Michael B Milligan

Assistant Director for Application Development Services

20042021
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Michael Milligan manages the Application Development Solutions group. In this role he leads a team of talented software developers who create and maintain applications both for internal MSI operations as well as for external clients and sponsored projects. As a scientific computing consultant, Michael Milligan aims to assist our research community in effectively using HPC resources and technologies.

At the intersection of these roles, he leads MSI's Interactive Supercomputing initiatives. A major product of this work is our collaboration with Project Jupyter and our Jupyter Notebooks gateway currently available as a public MSI Beta service.

As the former application software manager at MSI and a contributor to the Debian project, he has considerable experience with software licensing considerations.

Prior to joining MSI, Michael led the Flight Software Group for the EBEX suborbital experiment, and he continues to collaborate with the EBEX team.

Research interests

  • Interactive supercomputing -- novel workflows and software tools for visualization, data exploration, and iterative development using supercomputing resources
  • Python -- scientific computing, visualization, parallelization, data wrangling and informatics, reproducibility, and collaboration techniques
  • Software sustainability -- collaborative tools, software packaging, licensing considerations, open source best practices
  • Astronomy and astrophysics -- image processing, "big data" astronomy and survey science, simulation and modelling
  • GIS and spatial computing -- Michael has led MSI's collaboration with U-Spatial to develop HPC capabilities for geospatial applications

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2004 2019

  • 10 Conference contribution
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Conference article

Intensity-coupled Polarization in Instruments with a Continuously Rotating Half-wave Plate

Didier, J., Miller, A. D., Araujo, D., Aubin, F., Geach, C., Johnson, B., Korotkov, A., Raach, K., Westbrook, B., Young, K., Aboobaker, A. M., Ade, P., Baccigalupi, C., Bao, C., Chapman, D., Dobbs, M., Grainger, W., Hanany, S., Helson, K., Hillbrand, S. & 14 others, Hubmayr, J., Jaffe, A., Jones, T. J., Klein, J., Lee, A., Limon, M., Macdermid, K., Milligan, M., Pascale, E., Reichborn-Kjennerud, B., Sagiv, I., Tucker, C., Tucker, G. S. & Zilic, K., May 1 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 876, 1, 54.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

polarization
nonlinearity
balloon-borne instruments
microwaves
mitigation

Jupyter as Common Technology Platform for Interactive HPC Services

Milligan, M., Jul 26 2018. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Cluster computing
Cloud computing
Resource allocation
Servers
Scheduling

Temperature calibration of the E and B experiment

Aubin, F., Aboobaker, A. M., Bao, C., Geach, C., Hanany, S., Jones, T., Klein, J., Milligan, M., Raach, K., Young, K., Zilic, K., Helson, K., Korotkov, A., Marchenko, V., Tucker, G. S., Ade, P., Pascale, E., Araujo, D., Chapman, D., Didier, J. & 23 others, Hillbrand, S., Johnson, B., Limon, M., Miller, A. D., Reichborn-Kjennerud, B., Feeney, S., Jaffe, A., Stompor, R., Tristram, M., Dobbs, M., Macdermid, K., Smecher, G., Borrill, J., Kisner, T., Hilton, G., Hubmayr, J., Reintsema, C., Baccigalupi, C., Puglisi, G., Lee, A., Westbrook, B., Levinson, L. & Sagiv, I., Jan 1 2018, 14th Marcel Grossman Meeting On Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics and Relativistic Field Theories, Proceedings. Ruffini, R., Bianchi, M., Ruffini, R. & Jantzen, R. T. (eds.). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd, p. 2084-2089 6 p. (14th Marcel Grossman Meeting On Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics and Relativistic Field Theories, Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

balloons
readout
cosmic microwave background radiation
detectors
bolometers
3 Citations (Scopus)

The EBEX Balloon-borne Experiment - Detectors and Readout

Abitbol, M., Aboobaker, A. M., Ade, P., Araujo, D., Aubin, F., Baccigalupi, C., Bao, C., Chapman, D., Didier, J., Dobbs, M., Feeney, S. M., Geach, C., Grainger, W., Hanany, S., Helson, K., Hillbrand, S., Hilton, G., Hubmayr, J., Irwin, K., Jaffe, A. & 19 others, Johnson, B., Jones, T., Klein, J., Korotkov, A., Lee, A., Levinson, L., Limon, M., Macdermid, K., Miller, A. D., Milligan, M., Raach, K., Reichborn-Kjennerud, B., Reintsema, C., Sagiv, I., Smecher, G., Tucker, G. S., Westbrook, B., Young, K. & Zilic, K., Nov 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 239, 1, 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

balloons
readout
absorption efficiency
detectors
bolometers
3 Citations (Scopus)

The EBEX Balloon-borne Experiment - Gondola, Attitude Control, and Control Software

Aboobaker, A., Ade, P., Araujo, D., Aubin, F., Baccigalupi, C., Bao, C., Chapman, D., Didier, J., Dobbs, M., Grainger, W., Hanany, S., Helson, K., Hillbrand, S., Hubmayr, J., Jaffe, A., Johnson, B., Jones, T., Klein, J., Korotkov, A., Lee, A. & 15 others, Levinson, L., Limon, M., Macdermid, K., Miller, A. D., Milligan, M., Moncelsi, L., Pascale, E., Raach, K., Reichborn-Kjennerud, B., Sagiv, I., Tucker, C., Tucker, G. S., Westbrook, B., Young, K. & Zilic, K., Nov 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 239, 1, 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

attitude control
balloons
balloon-borne instruments
computer programs
software