Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques

November 17th - 20th 2014
Pasadena Hilton
Pasadena, CA
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The conference is intended for scientists to consider recent progress from missions such as Spitzer, Kepler, Hubble, Planck, WISE and Herschel, as it affects the design and utilization of the next generation of space-based infrared surveys, including the Decadal Survey's top priority, a wide-field infrared survey telescope (WFIRST). The conference will expose the participants to the capabilities currently envisaged for WFIRST-AFTA. The conference will also assess the mission's promise in the context of the anticipated performance of JWST and other planned space missions such as Euclid and TESS, as well as ground-based projects, especially LSST. Because of the wide range of topics addressed by infrared survey missions, from Dark Energy to Exoplanets, and because of the increasing importance of additional community-driven observational programs, this will be a unique opportunity to bring together these many constituencies to present their perspectives and inform the trade studies pursued by the WFIRST-AFTA Science Definition Team and the Project Formulation Team.

Plenary Invited Speakers:

Bob Abraham (University of Toronto)
Alan Boss (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Josh Frieman (University of Chicago)
Neil Gehrels (NASA-GSFC)
Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge)
Paul Hertz (NASA)
David Jewitt (UCLA)
Mansi Kasliwal (Caltech)
Ashley King (University of Cambridge)
Yannick Mellier (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
Laurent Pueyo (STScI)
Steve Rodney (Johns Hopkins)
Huub Rottgering (Leiden Observatory)
David Spergel (Princeton)
Michael Strauss (Princeton)
Daniel Weisz (Univ. of Washington)