April 9, 2018, Mountain View, CA – In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, the SETI Institute today announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew P.V. Siemion, Astrophysicist and Director of the U.C. Berkeley SETI Research Center, to the Bernard M. Oliver Chair of SETI Research at the SETI Institute. Dr. Siemion is one of the most active and respected authorities on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, leveraging both radio and optical astronomy technologies.
The role of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair at the SETI Institute is to provide leadership and vision for its SETI programs, including SETI research at the Allen Telescope Array (ATA). The Oliver Chair is responsible for establishing search priorities and methodologies, including optical SETI and the utilization of AI and machine learning tools for advanced data analytics. The Chair also represents the SETI Institute in the scientific and engineering communities and has the responsibility to advance the SETI Institute’s prominence in SETI endeavors.