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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

Workshop on LSST Detection of Optical Counterparts of Gravitational Waves

12-13 May 2017; Columbia University, Pupin Hall

A workshop will be held at Columbia University to begin the scientific preparation for the detection of optical counterparts of gravitational wave events with LSST. LSST is uniquely suited to find optical counterparts of gravitational waves. Gravitational waves have been detected at high significance by LIGO. Observation of optical counterparts of gravitational wave events, including mergers of black holes and neutron stars as well as other phenomena will provide a more precise measurement on the direction, redshift and other properties of the event, necessary for its full characterization. This is essential for testing cosmology, general relativity and probing the properties of matter at supranuclear densities in neutron stars. 

Contact: Morgan May at or Imre Bartos at for more information

LSSTC Support: $4,800

Supernovae: The LSST Revolution Workshop

31 May-2 June 2017; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

This workshop will bring together expert and young researchers working on all types of supernovae, with an aim of exploring key issues from the LSST survey perspective. A subsidiary goal of this session is to engage the public in urban and suburban Chicago through a public lecture highlighting the unique role of supernovae in understanding the evolution of the universe.

Application Deadline: March 7, 2017  

For further information contact: Vicky Kalogera ( or Michael Schmitt (

LSSTC Support: $30,000 ($7,000 from Simonyi-Gates Matching Grant)

Getting Ready for Doing Science with LSST Data

12-16 June 2017; IN2P3 Computing Center, Lyon, France

This workshop will cover a number of topics: Scientific performance of the LSST image processing stack, the processing or reprocessing of CFHT and Subaru HSC images, latest advances and methods in astronomical image processing in terms of photometry and astrometry, data management and data access in the LSST era, as well as more technical issues such as efficient use of parallel computing infrastructures. Expected participants include staff from LSST-DM (Data Management) as well as the LSST and DESC Science Working groups.


LSSTC Support: $15,000

Search for Dwarf Companions of the Milky Way and Beyond

Summer 2017

The search for the faintest and most distant Milky Way companions in deep surveys is an extremely challenging data analysis problem and will benefit from years of sustained effort. This workshop will bring together an international mix of senior and early career scientist, including a critical mass of contributors to key technologies. It will provide an opportunity to communicate developments and bring recognition to developers, to share existing tools, and imagine new ones. We aim to inform both LSST Project software development and community efforts at developing tools for LSST dwarf galaxy science.

Contact: Knut Olsen

LSST Support: $22,100

Recent Activities

Blind Analysis for High-Stakes Survey Science: When, Why, and How?

13-15 March 2017; SLAC; Menlo Park, CA

Blind analyses are an effective way to reduce or eliminate experimenter's bias, the unintended biasing of a result by the scientists making a measurement. While blind analysis methods have become common in certain sub­fields of physics and astronomy, they are not yet widespread in the community of scientists preparing for LSST data and future CMB surveys. This workshop will bring together members of LSST science collaborations (DESC, transients, statistics) and CMB collaborations with interdisciplinary blinding experts, and blinding critics.

Workshop information:

LSSTC Support: $9,000

DFSP Accepting Applications

The Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) is accepting applications for its second cohort of students -- the March 15th deadline for applications is coming up quickly. For more information, please visit the DSFP website; a direct link to the application is here.

Detecting the Unexpected: Discovery in the Era of Astronomically Big Data

27 February-2 March 2017

This workshop will focus on the problem of making new and surprising discoveries in astronomy when data sets are too large to examine with traditional tools. Workshop participants will explore three astronomical topics: the Galaxy beyond 3D, the time domain and transients, and big spectroscopy. Discussions will include how to make discoveries in these fields, focusing on three methods: citizen science, machine learning, and data integrated visualization. The workshop will have planned presentations, but also include “unconference” sessions and a hack day.

Contact: Joshua Peek (

LSSTC Support: $9,700

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