Exploring the Wide, Fast, Deep Universe

Sydney Australia • 20–23 May 2019



Exploring the Wide, Fast, Deep Universe

LSST@Asia in Sydney (Australia) is the first conference in what we intend to be a series, following on from a series of very successful LSST@Europe conferences held in 2013, 2016 and 2018. These meetings enabled close interaction between LSST personnel and European scientists interested in LSST.

LSST@Asia brought together scientists in Asia, Australia and South Africa with an interest in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and provided them with the opportunity to interact with each other as well as with leaders of the LSST Science Collaborations (Solar System; Stars, the Milky Way and Local Volume; Transients and Variable Stars; Galaxies; AGN; Strong Lensing; Dark Energy and Informatics) and hear updates on LSST construction and data processing progress.

The main objectives of the 2019 meeting were to:

  • Provide an update on the status of the LSST Project

  • Develop a network of scientists in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific involved in various aspects of LSST

  • Promote increased engagement of scientists with the LSST Science Collaborations

  • Explore synergies with other facilities

Child care was provided to maximise participation by those with carer responsibilities. There was funding support available to encourage attendance by early-career researchers (<5 years post-PHD) and PhD students.



Colombo Theatres
University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia


First announcement and pre-registration
20 August 2018

Abstract submission opened
19 November 2018

Abstract submission closed
14 January 2019
(Extended from 17 December 2018)

Programme announced
4 February 2019 (Updated 9 May 2019)

Registration and conference fee payment deadline
25 March 2019
(Extended from 4 March 2019)

20-23 May 2019




Scientific Programme

The scientific programme for LSST@Asia can be downloaded here (updated 21 May).

Below we have linked the talks to their slides.

MONDAY 20th May 2019
Registration (UNSW Colombo House, Building B16, 8.00-9.00am)
Session Chair: Sarah Brough
9.00-9.15 Dean Emma Johnston AO Welcome
9.15-9.20 Sarah Brough Local Details
9.20-9.50 Tony Tyson (Inv) LSST Project Status
9.50-10.20 Leanne Guy (Inv) LSST Science Drivers and Data Products
10:20-10:30 Robert Blum LSST Data Rights
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Sarah Brough
10.50-11.20 Robert Lupton (Inv) LSST/HSC data processing
11.20-11.50 Henry Ferguson LSST Corporation
11.50-12.05 Nicholas Walton LSST: The View From Europe
12.05-12.20 Emmanuel Gangler International contribution to LSST: lessons learnt from France
Session Chair: Claudia Lagos
1.20-1.50 Sugata Kaviraj (Inv) The LSST Galaxies Science Collaboration
1.50-2.05 Simon Driver Galaxies and their energy outputs
2.05-2.20 Andrew Hopkins Measuring the stellar initial mass function
2.20-2.35 Yen-Ting Lin One survey to find them all: detecting and studying galaxy clusters from infancy to maturity with HSC
2.35-2.50 Mireia Montes Unveiling the low surface brightness Universe with LSST: The Intracluster Light
2.50-3.05 Wenting Wang The stellar halo of isolated central galaxies in the Hyper Suprime-Cam imaging survey
3.05-3.20 Wei Leong Tee Angular Clustering of Submillimeter Galaxies in GOODS Fields
3.20-3.35 Anshu Gupta MOSEL survey: Kinematics of star-forming galaxies at z~3.0
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Yen-Ting Lin
4.00-4.30 Claudia Lagos (Inv) Galaxy formation Simulations in the LSST era
4.30-4.45 Smriti Mahajan Evolution of galaxies on the large-scale filaments
4.45-5.00 Ankit Singh Study of Filament galaxies in EAGLE simulation.
5.00-5.15 Abhisek Mohapatra Physical conditions in high-z double ionized carbon absorbers: origin and evolution
5.15-5.30 Minfeng Gu The optical/UV variability in SDSS quasars
5.30-5.45 Shuangliang Li An accretion disc-irradiation hybrid model for the optical/UV variability in radio-quiet quasars
Welcome Reception (UNSW Business School Lounge, Building E12, 6-9pm)
TUESDAY 21st May 2019
9.00-10.30 LSST Science Pipeline Tutorial (led by Leanne Guy)
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Richard Easther
11.00-11.30 Tyler Bourke (Inv) The Square Kilometre Array - Science, Status, and Synergy with LSST
11.30-11.45 Peter Quinn Astronomical data challeges in the SKA and LSST era
11.45-12.00 Matthew Whiting The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder - Synergies in Survey Astronomy
12.00-12.15 Baerbel Koribalski LSST and WALLABY joint science goals
12.15-12.30 Bin Luo The 7 Ms Chandra CDF-S & 5 Ms XMM-Newton SERVS Surveys and Synergies with the LSST Deep-Drilling Fields
12.30-12.40 Conference Photo
Session Chair: Sarah Martell
1.30-1.45 Christian Wolf SkyMapper/LSST Synergy
1.45-2.00 Satoshi Miyazaki Current status of Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey
2.00-2.15 Hu Zhan Synergy between the Chinese Space Station Optical Survey and the LSST
2.15-2.30 Jason Rhodes LSST Synergy With Euclid and WFIRST
2.30-2.45 Edward Taylor Taipan: a complete spectroscopic census of the Southern half of the universe
2.45-3.00 Luke Davies The 4MOST Telescope
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Sarah Martell
3.30-3.45 Kazuhiro Sekiguchi Optical and Infrared Synergetic Telescopes for Education and Research (OISTER) for the Time Domain Studies
3.45-4.00 Wang Zhongxiang A 2-meter telescope dedicated to follow up LSST discoveries
WEDNESDAY 22nd May 2019
Session Chair: Leanne Guy
9.00-9.30 David Trilling (Inv) LSST and the Solar System
9.30-9.45 Chan-Kao Chang Asteroid Interior Structure -- A Perspective of Spin-Rate Limit
9.45-10.00 Hadrien Devillepoix LSST as a pre-covery tool for meteoroid impacts
10.00-10.30 Will Clarkson (Inv) The LSST Stars, Milky Way & Local Volume Science Collaboration
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Wen-Ping Chen
11.00-11.15 Jeffrey Simpson Mapping stellar streams with LSST
11.15-11.30 Po-Chieh Huang Diagnosing the Clumpy Protoplanetary Disk of the UXor Type Young Star GM Cephei
11.30-12.00 Martin Donachie The LSST Transient and Variable Stars Collaboration
12.00-12.15 Jeff Cooke The Deeper, Wider, Faster program: The real-time, multi-wavelength fast transient program with a similar name
12.15-12.30 Sara Webb Science with the Deeper, Wider, Faster Program
Session Chair: Michelle Lochner
1.30-1.45 Puji Irawati Variables and transients from the eyes of the Thai telescopes
1.45-2.00 David Buckley The SALT/SAAO Transient Programme in the LSST Era
2.00-2.15 Wen-Ping Chen Synergy of Large and Small Telescopes in Time Domain Astrophysics
2.15-2.30 Wenfei Yu Probing black hole mass, spin and general relativistic effects in tidal disruption flares
2.30-2.45 Monika Soraisam ANTARES: Toward real-time astronomy with LSST
2.45-3.00 Andrea Melandri Gamma-Ray Bursts Orphan Afterglows with LSST
3.00-3.15 Yongquan Xue A magnetar-powered X-ray transient as aftermath of a binary neutron star merger
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Robert Lupton
3.45-4.15 Michelle Lochner (Inv) The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration
4.15-4.30 Myungshin Im Intensive Monitoring Survey of Nearby Galaxies
4.30-4.45 Bhavana Lalchand Diagnosing Proto-Stellar Variability: The JCMT-Transient Survey
4.45-5.00 Abhijit Saha Sub-Percent Accuracy All Sky Spectrophotometric Standards within the Dynamic Range of LSST Exposures
Conference Dinner (Doltone House Hyde Park, 7-10pm)
THURSDAY 23rd May 2019
Session Chair: Hu Zhan
9.00-9.15 Jun Yin Predict optical system perturbations for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
9.15-9.30 Tamara Davis Dark Energy for non-cosmologists
9.30-9.45 Chris Lidman Supernova cosmology constraints from the Dark Energy Survey: First results and implications for LSST
9.45-10.00 Anais Möller SuperNNova: an open-source framework for Bayesian, Neural Network based supernova classification
10.00-10.15 Emille Ishida Human in the loop: adaptive learning in astronomy
10.15-10.30 David Parkinson Identifying unexpected objects in large astronomical data using the apparent complexity
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Sugata Kaviraj
11.00-11.15 Danielle Leonard Testing Gravity with LSST: A Tale of Two Methods
11.15-11.30 Mateja Gosenca Semi-classical methods for modelling large-scale structure
11.30-11.45 James Jee Myungkook Studying the Nature of Dark Matter with LSST
11.45-12.00 Kyle Finner Ongoing and Future Investigations of the Merging Scenarios of Galaxy Clusters
12.00-12.15 Matt Hilton Cosmology and galaxy evolution with LSST and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich selected galaxy surveys
12.15-12.30 Emily Kendall Distinguishing between alternative dark matter models using large scale structure
Session Chair: Tony Tyson
1.20-1.35 Mijin Yoon Constraints on cosmology and baryonic feedback with the joint analysis of weak lensing and galaxy clustering from the Deep Lens Survey
1.35-1.50 Chiaki Hikage Cosmology from cosmic shear power spectra with Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam data
1.50-2.05 Hironao Miyatake Cosmological constraints from galaxy-galaxy lensing and clustering with the Subaru HSC and BOSS data
2.05-2.20 Ji Yao Self-calibration of intrinsic alignment of galaxies in LSST
2.20-2.35 Huanyuan Shan Cosmology constraints from weak lensing peak statistics using KiDS-450
2.35-2.50 Masahiro Takada Microlensing search of primordial black hole as a dark matter candidate
Coffee Break
Session Chair: Sarah Brough
3.30-3.45 Karl Glazebrook The potential of LSST for Strong Lensing science
4.45-5.00 Sarah Brough Wrap-Up

Invited Speakers

  • Federica Bianco (LSST Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration)

  • Leanne Guy (Data Management Scientist; LSST Project)

  • Sugata Kaviraj (LSST Galaxies Science Collaboration)

  • Victor Krabbendam (LSST Project Manager)

  • Michelle Lochner (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration)

  • David Trilling (Northern Arizona University; LSST Solar System Science Collaboration)

  • Will Clarkson (University of Michigan-Dearborn; LSST Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration)

  • Claudia Lagos (ICRAR)

  • Tyler Bourke (SKA Organisation)


NamePrimary Institution
Abhijit SahaNOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)
Abhisek MohapatraDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, National Institute of Technology, Odisha, India
Anais MöllerCNRS / LPC Clermont
Andrea MelandriINAF - Astronomical Observatory Brera
Andrew HopkinsMacquarie University
Ankit SinghIndian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
Anshu GuptaThe University of New South Wales
Baerbel KoribalskiCSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
Bhavana LalchandNational Central University
Bin LuoNanjing University
Chan-Kao ChangNational Central University
Chow-Choong NgeowNational Central University
Chris LidmanAustralian National University
Christian WolfAustralian National University
Christoph BergmannUNSW Sydney
Claudia LagosUniversity of Western Australia
Danielle LeonardCarnegie Mellon University
David BuckleySouth African Astronomical Observatory
David ParkinsonKorea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
David TrillingNorthern Arizona University
Edward (ned) TaylorSwinburne University of Technology
Edward AjharNational Science Foundation
Emily KendallThe University of Auckland
Emmanuel GanglerLPC - IN2P3
Fergus LongbottomMacquarie University
Giulia SantucciUNSW
Gu LimSeoul National University
Hadrien DevillepoixCurtin University
Harry FergusonSpace Telescope Science Institute
Hironao MiyatakeNagoya University
Hu ZhanNational Astronomical Observatories of China
Huanyuan ShanShanghai Astronomical Observatory
Hui ZhangNanjing University
Jason RhodesNASA JPL
Jeff CookeSwinburne University
Jeffrey SimpsonUNSW Sydney
Ji YaoShanghai Jiao-Tong University
JOONHO KIMSeoul National University
Jun YinHarvard University
Karl GlazebrookSwinburne
Kathy TurnerDOE
Kazuhiro SekiguchiNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
Krzysztof BolejkoUniversity of Tasmania
Kyle FinnerYonsei University
Leanne GuyLSST
Lerh Feng LowUniversity of Auckland
Martin DonachieUniversity of Auckland
Masahiro TakadaKavli IPMU
Mateja GosencaThe University of Auckland
Matt HiltonUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
Matthew WhitingCSIRO
Michael Wood-VaseyUniversity of Pittsburgh
Michelle LochnerAIMS/SARAO
Mijin YoonYonsei University
Minfeng GuShanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS
Mireia MontesUNSW Sydney
Monika SoraisamNOAO
Myungkook James JeeYonsei University
Myungshin ImSeoul National University
Nicholas WaltonIoA, University of Cambridge
Patricia EliasonLSST Corporation
Peter QuinnICRAR
Po-Chieh Huang1Graduate Institute of Astronomy, National Central University
Puji IrawatiNational Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand
Qiusheng GuNanjing University
Rachel WebsterUniversity of Melbourne
Ralph GaumeUS National Science Foundation
Richard EastherU of Auckland
Robert BlumLSST
Robert LuptonPrinceton University
Sara WebbSwinburne University of Technology
Sarah BroughUniversity of New South Wales
Sarah MartellUNSW
Satoshi MiyazakiNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Sheng-Chieh LinASIAA
Shuangliang LiShanghai Astronomical Observatory
Simon DriverUniversity of Western Australia
Smriti MahajanIndian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
Stuart RyderAstronomy Australia Ltd
Sugata KavirajUniversity of Hertfordshire
Surhud MoreIUCAA
Tamara DavisUniversity of Queensland
Tony TysonUniversity of California, Davis
Tyler BourkeSKA Organisation
Wang ZhongxiangShanghai Astronomical Observatory
Wei Leong TeeInstitute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica
Wen-Ping ChenNational Central University
Wenfei YuShanghai Astronomical Observatory
Wenting WangKavli-IPMU
Will ClarksonUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn
Xinzhong ErSWIFAR, Yunnan Univ.
YANG SOUNG CHULKorea Astronomy & Space Science Institute
Yang WangSun Yat-sen Universtiy
Yen-Chen PanNAOJ
Yen-Ting LinASIAA
Yi ChouNational Central University
Yong ShiNanjing University
Yongquan XueUniversity of Science and Technology of China
Yoon Chan TaakSeoul National University
Yu YuShanghai Jiao Tong University

Local Organizing Committee

  • Sarah Brough (Chair; UNSW, Australia)

  • Christoph Bergmann (UNSW)

  • Anshu Gupta (UNSW)

  • Mireia Montes Quiles (UNSW)

  • Jeffrey Simpson (UNSW)

Scientific Organizing Committee

Code of Conduct

The LSST@Asia organisers want to ensure all participants in its activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Therefore, we are committed to making this meeting and associate events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all participants at this LSST@Asia conference, including but not limited to official sessions, social events, and meetings. Participants agree to follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Any form of harassment – sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion.

  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. This includes oral, written and print language, and imagery.

  • Be considerate and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Critique ideas rather than individuals.

Individuals engaging in behaviour prohibited by this policy, as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith, will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees, and the reporting of their behaviour to their employer. 

If you have concerns, suggestions, or would like to report a violation, please contact the LOC (lsst-asia-list@phys.unsw.edu.au).

Parts of this code of conduct are based on the London Code of Conduct, as originally designed for the conference 'Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology', held in London in July 2015. The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for re-use. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at https://github.com/apontzen/london_cc.

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