Venue: New England Research & Development Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Local Organisers: August Muench, Jenine Humber, Alyssa Goodman, José Galache, Louise Rubin, Sarah Block, Alberto Pepe.
Summary: The Seamless Astronomy group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will be hosting .Astronomy 5 at Microsoft Research’s beautiful NERD Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We aim to host 50 attendees for a three-day event conference, unconference and hack day all about astronomy online!
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About MSR NERD:
The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) is a research and software innovation campus located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The NERD vertical campus spans two buildings with its primary presence and conference center located at One Memorial Drive and a recently renovated and expanded space located at One Cambridge Center. NERD is home to some of Microsoft’s most strategic teams including Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), SharePoint Workspace, Microsoft Technical Computing, Microsoft Advertising, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office 365 and more. NERD has become a hub of activity for the local tech community and has hosted more than 900 events and welcomed more than 80,000 visitors during the past three years.
|Time||Mon 16th||Tue 17th||Wed 18th|
|9:45||Welcome||Hack Day Intros||Hack Summary|
|10:00||Stuart Lynn||Hack Day Intros||Hack Summary|
|10:30||Elisabeth Newton||Hack Day Intros||Coffee|
|11:30||Curtis Wong||Hack Day||Amy Robinson|
|12:00||David Hogg||Hack Day||Amanda Bauer|
|17:30||Alberto Accomazzi||Hack Day||Tony Hey|
|18:30||Hack Day||Dinner and|
A Smarter Zooniverse – Stuart Lynn, Zooniverse
Abstract: Until now most Zooniverse projects have treated all citizen scientists, and subjects they classify, on an even footing. While this is a nobly egalitarian situation it doesn’t reflect the range of peoples abilities and the range of task difficulties. I will talk about ongoing ways in which we are trying to understand our users in real time and how we use that information to increase efficiency, encourage learning and make the Zooniverse a better experience for everyone.
Astronomy Blogging and Astrobites – Elisabeth Newton, Harvard
Abstract: The founding and dramatic growth of Astrobites has been key component of my graduate school career. I will talk about the origins and organization of Astrobites as well as its current readership. Beyond the blog itself, Astrobites has been my induction into the world of astronomy online. I will present the results of two surveys aimed at learning how the (less than) average astronomer interacts with the online community. I will discuss how we follow blogs, how often we read blog posts, and how blogging savvy the (also less than) average astronomy graduate student is.
Outreach and Learning with Astronomy Data Visualization – Curtis Wong, Microsoft Research
Abstract: WorldWide Telescope was launched in 2008 with interactive guided tours that were designed to easily enable the creation of narrated interactive movies through the rich visual 3D environment for didactic learning. Since that time WWT has integrated the ability to import large spatial temporal data sets which can be plotted on the Earth or other reference frames in space to allow for rich interactive data visualization over time. This new capability can extend the didactic learning with access to data to allow for learning process that are closer to traditional scientific discovery based on hypotheses followed by exploration and data driven analysis and discovery.
Crowdsourcing a High Dynamic-Range Image of the Entire Night Sky – David Hogg, NYU
Abstract: The sum total of astronomical information contained in snapshots and amateur astro-photographs is almost certainly enormous. I discuss ways we might obtain, combine, and scientifically benefit from the data in this rich source. I also discuss some possible implications for citizen science and large-scale astrophysics projects.
The dotAstrophysics Data System – Alberto Accomazzi, SAO
Abstract: As Virtual Observatory efforts and funding are scaled back in the US and elsewhere, we should reconsider the role that a literature repository such as ADS plays in the research workflow of astronomers, librarians, and archivists. In addition to the full-text of the major astronomy papers, the ADS has now in its archive descriptive metadata for a rich set of research content which includes articles, observing proposals, facilities, Vizier catalogs, and links to objects, data, software, and funding sources. I will discuss how we are able to extract some of this information from the text, aggregate it with external resources, and expose it to our users via our new search engine and API. I will highlight what we are doing to allow external curators and developers to use ADS as a discovery platform and how their metadata can be integrated back into our system.
An Experiment in Supporting the Public in Research & Publishing Results – Laura Trouille, The Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University
Abstract: In this talk we present the in-progress results of an ongoing experiment in collaborative research and article writing within the citizen science context. Beginning July 18th and continuing today, astronomers and the Zooniverse team are running Galaxy Zoo Quench (quench.galaxyzoo.org), investigating the mechanism(s) that recently and abruptly shut off star formation in a sample of post-quenched galaxies. Through this project, the public has the opportunity to experience the entire process of science, including galaxy classification, reading background literature, data analysis, discussion, debate, drawing conclusions, and writing an article to submit to a professional journal. The discussion will focus on how to leverage online tools to authentically engage the public in the entire process of science.
EyeWire – Amy Robinson, EyeWire
Abstract: If we want to understand how the brain works, we need to map one. But it takes a researcher over 50 hours to reconstruct just one neuron — and there are over 80 billion neurons in every human brain. To tackle this monumental challenge, Seung Lab at MIT did the natural thing and drew inspiration from Angry Birds. We’re harnessing the power of gamers. EyeWire, a game to map the brain, launched in December 2012 and has since grown to over 80,000 people from 130+ countries who together are deciphering the mysteries of neural information processing.
Communication Strategies: How do you Organize a Party in Space? You Planet – Amanda Bauer, Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)
Abstract: So you want to engage the community, inspire students, promote your research, and/or advertise your brilliant web-based innovation so more people use it. How can you do this? What are the best ways to promote your project? And maybe most importantly, how do you measure your impact so you can report your successes and seek further financial support? First, you define a communication strategy, and then you use all the tools available to you to achieve those goals. I will discuss ways to go about doing these things.
The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Tony Hey, Microsoft Research
Abstract: There is broad recognition within the scientific community that the emerging data deluge will fundamentally alter disciplines in areas throughout academic research. A wide variety of scientists—biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, engineers – will require tools, technologies, and platforms that seamlessly integrate into standard scientific methodologies and processes. “The Fourth Paradigm” refers to the data management techniques and the computational systems needed to manipulate, visualize, and manage large amounts of scientific data. This talk will illustrate the challenges researchers will face, the opportunities these changes will afford, and the resulting implications for data-intensive researchers.
|Adam Ginsburg||University of Colorado-Boulder||@keflavich|
|Adrian Price-Whelan||Columbia University||@astrodrian|
|Alberto Accomazzi||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@aaccomazzi|
|Alyssa Goodman||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@aagie|
|Amanda Bauer||Australian Astronomical Obs.||@astropixie|
|Anais Rassat||Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||@anaisrassat|
|August Muench||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@augustmuench|
|Brooke Simmons||University of Oxford||@vrooje|
|Chris Beaumont||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@BeaumontChris|
|Christopher Erdmann||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@libcce|
|Cliff Johnson||University of Washington||@lcjohnso|
|Curtis Wong||Microsoft Research eScience||@worldwidewong|
|Dan Foreman-Mackey||New York University||@exoplaneteer|
|Darren Croton||Swinburne University||@darrencroton|
|David Condon||WGBH/NOVA/NOVA Labs||@theNOVALabs|
|David W Hogg||New York University||@davidwhogg|
|Demitri Muna||Ohio State University||@scicoder|
|Doug Roberts||Microsoft Research/Northwestern|
|Elisabeth Newton||Harvard University||@astroellie|
|Erik Tollerud||Yale University||@eteq|
|Erin Braswell||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@erinbspace|
|Geert Barentsen||University of Hertfordshire||@GeertMcTwit|
|James Allen||University of Sydney||@j_t_allen|
|Jenine Humber||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA|
|John Johnson||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@astrojohnjohn|
|Jonathan Fay||Microsoft Research||@astrojonathan|
|Jose Luis Galache||Minor Planet Center/CfA||@JLGalache|
|Joseph Harrington||University of Central Florida|
|Joshua E Peek||Columbia University||@joshuaegpeek|
|Kaylea Nelson||Yale University||@kaylea_nelson|
|Kelle Cruz||Hunter College/AMNH||@kellecruz|
|Kevin Govender||IAU astro4dev||@govender|
|Kyle Willett||University of Minnesota||@kwwillett|
|Louise Rubin||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@louiserubin|
|Markus Pössel||Haus der Astronomie||@mpoessel|
|Matthew Sottile||Galois Inc.||@mjsottile|
|Michelle Borkin||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@michelle_borkin|
|Nathan Sanders||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@astrobites|
|Niall Deacon||MPIA Heidelberg||@nialldeacon|
|Nicole Gugliucci||Southern Illinois||@noisyastronomer|
|Omar Laurino||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA||@OmarLaurino|
|Patricia Udomprasert||Harvard/WWT Ambassadors||@WWTAmbassadors|
|Renee Hlozek||Princeton University||@reneehlozek|
|Roy Gould||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA|
|Ruth Angus||University of Oxford||@RuthAngus|
|Sarah Block||Harvard-Smithsonian CfA|
|Sarah Horst||University of Colorado-Boulder||@planetdr|
|Sarah Kendrew||University of Oxford||@sarahkendrew|
|Thomas Boch||CNRS – Observatoire de Strasbourg||@bochthomas|
|Thomas Robitaille||MPIA Heidelberg||@astrofrog|
|Tim Staley||University of Southampton||@YossariansLife|
|Vanessa Moss||University of Sydney/CSIRO||@cosmicpudding|