The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

LSST Cadence Hackathon

17-19 September 2018; Flatiron Insititute, New York, NY

LSST Corp and the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics announce an LSST Cadence Hackathon at the Flatiron Institute in Manhattan, 2018 Sep 17-19 (last day optional). The purpose of this workshop is to identify cadence strategies that maximize the scientific output of LSST for all eight Science Collaborations. At the Hackathon, participants from different Science Collaborations will work together in small teams to explore creative cadence strategies with the help of experts in the OpSim and MAF software packages. Members of teams that come up with the most promising strategies will each receive a modest honorarium for writing up their ideas as white papers.

For meeting website, click here.

Heising-Simons Foundation / LSSTC Support: $149,985.00
The Corporation also recognizes the support provided by the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA - the Flatiron Institute)

Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation - Edinburgh

22-26 October 2018; University of Edinburgh, Edinbugh, Scotland

The second of several meetings of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), which is actively working to prepare for a multi-probe dark energy analysis of LSST data. Grant funds will provide travel support for junior scientists to attend the DESC Sprint Week, which brings together members to push forward work on DESC code and analysis.

For more information, click here.

LSST Support: $8500

Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2018

Late November/Early December 2018; La Serena, Chile

A nationwide, three-day workshop to gather scientists, engineers, students, and other professionals in related areas with interest in LSST to discuss the project and its scientific potential for the Chilean community. This is the fourth year for this workshop, which started in 2015, with more than 250 participants.

Contact: Patricio Rojo, Universidad de Chile

LSSTC Support: $8,300


Recent Activities

Student Program at LSST 2018 Project & Community Workshop

13-15 August 2018; Hilton El Conquistador; Tucson, Arizona

Approximately 18 students will be supported by LSSTC to attend the LSST 2018 Project & Community Workshop, in mid-August, for two days of student-oriented programming — for example, a student poster session, breakfast with LSST scientists and engineers, student-oriented breakouts, mirror lab tour, etc.  In the poster session, students will present their LSST-related summer research. Some of the student stipends are supported with LSSTC-funded internships; others are supported by their home institution or other programs.  LSSTC is funding the transportation, registration, and housing for the students.

LSSTC Support: $21,600

Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation

23-27 July 2018; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The first of several meetings of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), which is actively working to prepare for a multi-probe dark energy analysis of LSST data. 

For more information, click here or contact Duncan Campbell at CMU.

LSSTC Support (for this meeting): $12,880

1st LSST Solar System Readiness Sprint

10-12 July 2018; University of Washington; Seattle, WA

The efforts of the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) have been ramping up, as development on the Moving Object Processing Pipeline has restarted and calls for cadence white papers (deep drilling fields and mini-surveys) are expected in the next year. 2018 is a crucial year to build the foundation of software tools to support these efforts and start the process of building added-value products. We will hold a three-day readiness sprint (workshop) at the University of Washington to kick-start these efforts.

Click here for more information or contact Meg Schwamb.

LSSTC Support: $23,150

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