(Director, Berkeley Center for SETI Research)
Werthimer will discuss the possibility of life in the universe and new techniques in the search for radio, IR, and optical signals from other civilizations. Berkeley's SETI@home project analyzes data from the 300 meter Arecibo telescope using desktop computers from volunteers in 226 countries. SETI@home participants have contributed millions of years of computer time and have formed one of Earth's most powerful supercomputers. Werthimer will also discuss future telescopes and SETI experiments, as well as speculate on when Earthlings might discover other civilizations.