The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities


2018 DESC Winter Collaboration Meeting/Dark Energy School

5-9 February 2018; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Stanford University, CA

The winter 2018 Dark Energy Science Collaboration meeting will include a one-day Dark Energy School and a hack day on the day before/after the collaboration meeting. 

Contact: Pat Burchat

LSSTC Support: $11,000

Statistical Challenges for Large-scale Structure in the Era of LSST

18-20 April 2018; University of Oxford; Oxford, UK

Large-scale structure (LSS) is a powerful cosmological tool, in particular in combination with weak lensing observations. However, a number of statistical, computational and theoretical challenges will be brought about by the unprecedented depth and data volume of experiments such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The aim of this workshop is to gather experts in LSS, both within LSST and other collaborations, to achieve a unified picture of the methods and strategies at our disposal to address these problems, as well as to highlight the role of LSS within next-generation surveys as an indispensable cosmological probe.

Contact: David Alonso

LSSTC Support: $9,000

LSST@Europe3

11-15 June 2018; Langues et de Cultures; Lyon, France

The third conference in the series, this meeting will continue the tradition of bringing together European scientists with an interest in LSST and provide them an opportunity to interact with leaders of the LSST Project and the LSST Science Collaborations, as well as themselves. Objectives for this meeting include: providing an update on the status of the LSST Project and LSST Science Collaborations, further developing the network of European scientists involved in various aspects of LSST, providing an update on LSST Data Management Prompt (Level 1) and Data Release (Level 2) data products, discussing the European potential for the development of LSST User Contributed (Level 3) data products and tools; discussing the European potential for the development of LSST deep drilling field and mini-survey programs, and promoting increased European scientist engagement via the LSST Science Collabortaion parallel sessions.

For registration information, click here.

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.

Contact: Dr. Felipe Menanteau, NCSA

LSSTC Support: $14,500

Recent Activities


Search for Dwarf Companions of the Milky Way and Beyond

11-13 October 2017; NOAO; Tucson, AZ

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.

More Information: https://www.noao.edu/meetings/dwarf-companionsor Knut Olsen

LSSTC Support: $22,100

Variable Classes Revealed! A New Citizen Scientist, Astronomer, and Computer Scientist Project to Meet the Stellar Classification Challenge in the LSST Era

Summer 2017; CIERA at Northwestern University/Adler Planetarium; Evanston, IL

Recent classification efforts have focused on either crowdsourcing visual examination to citizen scientists or automated methods, such as machine learning. Neither approach alone will be sufficient for LSST – instead, we propose to efficiently integrate the two, maximizing the citizen scientists' time while providing the machine learning algorithms with the most useful information available. For variables, significant progress cannot be made prior to the expansion of existing training sets, collections of variables with definitive classifications. The project will enable LSST to develop the first-ever variable-star citizen-science project, which will connect LSST to more than a million members of the public.

Contact: Adam Miller for more information

LSSTC Support: $40,000

Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation - Meeting 1

10 - 14 July 2017; Brookhaven National Laboratory / Stony Brook University, NY

LSSTC will support 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. This is the first of three meetings planned in 2017 and 2018.

Contact: Rachel Mandelbaum for more information

LSSTC Support: $28,000 for three meetings

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