Program Information

September 22-25, 1996
The Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Charlottesville, Virginia

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Dates to Remember

(17 June 1996) Deadline for Travel Assistance Requests
(15 July 1996) Deadline for Early Registration
Deadline for Abstract Submissions
(9 August 1996) Deadline for BOF Session Proposals
Deadline for Demo Requests
(21 August 1996) Deadline for Hotel Reservations
(30 August 1996) Deadline for BOF user survey
(12 September 1996) Deadline for Late Registration
(22-25 September 1996) ADASS '96 -- Charlottesville, Virginia

Contact Information

Phone: +1-804-296-0224
Fax: +1-804-296-0385
Mailing Address: ADASS '96
c/o Carolyn White
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475


The Sixth Annual Conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems was held 22-25 September 1996 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the Omni Hotel located in the downtown historical area.

The ADASS Conferences provide a forum for scientists and programmers concerned with algorithms, software, and software systems employed in the reduction and analysis of astronomical data. ADASS '96 is hosted by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The General Sessions for the Conference took place in the Jefferson Ballroom of the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Posters and demonstrations were in nearby salons. All breaks were in the Ballroom prefunction area.

Conference Sponsors

ADASS '96 was sponsored by the following organizations: Associated Universities, Inc., European Southern Observatory, GE Fanuc, Inc., the Gemini 8m Telescopes Projectthe Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, the National Research Council of Canada, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Space Telescope Science Institute, Sprint Communications, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., the University of Virginia-Department of Astronomy, and the University of Virginia-Department of Computer Science.

Program Organizing Committee

The ADASS '96 Program Organizing Committee is comprised of the following members: Rudi Albrecht (ST-ECF/ESO), Roger Brissenden (SAO), Tim Cornwell (NRAO), Dennis Crabtree (DAO/CADC), Bob Hanisch - Chair (STScI), Gareth Hunt (NRAO), George Jacoby (NOAO), Barry Madore (IPAC), Jonathan McDowell (SAO), Jan Noordam (NFRA), Dick Shaw (STScI), Karen Strom (U. Mass.), and Doug Tody (NOAO).

Local Organizing Committee

The Local Organizing Committee includes: Alan Batson (UVa), David Brown (NRAO), Gareth Hunt (NRAO), Pat Murphy (NRAO), Robert O'Connell (UVa), Richard Simon - Chair (NRAO), Gene Runion (NRAO), Charles Tolbert (UVa), Jeff Uphoff (NRAO), and Carolyn White - secretary (NRAO).

Meeting Agenda

Special Topics

The meeting agenda consisted of invited and contributed talks and poster sessions with emphasis on the following special topics:

Invited Speakers

The organizing committees of ADASS VI are pleased to present the following invited speakers.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BOFs)

A number of Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) special interest sessions were scheduled for the conference. BOFs are organized by ADASS participants and are usually about one hour in duration. The LOC (Local Organizing Committee) ran an online User Interest Survey via a forms-based web page to gauge interest in the various BOF sessions already in the works; this turned out to be most helpful; the survey page now shows the results of the voting.

Special Sessions

The following special sessions are also being held during the Conference.

IRAF Developers' Workshop

We are pleased to announce the third IRAF Developers' Workshop (IDW), which is now being held at the Omni Hotel (Thursday, 26 September, the day following ADASS) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This one-day workshop will feature short presentations, splinter sessions, and in-depth discussions of issues related to software development for the IRAF environment. People with a variety of backgrounds would be welcome, but the IDW is likely to be most interesting to individuals who develop applications or utilities that operate within the IRAF environment, or who make extensive use of IRAF system utilities and/or data structures through one of the programming interfaces.

If you are interested in attending the IDW, you are probably too late. The information was on the regular Conference registration form. The fee to cover the cost of the IDW was $25. For those attending the ADASS `96 conference who are not local to Charlottesville, please note that you may extend your stay at the Hotel at the same low rate that applies for ADASS '96, provided that you reserved your room by the reservation deadline.

JAVA Tutorial

On Sunday, 22 September (the day before ADASS) there was a half-day tutorial Introduction to JAVA Programming presented by Harry Foxwell of Sun Microsystems, Inc. JAVA is the programming language for network-based applications that has become so popular on the World Wide Web. The JAVA tutorial was held at the Omni Hotel from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There was a nominal $25 fee to cover the cost of the tutorial.


Anyone wishing to attend the Conference had to complete and return the Registration Form found in the center of this booklet or retrieve and return the electronic copy (found on in the file /pub/adass96/regfrm.txt or /pub/adass96/ The early registration fee was $130. The late registration fee was $180. For latecomers, the only option was Walk-up registration; this was accepted on a space-available basis, but was discouraged. The fee for walk-up registration was $240.

Registration is being handled by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All fees must accompany the registration form.

Conference registrants were able to pick up their registration packets on Sunday, 22 September, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (before and during the Conference Reception), or during the scheduled registration hours at the conference in the Ballroom prefunction area.

Hotel Information

The following hotels made special arrangements for the ADASS conference, with a very favorable room rate for Conference attendees.

We made arrangements for morning and evening buses from these hotels to the Conference at the Omni Hotel. The Days Inn offers complimentary airport shuttle service.

The deadline for ALL Hotel reservations was 21 August 1996. After that date, the Hotels could not guarantee the Conference rates or hold our room blocks; reservations made after the deadline were made only on a space available and rate available basis.

Please be warned that, due to a football game (American, not Soccer) on 28 September following the Conference, there may not be any rooms available in Charlottesville on Friday or Saturday night, 27 and 28 September!

Call for Papers

The abstracts for all papers, posters, BOF sessions and demos are now available on the World Wide Web through the final program.

Computer Demonstrations

Several computer demos were presented at the meeting. There was an Internet connection in the poster and demonstration area of the meeting, via an ISDN link (kindly provided by Sprint). A selection of terminals, workstations, and PC's (running Linux, or dos/windows; there was even one Sparc running Linux!) were available, along with an Exabyte and a DAT drive and a postscript printer.


The proceedings will be published shortly after the Conference. Information on the format and the due date for the published papers will be sent to authors after the abstract deadline. It may be necessary for the editors to screen the papers for the published proceedings if the number of papers is too large for a reasonably sized and reasonably priced volume.

Invited papers will be limited to 10 pages; poster papers and contributed oral talks will be limited to 4 pages.

Each registered participant will receive a copy of the published proceedings as part of the registration fee. It is planned to make the Proceedings available over the World Wide Web, as in past years (ADASS '95 provides a very high standard for us to emulate!).

Local Information


There are three major airlines serving Charlottesville: Delta, United and USAir. As an alternative, participants may find it convenient to fly to either Washington National Airport or Washinton Dulles International Airport and arrange for a rental car for the drive to charlottesville.

Some participants also chose to fly into Richmond International Airport, which has good freeway access directly to Charlottesville (Interstate 64).

Transportation To/From Airport

The Omni Hotel has a shuttle from the Charlottesville airport for its guests between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. A courtesy phone is located in the baggage area at the airport. There is approximately a 20 minute wait for the shuttle.

Budget, Avis, Hertz, and National have service counters at the airport, while Enterprise is located away from the airport.

Taxi cabs also provide services from the Charlottesville airport. One-way rates are approximately $25.

Participants arriving at the Washington, DC, airports should plan on a 2-2.5 hour drive from Dulles and a 2.5-3 hour drive from National.

Departing Dulles take the first exit off the Dulles Access Road onto Route 28 South. Exit onto Interstate 66 West (about 9 miles). After 10 miles on 66, take Exit 43 onto US 29 south, which takes you to Charlottesville.

Departing National follow the signs through Crystal City to Route 110. After about 2 miles, exit off Route 110 onto Interstate 66 West. After 32 miles on 66 West exit onto US 29 south (Exit 43), which takes you to Charlottesville.

It is about 85 miles from the junction of Interstate 66 and US 29 to Charlottesville. In Charlottesville, exit off US 29 onto US 250 East, then after about 2 miles turn right at the light onto McIntire Road, which takes you to the Omni Hotel.


A limited number of maps are available on-line to help you navigate. These include:


Late September in Charlottesville is very pleasant. Days are warm, while evenings are cool. Light jackets may be required. (The weather was kind to us for the conference, with mild, mostly sunny days)


Included in your participant package upon arrival will be a guide to local dining. The Omni Hotel has its own restaurant and a bar area, and there are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance.

Special Events

Green Bank Tour

ADASS '96 included a tour to the NRAO Green Bank Observatory on Sunday, 22 September. The bus left the Omni Hotel at 9:00 a.m. and returned at 6:00 p.m. The tour included visiting the Green Bank Telescope now under construction, as well as the 140 Foot Telescope. The cost for the tour was $20, which included lunch at Green Bank. The tour proved to be very popular, and was fully booked well in advance of the Conference (about 40-50 people were accomodated).

Conference Reception

There was a Conference reception in the atrium of the Omni Hotel Sunday evening, 22 September, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m; this included light refreshments and a cash bar.

Conference Banquet

A Conference banquet took place at historic Ash Lawn-Highland in Albemarle County on Tuesday evening, 24 September. Ash Lawn-Highland, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was President James Monroe's 535-acre estate.

While at Ash Lawn-Highland, visitors can tour Monroe's home and its many possessions. There are the picturesque gardens, boxwood paths to follow, and you can visit the one-hundred-year-old White Ash trees in the Peacock yard.

The $32 Banquet ticket included transportation to and from Ash Lawn-Highland and entrance to the estate, a selection of dinner entrees (including vegetarian), dessert, and coffee or tea. There was a cash bar for cocktails.

The Conference Banquet has proven to be quite popular. In fact, it was booked solid some time before the conference started.

Conference Program

The General Sessions were held in the Jefferson Ballroom of the Omni Hotel. The posters and demonstrations were in the nearby meeting rooms, with the breaks in the Ballroom prefunction area.

Refer to the Final Program for the detailed timetables.

Registration, Abstract, and Financial Assistance Forms

We have made the forms and document templates available via anonymous ftp from in the directory /pub/adass96/.

The ADASS '96 Registration Form is available in a text version ready for e-mail or printing in regfrm.txt (2K) or in a Postscript version for printing in (49K). Either form may be used for registering by surface mail.

The ADASS '96 Abstract Form ( adass96ab.tex, 8K) is a LaTeX template which can easily be filled out using any text editor. The Abstract form includes comment lines for all necessary information. It has an associated style file ( adass96ab.sty, (10K) which should be used if you wish to print your abstract. Both the abstract form and the style file are available via anonymous ftp from in the directory /pub/adass96/absforms.

The financial assistance form is available in the text file finaid.txt (1K) from the ADASS '96 ftp area.

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