Dynamics and Black Hole Imaging

Conference Date: 
Monday, August 12, 2019 (All day) to Friday, August 23, 2019 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Strong Gravity

 

With the advent of black hole imaging, we are now moving forward to black hole cinema.  This workshop aims to collect the expertise across the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration to develop, implement and apply methods to access and interpret variability in M87 and Sgr A*.  The goal is to lay the foundation for the first publications based on black hole movies.

Registration for this conference is now closed.

  • Kazunori Akiyama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Lindy Blackburn, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Katie Bouman, California Institute of Technology
  • Silke Britzen, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy - via teleconference
  • Andrew Chael, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Roger Deane, University of Pretoria
  • Shep Doeleman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Joseph Farah, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Christian Fromm, ITP Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Peter Galison, Harvard University
  • Boris Georgiev, University of Waterloo
  • Roman Gold, ITP Goethe University
  • José L. Gómez, Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia
  • Mareki Honma, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  • Lei Huang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
  • Britton Jeter, University of Waterloo
  • Michael Johnson, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Rusen Lu, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
  • Yosuke Mizuno, ITP Goethe University
  • Kotaro Moriyama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Iniyan Natarajan, Rhodes University
  • Chunchong Ni, University of Waterloo
  • Hiroki Okino, University of Tokyo
  • Daniel Palumbo, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Dom Pesce, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Oliver Porth, University of Amsterdam
  • Venkatessh Ramakrishnan, Universidad de Concepcion
  • Freek Roelofs, Radboud University
  • Fumie Tazaki, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  • Paul Tiede, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Maciek Wiegus, Black Hole Initiative
  • Lin Xi, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
  • Ye-Fei Yuan, University of Science and Technology of China
  • Shan-Shan Zhao, Radboud University

Monday August 12th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

8:30 – 9:00am

Registration

Reception

9:00 – 9:30am

Oliver Porth, University of Amsterdam
Origins and properties of dynamical features in
GRMHD Simulations

Alice

9:30 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to simulated data sets

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Tuesday August 13th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:30am

Avery Broderick, PI & U of W
Dynamical modeling with Themis in the perturbative regime

Alice

9:30 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to M87 SR1

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Wednesday August 14th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:30am

Kazunori Akiyama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dynamical imaging with SMILI

Alice

9:30 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Identification of robust variable features in M87, and interpretation

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Thursday August 15th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:30am

Roger Deane, University of Pretoria
Simulating EHT observations

Alice

9:30 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to 3C 279 SR1 and identification of robust features

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Friday August 16th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:45am

Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, Universidad de Concepcion
Spectral features in Sgr A* and their implications

Alice

9:45 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to OJ 287 SR1 and identification of robust features

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Monday August 19th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:30am

Maciek Wiegus, Black Hole Initiative
Signatures of variability in EHT data: M87 and Sgr A* and beyond

Alice

9:30 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to simulated data sets of "simple" models

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Tuesday August 20th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:45am

Lindy Blackburn, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Understanding the EHT data, calibration and their uncertainties

Alice

9:45 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to simulated data sets of GRMHD simulations

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Wednesday August 21th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:45am

Michael Johnson, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Scattering toward the Galactic center and strategies for its mitigation

Alice

9:45 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to Sgr A* ER4v2 and ER5 data sets

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations and Discussion

Alice

Thursday August 22th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:45am

Katherine Bouman, California Institute of Technology
StarWarps and analyzing EHT data with hidden Markov models

Alice

9:45 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to Sgr A* calibration sources

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session (Develop exec summary of state of variability studies)

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations (Present exec summary) and Discussion

Alice

6:00 – 8:00pm

Banquet

Bistro 2nd Floor

Friday August 23th, 2019

Time

Event

Location

9:00 – 9:45am

Paul Tiede, PI & U of W
Dynamical modeling of flares with Themis

Alice

9:45 – 10:00am

Goal specification: Application of dynamical imaging/modeling to Sgr A* ER4v2 and ER5 data sets, continued

Alice

10:00 – 10:45am

Breakout work session

Alice

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

11:15 – 12:00pm

Breakout work session

Alice

12:00 – 1:45pm

Lunch

Bistro – 1st Floor

1:45 – 2:15pm

Summary updates and Goal re-specification

Alice

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout work session (Develop exec summary of state of variability studies)

Alice

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee break

Bistro – 1st Floor

4:00 – 4:30pm

Breakout work session

Alice

4:30 – 6:00pm

Results presentations (Present exec summary) and Discussion

Alice

 

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

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0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656.
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay.

Driving Directions

From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.
Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.
Proceed West on Highway 401.
Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.
Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.
Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.
Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.
Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).
Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.
Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis. Rooms are available between May-August.

Scientific Organizers:

  • Avery Broderick, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Hung-Yi Pu, Perimeter Institute