superMIGHTEE Conference

superMIGHTEE Collaboration

Kruger National Park
05 – 07 June 2019

Venue and Logistics

SUPERMIGHTEE is a collaboration between the MeerKAT MIGHTEE project and colleagues at NCRA-TIFR in India to co-observe the MIGHTEE deep fields with the upgraded GMRT from 250-850 MHz. With interferometer baselines almost four times larger than MeerKAT, the uGMRT offers similar angular resolution and sensitivity at 400 and 700 MHz as MeerKAT at L and S band. The combined MeerKAT-uGMRT data set will thus provide full-Stokes information on the microJy source population over an extremely broad band, from 250 MHz to 2.5 GHz, at resolution of a few arcseconds.  This unprecedented data set will have a profound impact on our understanding of how AGN and star-forming galaxies evolve over cosmic time, as functions of stellar mass and environment; how the Universe’s neutral hydrogen evolves, turns into stars after moving through the molecular phase, and/or fuels AGN activity; and how cosmic magnetic fields originate and evolve in clusters, filaments and galaxies.

This joint project, called superMIGHTEE, evolved from a series of joint workshops sponsored by an Indian DST and South African NRF bilateral Indo-South African Flagship program in Astronomy. The next workshop in this series will take place at Kruger National Park from 05 – 07 June 2019.

Topics to be covered at the workshop include:

  • Update on observations and data from uGMRT and MeerKAT
  • Data processing and technical challenges for high dynamic range imaging and joint analysis of data from uGMRT and MeerKAT over the entire band
  • New Machine Learning, analytics algorithms and Visualization Techniques
  • Joint scientific projects with the data
  • Project planning and development.

Should you have any queries regarding the conference kindly e-mail  Nicky Walker at

Scientific Organising Committee:

Prof. Russ Taylor (IDIA)

Prof. Ishwara-Chandra (NCRA-TIFR)

Prof. Dharam Vir Lal (NCRA-TIFR)

Venue and Logistics


The workshop will be held at the Protea Hotel, Marriot, Kruger Gate, Skukuza Kruger National Park.   From the funds we have available from the bilateral grant we are able to pay conference fees for all participants.  This covers all meals from 04 – 07 June 2019, including the gala dinner on the 06th, and the use of the conference facilities.  We are also able to cover the costs of accommodation for all student participants (based on two students per room).


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Overview of the project and data in-hand

09:15 – 09:45 Overview and status of superMIGHTEE project

Russ Taylor

09:45 – 10:15 Upgraded GMRT: An overview and early science results

Dharam Lal

10:15 – 10:35 Deep imaging using uGMRT: XMM-LSS field

Ishwara-Chandra C.H.

10:35 – 10:55 Deep imaging at 150 MHz using GMRT

Srikrishna Sekhar

11:00 – 11:15 Tea / Coffee break

11:15 – 11:30 Presentation and discussion of current MeerKAT MIGHTEE data products

Russ Taylor

11:30 – 12:15 Tutorial on working with data on the ILIFU cloud and open visualization and exploration of the data

Russ Taylor

12:15 – 12:45 Discussion

12:45 – 14:30 Lunch break

Broad-band science

14:30 – 14:50 Galaxy clusters

Kenda Knowles

14:50 – 15:10 Results from uGMRT band-3 pipeline analysis of clusters

Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana

15:10 – 15:30 Galaxy clusters in the MIGHTEE fields 

Abhik Ghosh

15:30 – 15:50 Infra-red faint radio sources: A new population of high-z AGN

Ishwara-Chandra C.H.

15:50 – 16:15 Tea / Coffee break

16:15 – 16:35  Broad band spectra of faint sources

Jordan Collier

16:35 – 16:55 Infra-red faint radio sources: A new population of high-z AGN

Ishwara-Chandra C.H.

16:55 – 17:15 Deep 610 observations of ELIAS-N1 Field

Emmanuel Ocran

17:15 – 17:35 Polarization of faint sources

Russ Taylor

17:35 – 17:50  Alignments of radio sources

Russ Taylor

17:50 – 18:00  Discussion

Thursday, 6 June 2019

00:00 – 12:00 Game drive

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

Data processing challenges and exploration of data

14:00 – 14:20 Pipelines for calibration and imaging

Jordan Collier / Srikrishna Sekhar

14:20 – 14:40 High dynamic range imaging

Russ Taylor

14:40 – 15:00 High sensitivity polarimetry

Srikrishan Sekhar

15:00 – 15:15 Progress report on GMRT AW-projection

Dharam Lal

15:15 – 15:45 (i) The issue of the ionosphere, and

(ii) issues of combining MeerKAT and uGMRT data

Russ Taylor

15:45 – 16:00 Discussion

16:00 – 16:15 Tea / Coffee break

16:15 – 16:35 Multi-wavelength counterparts – updates from HELP

Mattia Vaccari

16:35 – 16:55 Multi-wavelength visualization tool

Matt Prescott

16:55 – 17:15 Machine learning for radio source characterization

Chaka Mofokeng

17:15 – 17:35 Unsupervised morphological classification in EN1-wide

Mdhluli Sibusiso

17:35 – 17:55 Machine learning approaches to the multi-wavelength sky

Fangxia An

17:55 – 18:15 Statistical approach to automated detection of multi-component radio sources

Jeremy Smith

18:15 – 18:30 Discussion

Conference Dinner

Friday, 7 June 2019

Collaboration plans

Science with existing data – follow up to ELIAS-N1 busy days

09:15 – 09:30 List of project plans from first busy days meeting

Russ Taylor / Ishwara Chandra C.H.

09:30 – 09:40 Preliminary results from clusters in EN1-wide

Ishwara Chandra C.H.

09:30 – 12:30 Discussion

(i) superMIGHTEE MoU with MIGHTEE

(ii) Plans for proposal for upcoming 15 July 2019 uGMRT deadline

(iii) Plans for proposal for open call using MeerKAT

(iv) superMIGHTEE – big project or dribble of smaller observing proposals

12:30 – 12:45 Closing remarks

12:45 – 14:30 Lunch break