2019 SKA Shanghai Meeting: Concluding our Past, Realising our Future

Wanda Reign on the Bund (No. 538, Zhongshan 2nd East Road, Huangpu, 200000 Shanghai

Shanghai will be the stunning venue for the SKA Meeting on Engineering, Commissioning and Operations(Credit: Steffan Fussan-CC BY-SA 3.0)


                                   The SKA System Design, Operations & Plans

The SKA community is gearing up for one of the biggest events in this year’s project’s calendar: the 2019 SKA Meeting in Shanghai.

Registration is open for the 25-28 November meeting, which will bring together hundreds of engineers, data scientists, astronomers and other experts from within the SKA community and beyond. The focus will be on the immediate and long-term future of the SKA telescopes, from procurement to commissioning and operations.

In a year of milestones for the SKA project, the Shanghai Meeting promises another. For the first time, the SKA Organisation will present the full design of the two telescopes, finally unifying the years of work carried out by the SKA’s design consortia.  This first look at the detailed elements as a cohesive whole will set the scene for the overall System Critical Design Review, taking place at SKA Global HQ just two weeks later.

“So far we’ve seen individual parts of the SKA’s design, like seeing sections of a jigsaw but not the full image,” says Tim Stevenson, SKAO Head of Mission Assurance and EOC Chair. “To see those pieces put together, the culmination of all that effort from teams around the world, will be quite momentous for all involved.”

For the past 18 months, critical design reviews have been taking place for nine of the SKA’s international engineering design consortia, each focusing on a key element of the telescopes’ design. The System CDR will ensure these individual pieces can operate as one and meet the exacting system requirements for the SKA to achieve its science goals.

“For those who may have watched the SKA’s progression from a distance, this is the point at which we can say: this is what we will build, and now is the time to get involved,” says SKA Director-General Prof. Phil Diamond. “From the engineers who will construct this amazing machine, to the data scientists who will keep it at the forefront of innovations in the field, and seasoned experts in commissioning and operating existing facilities – we want to grow our community and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to do so. I encourage all interested parties to join us in Shanghai.”

As well as the design preview and talks by colleagues at precursor, pathfinder and peer projects, there will be sessions on the latest developments towards the network of SKA Science Regional Centres (SRCs). These SRCs will be supercomputing facilities dotted around the globe that will be processing and hosting hundreds of petabytes of data, acting as the final interface with the end users, namely the scientists and astronomers.

To remind the assembled delegates, who will be mostly engineers and managers, of the true significance of their endeavours, each day will commence with a science talk, addressing major topics in the SKA’s science case, delivered by astronomers in those respective fields.

Co-hosted by the SKA Organisation and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Shanghai Meeting will provide an opportunity for our Chinese partners to celebrate the significant contribution of Chinese institutions to the SKA to date. This has included leading the international Dish consortium designing the SKA-mid antennas -including the fabrication of two prototype dishes, designing the synchronisation system for SKA-low within the Signal and Data Transport consortium, and contributions towards science operations planning.

Attendees will have the chance to visit China’s flagship radio astronomy project, the Five-hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which is the world’s largest filled aperture radio telescope. This mega-science endeavour, constructed in just five years in a natural basin in China’s southwest Guizhou province, can offer numerous lessons for the SKA as it heads into procurement and construction.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, and further information on how to register can be found at the following link: https://indico.skatelescope.org/event/551/registrations/

Presentations, or Posters of experience and lessons learned from SKA Precursor, Pathfinder and sister projects are invited for the following sessions:

Radio Telescope Commissioning
Radio Observatory Engineering Operations
Radio Observatory Science Operations

Presentation length will be determined based on the abstract and contributors suggestions, and will be notified upon selection.

To submit an abstract for consideration under these topics, please use the "Submit new abstract" button below.

  • Abraham Johannes Otto
  • Aidan Hotan
  • Akiharu Nakagawa
  • Alessandro Navarrini
  • Althea Wilkinson
  • Andrea Casson
  • Andrea Possenti
  • Andreas van Zyl
  • Andreas Wicenec
  • Angela Taylor
  • Anna Bonaldi
  • Anna Scaife
  • Antonio Chrysostomou
  • Antony Schinckel
  • Baoqiang Lao
  • Bassem Alachkar
  • Biao Du
  • Bin Li
  • Bo Hu
  • Bo Qin
  • Bo Wang
  • Bo Zhang
  • Bryan Butler
  • Carole Jackson
  • Cassandra Cavallaro
  • Chen Long
  • Chen Wang
  • Chenchen Liu
  • Chiara Ferrari
  • Cornelius Taljaard
  • Cristina Garcia Miro
  • Darrel Liebenberg
  • David Johannes Fourie
  • David Stevens
  • David Zhang
  • Dawei RONG
  • Domimgos Barbosa
  • Dongliang Liu
  • Douglas Bock
  • Federico Perini
  • Feng Wang
  • Fengquan Wu
  • Fu-Guo Xie
  • Gary Hovey
  • Gerhard Swart
  • Gert Kruithof
  • Gianpietro Marchiori
  • Grant Hampson
  • Gundolf Wieching
  • Habib Khosroshahi
  • Hans-Thomas Zimmerer
  • Haomin Sun
  • Haoyang Ye
  • Harro Verkouter
  • Hideyuki Kobayashi
  • Hiroshi Imai
  • Huanyuan Shan
  • Hui Li
  • Hui Zhang
  • Isak Theron
  • Jader Monari
  • Jean-Paul Kneib
  • Jian Fu
  • Jianli Zhang
  • Jianwen Wei
  • Jingjing Li
  • Jingnan Feng
  • Jingnan Li
  • Jinqing Wang
  • Jinrong Yang
  • Jiyun Li
  • John Conway
  • John Reynolds
  • Joseph Diamond
  • Joseph McMullin
  • Juan Guzman
  • Juan Zhang
  • Julián Garrido Sánchez
  • Justin Jonas
  • Kazuyoshi Sunada
  • Ke Wang
  • Keith Grainge
  • Kevin Ferguson
  • Kristian Adami
  • Laith Danoon
  • Laurent Jammes
  • Lei Qian
  • Lewis Ball
  • Lihong Geng
  • Lihui JIANG
  • Lindsay Magnus
  • Lingling Wang
  • Linjie Chen
  • liu yin
  • lixin li
  • Long Jiang
  • Longxiang Li
  • Luca Stringhetti
  • Marco Caiazzo
  • Maria Grazia Labate
  • Mark Bentum
  • Mark Bowen
  • Mark Stickells
  • Markus Dolensky
  • Martin Melchior
  • Massimiliano Tordi
  • Mathieu Isidro
  • Melanie Johnston-Hollitt
  • Mia Walker
  • Michael Garrett
  • Michel PERAULT
  • Michelle Hussey
  • Mike Pearson
  • Miles Deegan
  • Minglei Tong
  • Nianhua Jiang
  • Nicholas Rees
  • Pascal Rochat
  • Paul Boven
  • Peter Quinn
  • Philip Diamond
  • Pieter Benthem
  • Prabhakar Tiwari
  • Prabu Thiagaraj
  • Prashanth Mohan
  • Qi Liu
  • Qiming Wang
  • Qiqi Liu
  • Quan Guo
  • Rajesh Tamhane
  • Ralph Braddock
  • Randall Wayth
  • Raphael Pellerin
  • Renato Aurigemma
  • Renkun Kuang
  • Richard Lord
  • Richard Oberland
  • Richard Perley
  • Robert Braun
  • Robert Laing
  • Robert Lehmensiek
  • Rodrigo Tobar
  • Roelien Attema
  • rongbing zhao
  • Rosario Cimmino
  • Rosie Bolton
  • Rui CAO
  • Rupert Spann
  • Rusen Lu
  • Sarah Lamb
  • Sarah Pearce
  • Sascha Schediwy
  • Shaoguang Guo
  • Shari Breen
  • Shaun Amy
  • Shawn Basson
  • Shenghua YU
  • Shoulin Wei
  • Shraddha Surana
  • Shuangjing Xu
  • Shuhua Ye
  • Sibusiso Clifford Gumede
  • Sijia Peng
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  • Sizwe Seranyane
  • Slava Kitaeff
  • Songlin Chen
  • Steve Barker
  • Steven Tingay
  • Sumit Jaiswal
  • Susana Sánchez Expósito
  • Swapnil Khandekar
  • Séverin Gaudet
  • Takaaki Jike
  • Takuya Akahori
  • Tao An
  • Thomas Abbott
  • Thomas Booler
  • Tim Stevenson
  • Tomoaki Oyama
  • Tomoya Hirota
  • Tracy Cheetham
  • Wei Dai
  • Wei Dou
  • Wei Zhao
  • Weimin Zheng
  • Weiye Zhong
  • Wenkai Hu
  • William Garnier
  • Wulin Zhao
  • Xiang-Ping Wu
  • Xiaocong Wu
  • Xiaofeng Yang
  • Xiaohui TAO
  • Xiaoying Zheng
  • Xiaoyu Hong
  • Xin Yang
  • Xiuzhong Zhang
  • Xuelei Chen
  • Xueming JIN
  • Yan Huang
  • Yang Jie
  • Yang Lu
  • Yang Wu
  • Ye Xu
  • Yi-Chao Li
  • Yijun Xu
  • Yingkang Zhang
  • Yiping Ao
  • Yogesh Wadadekar
  • Yongxin Zhu
  • Yu Lu
  • Yuan Luo
  • Yuanpeng Zheng
  • Yueming Liao
  • Yufeng Chen
  • Yun Yu
  • Yuqing Chen
  • Yusuke Kono
  • Yuuki Adachi
  • Zhen Yan
  • Zhi Qiu
  • Zhihan Qian
  • Zhijun Xu
  • Zhiyong Liu
  • Zhiyuan Li
  • Zhong Chen
  • Zhongli Zhang
  • Zhuang LI
  • 钰峰 陈
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