South East Asian workshop on Modelling and Data Analysis in Astronomy


Chiang Mai, Thailand 14 ? 15 May 2013





Astronomy is a growing science in a number of countries in South East Asia, which have established a network (SEAAN) to promote collaborations, exchanges, and joint research. In addition, a large number of agreements are in place at an institutional level. These networking activities are usually focused on observing and interpreting astronomical phenomena, and on developing instrumentation. However, a crucial aspect of modern astronomy is also the handling of data, and the ability to execute complex and intensive mathematical algorithms. New facilities are producing an ever increasing amount of data, which it is mandatory to share among many researchers and to preserve for long periods of time. It is also desirable to run astronomical data (e.g. from imagers or spectrographs) through automated data pipelines to check for instrument performance, to derive a consistent set of quality parameters, and to produce science-grade data ready for interpretation.

The first workshop on the computational astronomy and data handling in South East Asian countries will be organized by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 14 ? 15 May, 2013. 

At this workshop, we want to discuss the specific needs of the South East Asian astronomical communities in the following areas:

  • Data Archives and Data Management
  • Data Pipelines and Quality Check
  • Tools and requirements for intensive computational modeling and simulations
  • Computing Power and Data Storage


The aims of this workshop are:

  • Identify needs in each of the areas above. 
  • Learn from other experienced organizations
  • Prepare proposals for specific international projects and collaborations
  • Set a plan for future meetings 



We are inviting Dr. Pascal Ballester, an expert from European Southern Observatory (ESO) as the speaker in the workshop. Dr. Pascal Ballester is the Head of the Pipeline Systems Department at ESO. He and his department are responsible for the development of data reduction software and observation preparation models for the VLT and ALMA facilities. 


Preliminary programme*:

13 May 2013

        Arrival of the participants in Chiang Mai (pick up service from Chiang Mai international airport will be organized by the LOC)


14 May 2013



  09:00 ? 12:00

  First discussion: The computational facilities in SEA

  Update/report from the participants from each countries

  12:00 ? 13:30

  Lunch break

  13:30 ? 17:00

  Talk and discussion with the expert from ESO (pipeline, data archives and data management)


15 May 2013



  09:00 ? 12:00

  Second discussion: Future international projects and collaborations in computational astronomy within SEAAN


*to be confirmed



We are expecting to have 8 local participants from Thailand and 6 foreign participants from other South East Asian countries.

We have selected four representatives from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines who will become the contact person for each countries prior to the workshop. The names of the representatives are listed below:

Thailand: Dr. Utane Sawangwit ? National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT)

Indonesia: Dr. Mahasena Putra/ Dr. Aprilia Wardhana ? Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

Malaysia: Dr. Norhasliza Yusof/Prof. Hasan Abu Kassim ? University of Malaya (UM)

Philippines: Dr. Rogel M. Sese  - University of the Philippines Los Ba?os (UPLB)



The workshop will be held at NARIT Headquarters in Chiang Mai. Located on Huay Kaew Road, one of the main road in Chiang Mai, the NARIT headquarters is easy to reach and close to several main attractions in Chiang Mai. The workshop venue is within walking distance from the hotel (approx. 10-15 minutes on foot).



(link to google map)  


Chiang Mai is located about one hour away by plane from Bangkok. There are several airlines with frequent daily flights to Chiang Mai from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok. 



NARIT will provide the accommodation and local transportation for 2 foreign participants from each SEAAN member countries and for the Thai participants from outside Chiang Mai. 

Please contact the organizing committee to arrange for your stay in Chiang Mai.  



Local Organizing Committee:




  Dr. Utane Sawangwit

  Research & Development

  [email protected]

  Dr. Puji Irawati

  Research & Development

  [email protected]

  Mr. Wichan Insiri

  Foreign Affairs

  [email protected]



National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT)

191 Siriphanich Building, Huay Kaew Road

Suthep, Muang

Chiang Mai 50200