NTCO AGM Week and Project Launch

NTCO AGM, Dec 14-15/ 2017
Thank you to all our students, presenters, and other participants for making the first NTCO AGM a success!

*Where available, links to the presenters' slides can be found below.


On December 14-15, 2017 the first NTCO (New Technologies for Canadian Observatories) AGM and project launch was held at UVic. This event was open to all NTCO students, team members, and the UVic community, and featured guest speakers, including some of our industrial partners. Students presented posters on their current research and their internship experiences working in industry. During the week leading up to the AGM, NTCO provided professional skills training workshops for students (see below).

NTCO students Deven Patel and Mireille Ouellet
NTCO students Deven Petel and Mireille Ouellet present their research at the 2017 AGM Poster Session

Monday, December 11: MITACS STEP Workshop, Day 1

Time Session/event Location
9:00-5:00 
Program Management I (Day 1)

NOTE: Registration for this workshop is now closed. For information on other upcoming MITACS STEP workshops click here.

University of Victoria,  Sedgewick Building, room A142

    

Tuedsay, December 12: MITACS STEP Workshop, Day 2

Time Session/event Location
9:00-5:00 
Program Management I (Day 2)

NOTE: Registration for this workshop is now closed. For information on other upcoming MITACS STEP workshops click here.

University of Victoria,  Sedgewick Building, room A142

Wednesday, December 13: Skills for Employment at Observatories

Time Session/event Location
9:00-Noon 
Skills for Employment at Observatories

This special morning session is sponsored by the Astronomy Research Centre (ARC) at UVic and is open to all ARC members as well as other interested members of the UVic community. It will feature presentations from our observatory partners, and will include practical information for job applicants in the field of astronomy. 

Presenters include Scot Kleinman (Gemini), Luc Simard (NRC), Brenda Matthews (NRC), Lisa Locke (NRC), and Bryan Gaensler (Dunlap Institute).

Lisa Locke: A Day in the Life of a Microwave Engineer

Bryan Gaensler: Applying for Jobs in Astronomy

Scot Kleinman: So You Want to Work in an Observatory

University of Victoria, Engineering/
Computer Science Building, room 124

Thursday, December 14: NTCO AGM Day 1

Time Session/event Location
9:00- 10:00
Session 1: NTCO Overview  & Welcoming Remarks

Rob Lipson (UVic), Welcoming Remarks
Kim Venn (UVic), NTCO Overview
John Hutchings (NRC), LRP: Plans and Opportunities for the Next Decade

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160

10:00- 10:30
Coffee break 

snacks and refreshments provided

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, lobby
10:30- 1:00
Session 2: Optics and Photonics

Simon Thibault (Laval), Activities at COPL (Centre d'Optique, Photonique et Laser)
Olivier Daigle, Overview of NuVu Camera's Technology
Jean-Pierre Veran (NRC), pyramid wave-front sensors
Rafal Pawluczyk, Fibertech Optica 
David Crampton/Darren Erickson (NRC), The MSE Fibre Transmission System

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160
1:00- 2:00 
Catered lunch 
University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, lobby
2:00- 3:30
Session 3: Manufacturing Precision and Technologies

David Andersen (NRC), NFIRAOS: Adaptive Optics for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Amir Hadi and Lisa Crofoot, Dynamic Structures and HyDRA
Neil Rowlands, Honeywell Aerospace Overview
Patrick Côté (NRC), CASTOR: A Wide-Field, High-Resolution Canadian Space Telescope

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160
3:30- 5:00
Session 4: Student poster viewing
University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160
7:00- 9:00
Sponsored dinner
Contact for details.

Friday, December 15: NTCO AGM: Day 2

Time Session/event Location
8:30- 10:00
Session 5 (Closed): NTCO Business Meeting  

NTCO Program Management Commitee, Admissions Committee, and Co-Investigators only (breafast provided)

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160

10:00- 10:30
Coffee break 

snacks and refreshments provided

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, lobby
10:30- 1:00
Session 6: New Instruments/Software 

Luc Simard (NRC), TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope)
Lisa Locke (NRC), phased array feeds
Suresh Sivanandam (Dunlap), infared IFU's, including WIFIS and GIRMOS
Frederic Grandmont, Working with/within an Optical System Integrator in Astronomy Projects
Laurent Drissen (Laval), SpIOMM/SITELLE project

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160
1:00- 2:00 
Lunch break

Note: this lunch break is not catered

2:00- 3:30
Session 7: Machine Learning  

Sebastien Fabbro (NRC), Machine Learning for Stellar Spectra
Hossen Teimoorinia (NRC), SDSS
Teaghan O'Briain (UVic), Machine Learning Demo: Medical Imaging Project

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160
Amir Hadi and Lisa Crofoot at the NTCO AGM 2017
Amir Hadi and Lisa Crofoot from Dynamic Structures present at the NTCO AGM 2017