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LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities


Hosted by NOAO and the University of Arizona, the LSSTC's Data Science Fellowship Program's cohort met in LSSTC’s hometown of Tucson, AZ.

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

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

The Photometric LSST Astronomical Time-series Classification Challenge (PLAsTiCC)

14 July 2017; Flatiron Institute, NY; more dates/locations TBA in locations across North America and the United Kingdom

Understanding and classifying photometric data into different subtypes of transients is one of the biggest challenges facing next-generation instruments like LSST. As a response, this LSSTC Enabling Science Project is generating the Photometric LSST Astronomical Time-series Classification Challenge (PLAsTiCC). This ambitious project will be an open data challenge to prepare the community for LSST transient data. The LSSTC Enabling Science Grant will fund development of the data challenge, and workshops to build community capacity and engagement with such data, to make us 'science-ready' for the exciting new era of LSST.

Contact: Renée Hložek, The University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute & Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; more information https://plasticcblog.wordpress.com/

LSSTC Support: $35,000

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 at amiller@northwestern.edu for more information

LSSTC Support: $40,000

Recent Activities


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.

Information: http://indico.in2p3.fr/e/lyon2017

LSSTC Support: $15,000

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.

For further information contact: Vicky Kalogera (vicky@northwestern.edu) or Michael Schmitt (m-schmitt@northwestern.edu)

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

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 may@bnl.gov or Imre Bartos at ibartos@phys.columbia.edu for more information

LSSTC Support: $4,800

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