Sessions list

This session will be an informal but important session to help bring allies and people from marginalized groups together early in the meeting so that they can meet folks like them and other people on their side from the very start.

Organizer: Alysha Shugart, Gloria Fonseca Alvarez

In this session we will discuss the necessary ingredients and best tools available to identify and classify young transients using the Rubin alert stream.

Organizer: Francisco Förster

Thursday Aug 10, 2-3:30 pm project time (CA time zone, also AZ)

Organizer: Christopher Stubbs

The unprecedented depth of the LSST will pose serious challenges to our detection and measurement algorithms due to the apparent blending of sources. In this session, we will review the current Project plans for detection and deblending, including an update on the new DM deblender, Scarlet-lite.

Organizer: James J. Buchanan

This is a session aimed at supporting students as they navigate modern career pathways and professional development resources for academia and astronomy. Presentations from students, postdocs, and professionals will be followed up with open time for Q&A and discussions.

Organizer: Beth Willman, Ryan Oelkers, Jennifer Sobeck


Due to all participants heading instead to the System Performance All-hand Meeting on Thursday morning.



Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Review of progress on implementation of the openMAINT system by the Working Group and the Vendor, Tecnoteca, of the maintenance management that will be in use for Operations. Demo and feedback/input on the procedures implemented to date and the breakdown of the Observatory for maintenance.

Organizer: Jeff Barr, Holger Drass

Over the last year, the AOS Commissioning Team has worked on brainstorming and detailing the different tests and validations that will be needed to commission the Active Optics System (AOS).

Organizer: Guillem Megias Homar, Josh Meyers & Sandrine Thomas


Organizer: Will Clarkson

This session will showcase the science use cases of software being developed by the LINCC frameworks team, including tools for AGN time series analysis, photo-z commissioning, alert packet metadata, and full survey cross-matching.

Organizer: Jeremy Kubica, Kostya Malanchev, Alex Malz

General tag up for the Data Management team members, with some highlights and a delve into a few technical topics. This is open to anyone interested in DM.

The agenda is on confluence:

Organizer: Will O'Mullane

This session welcomes anyone who is interested in preparing for science with the simulated datasets of Data Preview 0 (DP0), which are currently available in the Rubin Science Platform (RSP) with the same formats, access mechanisms, and analysis tools as will be used for future real data.

Organizer: Melissa Graham and Mario Juric

This session aims to promote the use of alt-text, colorblind-friendly palettes, and the multi-dimensional visualization and sonification of LSST data with the purpose of a more inclusive science communication.

Organizer: Sara Bonito

One of the most exciting promises of LSST is its potential to discover completely novel phenomena, never before observed or predicted from theory.  Serendipitous discovery in astrophysics has traditionally tapped heavily into person-power, with citizen-scientist platforms (e.g.

Organizer: Federica Bianco, Ashish Mahabal, Xiaolong Li

Rubin Observatory is committed to enabling high-impact science during the first year of operation of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). In this session we will present updates to the plans for enabling Early Science.

Organizer: Leanne Guy

Drop by to chat with the Rubin Education and Outreach team during this informal session. Bring your questions about the tools we're developing to help you build citizen science projects! Get a demo of Rubin resources you can use to dazzle your friends, family, and public audiences!

Organizer: Kristen Metzger

Meet the Rubin UI Component Library, a collection of Rubin-branded React Components EPO created to maintain visual and functional consistency across its suite of web products, and beyond.

Organizer: Alexandra Goff

In this two-topic session, we will provide relevant information on how we detect the fatigue levels of our project staff members and how we develop the fatigue mitigation program.

Organizer: Giovanni Corvetto

In this session, we will introduce the imSim software package to the rest of the Rubin community including its features, inputs for simulating exposures, and its ability to specify details of the optical system.

Organizer: Chris Walter

This is a session aimed at members of the Commissioning Team (Rubin staff and in-kind contributors to the commissioning effort).

Organizer: Steve Ritz and Keith Bechtol

For anyone new to the Rubin Observatory or seeking a refresher on the observatory's systems. This session will place a special emphasis on jargon and acronyms.

Organizer: Melissa Graham

This session is an LGBTQIA+ and allies social event in order to brin

Organizer: Sierra Villarreal

The expected wealth of data from the Rubin

Organizer: Yuanyuan Zhang, Agnès Ferté

Organizer: Knut Olsen, Sierra Villareal

Photometric calibration is important for *all* science cases and it is intricately tied with the telescope observing strategy. Rolling, which is currently planned for LSST, adds another level of complication.

Organizer: Peter Yoachim, Eli Rykoff

This session will start with a short introduction to the Rubin Data Management team’s PZ Roadmap, including an update from the PZ Commissining Team, and short status updates on PZ-related software infrastructure.

Organizer: Melissa Graham

Aaron Roodman

An Introduction to the LSST Camera: Status and Performance

09:00 - 09:45

Operations update

4:00 - 5:00pm

A brief welcome by Operations Director Robert Blum and the directorate will be followed by a few logistics item after which the plenary will dive into providing a construction update.

 In this plenary session you will hear a 1 minute summary about each breakout session, it's a great way to get informed about what happened in the sessions you were unable to attend. The slides will be developed throughout the week.

Undergraduate students funded by the LSSTC will have their posters displayed all day on Monday and Tuesday.

These undergraduates will be giving flash talks during the Monday and Tuesday plenary sessions.

Organizer: Beth Willman, Ryan Oelkers

Contributed posters from in-person attendees will be displayed all day on Wednesday and Thursday.

Organizer: Melissa Graham

Undergraduate students funded by the LSSTC will have their posters displayed all day on Monday and Tuesday.

These undergraduates will be giving flash talks during the Monday and Tuesday plenary sessions.

Organizer: Beth Willman, Ryan Oelkers

Contributed posters from in-person attendees will be displayed all day on Wednesday and Thursday.



Organizer: Melissa Graham

This session is intended to be a discussion of planned (or desired) analyses related to probing the nature of dark matter with LSST. 

Organizer: Peter Ferguson, Nora Shipp (remote)

Weak gravitational lensing is a key science goal for LSST.

Organizer: Arun Kannawadi, Jim Bosch

Difference Image Analysis (DIA) is fundamental to the LSST alert stream and will play an important role in the annual data releases.

Organizer: Eric Bellm

We suggest a PCW2023 session/activity that aims to raise awareness of neurodiversity. This will help improve accessibility for neurodiverse people, and help the Rubin/LSST community to benefit from their talents.

Organizer: Potential co-Chairs: Emily Acosta, Christopher Carroll, Stephanie Deppe, Holger Drass, Alex Malz, Steve Margheim, Graham Smith, Sandrine Thomas.

Updates will be given on the new GCN alert format, Rubin brokers, the TOM Toolkit, and AEON on Las Cumbres and NOIRLab facilities (SOAR, Blanco, Gemini).

Organizer: Bryan Miller

Organizer: (alphabetically) Bob Blum, Agnès Ferte, Greg Madejski, Steve Margheim, Phil Marshall, Knut Olsen, Steve Ridgway, Aprajita Verma (contact)

The session will describe the organization and various efforts related to planning System First Light, Observatory Dedication, and building momentum toward early science. Community engagement is critical to success.

Organizer: Beth Willman, Ranpal Gill, Steve Ritz, Bob Blum

Rubin Research Bytes (RRBs) are fully virtual, asynchronous, and voluntary contributions of Rubin-related research or activities. The venue for RRBs is the Rubin Community Forum, where anyone may make an account and contribute.

Organizer: Science Organizing Committee

All are welcome to join this session, which will include an assortment of contributed talks on Rubin-related research.


Welcome (5 min)

Organizer: Melissa Graham

Updates, discussion, and Q&A regarding recent progress and upcoming activities for the Rubin Observatory System Integration and Test (SIT), Commissioning (COM), and System Verification and Validation (SVV) efforts.

Organizer: Kevin Reil

We will discuss the application of Rubin da

Organizer: Aaron Meisner

Synergies with Rubin will be a significant consideration for the definition of the Roman Core Community Surveys. This session will be a Rubin-focused discussion on the needs and desires from the Roman surveys.

Organizer: Julie McEnery

The meeting will be open to all PCW participants, but we will have an executive session at the end for SAC members to gather their thoughts. 
All times Mountain Standard Time = Pacific Daylight Time (i.e., local time in Tucson).
(Note: we’re on our own for breakfast).  

Organizer: Michael Strauss

The meeting will be open to all PCW participants, but we will have an executive session at the end for SAC members to gather their thoughts. 
All times Mountain Standard Time = Pacific Daylight Time (i.e., local time in Tucson).
(Note: we’re on our own for breakfast).  

Organizer: Michael Strauss

As Rubin operations nears, the need for complete scientific analysis pipelines and science infrastructure is clear.

Organizer: (alphabetically) Will Clarkson, Andy Connolly, Jeremy Kubica, Rachel Mandelbaum, Phil Marshall, Knut Olsen, William O’Mullane, Aprajita Verma (contact)

Following on the planning from last year's PCW, imSim now includes an optical ray-tracer allowing detailed simulations of the telescope and control systems that were previously not possible.

Organizer: Chris Walter

Powerful new wide-field, highly-multiplexed spectroscopic capabilities are now coming online.  The DESI survey began operations in 2021 and will obtain more than 40 million redshifts and spectroscopic measurements for roughly 10 million stars.  Work is now underway to define a DESI-2 program to b

Organizer: Jeffrey Newman

Many brilliant minds, both Rubin employees and those in the scientific community, are already supporting the goal of proving that we have built the observatory that we said we would build and that it performs to a level that we said it would perform to.

Organizer: Holger Drass

Tag up meeting of the Rubin Opertations System Performance department members. Will cover the role of System Performance in operations, highlights from the past year and a look towards Operations.

Organizer: Leanne Guy

Rubin Observatory is developing a comprehensive plan for the sequence of on-sky and in-dome data acquisition, data processing, and verification activities during the on-sky commissioning period with LSSTCam, considering AOS commissioning, calibration, and science programs together.

Organizer: Keith Bechtol

We would like to give the opportunity of the Rubin Galaxies science collaboration to present research updates, discuss and create new collaborations.

The session will include a brief introduction by a collaboration co-chair and research presentations.

Organizer: Simona Mei

A session for TVS members to come together and strategize on future directions. Two talks regarding projects relevant to TVS will be followed by an extensive discussion regarding new TVS subgroups and task forces.


Organizer: Igor Andreoni, Sara Bonito

*In-Person Only*

Organizer: Melissa Graham

We'll review new features added to the LSST Science Pipelines in the past year, current performance on precursor datasets and plans for this upcoming year. This tag team session will highlight algorithmic and validation contributions from members of the Science Pipelines team. 

Organizer: Yusra AlSayyad

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites continue to be launched at a high rate, exponentially increasing the number in orbit.  In the past few years satellite operators have introduced new technology, such as direct-to-cell, and are building and launching much larger satellites.

Organizer: Tony Tyson

This session will feature a review of the latest baseline cadence deliberations and simulation, including presenting the baseline released in 2022 (see and subsequent updates to this baseline.

Organizer: Lynne Jones, Federica Bianco

The Rubin Users Committee members will meet to discuss various issues regarding the Rubin Science Platform and the planned LSST data products.

Organizer: Melissa Graham

Rubin Operations leadership wants to create a hiring process rubric to distribute to hiring managers and committees across the Project and the community. This rubric will serve as a guideline to proper hiring conduct.

Organizer: Alysha Shugart