Hello, my name is

Birko-Katarina Ruzicka

I am a planetary geoscientist who uses remote sensing techniques to study comets, moons, and terrestrial planets.

After graduating with a PhD, I expanded my practical skills as a certified Data Scientist. I now have extensive training and a growing experience in machine learning, neural networks, big data management, databases and SQL, and added fluency in Python and R to my toolbox.

I am fiercely passionate about open and accessible science and knowledge transfer, and excited about translating research into practical applications that solve everyday problems. To that end, I have worked with many projects in the field of scientific outreach, sci com, open data, and open research.

Please connect with me via twitter or the contact form if you’d like to discuss my research or potential collaboration.


Newest blog posts:

Gender in „Star Trek“ dialogue and characters

July 23, 2021

Dialogue in movies and series has been unevenly distributed between genders this far. I studied how this was handled within the Star Trek franchise, by analysing the dialogue transcripts of 760 episodes of Star Trek.

IMDb ratings for all episodes of 'Star Trek: Voyager'

July 12, 2021

In which I use a database from IMDb to visualize the average user rating for each episode of 'Voyager'.
This is my first project in R using ggplot2.

Opinion trends from Tweets: Analysis in Python

June 6, 2021

In which I show how to use Python to analyze opinions voiced on Twitter.
This post serves as a short intro to techniques of natural language processing (NLP) and statistical semantic analysis methods, used on text-samples I scraped from Twitter.

A sneak peek at my geoscience research projects:

Terrestrial impact craters as markers for erosion


Mapping Earth’s depositional hiatuses


Reconstructing the layerings on a comet


Selected Publications

The complete library of my publications can be found on the ‘publications‘ page.

Detecting and analysing geomorphological structures in images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko using Fourier transform
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Published: 04 March 2021
Birko-Katarina Ruzicka, Matthias Schröter, Andreas Pack, Hermann Boehnhardt

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Analysis of layering-related linear features on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 482(4): 5007—5011, 2018
Birko-Katarina Ruzicka, Luca Penasa, Hermann Boehnhardt, Andreas Pack, Benoit Dolives, Fabrice Souvannavong, and Emile Remetean

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