Location: All sessions take place at Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive). View Hot-Wired VI Map.

Time: All events are scheduled in Central Daylight Time, the local timezone.

Printable Schedule: PDF.

Livestreaming: BlueJeans Livestream Link Disabled. The meeting is not being recorded, but we are attempting a “do-it-yourself” livestream. Please be patient, as the set-up is simply an iPad in the meeting room. Thank you.

Food: Apart from Tuesday’s optional banquet dinner, all meals are independent (i.e., not provided at the meeting).

  • Refreshments will be provided in the mornings, and at breaks. (Beverages: coffee, tea, water. Snacks: coffee cake or bagels, fruit in the morning; cookies & dessert bars in the afternoon.)
  • Participants are encouraged to enjoy meals in groups. See recommended on- and off-campus dining options on the Lodging & Dining page.


8:00 PM Informal Welcome Gathering
Evanston Pub (1601 Sherman Avenue)


9:00 – 9:30 AM Participant Check-in
9:30 – 9:40 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern): Time-domain Eco System & Structure of the Conference
Session 1 Lessons Learned from Past & Current Surveys
Chair: Candice Stauffer (Northwestern)
9:40 – 10:10 AM Maria Drout (U. of Toronto): Time Domain Astro in the 2020s
10:10 – 10:25 AM SLIDES Sara Webb (Swinburne University of Technology): Science with DWF: The Second to Minute Transient Universe
10:25 – 10:40 AM Regis Cartier (CTIO/NOAO): The NIR ULTRA-VISTA SN survey
10:40 – 10:55 AM SLIDES Matthew Lehner (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics): Status of the Transneptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS II)
10:55 – 11:15 AM COFFEE BREAK
11:15 – 11:55 AM Panel: Lessons Learned from Past & Current surveys: PanSTARRS, ZTF, ASASSN, DLT-40, ASASSN, DWF
Moderator: Sara Webb (Swinburne University of Technology)
Ryan Chornock (Ohio U.), Maria Drout (U. of Toronto), Christoffer Fremling (Caltech), Dave Sand (U. of Arizona), Benjamin Shappee (U. of Hawaii)
Session 2 The Future with LSST
Chair: David Matthews (Northwestern)
11:55 – 12:15 PM SLIDES Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory): The Future: Transient Science Enabled by LSST
12:15 – 12:35 PM SLIDES Melissa Graham (LSST & U. of Washington): The Future: LSST (Data Products)
12:35 – 2:05 PM LUNCH BREAK (independent)
Session 3 Alert Packet Tools
Chair: Lindsay DeMarchi (Northwestern)
2:05 – 2:25 PM SLIDES Eric Bellm (U. of Washington): The Future: LSST (Alert Distribution and Filtering)
2:25 – 2:45 PM SLIDES David Collom (Las Cumbres Observatory): Demo Session on MARS
2:45 – 3:00 PM SLIDES Scott Barthelmy (Las Cumbres Observatory): The Time-domain Astronomy Coordinate Hub (TACH)
3:00 – 3:15 PM SLIDES Emily Petroff (University of Amsterdam Astronomical Institute): A VOEvent Standard for Fast Radio Bursts and its Applications
3:15 – 3:30 PM Michael Briggs (U. of Alabama): Real-Time Alerts from the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor
3:30 – 3:50 PM COFFEE BREAK
Session 4 Brokers (Part 1)
Chair: Giacomo Terreran (Northwestern)
3:50 – 4:30 PM SLIDES Monika Soraisam (NOAO): Talk and Demo Session on ANTARES
4:30 – 5:10 PM SLIDES Matt Nicholl (U. of Edinburgh): Talk and Demo session on LASAIR


Session 1 Brokers (Part 2)
Chair: Dan Milisavljevic (Purdue)
9:00 – 9:40 AM SLIDES *Ernesto Castillo (CMM/MAS): Talk and Demo Session on ALeRCE
9:40 – 9:55 AM SLIDES *Meg Schwamb (Queen’s University Belfast): The LSST-MPC Connection
9:55 – 10:35 AM SLIDES Rob Seaman (Catalina Sky Survey): NEOfixer and the Catalina Sky Survey: a Broker for Near Earth Asteroids
10:35 – 10:55 AM COFFEE BREAK
10:55 – 11:25 AM Round Table: Brokers
Moderator: Wen-fai Fong (Northwestern)
Kate Alexander (Northwestern), Edo Berger (Harvard), Baptiste Cecconi (Observatoire de Paris), Phil Cowperthwaite (Carnegie Observatories)
Session 2 Open Data Access
Chair: Genevieve Schroeder (Northwestern)
11:25 – 11:40 AM SLIDES Peter Williams (Center for Astrophysics: Harvard & Smithsonian and American Astronomical Society): The WorldWide Telescope
11:40 – 12:30 PM Talks and Demo on LCO TOM (20 + 15 + 15 minutes)
SLIDES Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory): The Astrophysical Events Observatory Network (AEON): science use-cases
SLIDES Tim Lister (Las Cumbres Observatory): Target and Observation Manager (TOM) Systems for Solar System Science
SLIDES Jamison Burke (UC Santa Barbara/Las Cumbres Observatory): Using the TOM Toolkit to Rebuild the Supernova Exchange
12:30 – 2:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (independent)
Session 3 Follow-up Resources Part 1 (spectroscopic + multi-wave)
Chair: Wynn Jacobson-Galan (Northwestern)
2:00 – 2:20 PM SLIDES Ryan Chornock (Ohio U.): Spectroscopic Follow-up
2:20 – 2:40 PM SLIDES Kate Alexander (Northwestern): Radio Breakthroughs: A New Window on the Transient Sky
2:40 – 3:00 PM SLIDES Bryan Miller (Gemini Observatory): Gemini in AEON
3:00 – 3:15 PM SLIDES Cesar Briceno (SOAR/CTIO): The SOAR Telescope in the Astronomical Event Observatory Network (AEON)
3:15 – 3:30 PM SLIDES Stephen Ridgway (NOAO): Challenges of Telescope Allocation in Time-domain Astronomy
3:30 – 3:50 PM COFFEE BREAK
Chair: David Buckley (South African Astronomical Observatory)
3:50 – 4:10 PM SLIDES Lou Strolger (Space Telescope Science Institute): Policies and Machine-learning Processes which Reduce Bias in the Allocation of Follow-up Resources
4:10 – 4:25 PM SLIDES Daniel Bramich (NYUAD): X-ray Binary New Early Warning System (XB-NEWS)
4:25 – 4:40 PM SLIDES Brenna Mockler (UC Santa Cruz): An Energy Inventory of Tidal Disruption Events
4:40 – 5:30 PM Panel: Spectroscopic and Multi-wavelength Follow-up in the Era of Thousands of Alerts per Night
Moderator: W. Neil Brandt (Penn State)
Deanne Coppejans (Northwestern), Denis Leahy (U. of Calgary), Jeonghee Rho (SETI Institute), Giacomo Terreran (Northwestern), Aaron Tohuvavohu (Penn State), Nikolaus Volgenau (Las Cumbres Observatory)
*Remote Presentation
7:00 PM Banquet Dinner (optional)
The Stained Glass (1735 Benson Ave.)


Session 1 Follow-up Resources Part 2 (spectroscopic + multi-wave)
Chair: Deanne Coppejans (Northwestern)
9:00 – 9:15 AM Tyler Pritchard (NYU): Extreme Broad-lined Type Ic SNe: Understanding SNe in the Fast Transient Regime
9:15 – 9:30 AM SLIDES Yuhan Yao (Caltech): Supernova Experiments Conducted by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)
9:30 – 9:45 AM Wynn Jacobson-Galán (Northwestern): Constraining Type Iax Progenitor Scenarios Through the Detection of Spectroscopic Helium
9:45 – 10:00 AM Tyler Linder (Astronomical Research Institute): Near Earth Asteroid Follow-up and Telescope Automation
Session 2 Multi-messenger Astrophysics
Chair: Aprajita Hajela (Northwestern)
10:00 – 10:30 AM SLIDES Christopher Berry (Northwestern): Multi-messenger Astrophysics with Gravitational Waves
10:30 – 10:45 AM SLIDES Kerry Paterson (Northwestern): SAGUARO: Searching the Optical Sky for Gravitational Waves
10:45 – 11:05 AM COFFEE BREAK
11:05 – 11:35 AM Anna Franckowiak (DESY): Multi-messenger Astronomy with Neutrinos
11:35 – 11:55 AM SLIDES Derek Fox (Penn State): The AMON Network
11:55 – 12:15 PM SLIDES Surabhi Sachdev (Penn State): Early Warning Detection of Gravitational Waves from Binary Neutron Star Coalescences
12:15 – 12:30 PM SLIDES Andy Howell (Las Cumbres Observatory / UCSB): SCiMMA – Scalable Cyberinfrastructure for Multi-Messenger Astronomy
12:30 – 2:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (independent)
Session 3 Algorithms, Machine Learning, Astroinformatics (Part 1)
Chair: Niharika Sravan (Purdue)
2:00 – 2:30 PM SLIDES Adam Miller (Northwestern): Machine Learning: the Answer to the LSST Time-Domain Classification Problem?
2:30 – 2:50 PM SLIDES Daniel Muthukrishna (U. of Cambridge): RAPID: Early Classification of Explosive Transients using Deep Learning
2:50 – 3:05 PM SLIDES Sebastian Gomez (Harvard): Searching for Superluminous Supernovae in Transient Alert Streams
3:05 – 3:20 PM SLIDES Liam Connor (U. of Amsterdam): Applying Deep Learning to Real-time FRB Classification on ALERT
3:20 – 3:40 PM COFFEE BREAK
Chair: Anya Nugent (Northwestern)
3:40 – 3:55 PM SLIDES Ninah Hernitschek (Caltech): Machine-Learning Strategies for Variable Source Classification
3:55 – 4:10 PM SLIDES Johannes Marais (U. of the Free): Machine Learning Techniques to Classify Transients in the LSST era: a Proof-of-Concept using MeerLICHT
4:10 – 7:30 PM DINNER BREAK (independent)
7:30 – 8:30 PM Public Lecture, McCormick Auditorium
Andrew J. Connolly (U. of Washington): Streaming the Universe


Session 1 Algorithms, Machine Learning, Astroinformatics (Part 2)
Chair: Adam Miller (Northwestern)
9:00 – 9:30 AM SLIDES Antonella Palmese (Fermilab): Time Domain Science with DESI
9:30 – 9:50 AM Ashley Villar (Harvard): Light-curve Classification Efforts
9:50 – 10:10 AM Adriano Baldeschi (Northwestern): Classifying Transients from their Environments
10:10 – 10:25 AM V. Zach Golkhou (U. of Washington): GenESIS: A Framework for Time-domain Analysis
10:25 – 10:45 AM COFFEE BREAK
Session 2 Algorithms, Machine Learning, Astroinformatics (Part 3)
Chair: Kerry Paterson (Northwestern)
10:45 – 11:05 AM SLIDES Griffin Hosseinzadeh (Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian): 3000 Photometrically Classified Transients from the Pan-STARRS Medium Deep Survey
11:05 – 11:20 AM SLIDES Lucy Fortson (U. of Minnesota): Supporting Transient Surveys with Citizen Science
11:20 -11:35 AM SLIDES Adam McMaster (Zooniverse, U. of Oxford): Building the Zooniverse into Your Pipeline
11:35 – 11:50 AM SLIDES David Grant (U. of Oxford): Global Jet Watch: a Network of Ttelescopes for Time-lapse Spectroscopy
11:50 – 12:00 PM Concluding Remarks
12:00 – 12:05 PM GROUP PHOTO
12:05 – 2:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (independent)
2:00 – 5:00 PM Hack Session (optional)
Hands-On TOM Toolkit Set-up and Customization Workshop
Session Leader: David Collom (Las Cumbres Observatory)
2:00 PM Bus Departs Evanston and Travels to Downtown Chicago
Departs from: 40 Arts Circle Drive (Block Museum, just south of meeting venue)
Arrives to: 112 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
3:30 – 5:00 PM Architecture Boat Tour (optional)
5:00 – 8:30 PM DINNER BREAK IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO (independent)
8:30 PM Bus Returns from Downtown Chicago to Evanston
Departs from: 112 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Arrives to: Orrington Hotel, 1710 Orrington Avenue


9:00 AM – Noon Hack Session (optional)
Observing Queues
Session Organizers: Bob Goodrich (GMTO) and Jay Elias (SOAR/NOAO)

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