The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

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

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

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

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. Apply by July 20 at this link.

There is no registration fee for this workshop. Travel support will be provided for attendees from LSSTC member institutions, and for other attendees as funds allow.

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

Maximizing the Potential of LSST's Exploration of the Variable-transient Sky

4-8 June 2018; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

LSST aims to conduct a survey with transformational potential for our understanding of the transient and variable Universe. This goal is complex and multifaceted since different variable/transient phenomena benefit from different observing strategies. With this grant, we organized a Transients and Variable Stars (TVS) Collaboration meeting --conference, un-conference, and hackathon-- with the goal of preparing for the submission of 2018 white papers on LSST Cadence. This meeting provides TVS, which has over 200 members working on different transient/variable phenomena, an opportunity for in-person interaction to understand tensions and similarities of the surveys that would optimize each TVS science goal. Click here for more information.

LSSTC Support: $25,000

Data Visualization and Exploration in the LSST Era

19-21 June 2018; University of Illinois/National Center for Supercomputing Applications; Champaign, IL

Astronomy is at a crossroads and active researchers in the field are facing a changing landscape of best practices driven by the emergence of Big Data. This three-day workshop, at NCSA, will help establish and disseminate a framework for thes new practices through our multi-disciplinary research group that includes data visualization experts, cosmologists, astronomers, and data scientistss. This workshop will bring together local and external experts from DES, LSST, SPT, ACT, Data Science, and Cosmology to discuss strategies and methods for Data Visualization and Exploration with the help of current cloud and container technologies.

For registration information, click here.

LSSTC Support: $14,500

LSSTCorp's Director for Science

LSSTCorp’s new Director for Science, Jennifer (Jeno) Sokoloski, comes to us from Columbia University, where she performs multi-wavelength observations of interacting binary stars and stellar transients as a Research Scientist at Columbia’s Astrophysics Laboratory. More

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