Swinburne - Caltech Transients Workshop

5 - 7 October 2015

A three-day workshop that aims to highlight the latest transient science from Caltech and Swinburne research groups. The focus will be wide - across wavelength, instrumentation, data acquisition, and data science techniques.

Transient science at Caltech and Swinburne has been progressing at an ever increasing rate. Large efforts at wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum, and surveys coordinating observations at multiple facilities over multiple wavelength regimes, provide a wide variety of challenges and solutions. Effectively analyzing and merging the tremendous amount of data produced by existing and upcoming radio and optical surveys and searching for transients with poorly constrained or unknown characteristics requires innovative data science and machine learning techniques.

The workshop will be designed to promote discussions on current and future projects in order to maximize science by sharing knowledge and ideas and by building stronger collaborations between the two institutions and building/strengthening external collaborations.

Scientific themes include:

  • Optical transients - New types, Ia science, SLSNe, faint SNe, kilonovae, very fast events
  • Radio transients, including RRATs, magnetars, and FRBs
  • FRB and GW optical and multi-wavelength counterparts
  • Surveys (SUDSS, iPTF, zPTF, SkyMapper, Taipan, KISS, KDUST, etc.)
  • Instrumentation - Keck tertiary mirror, SwinCam, Keck ToO and hour proposal program, and others
  • Data science and machine learning techniques

Registration Deadline

Registration will close on August 1st 2015.

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop. However, the attendance will be restricted to ~40 participants from Swinburne and Caltech, as well as several collaborators from other institutions.


The workshop will be held in the Hameetman Auditorium in the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the Caltech campus.

Last Updated: Jul 26 2015