Transient astronomy: from targeted to all-sky searches
Stefano Valenti
University of California, Davis

Over the past 20 years, the standard scenario explaining the death of stars has changed dramatically. I will start with a brief overview of the field focusing on Supernovae and the evolutionary paths of their progenitors. I will describe how robotic telescopes and wide-fields surveys are advancing our knowledge. Finally, I will present some new results obtained with the Las Cumbres Observatory network of robotic telescopes and the Distance Less Than 40 Mpc Supernova Search.