Rubin Research Bytes

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All sessions are pitched for general (non-technical) community participants, everyone is welcome at all sessions.

The "Rubin Research Bytes" (RRB) session with be held in lieu of a poster session. The deadline for giving a flash talk has passed.

What is a Rubin Research Byte (RRB)? An RRB is a flash talk on Rubin-related scientific research, engineering, or software. The 60-minute RRB session will have 8 breakout rooms with 4-5 speakers and 2 moderators per room. Each speaker will give their flash talk, and then there will be 10 minutes for panel-style Q&A at the end. At the 30-minute mark, the audience will switch breakout rooms while speakers and moderators stay in the same room and repeat the talks and Q&A for a new audience. Thus, all speakers give their talk twice, and all audience members see a total of 8-10 flash talks.

Instructions for speakers: All speakers in a given breakout room will share a single slide deck (link to be provided by email). Speakers must keep to the time of 3 minutes if there are 5 speakers, or 4 minutes if there are 4 speakers in the session. It is highly recommended that you limit yourself to 2-3 slides, and that you practice and time yourself. The option to simply read from a script is a great benefit of virtual talks! 

Instructions for moderators: There will be two moderators per breakout room. Moderator One will screen-share the slide deck, advance the slides, and keep time, enforcing the 3 minute limit when necessary.  Moderator Two will welcome attendees, instruct them to type their questions into the Zoom chat while the speakers are talking, and then select questions in a way that gives time to all the speakers (e.g., prioritize questions 'for the panel' that all speakers could answer, or try to pick one question per speaker). One of the two must volunteer to record the breakout room, save the file to their computer, and afterwards upload the file to a Dropbox (to be provided). Decide between yourselves who will do which duties.

All talks will be recorded. If you don't want your flash talk to be recorded, the moderator can pause the recording while you speak and then resume recording after you're done. You can also request that recording be paused during the panel-style Q&A. 


1. Galaxies I
Moderators: Nushkia Chamba and Remy Joseph
Christopher Usher -- How well can Rubin measure the properties of extragalactic star clusters?
Adam Broussard -- Using a Neural Network Classifier to Select Galaxies with the Most Accurate Photometric Redshifts
Simona Mei -- The first epochs of cluster assembly
Elizabeth Noakes-Kettel -- The dwarf galaxy mass function: a critical constraint on our structure formation paradigm
Brant Robertson -- Pixel-Level Morphological Classification of Galaxies through the Rubin Science Platform with Morpheus

2. Galaxies II
Moderators: Keith Bechtol and Harry Ferguson
Ilin Lazar -- Galaxy Morphological Classification via Unsupervised Machine Learning: ​  A Way Forward in the Exascale Era of Big Data Surveys
Unnikrishnan Sureshkumar -- Environmental dependence of galaxy properties using marked correlation functions
Lior Shamir -- Galaxy morphology and Identification of peculiar galaxies in Vera Rubin Observatory data
Alex Malz -- An information-based observing strategy metric for photometric redshifts, and more
3. Active Galactic Nuclei
Moderators: Greg Madejski and Andjelka Kovacevic
Faye Davis -- Radio AGN in Dwarf Galaxies
Paula Sanchez Saez -- Searching for changing-state AGNs in massive datasets with deep learning and anomaly detection
Iva Cvorovic - Hajdinjak -- Conditional neural process for LSST AGN non parametric light curve modelling
Isidora Jankov -- Using LSST light curves for photometric reverberation mapping of the broad-line region in AGNs
Viktor Radovic -- Development of the AGN time-lags and periodicity metrics for the possible integration into the LSST MAF library
4. Stars, Milky Way, Local Volume
Moderators: Márcio Catelan and Tina Adair 
Charlotte Olsen -- Finding synchronized star formation in galaxies using star formation history reconstruction 
Michael Rich -- Results from the Blanco DECam Bulge Survey, A Rubin Observatory Pathfinder project
Basílio Santiago -- Population Synthesis of Ultra Cool Dwarfs
Konstantin Malanchev -- New high-performant light-curve feature-extraction library
Firoza Sutaria -- Searching for optical counterparts of bursting Magnetars with the LSST.

5. Solar System and Microlensing
Moderators: Bryce Kalmbach and Somayeh Khakpash
Niall McElroy -- Visualising the Solar System in the Rubin Observatory Era
Wesley C Fraser -- Teaching a Machine to Love, and Detect Moving Objects
Zach Langford -- State of the Arc: Measuring Trailed Sources in LSST
Natasha Abrams -- Microlensing Discovery, Alerts, and Characterization Efficiency at Different Timescales in the Vera C. Rubin Legacy Survey of Space and Time
6. Image Processing / Statistical Methods
Moderators: Claire-Alice Hébert and Arun Kannawadi
Daniel Polin -- Nonlinear Crosstalk in LSST Camera CCDs
Shu Liu -- Testing the DIA pipeline using Fake Source Injection
Tom J Wilson -- macauff: Matching Across Catalogues using the Astrometric Uncertainty Function and Flux; or, how to get robust source counterpart identification in the crowded LSST sky
Siddharth Patel -- Rubin Rhapsodies: Turning Light into Sound

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7. Extragalactic Transients
Moderators: Clare Saunders and Bruno Sanchez 
Catarina Alves -- Considerations for optimizing photometric classification of supernovae from the Rubin Observatory
Fabio Ragosta -- detection and classification efficiency in LSST SN surveys 
Kyle Boone -- ParSNIP: Generative Models of Transient Light Curves with Physics-Enabled Deep Learning
Rosa Becerra -- Studying the transient sky (gamma-ray burst and gravitational waves) using instruments from the OAN-SPM
Alexander Gagliano -- The ELaSTiCC Challenge: Or How to Prepare Science Collaborations for LSST 

8. Discovery in the Time Domain
Moderators: Federica Bianco and Steve Ritz
Yiping Shu -- Discovering strongly-lensed quasars in the time domain
Patrick Aleo -- ANTARES Anomaly Detection Filter
Michelle Lochner -- Machine learning for anomaly detection in Rubin data
Xiaolong Li -- Preparing to discover the unknown with Rubin LSST - I: Time domain
Meg Schwamb -- Enabling Citizen Science with Rubin Observatory Alert Stream Brokers


Melissa Graham
Tuesday, Aug 10
07:30 HST - 10:30 PDT - 13:30 EDT - 17:30 UTC - 19:30 CEST - 03:30 AET +1