Mocking the Universe
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
In the coming era of LSST, PanSTARRS, WFIRST, Euclid, ALMA, ELTs, JWST, and other facilities, we want to know: What science can we learn by injecting more astrophysics into mock catalogs, and how can we use mock data to maximize the science output of real data?
This workshop will cover a variety of astronomy topics bound together by their need to mock the universe: strong and weak lensing, stellar streams and Milky Way dynamics, galaxy and star formation, large scale structure, and dust. How do you simulate data? What techniques do you use to check whether you get out what you put in? What do you hope to learn by comparing mock catalogs to real data? How can we best use observations to improve synthetic ones? Are there parts of our fake universes that we should share with the community? How?
As computing resources grow and simulations resolve entire observable universes, it may become possible to simulate every pixel observed in next-generation surveys, many times over. Is this a worthy goal? Where should our simulations and surveys meet in order to learn the most about how our universe works? What are the computing, mathematical, and scientific problems we must overcome to achieve these goals?
We invite contributed talks and posters along the entire continuum of observations to theory, especially those that exploit combinations of fake and real data to constrain astrophysical models, measure cosmological parameters, and determine our cosmic history.
We stress that this workshop is as much for "observers" to discuss how they use mock data, and how real data inform what mock observations should include but don't, as it is for "theorists" to discuss how they mock the universe.
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|May 1||Deadline for pre-registration and abstract submission|
|May 15||Notification of acceptance to attend the conference, and approval to register and pay|
|June 26||Deadline for payment of registration fee|
|Sunday, July 26, 2015||Registration and Opening Reception at STScI||5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, July 27, 2015||Workshop||8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, July 28, 2015||Workshop||9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, July 28, 2018||Conference Banquet at Cafe Azafran||6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, July 29, 2018||Workshop||9:00 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.|
Please see the Workshop Agenda for a full breakdown of sessions.
Flory Hill (Coordinator)
Molly Peeples (Chair)
Registered participants who are presenting a poster will be shown the area designated for displaying posters; push pins for securing your poster will be available in the session space.
Posters will be available for viewing until 2pm on the final day of the event in the auditorium. If you wish to keep your original poster you must remove it by that time; posters not removed by that time will be discarded.
Posters should conform to the dimensions listed below; display space during the conference is limited.
|117 cm||81 cm|
This discussion-intensive workshop is limited to 70 participants; preference will be given to those who pre-register. The workshop will last 2.5 days, from Monday, July 27 to Wednesday, July 29, with a reception the evening of Sunday, July 26. It will include a combination of invited talks (30 minutes), contributed talks (10-15 minutes), and posters. The registration fee, covering breakfasts, coffee breaks, and an opening reception on Sunday, July 26, is $110. The conference banquet cost is $65.
Mocking the Universe Materials
July 27, 2015 - July 29, 2015