NTCO AGM Week and Project Launch

December 11- December 15, 2017
University of Victoria


On December 14-15 the first NTCO (New Technologies for Canadian Observatories) AGM and project launch will be held at UVic, in the Medical Sciences Building (Room 160). This event is open to all NTCO students, team members, and the UVic community, and will feature guest speakers, including some of our industrial partners. Students will present posters on their current research and their internship experiences working in industry. During the week leading up to the AGM, NTCO is providing professional skills training workshops for students (see below).

The schedule is available here. Please contact the NTCO program coordinator at ntco@uvic.ca if you have any questions.
Please note that the schedule is preliminary- some changes may occur as our speakers are confirmed. Watch this space for further developments and details as they become available.

Note: With the exception of the NTCO Business Meeting, all AGM sessions (December 14 and 15) are open to drop in. Feel free to attend any session that interests you, however if you plan to attend the catered lunch on Thursday, December 14,  

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, DRAO), Brenda Matthews (ALMA), Lisa Locke (NRC, DRAO), and Bryan Gaensler (Dunlap Institute).

Registration for this workshop can be done via email to ntco@uvic.ca 

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

Lisa Kalynchuk (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) on COPL
Olivier Daigle, on NuVu devices
Jean-Pierre Veran (NRC), Pyramid Wave-Front Sensors 
Rafal Pawluczyk, Fibertech Optica
David Crampton/Darren Erickson, 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 AndersenNFIRAOS: Adaptive Optics for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Amir Hadi and Lisa Crofoot, Dynamic Structures and HyDRA
Neil Rowlands, on activities at Honeywell
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
Lisa Locke (NRC), Phased Array Feeds
Suresh Sivanandam, (DI) infared IFU's, including WIFIS and GIRMOS
Frederic Grandmont (ABB)
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), StarNet
Hossen Teimoorinia, (NRC), SDSS
Teaghan O'Briain, (UVic), NTCO internship

University of Victoria, Medical Sciences Building, room 160