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Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
ASP Conference Series, Vol. 238, 2001
Editors: F. R. Harnden, Jr., F. A. Primini, and H. E. Payne


This volume of the ASP Conference Series contains papers presented at the tenth annual conference for Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems, known as ADASSX or ADASS2000. The ADASS Conference Series provides a forum for scientists and computer specialists concerned with development of software for enabling technologies for Astronomy, sky surveys, science data pipelines, software development methodologies and technologies, education and public outreach, and software history.

ADASS X was held at the Swissôtel in Boston, Massachusetts, from November 12 to 15, 2000. The conference was hosted by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). There were 287 registered participants at the meeting, topping last year's attendance by one and again setting a record. Those attending included 94 people representing 18 countries outside the United States.

Conference Overview

The Conference Reception convened on the evening of Sunday, November 12, 2000, and over the next three days, attendees participated in 22 BoFs and demos, listened to 35 (16 invited, 19 contributed) oral presentations distributed in nine sessions, and viewed 115 posters. The manuscript submission rate of 72% was about the same as that last year.

The banquet, on Tuesday evening, was held at the New England Aquarium on Boston Harbor and featured traditional New England fare served not only by caterers to the ADASS participants, but also by Aquarium divers to the fish in the three-story tall central tank!

Proceedings Overview

Approximately 120 papers are presented in these Proceedings. The editors have re-arranged them (from the order in which they were presented during the conference) into seven subject-driven sections. In each section, invited oral presentations are followed by contributed talks, demos, posters, and BoF summaries.

Sixteen invited talks were presented at the conference; unfortunately, not all of these speakers were able to submit manuscripts. The theme of ``enabling technologies'' was addressed by A. Szalay (reviewing the genesis, challenges, and opportunities of the virtual observatory), J. Spyromilio (commissioning the VLT), and J. Tarter and D. Werthimer (the science and technical challenges of the SETI project). S. Murray and R. Brissenden described the early scientific successes and operational systems for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and B. Glendenning gave an overview of the software engineering challenges facing the ALMA telescope project. Key papers on software development technologies included J. Graybeal (CORBA), G. Filippi (software development methodologies employed at ESO), C. Kesselman (computational grids), J. Manuel Filgueira (distributed objects), and V. Yodaiken (real-time Linux). In the area of science data processing pipelines, R. Lupton described the image reduction pipeline for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and R. Cutri described the 2MASS project under the topic of sky surveys. K. Shortridge gave an insightful and amusing historical perspective of astronomical software development, and D. Shaw gave an historical retrospective on ten years of ADASS conferences. The oral program also included a number of excellent contributed papers, and daily poster sessions (with over 120 posters presented in total) included presentations on all areas of software development and systems. Fourteen groups demonstrated their latest software systems and astronomical information services.

The People Behind the Conference

The ADASS2000 Program Organizing Committee consisted of Rudi Albrecht (ST-ECF/ESO), Dick Crutcher (UIUC/NCSA), Daniel Durand (NRC/HIA), Brian Glendenning (NRAO), Tom Handley (IPAC) F. Rick Harnden (SAO), Richard Hook (ESO), Gareth Hunt (NRAO), Glenn Miller (STScI), Jan Noordam (NFRA), Dick Shaw (STScI), Betty Stobie (Steward Obs.) Doug Tody (NOAO), Christian Veillet (CFHT), and Patrick Wallace (RAL). In conjunction with the conference, Dick Shaw (STScI) assumed the responsibilities of Chair from F. Rick Harnden (SAO), who had served in that capacity since February, 1997.

The Local Organizing Committee consisted of Frank Primini (Chair), Patricia Buckley, Paul Grant, Rick Harnden, Michelle Henson, Susan Tuttle, and Wendy Roberts. This core team was assisted by numerous other employees and resources made available from the hosting institution, SAO. Among these are: Steve Beikman, Christopher Dingle, Elizabeth Bohlen, Kathleen Campbell, Guenther Eichhorn, Thomas Fine, Lisa Paton, Dan Rehner, and James Simms.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the technical and financial support of the conference sponsors: Akibia, Inc., Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/SIRTF Science Center (IPAC/SSC). National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), and Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).

ADASS Information

Details about ADASS2000 are available on the Web at: .

Past conferences are listed in the ADASS webpage:

ADASS2001 will be hosted by the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, operated by the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics for the National Research Council of Canada, in Victoria, BC, Canada at the Victoria Conference Centre, from September 30 through October 3, 2000. For further information, visit their website ( or send mail to

The ADASS X Editors

F. Rick Harnden, Jr., Frank A. Primini
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Harry E. Payne
Space Telescope Science Institute

May 2001

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