JSI Workshop 2018:
Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop

December 1-4, 2018 -- College Park, Maryland


We are planning a program with ample time for discussion and interaction, covering many of the hottest current and future topics enabled by the detection and detailed study of gravitational waves together with astrophysical modeling and other astronomical observations. Talks will be carefully selected to stimulate discussion and ideas for collaboration, and the workshop will also include tutorials on using data from different gravitational-wave detection projects. Sessions will include time for "sparkler" talks by poster presenters as well as time for verbal remarks and discussion.  Informal discussions and poster viewing can continue during the coffee breaks and workshop lunches (in the hotel) between sessions. Breakfast will be provided each morning before the first session.

The schedule of science sessions is below.

Saturday, December 1

  • 9:00 // Welcome to the workshop (view)
  • 9:05-10:35 // Recent results from LIGO/Virgo data, and next steps
    • Michael Pürrer: Observations of Compact Binary Mergers by Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo during the First and Second Observing Runs (view)
    • Chris Pankow: Binary black hole population properties inferred from the first and second observing runs of Advanced LIGO (view)
    • Ryan Magee: Searches for sub-solar mass ultra-compact objects with Advanced LIGO (view)
    • Alex Nitz: On the noise residuals around the gravitational wave event GW150914 (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Daniel Wysocki: The population of coalescing binary black holes estimated from LIGO/Virgo observations [3]
      • Steven Reyes: Constraints on non-linear tides due to p-g mode coupling from the neutron-star merger GW170817 [1] (view)
      • Georgia Stolle-McAllister: A Search for Intermediate Mass Black Hole Binaries [7] ()
      • Ling Sun: Search for gravitational waves from a long-lived remnant of the binary neutron star merger GW170817 [2] (view)
  • 11:05-12:30 // Achieving optimal performance of GW detectors
    • Derek Davis: The impact of detector noise on multi-messenger gravitational-wave astrophysics (view)
    • Miriam Cabero: Blip glitches in Advanced LIGO data (view)
    • Yuki Inoue: Waveform determination in KAGRA calibration with gravity field and photon calibrator (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Satoshi Tsuchida: The estimation for systematic errors of transfer functions on the bKAGRA phase-1 operation [13] (view)
      • Tom Callister: Gravitational-Wave Geodesy: A New Tool for Validating Detection of the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background [10] (view)
  • 2:00-3:30 // What multi-messenger observations of GW170817 have told us
    • Brad Cenko: What multi-messenger observations of GW170817 have told us (view)
    • Kenta Hotokezaka: A superluminal jet in the neutron star merger GW170817 (view)
    • Tom Callister: Searching for Prompt Radio Emission from Compact Binary Mergers with the OVRO-LWA (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Erik Blaufuss: Search for neutrinos from gravitational wave events with IceCube [15] (view)
      • Israel Martinez-Castellanos: Follow-up of gravitational waves with HAWC [19] (view)
      • Martin Beroiz: TOROS optical follow-up during the LVC O2 observational campaign [14] (view)
      • Adam Zadrozny: Telescopes and optical data analysis for O3 and beyond [24] (view)
      • Rahul Kashyap: Are kilonovae standardizable candles? [18]
  • 4:00-5:30 // LIGO/Virgo GW alerts and data releases in O3 and beyond
    • Deep Chatterjee: LIGO-Virgo low-latency public alerts in the third observing run (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Geoffrey Mo: GWCelery: the link between gravitational-wave detections and multi-messenger events [20] (view)
      • Peter B. Kramer: A LIGO/Virgo dedicated alert and messaging app [33] (view)
      • Francesco Brighenti: EM-MBTA: Low latency ranking of galaxies within a gravitational-wave sky localization [16] (view)
      • Aaron Tohuvavohu: Chasing the LIGO lobes across the sky: Increasing the coincident GRB/GW yield with Swift/BAT biasing [23] (view)
    • David Shoemaker: LSC and Virgo plans for bulk-data releases (view)
    • Chris Fryer: Gravitational Wave Data Releases: An Outside Astronomer’s Perspective (view)
    • Duncan Brown: Lessons learned from analysis of open data (view)
    • Questions and Panel Discussion (including Marronetti slides)
  • 5:30-5:40 // Waveform modeling sparkler talks
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Vishal Baibhav: Multi-mode black hole spectroscopy: detection and parameter estimation [5] (view)
      • Sebastian Khan: Phenomenological model for fully precessing binary black hole mergers including higher order multipoles [40] (view)
      • Balazs Mikoczi: What kind of spin can be measured by gravitational wave detectors? [47] (view)
      • Chaitanya Afle: Detection and characterization of spin-orbit resonances in the advanced gravitational wave detectors era [4] (view)
      • Ajit Kumar Mehta: Accurate inspiral-merger-ringdown gravitational waveforms for non-spinning black-hole binaries including the effect of subdominant modes [41] (view)
  • 5:45-7:45 // Evening reception featuring all posters

Sunday, December 2

  • 9:00-10:35 // What's promising in searches for GW events other than compact binary mergers?
    • Maximiliano Isi: Directed searches for gravitational waves from ultralight bosons (view)
    • Leo Tsukada: A first search for a stochastic gravitational-wave background from ultra-light bosons (view)
    • Yuanhao Zhang: Simulating the Spin Evolution of Sco X-1 for GW Searches (view)
    • Daichi Tsuna: Current Status of the Search for Cosmic Strings in the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo’s Second Observing Run (view)
    • Haakon Andresen: Gravitational Waves from Core-Collapse Supernovae (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Yukio Tomozawa: Pulsar identification of background spectra of LIGO data [11] (view)
      • Naoki Seto: Search for Extra-Galactic Intelligence Signal Synchronized with a Binary Neutron Star Merger [22] (view)
  • 11:05-12:30 // Neutron star equation of state
    • Soumi De: Tidal Deformabilities and Radii of Neutron Stars from the Observation of GW170817 (view)
    • Anuradha Samajdar: Biases in estimating tidal deformability from binary neutron star inspirals: effects of the point-particle baseline and tidal descriptions (view)
    • Cecilia Chirenti: Searching for hypermassive neutron stars with short gamma-ray bursts (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Edwin J. Son: Neutron star structure in deformed Horava-Lifshitz gravity [49] (view)
      • Zachary Carson: Universal relations after GW170817 [25]
      • Tim Dietrich: A Multimessenger Picture of Binary Neutron Star Mergers [26] (view)
  • 2:00-3:30 // Beyond ground-based GW detectors (LISA and pulsar timing arrays)
    • Ira Thorpe: Observing The Millihertz Gravitational Wave Sky with LISA (view)
    • Jeffrey Hazboun: Observing The Nanohertz Gravitational-Wave Sky with Pulsar Timing Arrays (view)
    • Scott Noble: Lighting Up Magnetized Mini-Disk Simulations about Binary Black Holes (view)
    • Tingting Liu: The Search for Supermassive Black Hole Binaries in the Time Domain (view)
    • A. Miguel Holgado: NANOGrav Constraints on the Growing Census of Sub-Parsec Massive Black-Hole Binary Candidates (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Jeffrey Hazboun: Evolution of Red Noise Power in the NANOGrav 11-year Data Set [12] (view)
      • Sarah J. Vigeland: The Dropout Method: A Bayesian technique for identifying spurious signals in pulsar timing arrays [39] (view)
      • Megan DeCesar: The North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves 12.5-Year Data Release [38] (view)
      • Charlotte Ward: A systematic search for recoiling black holes with the Zwicky Transient Facility [32] (view)
  • 4:00-5:40 // Working with low-frequency gravitational-wave data
    • Sarah Vigeland: Pulsar timing array (PTA) data tutorial
    • Quentin Baghi: LISA data tutorial (view intro slides)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Jacob Slutsky: Studying Instrumental Noise Transients in LISA [37] (view)
      • Yifan Wang: Looking for primordial black holes with stochastic gravitational-wave background in the space-based detector frequency band [35] (view)
      • Kaze W.K. Wong: The potential of multiband gravitational wave astronomy [36] (view)
      • Tito Dal Canton: Detectability of modulated x-ray lightcurves from LISA’s massive black-hole mergers [17] (view)

Monday, December 3

  • 9:00-10:30 // Implications of binary merger detections for our understanding of the formation of compact objects
    • Tomasz Bulik: On the origin of coalescing compact object binaries (view)
    • Javier Roulet: Constraints on Binary Black Hole Populations from LIGO‒Virgo Detections (view)
    • Dorata Gondek-Rosinska: Black holes from globular clusters as sources of gravitational waves (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Yeong-Bok Bae: Gravitational Radiation driven Capture in Black Hole Encounters [27] (view)
      • Anuradha Gupta: Quantum gravity and black hole spin in gravitational wave observations [28] (view)
      • Ken K.Y. Ng: Measuring formation history of binary black holes in next-generation detector network [29] (view)
      • Tejaswi Venumadhav: Enumerating phase functions: a simple method to construct template banks for GWs from CBCs [8]
      • Stephen R. Taylor: The Black Hole Zoo: Populations, Pathways, & Origins [31] (view)
  • 11:00-12:30 // Computing and algorithms: what can/should we be doing for better science?
    • Collin Capano: Current and future challenges in gravitational wave parameter estimation (view)
    • Barak Zackay: Relative Binning for parameter estimation of compact binary mergers (view)
    • Shaon Ghosh: Low-Latency source-classification of compact binary coalescences (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Kyungmin Kim: New Ranking Method with Machine Learning for Low-Latency Detection of Gravitational-Waves from Compact Binary Mergers [54] (view)
      • Banafsheh Beheshtipour: Continuous Gravitational Wave: Clustering Observational Data Using Deep Learning [9] (view)
      • Khun Sang Phukon: Application of random projections in gravitational wave searches of compact binaries [6] (view)
      • Yifan Wang: Looking for statistical dependence of beyond general relativity parameters among multiple gravitational-wave events [59] (view)
      • Edwin J. Son: Generating event triggers using Hilbert-Huang transform [57] (view)
      • Hirotaka Takahashi: Data Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Core Collapse Supernovae with Hilbert-Huang Transform [58] (view)
      • Ken-ichi Oohara: Analysis of Standing Accretion Shock Instability of Core Collapse Supernovae with Hilbert-Huang Transform [56] (view)
  • 2:00-3:25 // Computing and modeling: what can/should we be doing for better science?
    • David Radice: Neutron Star Mergers Simulations (view)
    • Lawrence Kidder: Modeling of merging black holes: the present and the future (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Iuri La Rosa: Continuous Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis with General Purpose Computing on Graphic Processing Units [55] (view)
      • Geoffrey Ryan: The Afterglows of Structured Jets [21] (view)
  • 3:55-5:00 // Exploring cosmology and fundamental physics with GWs - I
    • Liang Dai: Detecting lensing diffraction imprints in astrophysical gravitational waves (view)
    • M K Haris: Identifying strongly lensed gravitational wave signals from binary black hole mergers (view)
    • Hsin-Yu Chen: Measuring the Hubble constant with neutron star black hole mergers (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Ignacio Magaña Hernandez: A standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant: a statistical approach [34] (view)
      • Jeremy Schnittman: Electromagnetic Chirps from Neutron Star/Black Hole Mergers [42] (view)
  • 5:00-5:15 // Board buses for dinner cruise on the Potomac River

Tuesday, December 4

  • 9:00-10:35 // Exploring cosmology and fundamental physics with GWs - II
    • P. Ajith: Tests of general relativity and fundamental physics with gravitational waves (view)
    • Rhondale Tso: Testing General Relativity with GW170817 (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Sharaban Tahura: Parametrized Post-Einsteinian Waveforms in Various Modified Theories of Gravity [50] (view)
      • Young-Hwan Hyun: The Exact Amplitudes of Six Polarization Modes for Gravitational Waves [45] (view)
    • Peter Tsun Ho Pang: Model-agnostic test on gravitational-wave polarizations (view)
    • Julian Westerweck: Upper limits on gravitational wave echoes using Bayesian inference (view)
    • Rico K. L. Lo: Template-based Gravitational-Wave Echoes Search Using Bayesian Model Selection (view)
    • Poster sparkler talks:
      • Alex Nielsen for Jahed Abedi: Echoes from the Abyss [43] (view)
      • Ka Wa Tsang: A morphology-independent data analysis method for detecting and characterizing gravitational wave echoes [51] (view)
      • Fangchen Feng: Blind Gravitational-wave Polarisation Reconstruction from noisy observations [53] (view)
      • Rhondale Tso: Optimizing Detectors for Black Hole Spectroscopy [52] (view)
  • 11:10-12:30 // GW detector upgrades and 3G detectors
    • Evan Hall: The road to next-generation gravitational-wave detectors (view)
    • Terry McRae: Squeezed light at 2 microns
    • Michael Coughlin: Wiener filtering of Newtonian Noise in gravitational-wave detectors (view)
  • 12:30 Closing Remarks (view) and Location of next GWPAW (view)

We will accept abstracts on those and other topics related to gravitational waves, and build the sessions and poster groups according. Abstract submission categories are:

  • Detected GW events and their properties
  • Searches for compact binary coalescences
  • Searches for continuous-wave GW signals
  • Searches for stochastic GW signals
  • Searches for transient GW signals
  • GW detector performance
  • Multi-messenger astronomy
  • Neutron star properties and astrophysics
  • Binary black holes: origins and astrophysics
  • Cosmological measurements with GWs
  • GW detection in space: science
  • GW detection in space: technology and implementation
  • GW searches and science with pulsar timing arrays
  • Rates and populations of GW sources
  • Astrophysics and GW waveform modeling
  • Tests of GR and other theories of gravity
  • GW data analysis methods
  • Cyberinfrastructure for GW and multi-messenger science
  • GW detector technology development
  • Current GW observatory operations and planned upgrades
  • Future ground-based GW observatories
  • Other