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David Armstrong

I am an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow working on exoplanet detection, characterization and populations with the TESS mission data. I develop and use automated methods of planet detection to improve planet population statistics, both in general and with a past focus on circumbinary planets. My other interests include studying the habitability of known exoplanets, time-variability in planetary phase curves, and the identification and classification of eclipsing binaries and variable stars in large-scale surveys.

One of my particular interests is in applying machine learning techniques to astrophysical problems. Recently this has included the automatic selection and validation of real candidates in transiting planet surveys, as well as creating fast detection and classification tools for eclipsing binaries and variable stars in the K2 survey. I work with the Computer Science and Statistics departments at Warwick, with the aim of applying the latest machine learning techniques to problems in the exoplanet field.

I am currently an academic co-lead of Warwick's Habitability GRP, a new initiative at Warwick aimed at promoting multi-disciplinary research in habitability, and am involved with the Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability, having been the deputy director from 2018-2020. Our current projects include analyses of galactic habitability, dynamical and biological constraints on panspermia, and the stability of DNA in non-Earth environments. I am also the postgraduate admissions coordinator for the Astronomy and Astrophysics group.

Github page here, including tools for planet candidate vetting and transit shape analysis.

Publication list here, updated June 2021.


"Habitability in the Universe", a postgraduate interdisciplinary module, runs in Spring term. This is open to postgraduate students from any department, subject to department approval. Please see the module page for more details.

Data Tables

K2 Variable Catalogue II: catalogue website at MAST and CDS

-Full Tables 4, 5, 6, 7

Temperatures for Kepler Eclipsing Binary stars available at CDS


Write to:

David Armstrong,
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

Contact details:

E-Mail: D.J.Armstrong AT