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Local Group Astrostatistics

About the Conference:

The Local Group Astrostatistics Conference: Bridging Observations & Simulations is a novel conference that will unite observers and theorists around galactic science, statistical methodology, and the local cosmological context. Our goal is to update and synthesize our best understanding of the Milky Way (MW) and M31 and their dwarf galaxy populations as drawn from emergent survey and simulation data sets.

 

Conference Overview

Science Goals

The Local Group Astrostatistics Conference: Bridging Observation & Simulation is a novel conference that will unite observers and theorists around galactic science, statistical methodology, and the local cosmological context. Our goal is to update and synthesize our best understanding of the Milky Way (MW) and M31 and their dwarf galaxy populations as drawn from emergent survey and simulation data sets. We will examine such questions as: How and why does M31’s disk and halo differ from the MW’s? Is there a preferential mass range for core creation in dwarfs? Are there chemical and kinematic tests that can trace the origin of bulge and halo stars? Emphasis will be placed on model derived predictions as well as comparative techniques and statistical tools that can be applied equally well to observations and simulations.

Format

This four-day event will host ~100 participants in a hybrid conference-workshop format. This will include both traditional scientific talks and daily hands-on astrostatistics workshops (a brief lecture with breakout sessions by topic). 

Speaker Selection

Speakers will be selected for their efforts to bridge the gap between observations and simulations of the Local Universe and/or their work to apply statistical tools in this domain.

Organizing Committees

Scientific Organizing Committee
Sarah Loebman, co-chair
David Nidever, co-chair 
Julianne Dalcanton
Victor Debattista
Gus Evrard
Marla Geha
Amina Helmi
Alfred Hero
David W. Hogg
Željko Ivezić
Kathryn Johnston
Steve Majewski
Chris Miller
Hans Walter Rix
Kerby Shedden
Monica Valluri
Beth Willman


Local Organizing Committee
Sara Loebman
Mario Mateo
David Nidever
Ian Roederer
Colin Slater
Meghin Spencer
Monica Valluri

Invited Speakers

Keynote Addresses
David W. Hogg
Željko Ivezić

Invited Speakers
Gurtina Besla
Jonathan Bird
Jo Bovy
Julianne Dalcanton
Alis Deason
Daniel Foreman-Mackey
Karolie Gilbert
Dustin Lang
Inma Martinez-Valpuesta
Alan McConnachie
Melissa Ness
Jake Vanderplas
Daniel Weisz
Beth Willman
Adi Zolotov

Conference Participants

Caleb Abbott    University of Michigan

Sheehan Ahmed    Rutgers University

Brett Andrews    University of Pittsburgh

Antonio Aparicio    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Kenza Arraki    New Mexico State University

Kat Barger    Texas Christian University

Keith Bechtol    WIPAC / UW-Madison

Juliette Becker    University of Michigan

Eric Bell    University of Michigan

Gurtina Besla    University of Arizona

Jonathan Bird    Vanderbilt University

Ana Bonaca    Yale University

Jo Bovy    Institute for Advanced Study

Andreia Carrillo    University of Michigan

Matthew Chequers    Queen's University

Laura Chomiuk    Michigan State University

Aleksandar Cikota    Institute of Astro- and Particle Physics University of Innsbruck

Adam Clarke    Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, University of Central Lancashire

David Cole     Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, University of Central Lancashire

Emily Cunningham     University of California Santa Cruz

Michael Cushing     University of Toledo

Alis Deason     University of California Santa Cruz

Victor Debattista     Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, University of Central Lancashire

Sami Dib     Niels Bohr Institute

Marion Dierickx     Harvard University

Alex Drlica-Wagner     Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics

Samuel Earp     University of Central Lancashire

Oliver Ebert     University of California Irvine

Chris Elpers     University of Michigan

Raphael Errani     University of Edinburgh

Gus Evrard     University of Michigan

Ben Farr     University of Chicago

Diane Feuillet     New Mexico State University

Daniel Foreman-Mackey     New York University

Karoline Gilbert     Space Telescope Science Institute

Oleg Gnedin     University of Michigan

Facundo Gomez     Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Andrew Graus     University of California Irvine

Gregory Green     Harvard/CfA

Brendan Griffen     Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nick Hamer     York University

Jonathan Hargis     Haverford College

Nina Hernitschek     Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Sebastian Hidalgo     Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Clare Higgs     University of Victoria

Anna Ho     Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

David Hogg     New York University

Brittany Howard     University of Michigan

Will Hudson     University of Michigan

Daniel Huizenga     Michigan State University

Željko Ivezić     University of Washington

Alexander Ji     Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Klaudia Kowalczyk     Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center

Andrey Kravtsov     University of Chicago

Dustin Lang     Carnegie Mellon University

Alexia Lewis     University of Washington

Zhao-Yu Li     Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Timothy Licquia     University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Loebman     University of Michigan

Moupiya Maji     The Pennsylvania State University

Yao-Yuan Mao     Stanford University

Nicolas Martin     Strasbourg Observatory & MPIA Heidelberg

Inma Martinez-Valpuesta     Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

Mario Mateo     University of Michigan

Krista McCord     University of Alabama

Chris Miller     University of Michigan

Reza Moetazedian     Heidelberg University (ZAH)

Ferah Munshi     Oklahoma University

Melissa Ness     Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Mark Neyrinck     Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Nichols     EPFL

David Nidever     University of Michigan

Knut Olsen     NOAO

Chris Orban     The Ohio State University

Brian O'Shea     Michigan State University

Andrew Pace     University of California Irvine

Ekta Patel     University of Arizona

Marcel Pawlowski     Case Western Reserve University

Annika Peter     The Ohio State University

John Phillips     University of California Irvine

Adrian Price-Whelan     Columbia University

Connie Rockosi     UC Santa Cruz, UC Observatories

Ian Roederer     University of Michigan

Nina Roth     University College London

Gregory Ruchti     Lund Observatory

Megan Russell     The Ohio State University

Stuart Sale     University of Oxford

David Sand     Texas Tech University

Robyn Sanderson     Columbia University

Emily Sandford     Columbia University

Sumit Sarbadhicary     University of Pittsburgh

Eddie Schlafly     Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Kerby Shedden     University of Michigan

Somayyeh Sheikhnezami    Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)

Juntai Shen     Shanghai Astronomical Obs.

Colin Slater     University of Michigan

Meghin Spencer     University of Michigan

Jay Strader     Michigan State University

Erik Tollerud     Yale University

Monica Valluri     University of Michigan

Jake Vanderplas     University of Washington

Kathy Vivas     Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory

Matthew Walker     Carnegie Mellon University

Laura Watkins     Space Telescope Science Institute

Daniel Weisz     University of Washington

Andrew Wetzel     Caltech & Carnegie Observatories

Coral Wheeler     University of California Irvine

Jinmi Yoon     University of Notre Dame

Adi Zolotov     The Ohio State University

Mehmoush Jen Zomederis     York University

Email:  LGAstrostatistics@umich.edu
Phone:  (734) 936-1737