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The number of automatic astronomical facilities worldwide continues to grow, and the level of robotisation, autonomy, and networking is increasing as well. This has a strong impact in space debris surveillance and tracking as well as in many astrophysical fields, like fireball detection, the search for extra-solar planets, the monitoring of variable stars in our Galaxy, the study of active galactic nuclei, the detection and monitoring of supernovae, and the immediate follow-up of high-energy transients such as gamma-ray bursts and the search of neutrino and gravitational waves counterparts.

Thus, the main focus of the workshop will be on the new and existing astronomical facilities whose goal is to observe a wide variety of astrophysical targets with no (or very little) human interaction. We expect the workshop will continue as an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis given to the Technical and Scientific results obtained within the last two years, with specific sessions on Educational Activities and Space Surveillance and Tracking.

 

Topics

- Existing robotic observatories worldwide - Protocols for robotic telescope networks
- New hardware and software developments - Scientific results obtained by means of robotic observatories
- Real-time analysis pipelines - Public Outreach and Citizen Science
- Wide-field imaging and follow-ups - Global Networks
- Archiving the data and quality control - Educational aplications
- Telescope and observatory control systems - Future strategies
- Transient detection and classification - Gravitational Waves electromagnetic counterpart searches
- Space Debris Tracking and Surveillance  

 

When

From 16 to 20 october

 

Where

Parador Nacional de Mazagón. Mazagón (Huelva), Spain

The Parador is located in the very heart of Doñana Nature Reserve, a protected environment with beaches of fine white sand. At a few minutes’ walk down we have the quiet and exclusive Playa de Castilla Beach. And at few kilometers you can enjoy with the Doñana National Park (the largest one in Europe) and the Historical Colombus places (Wharf of the Caravels).

The interior landscape of the Parador also has vast greenery and pine trees, being a paradise in the middle of nature to enjoy with colleagues, family and friends. It is perfectly adapted for the enjoyment of children, parks and children pools, along with a wide range of activities (for instance spa area and yoga at the beautiful sunsets over the Atlantic ocean).

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