ASTRO: Time Series Analysis for Synoptic Surveys and Gravitational Wave Astronomy: March 20-23, 2017

Participation by invitation only.

Location:

This workshop will take place at the International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru, India.

Description:

This workshop, co-sponsored by ICTS (India), is part of the SAMSI year-long program on Statistical, Mathematical and Computational Methods for Astronomy (ASTRO) and the primary goal of this mid-program workshop is to further enrich the SAMSI ASTRO program by including international researchers in the area of synoptic time domain surveys and time series analysis of gravitational wave data. The participants of the workshop will focus on advancing the current understanding of the above stated research topics by incorporating expertise of researchers from India and the U.S. who are working on Electromagnetic (EM) counterparts to Gravitational Wave (GW) sources.

In essence, this workshop would enable U.S. researchers to learn from the expertise of Indian researchers (at leading institutions in India) and also enable U.S. researchers to exchange and share the methodologies developed by two of the five working groups of the SAMSI ASTRO program.

The workshop will begin with a few overview lectures designed to familiarize attendees with current trends in time domain astronomy and modern methodologies in statistics and applied mathematics. The subsequent part of the workshop will follow with specialized research lectures on the existing subgroups, panel discussions about collaboration possibilities between different groups with specific end-points in mind through collaborative research sessions.

Questions: For those interested in participating or for further details, please contact one of the organizers or the SAMSI directorate liaison listed on the right. For more information about this program, visit the Time Series Analysis for Synoptic and Gravitational Wave Astronomy page at ICTS.

Schedule and Supporting Media

Participants

Monday, March 20, 2017
International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru, India

Description Speaker Slides Videos
ICTS Welcome Parameswaran Ajith, ICTS
SAMSI Deputy Director’s Welcome Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI
Scientific Aims Ashish Mahabal, CalTech
Challenges for Real-time and Archival Time domain astronomy Ashish Mahabal, CalTech
GW astronomy: Overview Archana Pai, IISER Trivandrum
Statistics in astronomy & the SAMSI ASTRO Program Jogesh Babu, Penn State
Panel and discussions James Long, Texas A&M
Building a training set for an automatic LSST light curve classifier Rafael Martinez Galarza, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Searching for ultraviolet transients with UNIT Koshy George, India Institute of Astrophysics
Structure Function & CARMA Analysis of QSO Light curves Jackeline Moreno, Drexel
Feature selection and classification methods for CRTS (Panel Discussion) N Sajeeth Philip, David Jones & Sujit Ghosh

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru, India

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Issues in time domain astronomy Matthew Graham, Washington State
Challenges in Source Parameter Estimation in GW Astronomy Rajesh Nayak
Statistical Challenges in time domain astronomy James Long, Texas A&M
Panel and Discussion David Stenning & Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI
Anand Sengupta, Indian Institue of Technology Gandhinagar

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru, India

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Compact binaries, sky localization & all that Sukanta Bose, Washington State University
Observing facilities in India Varun Bhalerao, IIT Bombay
Finding counterparts in X-ray data: The Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts to GW sources Varun Bhalerao, IIT Bombay
Panel and Discussion Ashish Mahabal, CalTech
Kuntal Misra, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
Transient noise in the LIGO detectors Jessica McIver, LIGO
The physical, statistical and computational challenges of Pulsar Timing Justin Ellis, CalTech
Robust inference via a mixture of Gaussian and t-type error distributions Hyungsuk Tak, SAMSI
Lightning talks related to posters

Thursday, March 23, 2017
International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bengaluru, India

Description Speaker Slides Videos
Gamma Ray Bursts & Associated Supernovae Kuntal Misra, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
Redshift distribution of short duration GRBs L. Resmi, Indian Institute of Space & Technology (IIST) NOT AVAILABLE
Hybrid geometric-stochastic GW template banks Anand Sengupta, Indian Institue of Technology Gandhinagar
Bayesian model selection of population synthesis models of CBCs Sumit Kumar, ICTS-TIFR
Bayesian identification of strongly lensed GW events M. K. Haris, ICTS