November 2-5, 2008

Conference Pictures:

Focus demos and Floor demos now have numbers in the schedule to be used for the publication submission.

Because of the delay of getting the contract in place, the deadline for submitting your contributions to the proceeding is now Jan 25 2009. Instructions are now available. We apologize for the delay.

Meeting is over. Thanks to all for the wonderful meeting....


The Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference is held each year at a different hosting astronomical institution. The conference provides a forum for scientists and programmers concerned with algorithms, software and software systems employed in the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data. An important element of the program is to foster communication between developers and users with a range of expertise in the production and use of software and systems. The program consists of invited talks, contributed oral and display papers, tutorials, user group meetings and special interest group meetings (called BOFs).

ADASS Themes

The main themes for this year's conference are:

Astronomical algorithms
Future large projects
Software engineering in Astronomy
Web technologies

The Program Organizing Comittee will consider any proposed contributions but priority will be given to those that are related to the selected themes for ADASS 2008.

Important Dates

June 15, 2008 : registration opens
August 15, 2008 : Deadline for abstract submission
September 1, 2008 : Deadline for demo submission
September 15 , 2008 : End of early registration
September 21 , 2008 : Deadline for Bird of a feather submission
Sunday November 2 : Tutorials and opening reception
Monday November 3 : Plenary sessions and BOFs
Tuesday November 4 : Plenary sessions and Banquet
Wednesday November 5 : Plenary sessions and end of the conference

Tutorial for Sunday November 2: The sky is not the limit

The LOC and POC are proud to announce a special ADASS Tutorial session focused on the technologies behind Google Sky and the World Wide Telescope. Representatives from both Google and Microsoft will demonstrate the inner workings of their software and hardware architecture, will introduce the audience to mechanisms for publishing their own data to both Sky and WWT, and will discuss how these tools can be extended to new kinds of astronomical research.

The second part of the agenda will be dedicated to examples of cutting edge science that have already been enabled, or that are actively being worked on. The session will end with a dynamic panel discussion.

The tutorial will be given by Jonathan Fay of Microsoft Research and Ryan Scranton, formerly of Google. The session will be moderated by Alberto Conti (STScI) and Rob Seaman (NOAO).

Please remember to register in advance to take advantage of this valuable opportunity!

Local Organizing Committee:

Daniel Durand (chair), National Research Council Canada
Gilles Joncas, Université Laval
Robert Lamontagne, Université de Montréal
Luc Turbide, Université de Montréal
Séverin Gaudet, National Research Council Canada
David Bohlender, National Research Council Canada
Michèle Bourgeois-Doyle, National Research Council Canada
Michael Peddle, National Research Council Canada
(To reach the LOC by email)

Financial support from:

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