First Astro-Grid Workshop

Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast

Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 January 2001

Preparations for the computational grid in the UK are accelerating. Astronomy has important network- and compute-related needs, which are quantitative and qualitative. The objective of this workshop is to table these issues for discussion. We will draw a balance-sheet in regard to how far we have come. Most importantly, we will sketch out some of the most pressing near-future problems and issues.

The main themes of this workshop are the following.

  1. Data mining.

    The computational grid will be used for the development of innovative data mining methods. (Keywords: self-organization, multiple resolution, progressive refinement.) Closely associated with this work will be the development of new tools for ingest of data to data archives and data centres.

  2. Information Discovery.

    The grid will help the astronomer face the tsunamis of data resulting from current and near-future observing facilities. Sub-themes: dealing with structured and unstructured data, search and discovery tools, smart information agents.

  3. Visualization.

    Observed data and in addition simulated data (from cosmological models, and instrument and detector models) will be used. Approaches will include interactive visual user interfaces, 3D representations, and innovative new techniques aiming at support for distributed, collaborative work.

Discussion Themes

Logistics and Travel Information

Starts Monday morning 09:00, January 29, 2001, dinner Monday evening, finishes lunchtime Tuesday, January 30, 2001.

Day 1: Monday, January 29: Presentations. OHP will be available as will a PC attached to a data projector with MS Powerpoint and a PDF reader, and with a CD drive. For any other requirements, please check in advance.

Day 2: Tuesday, January 30: Round-table discussions on the above themes.

Travel information, maps, accommodation (Bed and Breakfast, other), restaurants and cafes, weather, etc.: see under "Visitor Information" at:

Venue: Monday January 29, 2001, School of Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast, Bernard Crossland Building, 18 Malone Road. Room 1.15 (first floor, to left).

It is hoped to have at least all sessions on Monday January 29 webcast live using streaming video, and available on-line afterwards.

Venue Tuesday January 30, 2001 (to be confirmed): Wellington Park Hotel (across the street from the Bernard Crossland Building).

Last update: 2000-12-4. Contact: F. Murtagh,