Neil Zimmerman

Columbia University, PhD Candidate

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the 21st Century

Fifty years ago, scientist first began surveying the sky for interstellar messages encoded in radio waves. While the discovery of an alien civilization has eluded all efforts so far, there are reasons to remain optimistic about the prospect of detecting a signal of sentient origin this century. After reviewing the history of this field, I will explain the tools and strategies of new SETI programs.