Astrophysicist & ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney
A/Prof. Tara Murphy is an astrophysicist working in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. She is an ARC Future Fellow and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics. Her research focuses on detecting and studying transient and highly variable astrophysical phenomena with next generation radio telescopes. She leads an international team of researchers searching for variable and transient sources with the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescopes in Western Australia. Tara is passionate about teaching and high school outreach. She has been a director of the National Computer Science School since 2004 and director of the NCSS Challenge. In 2014 Tara co-founded a start-up company, Grok Learning, to get high school students around the world excited about computational thinking. She is participating in "The Story of Light: Surveying the Cosmos".