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What are these meetings?

The NCSA/Illinois Science Survey Group is a group of astronomers and data scientists from the NCSA and the University of Illinois astronomy department working on large astronomical surveys, particularly DES and LSST. These meetings provide a forum to update each other on production challenges, introduce new analysis tools and discuss the scientific applications of these exciting new datasets.

When and where are these meetings?

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 27, 2015
  • September 22, 2015
  • July 21, 2015

Who is invited to these meetings?

Generally, any member of the NCSA or the Illinois astronomy, physics or 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


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