Computational Radio Astronomy with Julia

07/27/2023, 10:00 PM11:00 PM UTC
32-G449 (Kiva)


Radio interferometry produces the sharpest images in astronomy through the concept of a computational telescope, with software and algorithms integral to their success. In the coming decade, new facilities, including the ngEHT, ngVLA, and SKA, will revolutionize astronomy, leveraging breakthroughs in digital technology to generate Petabyte-scale datasets. This minisymposium will explore Julia's rapidly growing role in radio astronomy and highlight crucially needed developments.


Complete schedule and abstracts here

This mini-symposium's focus will be on the progress and development of Julia-based software within the radio astronomy community. This mini-symposium will be split into three parts: - The first part will highlight where the direction of radio astronomy and what tools will be needed in the future. The second part will highlight what development is underway in Julia and where we need to focus in the future. Speakers will describe what computational obstacles (e.g., data volume, processing speed, algorithmic development) radio astronomers face and how Julia could help. - The third part will be a roundtable discussion of the presented topics and what areas of development and outreach the community should prioritize. Part of this section will be the start of a technical report highlighting the future development goals of the Julia radio astronomy field that will be published shortly after the symposium. Schedule

Introduction and Challenges of Radio Astronomy (3 – 4 pm)

  • Sara Issaoun (3:00 - 3:20), Imaging Black Holes with the Event Horizon Telescope
  • Kiran Shila (3:20 - 3:40), Real Time Stream Processing for Radio Interferometers in Julia
  • Dave MacMahon (3:40 - 4:00), How I use Julia in radio astronomy/interferometry (to find aliens)

Break (4 pm - 5pm) Wolfram Keynote

The State of Julia and Radio Interferometry (5:10 - 6:10 pm)

  • Paul Tiede (5:10 - 5:30), Imaging Black Holes on Your Laptop
  • Sasha Plavin (5:30 - 5:50), Accessing astronomy tools from Julia
  • Frank Lind (5:50 - 6:10), Adaptive Radio Science with Julia

Round-Table Discussion (6:20 - 7:00 pm)

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Pumas AIQuEra Computing Inc.Relational AIJeffrey Sarnoff

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Jolin.ioBeacon BiosignalsMIT CSAILBoeing

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