The 3rd Solar Image Processing Workshop (SIPWIII), was held at Trinity College Dublin in September 2006. This time the workshop focused on challenges presented by new instrumentation including new ground based instrumentation such as the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), Swedish Solar Telescope (SST) and Dutch Open Telescope (DOT), as well as recent and future space instrumentation on board the STEREO, Hinode and SDO spacecraft. The workshop had ~70 participants featuring invited and contributed talks, posters and breakout/open-ended discussion sessions (working groups). As with previous workshops, we emphasized that we were looking for topics that would be of interest to both the image processing and solar physics communities. The successful working group sessions were held in three groups, discussing (1) 3D tomography and visualization of the corona and heliosphere, (2) real-time data analysis and assimilation , and (3) fundamental image processing and statistics. Some presentations from this conference and related research have been compiled for a Topical Issue of Solar Physics (vol. 248, Young & Ireland 2009).

Wednesday 6th September, 2006

Session 1 – New Approaches to Solar Observations and Data, I
Karel Schrijver – Preparing for Solar-B, SDO and STEREO
J. Cirtain – XRT/Solar-B data handling: A Cluster Approach to Large Data Sets.
O. Podladchikova – NEMO: an EIT waves and dimming detector for EUV imagers.
O. Olmedo – The Development of a Solar Eruptive Event Detection System (SEEDS).
V. Zharkova – Magnetic Tilts in Sunspot Groups and Active regions in the Cycle 23 obtained from the Solar Feature Catalogues

Session 2 – New Approaches to Solar Observations and Data, II
C. Balch [Invited] – Solar Image Processing for Operational Space Weather Forecasting at NOAA
P. Messmer – TaskDL — Taskfarming with IDL.
W. Thompson – The FITS World Coordinate System, and its application to future solar missions.
H. Potts – Automatic feature recognition of supergranular cells.
A. Csillaghy – VRESSI: Virtual Reality Exploration of RHESSI Images

Thursday 7th September, 2006

Session 3 – Reconstructing the Solar Atmosphere
F. Kamalabadi [Invited] – Data Assimilation
L. Feng – Magnetic stereoscopy for AR8222
C. Marque – Forward modeling of the 3D electron density and temperature distribution using EIT images.
M. Aschwanden – 3D Reconstruction of STEREO EUVI Images
A. Thernisien – Forward modeling methods for the simulation of the solar corona
N. Nitta – Flare Loop Geometry.
M. DeRosa – The PFSS Software Package: Rendering Global Coronal Magnetic Fields.
Session 4: Multiscale, Poisson statistics and image reconstruction
R. Willett [Invited] – Multiscale Photon-Limited Solar Image Analysis
R. Hewett – Multiscale Analysis of Turbulence in Active Regions Using Wavelets
V. Delouille – Enhanced resolution of EUV images in solar physics.

Friday 8th September, 2006

Session 5: Statistics, feature recognition, classification, and machine learning
F. Murtagh [Invited] – Model- and Scale-Based Segmentation and Feature Characterization
P. Conlon – Multifractal Analysis of Solar Magnetograms
P. Kestener – On wavelet transform maximum modulus methods
S. Zharkov – The Probabilistic Classification of Flares
T. Colak – Automated McIntosh-based Classification of Sunspots
R. Qahwaji – Automated Prediction of Solar Flares using Machine Learning.

Session 6: Deconvolution and Next Generation Ground Based Data
D. Bloomfield – Finding needles in magnetic haystacks: the necessity of spectral imaging for magnetic structure studies
A. Andic – RDI with the speckle reconstruction
P. Schuck – Tracking Magnetic Footpoints in Active regions.
J. Lin -Image Processing System with LCT in Huairou Solar Observatory.

Working Group Summaries
WG I: Real-time data analysis and assimilation, Chair: D. Berghmans
WG II: Fundamental Image Processing and Statistics, Chair: C. Young
WG III: 3D tomography and visualisation of the corona, Chair: M. Ashwanden


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