Connecting the Global VLBI Array in the New Era of High-Speed Networks

8-9 April 2002
MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, MA USA

Sponsored by the following organizations:

International VLBI Service (IVS)
Global VLBI Working Group (GVWG)
MIT Haystack Observatory


First Announcement, December 2001

Registration is required for attendance. Registration closes 10 March 2002.

Objectives

Important Dates

Location

Complete Presentations

Program and Schedule

Registration

Transportation

Lodging

Local Information

Program Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Tentative Agenda

Objectives     With the world increasingly wired for high-speed data communications, the prospects for routine global electronic transmission of VLBI data (dubbed 'e-VLBI') become brighter every day. Not only will e-VLBI help to eliminate costly and complex recording equipment, but it should eventually lead to data rates and volumes unattainable by traditional recording equipment. This will lead to improved sensitivity, allowing new science to be explored at lower costs.

This international two-day meeting at MIT Haystack Observatory is being organized to explore the current state of high-speed astronomy data transmission, concentrating on e-VLBI, but recognizing the synergy with other geodesy/astronomy applications requiring real-time or near-real-time high-speed data transmissions. Among the topics to be discussed:
  • International networking facilities - now and future
  • User requirements for high-speed networking
  • Reports on current and projected e-VLBI and related efforts
  • Networking protocols for real-time data transmission
  • Public vs. dedicated networks
  • Establishing international standards for e-VLBI data transfer
Contributions of oral and poster presentations is encouraged. We expect most presentations to be of a technical nature, but encourage potential users to make their needs and wishes known as well. In addition, we plan to invite key networking specialists and providers to present their view and projections for meeting the challenges presented by e-VLBI and to provide a forum for interaction with the VLBI/astronomy community.

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Important Dates    

  • 3 December 2001 - First announcement
  • 1 February 2002 - Second announcement
  • 24 February 2002 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • 1 March 2002 - Final announcement
  • 10 March 2002 - Deadline for registration
  • 22 March 2002 - Deadline for hotel reservations

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Location     The workshop will be hosted by MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts, USA. Haystack Observatory is situated amid rolling hills on 1300 forested acres of MIT land 35 miles northwest of Boston. The meeting will take place at the Observatory, which offers comfortable and spacious surroundings with modern conference facilities. Early April is the very beginning of spring in central New England, typified by cool sunny days and crisp clear nights, though the weather can be quite unpredictable during this time of year.

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Abstract Submission     Contributions of oral and poster presentations is encouraged. We expect most presentations to be of a technical nature, but encourage potential users to make their needs and wishes known as well. We will try to accommodate as many contributions as possible, but in order to balance the meeting content, we may ask some contributors to switch from oral to poster or vice versa. We plan to have most contributed oral presentations of length ~20 minutes including questions. In addition, we will invite key networking specialists and providers to present their views and projections for meeting the challenges presented by e-VLBI and to provide an opportunity for interaction with the VLBI/astronomy community.

We request that, as much as possible, presentations be available at the meeting in electronic format so that we may collect them together for reference at a web site following the meeting.

To submit an abstract, go to Go to Abstract Form
To view submitted abstracts, go to Abstracts with links to full .pdf presentation

Program and Schedule     The meeting program is being coordinated by a program committee chaired by Alan Whitney (USA) and including Yasuhiro Koyama (Japan), Steve Parsley (Europe) and Jon Romney (USA).

Welcoming Reception at Sheraton Tara Nashua: Sunday, 7 April 2002, 1800 EST

Sessions: Monday & Tuesday, 8-9 April 2002, 0830-1800 EST

Lunch will be provided each day of the workshop and dinner will be provided on Monday, 8 April.

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Tentative Agenda

Agenda (Updated 3/22/02)
Mark 5 Agenda - Wed. 4/10/02 (Updated 3/26/02)    

Registration     Registration is now open. There is no registration fee.

Due to the capacity of Haystack Observatory conference facilities, attendence will be limited to about 80, so register early! Everyone who plans to attend the meeting must register.


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Transportation     Haystack Observatory is about an equal distance from two regional airports- Boston Logan, MA, and Manchester, NH. The Manchester airport is closer to the meeting hotel and is unaffected by Boston traffic, but is served by somewhat fewer flights.

There are several choices for ground transportation to the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Use the phone numbers below to reserve a seat. All prices are for Boston Logan. Manchester may be somwhat cheaper.
Flight Line
1-800-245-2525
www.flightlineinc.com
$40 This is a shared ride.
M&L transportation
781-938-8646
$30 for 1 person
$40 for 2
$44 for 3
$50 for 4
This also would be a shared ride
TWC Limo
1-800-223-2325
$65 for 1 person
Superior Courier
1-800-371-6666
$82 for 2 people
$10 each additional person

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Lodging     A block of rooms has been set aside at the Sheraton Tara in Nashua, NH. The hotel has a full-service restaurant and bar. Room rate is $109 + state tax.

Participants are requested to make their own reservations if possible. Please mention "e-VLBI Meeting" to get this rate in our block of rooms. Rooms will be released from the block after 22 March 2002; please make your reservations before then. To make reservations you must contact the hotel directly via phone, fax or email. They require a credit card to guarantee your room.

If you need assitance with your reservations, please contact Heidi Johnson.

Sheraton Tara Hotel
11 Tara Blvd.
Nashua NH 03062
Reservations by email to Angie Forbes
Phone: +1-603 888-9970
Fax: +1-603 888-4112

There will be a welcoming reception at the hotel on Sunday April 8th at 6 pm.
All attendees welcome!

Driving directions to the hotel from either Manchester or Boston airport are on the hotel's Web page. Driving directions from the hotel to Haystack will be available under Local Information, below.

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Local Information

Driving directions to Haystack with text and maps.

Early April is the very beginning of spring in central New England, typified by cool sunny days and crisp clear nights, though the weather can be quite unpredictable during this time of year: Check local weather conditions before coming.

Other links to local information:
Pheasant Lane shopping mall
North of Boston Visitor Information Network
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
Tsongas Arena
Westford area restaurants
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell area info
Boston Online
Lincoln Labs visitor info
MIT visitor info

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Program Committee     The Program Committee is responsible for deciding on the topics to be covered at the workshop and setting up the sessions.

Members of the program committee are:

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Local Organizing Committee     Members of the local organizing committee are:

Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions.

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Please address questions or comments to Heidi Johnson
Last updated: 11 April 2002