e-Science challenges in Astronomy and Astrophysics will take place on December 7, 2010 at QUT in Brisbane. It is part of the IEEE e-Science 2010 conference that runs from December 7-10 at the same venue.

The astronomical community is intricately linked with e-Science by the nature of the research conducted. In the context of this workshop e-Science can be defined broadly as computationally-intensive astrophysics/astronomy. This necessarily encompasses data-management and accessibility, and by extension the local and international virtual observatory (VO) efforts. It also includes the creation, processing and visualisation of data.

The focus of the workshop will be on e-Science challenges within astronomy and astrophysics, the innovations that these challenges are producing now and the innovations that will be required in the near future. We welcome submissions for presentations related to any of these areas and from groups involved in large projects with significant future data needs, e.g. ASKAP, SkyMapper. We also note that the workshop will include a presentation from Prof. George Djorgovski (Caltech).

Key Dates

  • September 10: early deadline for expressing an interest to present, including talk title, if you wish to have a paper included in the proceedings of the main conference (using the registration form);
  • October 3; final deadline to register for talk (using the registration form);
  • October 7: deadline for submitting a paper for the IEEE proceedings (if taking up this option);
  • November 22: early-bird registration for e-Science ends (register here);
  • December 3: final registration for e-Science (register here);
  • December 7: e-Science Workshop;
  • December 8-10: e-Science Conference.

Note that formal registration to attend the workshop and/or conference should be done through the e-Science conference website.

Anyone presenting a talk at the workshop has the option of having their contribution appear as a paper in the IEEE conference proceedings which will be distributed on a CD at the conference to all registered participants. To make this happen the author will need to have a draft of the paper ready by October 7 which the Organising Committee will then peer-review and have ready to submit to the conference organisers by October 18. To give workshop participants the option to take-up this opportunity we have structured our deadline for expressing an interest in presenting accordingly. However, submitting a paper is optional. If you are selected to talk at the workshop you are not obligated to develop a written version and can take until the day of the workshop to develop your contribution.

Organising Committee

  • Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne)
  • Tamara Davis (UQ)
  • Michael Drinkwater (UQ)
  • Andrew Hopkins (AAO)
  • Ray Norris (CSIRO)
  • Jon Smillie (ANU/NCI)

Workshop Goals

  • to highlight innovative techniques associated with e-Science projects within Australian astronomy and astrophysics;
  • share experiences so far and future plans within the astronomy community and in the wider scope of the encompassing e-Science conference;
  • to facilitate presentations from the various large survey projects on their intended data management and data dissemination plans, and from the large simulation projects on the same issues;
  • to present advances in hardware and software techniques required for supporting these large projects;
  • to discuss the current status of the International VO Alliance standards and the various production-quality tools that exist to implement these standards. While much has already been achieved, the VO networks can still be considered a fledgling industry in some sense as there are still many challenges to be met, especially as we move towards peta-scale data-sets.

Intended Workshop Outcomes
Intended outcomes will include an understanding of overlap between the future data management plans of various groups within the astronomical community, and steps towards coordinating these plans. The opportunity to interface with the broader e-Science community, and the associated crossover of knowledge and ideas, will enhance efforts in this direction.

It is also necessary to establish the particular challenges facing the large survey and simulation projects in terms of data management, data distribution and data characterisation/analysis. Then to identify tools, many of which may be currently under development, that can be applied to these challenges. Bringing together the various people involved in producing data, on one-side, and analysing data, on the other-side, within this workshop will facilitate progress in these areas.

This workshop is supported in part by the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

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