Workshop: From Data to Software to Science with the Rubin Observatory LSST

Ingrid Daubechies Auditorium/2-IDA (162 5th Avenue)

Ingrid Daubechies Auditorium/2-IDA

162 5th Avenue

Ingrid Daubechies Auditorium (2nd Floor)

March 28 to 30, 2022, in New York City (in-person participation preferred, with remote participation supported on a best-effort basis).

Organized by the LINCC Frameworks team, which is funded by the Schmidt Futures Foundation, with travel support via the LSST Corporation.

Hosted at the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the Flatiron Institute.


With the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) starting in the near future, the time is ripe to make sure the community has the software it needs to carry out all of the exciting analyses that LSST will enable!  The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists to identify key early science cases and to discuss the computational challenges in executing them successfully.  

By bringing together scientists with expertise in key LSST science cases to discuss the most significant challenges in carrying out their analyses given the scale and complexity of the LSST data set, this workshop will serve the following groups:

  • Scientists who have exciting analysis ideas that could benefit from significant computational resources or software/analysis infrastructure (e.g. tools to analyze Rubin light curves at scale).

  • Individuals working on LINCC frameworks, who want to identify opportunities to develop analysis infrastructure that will support the LSST science community;

  • Developers of analysis software working within individual LSST Science Collaborations (SCs) who are interested in identifying potential collaborators with common interests/needs in other LSST SCs;

  • Researchers interested in what software and computing infrastructure will be available to carry out their LSST analyses, whether from Rubin Observatory or elsewhere in the science community;

  • Teams developing Independent Data Access Centers (IDACs), who want to understand what infrastructure is needed to enable analyses by the LSST science community;

  • And more!

The workshop will enable development of a set of exciting scientific use cases for early LSST data, along with identified computational challenges, with commonalities, potential solutions, and collaborative efforts identified.  The goal is to synthesize this material into a white paper that would serve as the workshop deliverable and that will be of broad use to the community, supporting the further development of the new collaborations that will be established during the workshop.

Hence, organizers seek the participation in this workshop (in-person preferred, but remote possible) of members of each of the LSST Science Collaborations, along with representation from relevant stakeholders within Rubin Observatory, NOIRLab and partners (such as Independent Data Access Centers), and individuals working on LINCC Frameworks, a five-year project to produce software tools crucial to the realization of the full scientific potential of the LSST.

The size and format of the workshop has been constructed to maximize the time for collaboration and discussion.


Schedule: The workshop will take place over three days, March 28 to 30. The workshop will incorporate ample time for active work and discussion. Overview material for review by participants will be shared in advance of the workshop.

Registration Fee: none

Travel Support: We anticipate supporting the travel and lodging for all selected participants who are not from the NY area. Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the meeting for all participants.

Location: The Flatiron Institute is located at 162 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Covid-19 precautions: 

Due to a small spike of cases in the NYC area, the COVID entry protocols for Simons Foundation have now been updated. We apologize profusely for the last minute change.  
Please note that when arriving at Flatiron Institute on March 28th, you will need to bring the following items with you to gain entry to the building:
  • Government ID
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Daily Health Screening Form (must be completed no more than 24 hours in advance of each visit to the Flatiron Institute each day of the Workshop)
  • You should be prepared to confirm [verbally or in writing] that you have received a negative COVID (rapid antigen) test on day one only.
Information about the required COVID test: 
  • COVID tests must be taken within 24 hours of your arrival to Flatiron and cannot be taken on site.
  • Attendees will be responsible for procuring their own rapid antigen test. Our policy specifically states that it must be a rapid antigen test but a PCR test would also be acceptable. 
  • If you do not have access to a test and will require reimbursement, we will be happy to assist upon request
  • You will not need to bring a copy of your test results with you. You will just need to confirm that the test was taken and a negative result was received. 
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

*For those that are current employees (or have an ID card with Simons Foundation), please follow the normal protocol to enter the building. 


Please contact us directly with any questions on the day of the event:

Kristen Camputaro or Fatima Fall

Scientific Organization committee: Katelyn Breivik, Andy Connolly, K. E. Saavik Ford, Mario Juric, Simon Krughoff, Knut Olsen, Wil O’Mullane, Adrian Price-Whelan, Rachel Mandelbaum, Adam Miller, Chad Schafer, Ashley Villar, Jeno Sokoloski.


Registration for the “From Data to Software to Science Workshop” has now closed. Due to space limitations and to foster the collaborative environment envisioned for this workshop, participation will be limited. Those who have expressed interest in in-person or virtual attendance of the full workshop (plenary and breakout sessions) will be informed about the results of the selection process by February 18, 2022.  However, we are pleased to announce that virtual attendance of plenary sessions is open to all who are interested!

Please note that some participants have had workshop emails go into spam folders. If you are missing workshop emails, check your spam for messages with "Data to Software to Science" in the subject line.


Attendee List:

*attendees joining remotely 

Ann Zabludoff*
Biprateep Dey*
Christa Gall*
Eric Gawiser*
Fabio Hernandez*
Gerardo Juan Manuel Luna*
Gordon Richards*
Hector Velazquez*
Ilhuiyolitzin Villicana Pedraza*
Ilin Lazar*
Jeremy Kubica*
Julia de Figueiredo Gschwend*
Luiz Alberto Nicolaci Da Costa*
Mariano Dominguez*
Michele Bannister*
Robert Nikutta*
Tomislav Jurkic*
Adrian Price-Whelan
Alekzander Kosakowski
Alex Malz
Alex Riley
Alexander Gagliano
Alison E. Rose
Alma Gonzalez
Andresa Rodrigues de Campos
Andrew Bradshaw
Andrew Connolly
Arun Kannawadi
Ashish Mahabal
Catarina Sampaio Alves
Charlotte Olsen
Colin Burke
Colin Orion Chandler
David Trilling
Fabio Ragosta
federica bianco
Francois Lanusse
Gabriele Riccio
Giulio Fabbian
Henry Hsieh
Igor Andreoni
Ilija Medan
Jing Lu
Joachim Moeyens
Jose Antonio Vazquez-Mata
Kate Storey-Fisher
Katelyn Breivik
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
Knut Olsen
Leanne Guy
Mario Juric
Mark Popinchalk
Matt O'Dowd
Matteo Cantiello
Matthew Graham
Matthew J Holman
Neven Caplar
Nico Garavito Camargo
Rachel Mandelbaum
Raphael Shirley
Samuel Schmidt
Samuel Wyatt
Sarah Pearson
Shany Danieli
Steven Stetzler
Suvi Gezari
Tomas Ahumada
Tyler A Pritchard
Victoria Ashley Villar
Viviana Acquaviva
W. Garrett Levine
Weixiang Yu
William O'Mullane
Yao-Yuan Mao
Yusra AlSayyad
Jeno Sokoloski
Saavik Ford
    • 7:30 AM 8:00 AM
      Check-In 30m
    • 8:00 AM 9:00 AM
      Breakfast 1h
    • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
      Session 1: (plenary)

      9:00am - 9:10am Welcome and logistics (Julianne Dalcanton, CCA)
      9:10am - 9:50am Introduction to LINCC and this workshop (Andy Connolly, UW, Rachel Mandelbaum, CMU)
      9:50am - 10:30am Science with Rubin and the LSST (Federica Bianco, Delaware)
      10:30am - 11:00am Coffee available
      11:00am - 11:30am Designing Research Inclusion Proposals (Tim Sacco, NOIRLab)
      11:30am - 12:00pm Science use cases: a worked example and facilitation (TBD)

    • 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
      Session 2: (breakout)

      1:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions - Science 1 (facilitators)
      3.00pm - 3:30pm Coffee available
      4:00pm - 5.00pm Breakout Session report back (TBD)
      5.00pm Adjourn and dinner on your own

    • 8:00 AM 8:30 AM
      Check-In 30m
    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Breakfast 30m
    • 9:00 AM 12:30 PM
      Session 3

      9:00am - 9:30am (Plenary) The Rubin Science Platform and what to expect (Leanne Guy, Rubin)
      9:30am - 11:30am Breakout Sessions - Science 2 (facilitators)
      11:00am - 11:30am Coffee available
      11:30am - 12:30pm Breakout Session report back - what have learned about technical needs

    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 1:30 PM 5:30 PM
      Session 4

      1:30pm - 2:00pm (Plenary) Astropy, OSS and lessons learned for LINCC (Adrian Price-Whelan, CCA)
      2:00pm - 4:30pm Breakout Sessions - Data, Software, Algorithms (facilitators)
      3:30pm - 4:00pm Coffee available
      4:30pm - 5:30pm Breakout Session report back (TBD)

    • 5:30 PM 6:30 PM
      Reception 1h
    • 8:00 AM 8:30 AM
      Check-In 30m
    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Breakfast 30m
    • 9:00 AM 12:30 PM
      Session 5

      9:00am - 10:00am Breakout activity on inclusive collaboration Session
      10:00am - 10:30am Whitepaper discussion (TBD)
      10:30am - 12:00pm Whitepaper writing
      11:00am - 11:30am Coffee available
      12:00pm - 12:30pm (Plenary) What we have learned, assignments and next steps (TBD)
      12:30pm Main Sessions Adjourn, continued work (optional)

    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch 1h