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Workshop Agenda and Presenter Information

The format of the workshop will likely differ from a traditional science conference with an emphasis on discussion and active engagement. Beginning on Wednesday morning, each of the four workshop goals will be addressed in turn over the following three full days. Breakout sessions may also be used to facilitate discussion.

We expect attendees to be present for all three days of the workshop and depart Houston after the end of the final day (September 28).

The output of this workshop will be a written summary of information collected on each of the goals.

  Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 AM      
8:25 AM Welcome from LPI/organizers/logistics Message from Rep. Lamar Smith Solar System SETI: Existing upper limits: Ravi Kopparapu Plenary: 
Post-it note discussions

Impromptu discussion

Other items not discussed
8:50 AM Charge from NASA (Michael New) Lander and Earth-based searches: Gavin Schmidt
9:15 AM Report from ad hoc committee on nomenclature: Sofia Sheikh Solar system SETI - Imaging searches: Paul Davies
9:40 AM Direct Imaging: Svetlana Berdyugina/Jeff Kuhn (remote) Q&A: Davies, Kopparapu, Schmidt Feedback from HQ and charge for Friday
10:00 AM Morning break Morning break Morning break
10:30 AM Kinds of technosignatures: Jill Tarter (remote) Megastructures in waste heat and transit: Jason Wright RFI response 1: Breakthrough Listen: Pete Worden/Jamie Drew
10:55 AM Technosignatures in atmospheres/planetary evolution: Adam Frank “Moderately advanced” technologies in transit: Hector Socas-Navarro RFI response 2: Optical Technosignatures with Cherenkov Telescopes: Jamie Holder (remote)
11:20 AM Technosignatures in the context of planetary evolution: David Grinspoon Future prospects and data mining for structures in transit: David Kipping RFI response 3: The Search for Technosignatures Initiative: Philip Lubin (remote)
11:45 AM Q&A: Tarter (remote), Grinspoon, Frank, Berdyugina/Kuhn (remote) Q&A: J. Wright, Socas-Navarro, Kipping RFI response 4: Partnership with BMSIS and SETI: Julia DeMarines
12:00 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 PM Radio SETI as part of astrobiology: Bill Diamond/Nathalie Cabrol NIRO: Past upper limits: Andrew Howard Breakout groups to compile ideas and compose responses: 

  1. Existing upper limits
  2. New initiatives and partnerships
  3. Emerging and future opportunities
Note:  these are summary documents, not consensus documents
1:25 PM Upper limits in radio SETI: Shubham Kanodia Current NIRO technosignature work: Doug Vakoch
1:50 PM Existing Radio upper limits: Emilio Enriquez Future projects: Shelley Wright
2:15 PM SETI in Europe: Claudio Maccone Future projects: Eliot Gillum
2:40 PM Q&A: Kanodia, Enriquez, Maccone, Diamond Q&A: S. Wright, Howard, Vakoch, Gillum
3:00 PM Afternoon break Afternoon break Afternoon break
3:30 PM Radio state-of-the-art: Steve Croft The big data opportunity: Anamaria Berea Report from existing upper limit breakout group
3:55 PM Radio state-of-the-art: Eric Korpela Anomalies in astronomical datasets and technosignatures: Charles Beichman Report from current and near-future breakout group
4:20 PM Radio SETI at NASA: Joseph Lazio Data mining via data stacking and AI: Daniel Angerhausen Report from emerging opportunities breakout group
4:45 PM Near- and far-term future of radio technosignatures: Andrew Siemion Non-EM: Rana Adhikari Plenary discussion
5:10 PM Q&A: Croft, Korpela, Lazio, Siemion Q&A: Barea, Beichmann, Angerhausen, Adhikari Feedback from HQ and valediction

Download the agenda

Oral Presentations

A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for presentations during the oral sessions. In order to facilitate a smooth transition between speakers, all presentations will be preloaded and tested in advance. To aid the preloading process, create a folder on your flash drive called “technosignatures2018” and place your PowerPoint presentation in that folder. Please include your last name in the naming of your presentation file. IT support will be provided before each morning and afternoon session to assist with loading your talk.

Hardware and Software Specifications

The session room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware PC Software
Lenovo ThinkPad Z40
Core i7 4510Mu /2.60 GHz
Operating System:  Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Memory:  8 GB RAM Microsoft Office 2010 (including PowerPoint 2010)
Video:  1024 × 768 resolution Internet Explorer 10, Windows Media Player 12, QuickTime 7, Adobe Acrobat Reader X, FireFox 64


PowerPoint presentation format setup of 16:9 can best be supported.

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