SIPWork VI – Registration and abstract submission OPEN

Monday 13 – Thursday 16 August, 2012, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA

We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission are now OPEN for the Solar Information Processing Workshop, which succeed to the Solar Image Processing workshops. Please go to:

to register, submit your abstract, and record your Working Group preferences.

You can submit your abstract at any time, and register later.

Important dates:

15 July 2012: Abstract submission deadline
22 July 2012:  Accommodation at special rate at conference hotel closes.
6 August 2012: Registration deadline

Latest information is available at

We are also pleased to confirm the following invited speakers:

  • Prof. A. Hero (U. Michigan, USA)  will give two lectures: one on dimensionality reduction and another on machine learning.
  • M. Mierla (Royal Observatory of Belgium, BE) will present source separation techniques.
  • K. Reardon (National Solar Observatory, USA) will introduce to the challenges of future Advanced Technology Solar Telescope.
  • F. Watson (National Solar Observatory, USA and University of Glasgow, UK)

Held since 2003, the Solar Image Processing workshops focus on the extraction of useful information from solar data. This meeting will broaden our attention on how to obtain the best scientific return out of the petabytes of data that are now available.  We will also look at future challenges, such as the even larger data  acquisition rates from the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope, and the combination of heterogeneous, multivariate & distributed observations such as those from Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus.

The structure of the workshop is as follows. The morning is given over to  plenary sessions, with breaks being poster sessions. Participants are expected to attend all talks and poster sessions. In the afternoons, the conference splits into splinter sessions, where the following subject areas are covered. We solicit contributions in these areas.  Participants may record an interest in multiple working groups.

Working group 1: Tracking solar features and eruptive events in space, time, and wavelength Co-Leaders: C. DeForest (SWRI), J. Byrne (U. Hawaii)

This session discusses the latest research in tracking solar disk features in space, time and wavelength. Topics of interest include:

  • tracking of large-scale disk features (Active Regions, Coronal Holes, filaments, EIT waves).
  • dynamics of small scale features (magnetic feature tracking, dynamics of photosphere and chromosphere).
  • tracking of events (flares, CME, filament lift-off, radio bursts, shock waves) on the Sun and in the heliosphere.
  • fusing  results from multiple observations (multi passband comparison of feature tracking, simultaneous limb and on disc recognition of filigree with STEREO).
  • data assimilation as means of improving knowledge of solar features.

Working group 2: Reconstruction of the three-dimensional structure of the corona 
Leader: M. Kramer (CUA/GSFC)

This session deals with the reconstruction of the true structure of the solar atmosphere from multiple viewpoints, wavelengths and times. Topics of particular interest are:

  • 3D reconstruction of loops, prominences.
  • 3D reconstruction of Coronal Mass Ejection (speed, direction of propagation, boundary,  internal structure).
  • tomography of the extended corona.
  • combining reconstruction technique and modelling.
  • comets as probes of the three-dimensional structure of the corona.

Working group 3:  Solar information processing techniques Co-Leaders: R. Angryk (U. Montana), C. A. Young (GSFC)

This session addresses challenges such as: How do we get a better understanding of solar physics out of the deluge of data?  How do we take advantage of the many catalogs that are either already available or are being developed? Topics of interest include:

  • supervised and unsupervised learning (segmentation of solar features, exploitation of catalogs).
  • content-based image retrieval.
  • inverse problem (DEM reconstruction, study of thermal structure, source separation).
  • dimensionality reduction (exploiting  inherent low-dimensional structure in high-dimensional observed data ) via sparse representation.
  • long-term statistical analysis (solar cycle studies).
  • time-frequency and time-scale analysis (oscillations, feature extraction).

Working group 4: Accessing, browsing, retrieving data 
Co-Leaders: A. R. Davey (Harvard-Smithsonian), F. Suarez-Sola (NSO)
This session discusses data management facilities. Topics of interests include:

  • advances in visualisation and search tools,
  • virtual solar observatories.
  • higher level product tools (movies, PSF correction).
  • high performance computing  (parallel computing).
  • alternate information processing environments to IDL/SSW such as Python, PDL, GDL, R.

Working group 5: Problem-solving session
In this working group, participants will have the chance to present their ongoing research, explain the difficulties encountered,  and poll the community for potential new directions.

Limited support for students is available. Please contact the SOC Co-Chairs for more details. Deadline for request of student support is 1st June 2012.

We hope to see you in Bozeman in August!

LOC Chair: Petrus Martens, Montana State University ( )
SOC Co-Chairs: Jack Ireland, ADNET Systems Inc./NASA GSFC ( ), C. Alex Young NASA GSFC. (