The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

Past Activities


Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation - Edinburgh

22-26 October 2018; University of Edinburgh, Edinbugh, Scotland

The second 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. Grant funds will provide travel support for junior scientists to attend the DESC Sprint Week, which brings together members to push forward work on DESC code and analysis.

For more information, click here.

LSST Support: $8500

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.

For meeting website, click here.

Heising-Simons Foundation / LSSTC Support: $149,985.00
The Corporation also recognizes the support provided by the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA - the Flatiron Institute)

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

Preparing for Galactic Science with LSST

4-5 June 2018 (Conference), 6-8 June 2018 (Unconference-Hackathon); Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

LSST offers a potential goldmine of discoveries inthe plane of the Milky Way, particularly if the Main Survey cadence will be higher in the Glactic Plan than previously expected. To achieve this science yield in practice demands preparation a a number of fronts, including the evaluation of different minisurvey/deep-drilling field strategies, yield predictions for a wide range of scientific goals, analysis and optimization of photometry from LSST imaging in crowded fields and the construction of systems to identify targets of interest from LSST alerts and obtain appropriate and timely follow-up where necessary. We propose to host a workshop aimed at stimulating preparations in all of these areas, particularly among communities in Galactic Plane science that have not previously engaged with the LSST.

For more information, click here.

LSSTC Support: $22,004

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

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: 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

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

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.

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

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: http://kipac.github.io/Blinding/

Presentation

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 (jegpeek@stsci.edu)

Presentation

LSSTC Support: $9,700

Enabling Dark Energy Science with the LSST Through Interactive Dark Energy Schools and Hack Days

13 February 2017; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA

To maximize the impact of the LSST on dark energy (DE) science, the Interactive Dark Energy Schools and Hack Days will continue in 2017. The DE school features interactive lessons on both technical and scientific topics relevant to the exploration of dark energy. The Hack Day supports small teams working together to design and develop solutions to immediate challenges. These training days are targeted to graduate students and postdocs -- those who will be early-to mid-career scientists during LSST operations. Major focuses of the programs include utilizing the results of current research in physics education, which emphasizes the importance of facilitating small-group discussions and problem-solving, as well as implementing best practices in code development, including pair coding and mentoring.

For information: http://www.lsst-desc.org/DEschool

LSSTC Support: $17,500

Data Science Fellowship Program - Second Session

23-27 January 2017; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

The second DSFP school will take place at Caltech in January. The program is a two-year training program for graduate students designed to teach skills required for LSST science that are not easily addressed by current astrophysics programs. 

LSSTC Support (year one of three year program): $145,448

DSFP Session 2 Wraps Up

The DSFP Fellows enjoyed some California sunshine while attending the Session 2 of the DFSP at Caltech in Pasadena the week of January 23, 2017.

LSST AGN Science Collaboration Roadmap Development Meeting

3-7 January 2017; AAS 229 Meeting, Grapevine, TX

The goals of this meeting are to: 1) develop a comprehensive Roadmap for the Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) Science Collaboration of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), to present a coherent vision for AGN research pre- and post-LSST commissioning, 2) form dedicated Working Groups within the Science Collaboration to work on specific projects described by the Roadmap, 3) explore funding opportunities to support the highest-ranked projects described by the Roadmap, and 4) encourage eligible active extragalactic researchers to join the AGN Science Collaboration. Following the workshop, the resulting Roadmap will be available on the AGN Science Collaboration website: https://agn.science.lsst.org/.

Meeting Details Available at https://agn.science.lsst.org/

LSSTC Support: $6,500

ZTF Community Workshop at AAS 229

3 January 2017 1:00 - 5:00 pm; AAS 229 Meeting, Grapevine, TX

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) is a next-generation optical time-domain survey that will run from 2017-2020 and enable LSST precursor science. This workshop will introduce ZTF, its data products, and its planned public surveys. Attendees will perform quantitative comparisons of planned ZTF and LSST-observing strategies using the Metrics Analysis Framework.

Meeting Details Available at: http://www.ptf.caltech.edu/page/ztf_workshop_aas229
Contact: Eric Bellm (ebellm@caltech.edu)

LSSTC Support: $3,750

Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2016

12-13 December 2016; Vina del Mar, Chile

The second annual “Towards Science in Chile with the LSST” workshop will take place in December 2016 in Vina del Mar. At this meeting the Chilean astronomical community interested in LSST science will receive direct updates on the project status. The meeting will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion of scientific projects planned for LSST, cadence requirements, and simulations. Those interested in the LSST project in Chile, particularly young faculty, postdocs and graduate students working on LSST-related research, are encouraged to attend. Partial financial support may be available for participants who require it.

Meeting Details Available at: http://www.sochias.cl/lsst2016

LSSTC Support: $5,000

Precision Astronomy with Fully Depleted CCDs

1-2 December 2016; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

This workshop will focus on topics of making precision astronomical measurements of flux (photometry), position (astrometry) and shapes (weak lensing) with thick, deep-depleted CCD detectors. Impact of sensor related effects on the Dark Energy science will be addressed through presentations and discussions. More information...

LSSTC Support: $8,000

Preparing for Supernova Science in the LSST Era: A Kick-Off Workshop

16-18 November 2016; University of Pittsburgh

This workshop will focus on supernova (SN) cosmology to gather approximately 50 SN researchers from both LSST institutions and the broader SN community (with a special emphasis on junior scientist participation) to discuss the new problems and needs that researchers working with LSST data will face, and to develop a plan for collaboration to cover future analysis/tests. This workshop will help prepare SN researchers for LSST data analysis, provide the SN community with state of the art analysis tools, and make synergistic connections with ongoing and future cosmological surveys. Meeting details available at https://sites.google.com/site/lsstdescsn or contact Lluís Galbany (lluisgalbany@gmail.com)

LSSTC Support: $19,750

Dark Energy Science Collaboration Hack Week

7 - 11 November 2016; Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

A hack week is an opportunity to get together with some of your DESC colleagues for a few days (anywhere from one to five days as you choose) and work together to make progress on a DESC project. This is an opportunity to move existing projects forward or to get new projects underway. Those who have attended hack days at the end of collaboration meetings may already know this is a fun and productive way to accomplish DESC-related work. It is hoped this hack week will enable somewhat longer or more ambitious projects to be completed or moved along. Realizing it may be difficult to commit to attending with no idea what projects people will be working on or who else plans to attend, we are providing a table of possible projects as a starting point. There are quite a few people who have committed  as being >80% likely to attend. The list of possible projects and likely attendees are shown by accessing the links below. As others register, they will include themselves in the “confirmed participants category.” This will give you some ideas from which to start; or, you can think up your own hack week projects!

Working group and task force leads: please continue to identify hack week projects and discuss with your groups.

Registration information: registration form -- once you are registered, please add yourself to the table of projects and participants
For further information contact: Rachel Mandelbaum (on behalf of the DESC meetings committee) - lsst-desc-meetings@slac.stanford.edu

LSSTC Support: $14,000

Big Data Academy for High School Students

Academic Year 2016 - 2017; NOAO, Tucson, AZ

This prototype effort is designed to understand the best ways to work with high school students to promote LSST science, data tools, and data products. The purpose of the project is to excite interest in LSST and its data approaches and key science projects through the cultivation of talented youth. This out-of-school education program will allow high school students to interact with scientists who work with large astronomical data sets in their scientific work. The Saturday-based academy will last about two hours and will be planned with help from a group of interested local high school students. Contact: Connie Walker at NOAO

LSSTC Support: $15,000

NEO Workshop

3-4 October, 2016; University of Washington

The Congressional George E. Brown, Jr. mandate instructs NASA to implement a Near-Earth Object (NEO) survey to catalog 90% of NEOs with diameters larger than 140 meters by the year 2020. The LSST is capable of delivering such a survey, as indicated by project-led simulations. However, such simulations require a number of decisions about inputs, such as criteria for what (simulated or real) observations are required to consider an object discovered. In order to meaningfully compare simulations of LSST produced by different tools and team, or to compare simulations of different systems, a consensus by community experts about the input parameters is required. One of the main aims of this workshop is to enable experts to begin a discussion toward a consensus and to develop common approaches and tools to facilitate improved understanding, meaningful comparison, and optimization of NEO surveys, both individually and as an ensemble. The workshop is intended to be informal and interactive, with more than half of the allocated time reserved for discussion. We anticipate a follow-on workshop  in six to 12 months to review progress and explore the possibility of enhancements, such as simulation of follow up resources. Click here for information on this completed workshop.

LSSTC Support: $5,000 (additional workshop support from the B612 Foundation and NASA's NEO Office)

LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program

1-5 August 2016; Chicago, IL

As a recipient of an LSSTC grant in 2015, CIERA/Northwestern's LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) will enhance a traditional astrophysics curriculum--extending a strong physics education to one that encompasses computational techniques, programming skills, data management, statistics, and data analysis. More information may be found on the DSFP website.

LSSTC Support: $145,448 (year 1)

The 2016 LSST Galaxies Workshop

22-23 July 2016; Oxford, UK

The international 2016 LSST Galaxies Workshop will bring the US and UK “Galaxies” communities together for the first time since the UK joined LSST. The workshop will help develop strong links between the two communities, which will enable the UK to maximize its participation in the LSST science program and identify areas where the UK can offer leadership and contribute significantly to LSST science (e.g., theoretical modelling, low surface-brightness science, combination of LSST data with current and future “UK/European” datasets [the SKA and its precursors, Euclid, etc.], and citizen science via Galaxy Zoo). Meeting Details Available at: https://lsstgalaxies2016.wordpress.com
Contact: Brant Robertson (brant@ucsc.edu)

LSSTC Support: $23,175

Dark Energy Schools and Hack Days at LSST DESC Meetings - 2nd Workshop

18-22 July 2016 at Oxford University; Two DESC meetings in 2017

A Dark Energy School and Hack Day will “book-end” the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) meetings at SLAC in March 2016, at Oxford in July 2016, and at two DESC meetings in 2017. The DE School features interactive lessons on both technical and scientific topics relevant to the exploration of dark energy. The Hack Day supports small teams to work together in designing and developing solutions to immediate challenges. These training days target graduate students and postdocs but are open to scientists at all career stages. The programs emphasize active learning, small-group discussions and problem-solving, and interactive code development practices, including pair coding and mentoring. DE Schools and Hack Days were first held at DESC meetings in 2015 at SLAC and ANL. All school materials are available on the public DE School website.

For more information contact: Pat Burchat (burchat@stanford.edu, DE School) or Phil Marshall (pjm@slac.stanford.edu, Hack Day)

Previous workshop: 7-11 March 2016 at Stanford University (SLAC)

LSSTC Support: $35,000 ($8,750 each workshop)

Undergraduate Support to Pursue Research in Support of LSST Science

Summer 2016; Stanford University

Support an undergraduate student to conduct research in support of LSST science in the summer of 2016 -- specifically to study overlapping objects in LSST images, which is a particular challenge in LSST due to the unprecedented depth in a ground-based survey. The research will be conducted in the Stanford Physics Department.

LSSTC Support: $6400

20-24 June 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia

LSST@Europe 2 was attended by 81 participants (55 international, 26 from Serbia), including 15 students. The meeting included 36 talks and 13 poster presentations, 4 discussion workshops, and 2 expert tutorials on LSST image processing and simulation software given by members of the LSST Project. Detailed schedule and links to all talks are available online.

LSSTC Support:  $10,000

Working Meeting of the Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration

12-16 June 2016 at the AAS 228 Meeting in San Diego, CA

We continue to work on a set of actionable roadmaps, based on already identified technical priorities, that will guide our Collaborations activities for the next four years. These technical priorities were identified during our pre-cursor roadmap process in 2013 as those that will critically impact a diverse set of our Collaboration’s scientific priorities. See this web page for Collaboration priorities: https://milkyway.science.lsst.org/priorities

The resulting roadmaps will be made available on our Collaboration's website: https://milkyway.science.lsst.org

LSSTC Support: $1,000

6-10 June 2016, Carnegie Mellon University

After five groundbreaking conferences at Penn State, Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI will be held at Carnegie Mellon University. This meeting will continue the interdisciplinary tradition of its predecessors, bringing together researchers in astronomy, cosmology, statistics, and machine learning to address broad inference and discovery challenges, highlighting topics such as exoplanets, gravitational lensing, variable sources, Milky Way structure and evolution, among others.

Thanks to funding from the LSST Corporation, a featured “LSST at SCMA Day” will highlight some of the urgent statistical issues facing the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Keynote speakers will be Zeljko Ivezic (University of Washington) and Robert Tibshirani (Stanford).

LSSTC Support: $8,000

22-25 May 2016, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University

The workshop is focused on exploring ways to enhance, in the areas of cosmology and high energy physics, the science return of LSST and external data sets via their cross correlation.  We hope to bring together people from diverse communities so that they talk to each other, explore synergies, and propose new ideas.

 The workshop will start with a reception at the Simons Center and continue for two days at BNL and one day at SBU. Before and afterwards, there are numerous opportunities to explore Long Island’s North and South Forks and New York City.

LSSTC Support:  $11,000

5-7 April 2016, University of Pittsburgh

The topic of photometric redshifts is a vast one that touches on many areas of astronomy, with points of contact to both observations and theory. The algorithms and large datasets involved also require knowledge of cutting edge techniques learned from the fields of computer science and statistics. This three day workshop will bring together a diverse group of observers, theorists, computer scientists, and statisticians from across the LSST community, along with Project and Data Management scientists and members of synergistic surveys to work on three distinct topic areas: defining photo-z requirements; improving simulations and designing near-future data-challenges; improving photo-z methods.

LSSTC Support:  $9,600

Dark Energy Schools and Hack Days at LSST DESC Meetings - 1st Workshop

7-11 March 2016 at Stanford University (SLAC); 18-22 July 2016 at Oxford University; Two DESC meetings in 2017

A Dark Energy School and Hack Day will “book-end” the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) meetings at SLAC in March 2016, at Oxford in July 2016, and at two DESC meetings in 2017. The DE School features interactive lessons on both technical and scientific topics relevant to the exploration of dark energy. The Hack Day supports small teams to work together in designing and developing solutions to immediate challenges. These training days target graduate students and postdocs but are open to scientists at all career stages. The programs emphasize active learning, small-group discussions and problem-solving, and interactive code development practices, including pair coding and mentoring. DE Schools and Hack Days were first held at DESC meetings in 2015 at SLAC and ANL. All school materials are available on the public DE School website.

For more information contact: Pat Burchat (burchat@stanford.edu, DE School) or Phil Marshall (pjm@slac.stanford.edu, Hack Day)

LSSTC Support:  $35,000 ($8,750 each workshop)

 

24-25 March 2016, Argonne National Laboratory

The LSST Transients and Variable Starts Science Collaboration consists of about 100 members in diverse subgroups.  This meeting brings together representatives for coherent discussions on caddence and the development of raodmaps of the activity over the next few years.

LSSTC Support:  $17,000

 

 

14-15 December 2015, UC Davis Conference Center

Weak lensing science places stringent requirements on our ability to accurately measure galaxy shapes and redshifts, which in turn demands precise and accurate knowledge of the point spread function, astrometry, and photometry. These measurements are influenced by the interaction of light with Galactic dust, the Earth’s atmosphere, the telescope optics, and the CCD sensors. This workshop will focus expertise in these areas on assessing our current understanding of these physical effects and their impact on weak lensing science, and how our understanding can be improved and tested through observations, laboratory data, and simulations.

LSSTC Support:  $19,000

19-21 November 2015, La Serena, Chile

The main motivation for this workshop is to address how prepared the Chilean community is for the avalanche of LSST data and more importantly what research we hope to do with these data. With this in mind, we are organizing a two-day meeting in which members of the Chilean community can present and discuss their ideas to make the best use of the LSST data and multi wavelength follow-up studies, ranging from solar system and planetary science to high redshift galaxies and cosmology. There will be invited talks by key LSST players to provide context and further information, and from members of the community working on LSST-related projects. In addition, a few hours will be spent discussing more practical aspects including data access, computing needs, resources, Chilean representation on LSST panels, etc.

For more information contact Sebastian Lopez: slopez@das.uchile.cl

LSSTC Support: $2,000

Solar System Science Collaboration Meeting at the 2015 DPS Meeting

8-13 November 2015 at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the AAS, National Harbor, MD

The purpose of the meeting is to continue the Solar System Science Collaboration's forward momentum, building on the May 2015 Solar System Science Collaboration Roadmap Workshop. We will report on recent progress, identify short- and medium-term goals, and identify long-term goals that might need resources or development to proceed. We expect a large fraction of the Solar System Collaboration to attend as this breakout meeting occurs during a large annual planetary science meeting.

For more information contact David Trilling; david.trilling@nau.edu

 LSSTC Support:  $500

Fall Working Meeting of the Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration

28-29 October 2015, Tucson, AZ

We will be working on a set of actionable roadmaps, based on already identified technical priorities, that will guide our Collaborations activities for the next four years. These technical priorities were identified during our pre-cursor roadmap process in 2013 as those that will critically impact a diverse set of our Collaboration’s scientific priorities. See this web page for Collaboration priorities: https://milkyway.science.lsst.org/priorities

The resulting roadmaps will be made available on our Collaboration's website:  https://milkyway.science.lsst.org

LSSTC Support:  $9,000

 

26-30 October 2015, Argonne National Laboratory

The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration will host its sixth semi-annual meeting, continuing a series that plays a vital role in the work of the collaboration. The program includes a special "Dark Energy School'' on Monday before the meeting, as well as a "Hack Day'' on the Friday afterwards. During the main meeting we will bring together different working groups to make progress on the most important challenges we face, with additional plenary sessions about the DESC science programs and recent highlights.

LSSTC Support:  $15,000

28 September-2 October 2015, New York University

Astro Hack Week is a week-long summer school / hack week / unconference focused on astrostatistics and data-intensive astronomy, with mornings dedicated to workshops covering essential skills for working effectively with large astronomical data sets, and unstructured afternoons allowing for collaborative research. The vision is to provide a space to encourage learning, research, collaboration, and sharing of expertise, for the benefit of both young and experienced astronomical researchers alike.

LSSTC Support:  $5,000

  • July 2014
  • Last week of meeting focused on LSST  
  • LSSTC support: $20k

  • June 3 - June 5, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University
  • LSSTC support: $15k

  • May 28 - May 29th 2015 at University of Washington
  • LSSTC Support: $10k

  • October 2014
  • Planning the investigation of dark matter, galaxies, and black holes with LSST
  • LSSTC support: $15k

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