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John Whelan

Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

585-475-5083
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John Whelan

Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Education

BA, Cornell University; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

585-475-5083

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ASTP-890
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
ASTP-790
1 - 3 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
STAT-789
1 - 3 Credits
This course provides for the presentation of subject matter of specialized value in the field of applied statistics not offered as a regular part of the program.
ASTP-891
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
STAT-753
3 Credits
The emphasis of this course is how to make valid statistical inference in situations when the typical parametric assumptions no longer hold, with an emphasis on applications. This includes certain analyses based on rank and/or ordinal data and resampling (bootstrapping) techniques. The course provides a review of hypothesis testing and confidence-interval construction. Topics based on ranks or ordinal data include: sign and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests, Mann-Whitney and Friedman tests, runs tests, chi-square tests, rank correlation, rank order tests, Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistics. Topics based on bootstrapping include: estimating bias and variability, confidence interval methods and tests of hypothesis.

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  • March 26, 2019

    Aerial view of space observatory.

    RIT researchers set to help LIGO resume hunt for ripples in space and time

    The Nobel Prize-winning project that hunts for gravitational waves— ripples in space and time—is about to begin the longest and most sensitive observational run to date. And several RIT researchers are preparing to pore over the new data to help uncover some of the universe’s biggest mysteries.

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Journal Paper
Abbott, B P, et al. "Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo." Living Reviews in Relativity 19. (2016): 1-1. Web.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 1-16. Web.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Astrophysical Implications of the Binary Black Hole Merger GW150914." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 818. (2016): 1-15. Web.
Abbott, B P, et al. "All-sky Search for Long-duration Gravitational Wave Transients with Initial LIGO." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 42005. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Search of the Orion Spur for Continuous Gravitational Waves using a Loosely Coherent Algorithm on Data from LIGO Interferometers." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 42006. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "First Low Frequency All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Wave Signals." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 42007. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "GW150914: The Advanced LIGO Detectors in the Era of First Discoveries." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 131103. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "GW150914: Implications for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Binary Black Holes." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 131102. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Tests of General Relativity with GW150914." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 221101. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Characterization of Transient Noise in Advanced LIGO Relevant to Gravitational Wave Signal GW150914." Classical and Quantum Gravity 33. (2016): 134001. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "GW150914: First Results from the Search for Binary Black Hole Coalescence with Advanced LIGO." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 122003. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Observing Gravitational-wave Transient GW150914 with Minimal Assumptions." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 122004. Web.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Properties of the Binary Black Hole Merger GW150914." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 241102. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence." Physical Review Letters 116. (2016): 241103. Print.
Abbott, B P, et al. "Search for Transient Gravitational Waves in Coincidence with Short-duration Radio Transients during 2007—2013." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 122008. Print.
Adrián-Martí­nez, S., et al. "High-energy Neutrino Follow-up Search of Gravitational Wave Event GW150914 with ANTARES and IceCube." Physical Review D 93. (2016): 122010. Print.
Mittal, Rupal, John T Whelan, and Franí§oise Combes. "Constraining Star Formation Rates in Cool-core Brightest Cluster Galaxies." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 450. (2015): 2564-2592. Print.
Whelan, John T, et al. "Model-Based Cross-Correlation Search for Gravitational Waves from Scorpius X-1." Physical Review D 91. (2015): 102005. Print.
Messenger, C., et al. "Gravitational Waves from Scorpius X-1: A Comparison of Search Methods and Prospects for Detection with Advanced Detectors." Physical Review D 92. (2015): 23006. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Searching for Stochastic Gravitational Waves Using Data from the Two Colocated LIGO Hanford Detectors." Physical Review D 91. (2015): '022003. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Narrow-band Search of Continuous Gravitational-wave Signals from Crab and Vela Pulsars in Virgo VSR4 Data." Physical Review D 91. (2015): '022004. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Advanced LIGO." Classical and Quantum Gravity 32. (2015): '074001. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Directed Search for Gravitational Waves from Scorpius X-1 with initial LIGO Data." Physical Review D 91. (2015): '062008. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Characterization of the LIGO Detectors During Their Sixth Science Run." Classical and Quantum Gravity 32. (2015): 115012. Print.
Aasi, J, et al. "Searches for Continuous Gravitational Waves from Nine Young Supernova Remnants." The Astrophysical Journal 813. (2015): 39. Print.
Privitera, Stephen, et al. "Improving the Sensitivity of a Search for Coalescing Binary Black Holes with Non-precessing Spins in Gravitational Wave Data." Physical Review D 89. (2014): 24003. Print.
Whelan, John T, et al. "New Coordinates for the Amplitude Parameter Space of Continuous Gravitational Waves." Classical and Quantum Gravity 31. (2014): 65002. Print.
Whelan, J T, et al. "Treatment of Calibration Uncertainty in Multi-baseline Cross-correlation Searches for Gravitational Waves." Journal of Physics: Conference Series 484. 1 (2014): 12027. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "First Searches for Optical Counterparts to Gravitational-wave Candidate Events." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 211. 1 (2014): 7. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Gravitational-waves From Known Pulsars: Results From the Initial Detector Era." The Astrophysical Journal 785. 2 (2014): 119. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Application of a Hough Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves on Data from the Fifth LIGO Science Run." Classical and Quantum Gravity 31. 8 (2014): 85014. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Constraints on Cosmic Strings from the LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Detectors." Physical Review Letters 112. (2014): 131101. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "The NINJA-2 Project: Detecting and Characterizing Gravitational Waveforms Modelled Using Numerical Binary Black Hole Simulations." Classical and Quantum Gravity 31. 11 (2014): 115004. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Search for Gravitational Wave Ringdowns From Perturbed Intermediate Mass Black Holes in LIGO-Virgo Data From 2005–2010." Physical Review D 89. (2014): 102006. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Search for Gravitational Radiation From Intermediate Mass Black Hole Binaries in Data From the Second LIGO-Virgo Joint Science Run." Physical Review D 89. (2014): 122003. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Methods and Results of a Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with Gamma-ray Bursts Using the GEO 600, LIGO, and Virgo Detectors." Physical Review D 89. (2014): 122004. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Search for Gravitational Waves Associated with γ-ray Bursts Detected by the Interplanetary Network." Physical Review Letters 113. (2014): 11102. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Implementation of an $\mathcal{F}$-Statistic All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves in Virgo VSR1 Data." Classical and Quantum Gravity 31. 16 (2014): 165014. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "First All-sky Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves from Unknown Sources in Binary Systems." Physical Review D 90. (2014): 62010. Print.
Aartsen, M. G., et al. "Multimessenger Search for Sources of Gravitational Waves and High-energy Neutrinos: Initial Results for LIGO-Virgo and IceCube." Physical Review D 90. (2014): 102002. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Improved Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from 2009–2010 LIGO and Virgo Data." Physical Review Letters 113. (2014): 231101. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Searching for Stochastic Gravitational Waves Using Data From the Two Colocated LIGO Hanford Detectors." Physical Review D 91. (2014): 22003. Print.
Whelan, John T. "Data Analysis: How to Find A Black Hole." LIGO Magazine. 2 (2013): 14. Web.
Aasi, J., et al. "Search for Long-lived Gravitational-wave Transients Coincident with Long Gamma-ray Bursts." Physical Review D 88. 12 (2013): 122004. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Directed Search for Continuous Gravitational Waves from the Galactic Center." Physical Review D 88. 10 (2013): 102002. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Parameter Estimation for Compact Binary Coalescence Signals with the First Generation Gravitational-wave Detector Network." Physical Review D 88. 6 (2013): 62001. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Enhanced Sensitivity of the LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector by Using Squeezed States of Light." Nature Photonics 7. 8 (2013): 613-619. Print.
Adrián-Martínez, S., et al. "A First Search for Coincident Gravitational Waves and High Energy Neutrinos Using LIGO, Virgo and ANTARES Data from 2007." Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 6 (2013): 8. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Einstein@Home All-sky Search for Periodic Gravitational Waves in LIGO S5 Data." Physical Review D 87. 4 (2013): 42001. Print.
Aasi, J., et al. "Search for Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Inspiral, Merger and Ringdown in LIGO-Virgo Data from 2009-2010." Physical Review D 87. 2 (2013): 22002. Web.
Mittal, Rupal, et al. "Herschel Observations of Extended Atomic Gas in the Core of the Perseus Cluster." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 426. 4 (2012): 2957-2977. Print.
Fairhurst, Stephen, et al. "Current Status of Gravitational-wave Observations." General Relativity and Gravitation 43. 2 (2011): 387-407. Print.
Chung, C. T. Y., et al. "Designing a Cross-correlation Search for Continuous-wave Gravitational Radiation from a Neutron Star in the Supernova Remnant SNR 1987A." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 414. 3 (2011): 2650-2663. Print.
Published Article
Abadie, J., J.T. Whelan, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration). “All-sky search for gravitational-wave bursts in the first joint LIGO-GEO-Virgo run.” Physical Review D, 81.10 (2010): 102001. Print. É *
Whelan, John T, Reinhard Prix and Deepak Khurana. “Searching for galactic white-dwarfbinaries in mock LISA data using anF-statistic template bank.” Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27.5 (2010): 055010. Print. É *
Abbott, B. P. et al. “Searches for gravitational waves from known pulsars with Science Run 5 LIGO data.” The Astrophysical Journal, 713.1 (2010): 671-685. Print. É *
Babak, Stanislav et al.“The Mock LISA Data Challenges: from Challenge 3 to Challenge 4.” Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27.8 (2010): 084009. Print. É *
Abbott, B. P. et al. “Search for gravitational-wave bursts associated with gamma-ray bursts using data from LIGO Science Run 5 and Virgo Science Run 1.” The Astrophysical Journal, 715.2 (2010): 1438-1452. Print. É *
Abadie, J. et al.“Search for gravitational-wave inspiral signals associated with short Gamma-Ray Bursts during LIGO’s fifth and Virgo’s first science run.” The Astrophysical Journal, 715.2 (2010): 1453-1461. Print. É *
Abadie, J et al.“Predictions for the rates of compact binary coalescences observable by ground-based gravitational wave detectors.” Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27.17 (2010): 173001. Print. É *
Abadie, J. et al.“Calibration of the LIGO Gravitational Wave Detectors in the Fifth Science Run.” Nuclear Instruments and Methodsin Physics Research Section A, 624.1 (2010): 223-240. Print. É *
Abadie, J. et al. “First search for gravitational waves from the youngest known neutron star.” The Astrophysical Journal, 722.2 (2010):1504-1513. Print. É  *
Abadie, J. et al. “Search for gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence in LIGO and Virgo data from S5 and VSR1.” Physical Review D, 82.5 (2010): 102001. Print