MIT Haystack Observatory

October 12-14 2016


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Recent rapid advances in technologies relevant to VLBI have, in some cases, brought about a major re-thinking of the traditional ways of designing, building, and using VLBI. In addition to reports on current and near-term VLBI technology plans and achievements, an important focus of this meeting will be the opportunity for forward-looking views of VLBI technology in the decade of the 2020s. Some suggested areas of interest in this regard may include:

  1. Simplification of signal-chain; direct-RF-sampling
  2. New-generation of high-performance frequency standards
  3. Towards commodity computing for tasks now done with FPGAs
  4. Tbps-scale data recording/transmission
  5. Tbps-scale correlation and scaling to many stations
  6. VLBI from space (including space-to-space baselines)
  7. TeraHz VLBI - what are the limits?


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The workshop will be held at MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts, USA., approximately 50km NW of Boston.

Important Dates

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  • 1st announcement - week of May 22
  • 2nd announcement - week of July 10
  • Deadline for booking lodging - Sep 12
  • Abstract submission deadline - Sep 12
  • Registration deadline - Sep 23


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Haystack Observatory will host an icebreaker reception at Haystack Observatory on Tuesday, Oct 11, starting at 6:30 pm (projected end is 8:30 pm), as well as a meeting dinner at Haystack Observatory on Thursday, Oct 13. For those participants who arrive early and possibly want to walk off their jet lag, we are organizing a hike up Mount Monadnock (or possibly Mount Watatic) in southern New Hampshire. The hiking group will meet at 9:15am (tentative) on Tuesday, Oct 11, in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel, and the bus will return around 4:00pm; please indicate on the registration form if you are planning to participate.

Registration & Abstract Submission

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The registration fee is US $250 which includes an icebreaker reception on Tuesday evening, Oct 11, lunch on all three days, plus a workshop dinner at Haystack Observatory on Thursday, Oct 13. The fee will be collected at the registration desk at the meeting. The preferred payment option is by credit card (Visa or Mastercard); check and cash payment can be accommodated on request.


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Program Committee

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  • Sergei Gulyaev (New Zealand)
  • Michael Lindqvist (Sweden)
  • Jim Lovell (Tasmania)
  • Evgeny Nosov (Russia)
  • Bill Petrachenko (Canada)
  • Jonathan Quick (S. Africa)
  • Jon Romney (USA)
  • Alan Roy (Germany) - pending
  • Bong Won Sohn (S. Korea)
  • Arpad Szomoru (JIVE)
  • Kazuhiro Takefuji (Japan)
  • Gino Tuccari (Italy)
  • Alan Whitney (USA, chair)
  • Xiuzhong Zhang (China)

Local Organizing Committee

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  • Pedro Elosegui
  • Heidi Johnson
  • Arthur Niell
  • Chet Ruszczyk
  • Jason SooHoo
  • Alan Whitney


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Although Haystack Observatory cannot provide financial support for attendance at the workshop, we will, on request, send a letter of invitation to attend the meeting. If this would be of assistance for your travel plans, please contact Heidi Johnson to request a letter.


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Depending on your country of origin you may need a visa to enter the United States or you may be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Please check the Visa Waiver Program Countries to find out if you are eligible for a Visa Waiver.

If you need a Visa, please contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country in order to inquire about the necessary paperwork. If you can take advantage of the Visa Waiver Program, please obtain an approved travel authorization prior to your travel to the United States. For this purpose, use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Please make sure that you obtain your authorization in time.


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A block of rooms has been set aside at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford, MA., approximately 10km from Haystack Observatory.

Participants are requested to make their own reservations if possible. Please contact the hotel using the information given below. Rooms will be released from the block after September 11; please make your reservations before then. A credit card is required to guarantee your room. Be sure to to go to the private webpage Radisson to book reservation on-line.

Please note: the Radisson has a "Late Cancellation/No Show" fee equal to the first night room rate if not canceled at least 24 hours prior to arrival, as well as canceling the remainder of the reservation.

Radisson Hotel and Suites Chelmsford-Lowell
10 Independence Drive Phone: +1-978-256-0800
Chelmsford, MA 01824 Fax: +1-978-250-5887
United States Map and Directions


Studio Suite $129.00 + tax

Deluxe Room $109.00 + tax

Hotel amenities include:

Full breakfast for one

Indoor Heated Pool & Fitness Center

Independence Bar and Grill

Local shuttle service and free parking

Free wireless Internet access

Private webpage:    Radisson


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Service Contact Information Price Comments
Flight Line 1-800-245-2525
From Boston airport:
$67 for 1–3 people
$85 for 4 people
$100 for 5 people

From Manchester airport:
$97.75 for 1–3 people
$132.25 for 4–5 people
This is for a shared ride. Both Boston and Manchester airports are served by Flight Line
C & L Air Limo 1-800-247-7080
From Boston airport:
$76 for 1 person
$79 for 2 people
$89 for 3+ people

From Manchester airport:
$91 for 1 person
$91 for 2 people
$98 for 3 people
This is for a shared ride. Both Boston and Manchester airports are served by C & L Air Limo, Inc.

Local Information

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To reach Haystack Observatory please follow the map and text-based driving directions.

Other links to local information: