Jon Richards has been a Senior Software Engineer at the SETI Institute since 2008. He manages the SETI signal observing at the Allen Telescope Array. Prior to the SETI Institute he was involved in several software start-ups, developed home automation products in Tokyo, and oversaw various software/hardware projects over the last 25 years. He lives northeast of Sacramento, California, halfway between the SETI Institute and the Allen Telescope Array.
The SETI Institute is famous for its radio signal search efforts, yet many don't know where and how we do it. This talk will provide an overview of the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array in remote northern California. We scan the sky searching for radio signals from an extraterrestrial intelligence every night for 12 hours. I'll explain how we perform the search, some technical details, how we decide where to look, and our plans for the future.