GWDAW12 program as of Tuesday December 11, 2007


All GWDAW12 activities will be in the second floor of the East Tower with rooms assigned as follows:
- plenary sesion in the Riverfront suite
- poster exhibits in the Somerset suite
- general purpose meeting areas in the Charles A and B suites
- breakfast will be available starting at 7:00AM in the Parkview suite
- lunch will be served in the Parkview suite 12:30-14:00PM

Day-1: Thursday, December 13, 2007, starts at 08:30, ends at 17:30

08:30-10:00 Session-1: Detectors, Chair: Rainer Weiss

08:30
08:35
(5')
Welcome and Introduction
Erik Katsavounidis
[PPT]
08:35
08:48
(10'+3')
Status of the LIGO and GEO detectors
Matt Evans
[PPT]
08:48
09:01
(10'+3')
Status of Virgo
Leone Bosi
[PPT]
09:01
09:14
(10'+3')
Status of the Japanese detectors
Nobuyuki Kanda
[PDF]
09:14
09:27
(10'+3')
Status of the resonant mass detectors
Eugenio Coccia
[PPT]
09:27
09:54
(20'+7')
Status of LISA following the BEPAC Report
Tom Prince
[PPT]
09:54
10:00
(6')
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[PPT] [PDF]
The Schenberg spherical gravitational wave detector
Cesar Costa/Nadja Magalhaes
Data analysis pipeline of the spherical gravitational wave detector MiniGRAIL
Carlos Filipe Da Silva Costa
[PDF]
Noise studies during the first VIRGO Science Run and after
Giancarlo Cella/Irene Fiori/Federico Paoletti
Current status of Japanese detectors
Daisuke Tatsumi
Highlights of the LSC glitch group activities during S5
Shantanu Desai
Analysis of nonstationarity in LIGO S5 data using the NoiseFloorMon output
Soma Mukherjee

10:00-11:30 Session-2: Coffee and Posters

11:30-12:30 Session-3: Gamma Ray Bursts, Chair: Szabolcs Marka

11:30
12:05
(25'+10')
GRB Overview
Neil Gehrels
[PPT]
12:05
12:27
(16'+6')
GRB-triggered searches for gravitational waves in LIGO data
Nick Fotopoulos
[PDF]
12:27
12:30
(3')
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[PDF]
Gamma-Ray Burst searches with Virgo: the case of GRB 050915a
Alessandra Corsi
Searching for Gravitational Waves from GRBs with X-Pipeline
Gareth Jones

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Session-4: Gamma Ray Bursts/Inspirals-I:Gravitational-wave astronomy of binaries, Chair: Patrick Brady

14:00
14:23
(15'+8')
Search for a Gravitational-Wave Burst Associated with GRB 070201 using LIGO Data
Isabel Leonor
[PPT]
14:23
14:46
(15'+8')
The probability of compact binary coalescence detection with enhanced LIGO
Richard O'Shaughnessy
[PPT]  [PDF]
14:46
15:05
(13'+6')
Detection confidence tests for Burst and Inspiral Candidate Events
Romain Gouaty
[PPT]
15:05
15:24
(13'+6')
Parameter estimation of inspiralling compact binaries: exhaustive comparison between theory
Thomas Cokelaer
[PDF]
and simulations and implications for searches in ground based detectors
15:24
15:30
(6')
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[PDF]
Testing Modified Gravity Models by Gravitational Wave Observation
Emre Kahya
Sampling theory and matched filtering searches for inspiral signals
Soumya Mohanty
Computationally efficient chi-squared tests for gravitational wave searches that use matched filtering
Chad Hanna
Data quality and vetoes for compact binary coalescence analysis in LIGO's fifth science run
Jacob Slutsky

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session-5: Continuous Waves-I, Chair: Pia Astone

16:00
16:35
(25'+10')
Radio Pulsar Overview
Jim Cordes
[PPT]
16:35
16:52
(11'+6')
How photon astronomy affects searches for continuous gravitational waves
Ben Owen
[PPT]
16:52
17:09
(11'+6')
All sky search of NAUTILUS data for periodic gravitational wave signals
Andrzej Krolak
[PPT]
17:09
17:26
(11'+6')
Broadband Search for Continuous-Wave Gravitation Radiation with LIGO
Vladimir Dergachev
[PDF]
17:26
17:30
(4')
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Search for continuous gravitational waves from PSR J 0835-4510 (Vela) using the first observational
Tomomi Akutsu
data from the CLIO (Cryogenic Laser Interferometric Observatory)
Coordinated Observations of Sco X-1 with Gravitational-wave detectors and the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer
Jared Markowitz

17:30 End of Day-1

18:15 Optional tour of the LIGO-MIT Laboratory; RSVP here.
The Laboratory is located at the NW17 MIT building (185 Albany St in Cambridge, MA).
Limited transportation will be available. It is otherwise a ~30 minutes walk from Sonesta.

Day-2: Friday, December 14, 2007, starts at 08:30, ends at 17:30

08:30-09:30 Session-6: Stochastics-I, Chair: Albert Lazzarini

08:30
09:03
(25'+8')
Pulsar Timing Overview
Andrea Lommen
[PPT]
09:03
09:26
(15'+8')
Cosmological Sources of Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
Vuk Mandic
[PPT] [PDF]
09:26
09:30
(4')
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Comparison of pixel and spherical-harmonic-based deconvolution techniques
Dipongkar Talukder
[PDF]
High-Frequency Corrections to Ground-Based Searches for Long-Lived Gravitational-Wave Signal
Joe Romano
[PDF]

09:30-09:45 Session-7: Special Bursts Poster Session, Chair: Peter Shawhan

Bayesian burst detection better
Antony Searle
Gravitational wave detection using multiscale chirplets
Philip Charlton
Source tracking for Sco X-1
Kazuhiro Hayama
Determining the angular momentum distribution of massive evolved stars from gravitational wave observations
Kazuhiro Hayama
Large scale clustering of simulated gravitational wave triggers using S-means and Constrained Validation methods
Lappoon Rupert Tang
poster
Multidimensional classification analysis of kleine Welle triggers in LIGO S5 run
Soma Mukherjee
The Role of Data Quality in S5 Burst Analyses
Lindy Blackburn
Search for Gravitational waves from PKS 2155-304
Shantanu Desai
Complementing inspiral searches with burst pipelines
Peter Kalmus
Status of the IGEC2 search for burst gravitational waves
Giovanni Prodi
Glitch Rejection Properties of a Simple Network Algorithm for Detecting Unmodeled Gravitational Wave Bursts
Maria Principe
Visualising Gravitational Wave Event Candidates with the Coherent Event Display
Adam Mercer
A Bayesian Coincidence Test for Noise Rejection in a Gravitational Wave Burst Search
Kipp Cannon
Distributional tests for gravitational wave transient event detection
Yeming Shi

09:45-11:30 Session-8: Coffee and Posters

11:30-12:30 Session-9: Stochastics-II, Chair: Giancarlo Cella

11:30
11:50
(15'+5')
Astrophysical Sources of Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
Tania Regimbau
[PPT]
11:30
11:50
(15'+5')
Status of the Searches for Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background Using LIGO and Virgo Data
Emma Robinson
[PDF]
11:30
11:50
(15'+5')
Estimating the spatial structure of a Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background
Stefan Ballmer
[PPT] [PDF]

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Session-10: Continuous Waves-II, Chair: Bruce Allen

14:00
14:35
(25'+10')
An Overview of X-Ray Timing of Accreting Neutron Stars with Implications for Gravitational Wave Searches
Deepto Chakrabarty
[PDF]
14:35
14:51
(10'+6')
A cross-correlation statistic for continuous wave searches
Badri Krishnan
[PDF]
14:51
15:07
(10'+6')
A Chi2 veto for continuous wave searches
Llucia Sancho de la Jordana
[PPT] [PDF]
15:07
15:23
(10'+6')
Detection of periodic sources by Hough transform in the f/fdot plane
Sergio Frasca
[PDF]
15:23
15:30
(7')
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Coherent network search for detection of pulsar glitches
Kazuhiro Hayama
Gravitational wave signal analysis and the S transform
Nadja Magalhaes
Resampling Algorithm to calculate the F-statistic
Pinkesh Patel
[PPT]
An Evidence Based Search For Neutron Star Ring-downs
James Clark
Spin down of the accreting millisecond pulsar SAX J1808.4-3658
Jacob Hartman

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session-11: Inspirals-II: Developments in analysis methods for compact binaries, Chair: Frederique Marion

16:00
16:17
(12'+5')
A random template placement strategy in n-dimensions
Chris Messenger
[PDF]
16:17
16:34
(12'+5')
Innovations in the LSC's Binary Inspiral Search Pipeline
Drew Keppel
[PDF]
16:34
16:51
(12'+5')
Incorporating Numerical Relativity Waveforms into Gravitational Wave Data Analysis
Lucia Santamaria
[PDF]
16:51
17:08
(12'+5')
Estimating statistical significance of the candidate events in LSC compact binary coalescence search
Ruslan Vaulin
[PDF]
17:08
17:25
(12'+5')
An Evidence Based Approach to Inspiral Followups
John Veitch
[PDF]
17:25
17:30
(5')
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Coherent strategies for detecting gravitational waves from inspiraling binaries with a network of detectors
Hideyuki Tagoshi
LAL implementation of higher harmonics in compact binary inspiral waveforms
David McKechan
Bayesian inference on spinning compact-binary inspirals with ground-based gravitational-wave laser interferometers
Marc van der Sluys
Coherent multi-detector inspiral searches in LSC's fifth science run
Sukanta Bose

17:30 End of Day-2

17:45 Complimentary shuttle service starts running between the Royal Sonesta Hotel and the Top of the Hub restaurant at the Prudential Center.
Two 25-seat shuttle buses will run continuously on a first come first served basis. The ride to the Prudential Center is about 10 minutes.
The last shuttle will leave from the Prudential Center back to the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 22:30.
The earlier you take a shuttle to the Prudential Center, the more you will be able to enjoy the Boston Back Bay area and the shopping center at the Prudential.
Other transportation options include the subway, taxi and walking. For a map and more details on transportation options please consult the travel page.

19:00 Conference Banquet starts at the Top of the Hub restaurant at the Prudential Center.

Day-3: Saturday, December 15, 2007, starts at 09:00, ends at 17:30

09:00-10:00 Session-12: LISA-I, MDC, Chair: Scott Hughes

09:00
09:45
(30'+15')
The Mock LISA Data Challenges: status report, future prospects
Michele Vallisneri
[PPT]
09:45
10:00
(15')
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Detecting SMBH binaries using template bank
Stanislav Babak
The Contribution Of Halo White Dwarf Binaries To The Lisa Signal
Matthew Benacquista
Results for Round 1b of the Mock LISA Data Challenges
Jeff Crowder
Minimal verification of relativity with gravitational spectroscopy
Steve Drasco
A search for Super Massive Binary Black Hole Coalescences in the MLDC 1B dataset
Ian Harry
Resolving Model Selection Problems in Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Tyson Littenberg
Applying Numerical Relativity to Gravitational Wave Data Analysis
Sean McWilliams
LISA and pulsar timing observations of the most massive black hole coalescences
Matthew Pitkin
Symmetrised Sagnac as a noise monitor for LISA and analysis approaches for isotropic stochastic signals
Emma L Robinson
Gaussianity of LISA's confusion backgrounds
Etienne Racine
Markov Chain Monte Carlo searches for Galactic binaries in MLDC-1B data sets
Miquel Trias
Mock LISA Data Challenge 1B: Improved Search for Galactic White Dwarf Binaries Using an F-Statistic Template Bank
John Whelan

10:00-11:30 Session-13: Coffee and Posters

11:30-12:30 Session-14: LISA-II MLDC efforts on EMRIs, Chair: Scott Hughes

11:30
12:00
(20'+10')
Taking Templates off the Grid
Neil Cornish
[PDF]
12:00
12:30
(20'+10')
A Metropolis Hastings Monte Carlo search for EMRIs in mock LISA data
Jonathan Gair
[PDF]

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Session-15: LISA-III MLDC on EMRIs, Higher harmonics and new topics, Chair: Alberto Vecchio

14:00
14:30
(20'+10')
Extracting extreme-mass-ratio inspiral parameters via time-frequency methods
Ilya Mandel
[PDF]
14:30
14:45
(10'+5')
The Effect of Higher Harmonic Corrections on Non-Spinning Massive Black Hole Binaries For LISA
Edward Porter
[PPT]
14:45
15:00
(10'+5')
LISA observations of supermassive black holes using the full post-Newtonian inspiral waveforms
Miquel Trias
[PDF]
15:00
15:30
(20'+10')
LISA detections of MBHBs: parameter extraction errors due to inaccurate templates
Curt Cutler
[PPT]

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session-16: Bursts-I, Chair: Marie-Anne Bizouard

16:00
16:35
(25'+10')
Linking optical and infrared observations with gravitational wave sources through variability
Chris Stubbs
[PPT]
16:35
17:02
(18'+9')
LOOC UP: Locating and Observing Optical Counterparts
Jonah Kanner
[PPT]
16:02
17:29
(18'+9')
Coherent burst searches for GW from compact binary objects
Sergey Klimenko
[PPT]

17:30 End of Day-3: Your ballot for the student prize is due in Riverfront Foyer

Day-4: Sunday, December 16, 2007, starts at 09:00, ends at 12:30

09:00-10:00 Session-17: Bursts-II, Coordinated Observations, Chair: Marie-Anne Bizouard

09:00
09:35
(25'+10')
Neutrino Observatories
Kate Scholberg
[PDF]
09:35
10:00
(18'+7')
Overview of LSC-Virgo externally triggered searches
Zsuzsa Marka
[PPT]

10:00-11:00 Session-18: Coffee and Posters, Chairs: , Student Prize Award Ceremony- Sponsored by the MIT Kavli Institute

11:00-12:30 Session-19: Bursts-III, Networks, Chair: Peter Shawhan

11:00
11:22
(15'+7')
All-Sky Burst Search in the First Year of the LSC S5 Run
Laura Cadonati
[PPT]
11:22
11:44
(15'+7')
LSC-Virgo joint burst search
Nicolas Leroy
[PDF]
11:44
12:07
(16'+7')
Time-Freq Clustering for Burst GW search in TAMA300 data
Nobuyuki Kanda
[PDF]
12:07
12:30
(16'+7')
Event-trigger generator for resonant spherical detectors
Riccardo Sturani
[PDF]

12:30 End of Day-4

14:30 Optional tour of the LIGO-MIT Laboratory; RSVP here.
The Laboratory is located at the NW17 MIT building (185 Albany St in Cambridge, MA).
Limited transportation will be available. It is otherwise a ~30 minutes walk from Sonesta.