastronomy Meeting, August 2-6, 1999, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.


The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is an attempt to discover extraterrestrial intelligence by searching the microwave and optical regions of the electromagnetic spectrum for signals with a non-natural extraterrestrial signature. This is a complex, multi-dimensional problem with the probability of success dependent on the extent to which the dimensions of the search space are explored. In this paper we propose a neural network method to replace the standard signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) method used by project SERENDIP. Using simulated data we demonstrate that our method offers a modest improvement over the standard (SNR) method.

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ID Code: 7610
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: SETI, neural networks, search for extra, terrestrial intelligence
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Neural Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation (080108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Signal Processing (090609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Deposited On: 16 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:51

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