We explore the local cosmic evolution through the study of nearby galaxies and the growth of their supermassive black holes. One focus is on the luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs) where huge radiated power outputs mark phases of extraordinarily rapid evolution. Major discoveries include finding extremely obscured galaxies that hide regions of exceptional growth. Many LIRGs are interacting and we study the impact and importance of interactions (major and minor mergers) for galaxy evolution across cosmic time. We also study AGNs and AGN feedback (jets and outflows) in particular at the longer wavelengths (e.g. ALMA and LOFAR).
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