Science with a Wide-field Infrared Telescope in Space and
The 16th International Conference on Gravitational Microlensing
February 13-17, 2012, Pasadena, CA


Updated Feb. 24, 2012. Click on title to view the abstract for each talk. The presentations can also be viewed by clicking on (presentation) after each talk title.

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Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Pasadena Hilton.

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
6-8 pmOpening Reception and Registration — San Gabriel Room, Pasadena Hilton
Monday, Feb. 13, 2012
9:00 amWelcome — George Helou (IPAC)
9:10 amOverview — Alan Dressler (Carnegie Observatories)
9:20 amSDT WFIRST Science (view the presentation)— Paul Schechter (MIT)
10:00 amThe Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (view the presentation)— James Green (Univ. of Colorado)
10:40 amMorning Break
11:10 amLaboratory Emulation of Observations from Space (view the presentation)— Roger Smith (Caltech)
11:25 amPredicting Future Space Slitless Spectra Using the WFC3 Infrared Spectroscopic Parallels (WISP) (view the presentation) — James Colbert (Spitzer Science Center/Caltech)
11:40 amThe View from NASA Headquarters (view the presentation)— Richard Griffiths
12:00 pmLunch (on own)
1:30 pmReflections (view the presentation)— Adam Riess (Johns Hopkins Univ./STScI) and Brian Schmidt (Australian National Unversity)
2:00 pmDark Energy Theory (view the presentation)— Michael Turner (Univ. of Chicago)
2:40 pmDark Energy Observations (view the presentation) — Joshua Frieman (Univ. of Chicago)
3:20 pmAfternoon Break
3:50 pmWeak Lensing with WFIRST (view the presentation)— Chris Hirata (Caltech)
4:15 pmThe Power of the Galaxy Power Spectrum (view the presentation)— Eric Linder (UC Berkeley/LBNL)
4:40 pmWISH: The Cosmic Dawn Treader (view the presentation)— Tooru Yamada (Tohoku University)
4:55 pmAdjourn
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012
9:00 amComparison: WFIRST and EUCLID (view the presentation)— Jason Rhodes (JPL)
9:25 amBeyond BAO: Redshift-Space Distortions in the WFIRST Galaxy Redshift Survey (view the presentation) — David Weinberg (Ohio State Univ.)
10:05 amDisentangling Cosmological Signatures from Weak Lensing Systematics (view the presentation)— Rachel Bean (Cornell Univ.)
10:30 amMorning Break
11:00 amExtragalactic Surveys: OverviewDaniel Stern (JPL)
11:40 amProbing the Evolution of the Stellar IMF Using SNe (view the presentation) — Ranga Ram Chary (Caltech/IPAC)
11:55 amLunch (on own)
1:30 pmSupernovae — Saul Perlmutter (UC Berkeley/LBNL)
2:00 pmGalactic Surveys Overview (view the presentation) — Lynne Hillenbrand (Caltech)
2:40 pmInfrared Windows on Galactic Structure (view the presentation)— Sean Carey (SSC/IPAC)
3:05 pmAfternoon Break
3:35 pmHunting for the Missing Massive Stars in Our Galaxy (view the presentation) — Nicolas Flagey (JPL)
3:50 pmStellar Populations in the Local Volume (view the presentation) — Jason Kalirai (STScI)
4:15 pmDetecting Tidal Debris Streams with a Spaceborne Wide-Field Infrared Telescope (view the presentation)— Carl Grillmair (Caltech)
4:30 pmAddressing Super Massive Black Hole Assemblage at High-Z (view the presentation)— Pete Roming (SWRI)
4:45 pmDiscussion — Alan Dressler, moderator (Carnegie Observatories)
5:15 pmAdjourn
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
9:00 amThe Astronomical Landscape in 2020 (view the presentation)— Roger Blandford (Stanford University)
9:35 amWFIRST Project Science Activities (view the presentation)— Neil Gehrels (GSFC)
10:00 amThe WFIRST Interim Design Reference Mission: Capabilities, Constraints, and Open Questions (view the presentation)— Jeffrey Kruk (GSFC)
10:25 amMorning Break
10:55 amSolar System Science (view the presentation)— Mike Brown (Caltech)
11:35 amSpace Microlensing (view the presentation)— Scott Gaudi (Ohio State Univ.)
12:15 pmLunch (on own)
1:45 pmImplementation of a Space Microlensing Exoplanet Survey (view the presentation)— Dave Bennett (Univ. of Notre Dame)
2:25 pmOptimising Future Space-based Infrared Microlensing Exoplanet Surveys (view the presentation)— Eamonn Kerins (Univ. of Manchester)
2:40 pmLow-mass Habitable Exoplanets With a Wide-field Infrared Space Telescope (view the presentation)— Eduardo Martin (CSIC-INTA Centro de Astrobiologia)
2:55 pmImplications of Space Microlensing Results for Planet Formation Theory (view the presentation)— Christoph Mordasini (MPIA)
3:20 pmAfternoon Break
3:50 pmMicrolensing Measurements with an Undersampled PSF (view the presentation)— Jay Anderson (STScI)
4:15 pmDifference Imaging of Undersampled Data (view the presentation)— Michael Albrow (Univ. of Canterbury)
4:40 pmEUCLID The Planet Hunter (view the presentation)— JP Beaulieu (IAP)
5:05 pmAdjourn
6:30 pmConference Banquet at Porto Alegre Churrascaria restaurant
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Session Chair — Stephen Kane (NExScI/Caltech)
9:00 amWelcome — Michael Albrow (Univ. of Canterbury) and Chas Beichman (NExScI)
9:10 amMOA-II 2011 Season (view the presentation)— Takahiro Sumi (Osaka University)
9:30 amThe MicroFUN 2011 Planet-Hunting Season Andy Gould (Ohio State Univ.)
9:50 amMOA 2010-BLG-477Lb: Constraining the Mass of a Mircolensing Planet (view the presentation)— Pascal Fouque (Toulouse Univ.)
10:10 amMicrolensing Binaries Discovered Through a High-Magnification Channel (view the presentation)— In-Gu Shin (Chungbuk National Univ.)
10:30 amMorning Break
Session Chair — Michael Albrow (Unvi. of Canterbury)
11:00 amDirect Imaging of Extrasolar Planets (view the presentation)— Bruce MacIntosh (Lawrence Livermore National Lab)
11:40 amMicrolensing Towards the Galactic Centre with OGLE (view the presentation) — Lukasz Wyrzykowski (Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory)
12:00 pmLunch (on own)
Session Chair — Rachel Street (Cornell Univ.)
1:30 pmMOA-2011-BLG-262Lb: Free-Floating Planet with an Exomoon or Planetary System with Halo KinematicsDave Bennett (Univ. of Notre Dame)
1:50 pmCharacterising the Information Content of Microlensing Light Curves (view the presentation) — Markus Hundertmark (University of St. Andrews)
2:10 pmPatterns of Planet Occurrence Measured by Doppler and Transit Surveys (view the presentation)— Andrew Howard (University of California Berkeley)
2:50 pmAutomatic Real-time Modeling of Microlensing Events (view the presentation) — Valerio Bozza (Univ. of Salerno)
3:10 pmAfternoon Break
Session Chair — Ian Bond (Massey Univ.)
3:40 pmA Bayesian Algorithm for Real-time Model Selection in Caustic-crossing Events (view the presentation) — Noe Kains (ESO)
4:00 pmPlanet Abundance from PLANET 2002-07 Observations (view the presentation)— Arnaud Cassan (IAP)
4:20 pmUse of the Deep Impact HRI Instrument to Observe Exoplanets Via Microlensing (view the presentation)— Tim Larson (JPL)
4:40 pmMicrolensing Observations Using the Rosetta Spacecraft (view the presentation)— Colin Snodgrass (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research)
5:00 pmReal-time Microlensing Modeling (view the presentation)— Cheongho Han (Chungbuk National University)
5:20 pmAdjourn
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
Session Chair — Takahiro Sumi (Osaka Univ.)
9:00 amModeling Gravitational Microlensing Events using Semianalytical Techniques (view the presentation)— Denis Sullivan (Victoria University of Wellington)
9:20 amInstallation of the OGLE III Camera in Tasmania (view the presentation)— John Greenhill (University of Tasmania)
9:40 amSimulation of a Planetary Microlensing Survey by Euclid (view the presentation)— Matthew Penny (Ohio State Univ.)
10:00 amMorning Break
10:30 amNASA Exoplanet Archive — Stephen Kane (NExScI)
Session Chair — Jennifer Yee (Ohio State Univ.)
10:40 amRecent Results from The Kepler Mission: Hard Planets are Good to Find (view the presentation)— Jon Jenkins (SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center)
11:20 amCharacterizing Lenses and Lensed Stars of High-Magnification Gravitational Microlensing Events With Lenses Passing Over Source Stars (view the presentation)— Joon-Young Choi (Chungbuk National University)
11:40 amDifference Imaging Analysis in Wide-field Surveys (view the presentation)— Ian Bond (Massey University)
12:00 pmLunch (on own)
Session Chair — Cheongho Han (Chungbuk National Univ.)
1:30 pmTerrestrial Parallax in the Low-mass Event MOA-2011-BLG-274 and a Preliminary Search for Low-mass Objects in the Database of the WISE Space Mission (view the presentation)— Matthew Freeman (University of Auckland)
1:50 pmMOA-2011-BLG-293Lb: A Testbed for Pure Survey Microlensing Planet Detections (view the presentation)— Jennifer Yee (Ohio State Univ.)
2:10 pmDetection Efficiencies of Low-magnification Events in MOA-II Data (view the presentation)— Daisuke Suzuki (Osaka University)
2:30 pmThe First Confirmed Microlensing Event in a Globular Cluster (view the presentation)— Pawel Pietrukowicz (Warsaw University Observatory)
2:50 pmCritical Curves of a Triple Lens with Fixed Mass Ratios (view the presentation) — Kamil Danek (Charles University)
3:10 pmAfternoon Break
Session Chair — Keith Horne (SUPA/Univ. of St. Andrews)
3:40 pmFirst Results from the Generation-II OGLE-MOA-Wise Microlensing Survey, 2011 Season (view the presentation)— Yossi Shvartzvald (Tel-Aviv University)
4:00 pmM31 Pixel Lensing (view the presentation)— Sebastiano Calchi Novati (University of Salerno)
4:20 pmInvitation to 17th International Conference on Gravitational Microlensing — Michael Albrow (Univ. of Canterbury)
4:30 pmAdjourn

Poster Presentations for Science with a Wide-field Telescope in Space

Searching for Shocked Candidate LINERs in Over-dense Regions of the UniversePhil Appleton (NHSC/Caltech)

Strategies for WFIRST Solar System Object DiscoveryJames Bauer (IPAC/Caltech)

A Synthesis of the Cosmic Infrared and X-ray BackgroundsYong Shi (IPAC/Caltech)

Poster Presentations for The 16th International Conference on Gravitational Microlensing

An Estimation of Microlensing Event Rate from the Galactic-Plane Survey with Kiso Wide Field CameraAkihiko Fukui (Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, NAOJ)

The Complex Gravitational LensingAlexei Golovanov (Moscow State University)

Realistic Simulations of the Planetary Yields of a Next-Generation Microlensing SurveyCalen Henderson (Ohio State)

Automatic Microlensing Modeling System Using GPU, Python, and APMKyuha Hwang (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Insitute)

MOA Database and Variable StarsYasushi Muraki (Nagoya University)

Characterizing Lenses of Long Time Scale Caustic-crossing Binary Lens Gravitational Microlensing EventsSun-Youp Park and Sua Song (Chungbuk National University)

MOA-2010-BLG-0073: New Cool Brown DwarfRachel Street (LCOGT)