Planetary Dynamics in the Era of Kepler and Big Data
Dr. Eric Ford
University of Florida

For centuries, planet formation theories were fine tuned to explain the details of solar system.  The diversity of architectures of planetary systems uncovered by Doppler surveys challenged previous theories and led to insights into planet formation, orbital migration and the excitation of orbital eccentricities and inclinations. Recently, NASA's Kepler mission has identified over 300 systems with multiple transiting planet candidates, including many potentially rocky planets.  I will present a few particularly interesting planetary systems and discuss early efforts to translate these observations into constraints on the formation and orbital evolution of planetary systems.  I will include examples of current challenges for the statistical interpretation of exoplanet observations to illustrate the challenges and opportunities associated with "big data".