SKA Driven Big Data

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We are pleased to announce the "SKA-Driven Big Data Challenge in Africa: Science, Innovation and Opportunity” Conference, to be held from 28 - 31 May 2018 in the Madagascan coastal town of Nosy Be.

With MeerKAT expected to be fully operational in 2018, the era of Big Data has officially dawned in Africa. With the SKA project on the horizon, planning and infrastructure development among partner countries across Africa will begin in earnest, effectively bringing Big Data to the African continent. To coincide with the commencement of science observations on MeerKAT, and the milestone this represents in the scientific and technical journey of the SKA on the African continent, it is timely for the African partner community to have a conversation on how best to unlock the tremendous potential of the SKA in the era of big data astronomy in Africa. This conference aims to bring together postgraduate students, researchers, data scientists, technologists, and other stakeholders in the African partner countries to discuss the opportunities and challenges of data-intensive astronomy in the SKA era.  The goals of the meeting are to:

  • Exchange information on big data developments among the African partners
  • Chart the scientific pathway to the SKA in Africa and the African VLBI Network
  • Plan the implementation of the South African Data Intensive Research cloud as an African solution to the data challenge of the SKA and a solution for data intensive research in other science domains.
  • Explore opportunities for collaborative projects in science, data systems, and engineering. 

Interested in This Event

  • The registration fee for conference delegates is set at R2 500.00, with the exception of students who can register at no cost. Those delegates who wish to have their registration fee waived, should please submit the registration form (found under the registration tab) and note the instructions that follow. 

Scientific Organising Committee:

  • A/Prof Michelle Cluver (UWC): Chair
  • Prof Russ Taylor, (UCT/UWC) 
  • Dr Ando Ratsimbazafy (NWU)
  • Dr Zara Randriamanakoto (UCT)
  • Dr Kurt van der Heyden, (UCT) 
  • Dr Nadeem Oozeer (SARAO) 
  • Dr Bonita de Swart (SARAO)

Local Organising Committee:

  • Dr Ando Ratsimbazafy (NWU)
  • Dr Zara Randriamanakoto (UCT)
  • Prof Minoson Rakotomalala (Univ. of Antananarivo)
  • Prof Claudine Ramiarison (MESUPRES)
  • Ms Verena Ras (UWC)
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The main scientific and technical themes of the meeting will be:

  • Big data SKA challenges
    • Cosmology with SKA/MeerKAT/AVN
    • Extragalactic with SKA/MeerKAT/AVN
    • Transients with SKA/MeerKAT/AVN
  • Beyond the SKA: Earth Observations, Bio-informatics
  • Cloud computing techniques for data intensive research
  • Update of the status of the African Research Cloud
  • Public outreach to promote big data and the SKA

The conference aims to bring together students, early career researchers, and radio astronomy scientists and engineers who are closely involved in the development of the MeerKAT  telescope. To ensure that the meeting will be an efficient platform for the delegates to interact, network and build new collaborations, moderated discussion on chosen topics and “breakaway sessions” will be held. We expect approximately 100 participants with a substantial number of students (20>) in attendance.

Dr Rob Adam (SARAO)
Title of Talk
Invited: The SKA in Africa
Prof Anna Scaife (Manchester)
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Invited: The SKA in Africa as part of the global SKA project
Prof. Catherine Cress (CHPC)
Title of Talk
Invited: The CHPC in Africa
Dr Adrian Tiplady (SARAO)
Title of Talk
Invited: The African VLBI Network
Dr Vanessa McBride (OAD)
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Invited: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Prof Russ Taylor (IDIA)
Title of Talk
Invited: The South African Data Intensive Research Cloud
Prof. Alan Christoffels (SANBI)
Title of Talk
Invited: Bioinformatics in Africa
Dr Imraan Solojee (SANSA)
Title of Talk
Invited: Earth Observations in Africa
Prof Rob Simmonds (IDIA)
Title of Talk
Invited: Cloud Computing in Africa
Dr Angus Comrie (IDIA)
Title of Talk
Invited: Visualisation of Large Datasets
Prof. Bruce Bassett (AIMS)
Title of Talk
Invited: Machine Learning in Africa
Prof Mario Santos (UWC)
Title of Talk
Invited: SKA Science - Cosmology
Prof Matt Jarvis (Oxford)
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Invited: SKA Science - Extragalactic
Dr Roger Deane (UP)
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Invited: SKA Science - VLBI
Prof. Patrick Woudt (UCT)
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Invited: SKA Science - Transients/Pulsars
General Information

The meeting will run for 4 days and will be held on the lovely coastal island of Nosy Be, showcasing the beauty and culture of Madagascar. The planned venue is the Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Madagascar is an island located in the southern part of Africa, between the Indian Ocean and the Mozambique channel. The latitudinal and longitudinal extent of the country is 20° South latitude and 47° East longitude, with a total area of 587 040 km2. Nosy Be is 3 hours and 30 minutes flight away from Johannesburg. For more information on tourism within Nosy Be please visit http://www.nosybe-tourisme.com/

Please note the hotel is offering preferential rates to conference delegates (the discount code will be sent to delegates once they register and will be applied automatically at checkout) who wish to stay at the hotel, for a limited time period. The discounted rates and rooms to which they apply are as follows:

Number of rooms at the venue:
Price
Bungalows with 4 pers sharing: 02 R 1098/per
Bungalows with 3 pers sharing: 07 R 1162/pers
Bungalows with 2 pers sharing: 27 R 1320/pers
Villa with 4 pers sharing: 02  

 

Below is some information regarding possible flight itinerary options:

  • South African Airlink provides a daily flight between Antananarivo and Johannesburg. And a daily flight is available between Antananarivo and Nosy Be with Air Madagascar.
  • Direct flights from Saint-Denis (La Reunion) with Air Austral (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)
  • Direct flights from Milan Malpensa (Italy) with Meridiana airlines (Tuesdays)
  • There are also other airlines such as Kenya Airways, Ethiopian airlines, Air Mauritius, Air Austral linking the country to the mainland of Africa and the other surrounding islands via Antananarivo.

Address
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel
Route d'Andilana - Bemoko
207 Nosy Be
Madagascar
GPS Coordinates: 
Latitude: -13.3271331
Longitude: 48.1829711
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Please note the hotel is offering preferential rates to conference delegates (the discount code will be sent to delegates once they register and will be applied automatically at checkout) who wish to stay at the hotel, for a limited time period. The discounted rates and rooms to which they apply are as follows:

Number of rooms at the venue:
Price
Bungalows with 4 pers sharing: 02 R 1098/per
Bungalows with 3 pers sharing: 07 R 1162/pers
Bungalows with 2 pers sharing: 27 R 1320/pers
Villa with 4 pers sharing: 02  
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Contact Person
Verena Ras
Email
verena@idia.ac.za
Contact Number
(021) 959-2519
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