Past Events

  • Seamless Colloquium: Hackable User Interfaces and The Future of Data Analysis in Astronomy


    Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Sep 16, 1:30pm

    Abstract:  The tools we use to investigate data affect the way that we do science -- we are constantly (if subtly) drawn towards questions that are easily answered by our analytical and software tools, and comparatively discouraged from research directions that are less-well matched to these tools. A crucial skill that most scientists learn early in their careers is how to identify the most fruitful scientific questions, given the current state of analysis techniques.

  • Seamless Colloquium: Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations


    Phillips Auditorium
    Aug 18, 2:00pm

    Abstract: Visualizations help us in interpreting and communicating complex concepts and rich data. However, we have a number of perceptual and cognitive limitations that counter-intuitively work against us when we work with visualizations. These limitations lead to critical mistakes, e.g., in interpreting patterns or simply reading information from a graphic. What are these culprits and how can we avoid them?

  • Seamless Colloquium: Concerning Astrophotography


    Phillips Auditorium
    Jun 26, 12:30pm

    In this talk, Vicent Peris will review his works in the astrophotography and image processing disciplines. Working as astrophotographer at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, he leads an astrophotography project at Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain. This is the first astrophotography project in the world with access to the observational time of professional telescopes (about 50 night per year).

  • Seamless Colloquium: Why the LSST will change astrophysics forever


    Pratt Conference Room, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street
    Apr 30, 2:30pm

    Abstract: As the flagship next-generation optical survey telescope, LSST promises to be a significant instrument for a range of research domains. In this talk I'll discuss why LSST is uniquely placed to transform the way that researchers collaborate around research software and data.

  • Seamless Colloquium: Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy


    Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street
    Sorry, the event is fullFeb 10, 2:00pm

    In 1610, when Galileo pointed his small telescope at Jupiter, he drew sketches to record what he saw. After just a few nights of observing, he understood his sketches to be showing moons orbiting Jupiter. It was the visualization of Galileo’s observations that led to his understanding of a clearly Sun-centered solar system, and to the revolution this understanding then caused.

  • Holidy Demo-fest 2013


    Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street
    Dec 18, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    You are invited to join the Seamless Astronomy group of the CfA for laptop-style personal demos (no talks!), festive snacks & drinks.

    Leaders of the Glue, Authorea, WWT Ambassadors, and ADS All Sky Survey projects will be on-hand to show off their 2013 accomplishments in this informal setting.

    Please feel free to pass this invitation on to others (including students, postdocs, etc.!) you think might enjoy the demos as well.

  • Holiday Demo-fest 2012


    Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street
    Dec 19, 3:00pm

    You are invited to join the Seamless Astronomy group of the CfA for laptop-style personal demos, festive snacks and drinks today at 3pm in Phillips Auditorium.

    Leaders from a host of software/data/analysis projects from around the CfA will be on hand to show off their 2012 accomplishments in this informal setting.

  • .Astronomy Hack Day NYC 2012

    Location:, 85 5th Avenue, 4th floor, New York City
    Dec 15, 10:00am to 7:00pm

    Hang out with friendly astronomers from across the New York City tristate area (we’ve invited folks from Yale to Rutgers ), learn about new technologies in astronomy software, collaborate on new software or strike out on new science reusing existing tools and websites. See the .Astronomy NYC 2012 webpage for details and archive.

    Sponsored by Seamless Astronomy and bitly

  • Basic Dataverse Training for Astronomy


    Wolbach Library (Lower Level) 60 Garden St
    Oct 23, 9:30am to 11:00am

    The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in collaboration with Harvard Library (HL) and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) is offering new hands-on training sessions on the use of Harvard's Dataverse Network, an open-source application for publishing, citing and discovering research data. (http://theastrodata.org 

    Why attend: