Last Updated: 20191211

AAS 235: Splinter Meeting

The Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics AAS Working Group into the 2020s

Sunday, 5 January 2020

9:30am - 11:30am
Room 303 B
Hawaii Convention Center & Honolulu, HI

Remote Participation via ZOOM link
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The AAS Working Group on Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics (WGAA) was established at the 220th AAS Meeting (June 2012, Anchorage) in response to a White Paper report submitted to the Astro2010 Decadal Survey. Since then, the Working Group has been developing and spreading awareness of the applications of advanced computer science, statistics and allied branches of applied mathematics to further the goals of astronomical and astrophysical research.

This Splinter Meeting will review the status of the WGAA, communicate the WGAA activities to the community, and discuss future challenges and goals related to the fields of Astrostatistics & Astroinformatics.

The session will start with presentations of two White Papers that were submitted by the WGAA to Astro2020 Decadal:

(1) Science Call: The Next Decade of Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics (Archive page: arXiv:1903.06796 )
(2) State of Profession call: Realizing the potential of Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics (Archive page arXiv:1909.11714 )

Following these presentations, the session will move into a moderated, open discussion, and solicitation of ideas about future directions and goals for the Working Group, and a possibility of becoming a new division.

Moderator: Gwendolyne Eadie (co-chair of the WGAA Steering Committee, University of Toronto)


9:30am-9:35am: Introduction and a Brief Overview of the AAS WGAA - Gwendolyn Eadie
9:35am-9:55am: Overview of WGAA Science White Paper - Matthew Graham (Caltech, member of WGAA Steering Committee)
9:55am-10:05am: Questions and Open Discussion
10:05am-10:25am: Overview of WGAA State-of-the-Profession White Paper - Gwendolyn Eadie
10:25am-10:35am: Questions and Open Discussion
10:35am-10:55am: Current and Future WGAA and related Events - Chad Schafer (CMU) , Vinay Kashyap (CfA)
10:55am-11:30am: Open Discussion

To join the meeting remotely use this ZOOM link.

The Slides for the presentations:

Science White Paper
State of the Profession
The Feigelson List
Vinay's Slides
Chad's Slides

Ask-A-Statistician Table

A rolling Ask-A-Statistician discussion table provides an opportunity to discuss specific topics with statisticians and astrostatisticians who will be present at designated times. Please check Ask-A-Statistician web page for the details. You can send your questions/topics for a discussion using google docs sheet.

Other Events of Interest at AAS 235

There are several sessions and talks during AAS 235 that are of interest to astrostatistics and astroinformatics which we list on Other Events Page .

If there is something we have missed, please let us know.


Gwendolyne Eadie (gwen.eadie @ utoronto. ca)
Aneta Siemiginowska (asiemiginowska @ cfa . harvard . edu)
Ashish Mahabal (aam @ astro . caltech . edu)
Vinay Kashyap (vkashyap @ cfa . harvard . edu)


2019-dec-11: started page.
2020-jan-02: links to additional events and web pages.


The Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics Working Group into the 2020s
5 Jan 2020
Room 303 B