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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities


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 Generated (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.

LSSTC Support: $10,000

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

1st Solar System Science Collaboration Science 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

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

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

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: 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

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