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We hold these meetings at 9 AM the fourth Tuesday of every month in NCSA room 2100 (the Integrated Project Team Lab). Previous and upcoming talks include:

  • October 26, 2015
  • September 22, 2015
  • July 21, 2015

Who is invited to these meetings?

Generally, any member of the NCSA , or the Illinois astronomy department , physics or a related department with a strong interest in astronomical surveys, particularly DES or LSST, is welcome. That being said, these are not general interest colloquia. We devote a significant fraction of each meeting to in depth production discussions. People who do not work on DES or LSST will likely not be interested.

Can I give a talk?

Yes! We are very interested in hearing about survey science both from the computational side (database techniques, processing algorithms, data serving tools, etc.) and the more standard science side (particularly results from DES or predictions for LSST). Speakers should prepare informal 5-15 minutes presentations and leave space for questions. Please contact Eric Morganson ( or Felipe Menanteau ( to confirm a talk.

Notes from previous talks?

September 22, 2015