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Fall 2016 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
July 5 (10am) Mansi M. Kasliwal (Caltech) The Dynamic Infrared Sky
July 27 (10-11am) Eric Paopao & Marc Cotter (IfA) Lockout tagout training
August 15 Ryan Lau (Caltech) Investigating Dusty Explosions and their Aftermath in the Infrared with SOFIA, Spitzer, and JWST
August 26 Eduardo Bendek (NASA Ames) Combined high-precision astrometry and direct imaging bench at Ames


Spring 2016 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
February 3 Norbert Schorghofer (IfA) Results from the Dawn mission to Ceres
February 16 Morgan Bonnet (IfA/IRTF) 5 years of facility maintenance and upgrades at the IRTF
February 17 Nienke van der Marel (IfA) Planet formation in the ALMA era: gas and dust in protoplanetary disks
March 16 Luke McKay (IfA) The new UH 2.2m observatory control system (Abstract)
March 30 Charles Lockhart & Eric Warmbier (IfA) Pizza Box Array Controllers (postponed)
April 6 Barry Starr (Raytheon Vision Systems) RVS Technology Portfolio Overview
April 13 Göran Sandell (SOFIA-USRA) SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Past, present and future.
April 27 Sean Goebel (IfA) SAPHIRA deployment at SCExAO
May 26 Mark Veyette (Boston Univ.) NEWS: the near-infrared Echelle for wideband spectroscopy


Fall 2015 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
October 12 Ben Mazin (UCSB) Energy resolving detectors (at Subaru HQ)
November 5 (2pm) Jean-Francois Sauvage (ONERA/LAM) SPHERE - The VLT eXtreme AO planet hunter
November 18 Colin Aspin (IfA) UH 2.2-m telescope upgrades (postponed)
December 4 (noon) Andrew Sheinis (AAO) What's New at the AAO: an Update on new science and instrumentation in Sydney
December 9 John Rayner (IfA) The Design of iSHELL


Spring 2015 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
January 14 Alex Rudy (UCSC) Predicting wind-driven turbulence for adaptive optics control
January 28 Jeff Kuhn (IfA) Building the World's Largest Off-axis Optical Telescope on Haleakala: Status and Future
January 29 Bill Richardson (UH OTTED) UH's Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development Q+A
February 11 Megan Shabram (Penn State) Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling for Exoplanet Populations from Kepler
February 24 Shihwu Sung (UH Hilo) Coastal Biomass Refinery
March 4 Bernie Rauscher (GSFC) Life Finder Detectors: An Overview of Detector Technologies for Seeking Life on other Worlds by Spectroscopic Biosignature Characterization
March 11 Svetlana Berdyugina (KIfS, Freiburg) High-Sensitivity Double Image Polarimeter DIPOL-2 at UH88: Exoplanets, Interacting Binaries, Interstellar Medium, Asteroids, etc.
March 17 Madeline Close (Gemini) Systems Engineers to the Stars: Systems engineering in development and operations at Gemini Observatory
April 15 Geoffrey Bower (ASIAA) Intensity Mapping with the YT Lee Array
April 22 Joel Sercel (ICS Associates) Apis: Asteroid Provided In-Situ Systems: A New Vision for Humanity's Future In Space
April 29 Michael Herbst (UH JABSOM) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) & Prospective Motion Correction in MRI (Related article)
May 20 Stuart Jefferies (IfA) 3-D optical wave front characterization using a micro-lens array


Fall 2014 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
October 8 John Tonry (IfA) ATLAS Nears First Light
October 15 Reed Riddle (Caltech) Automating Adaptive Optics: The Robo-AO Control System (Abstract)
October 22 Jennifer Halaszyn (UH Office of Export Controls) Export Controls
October 29 Colin Aspin (IfA) Refurbishment and upgrades to the UH 2.2-m telescope II (Abstract)
November 5 Luke McKay (IfA) 3D printer for rapid prototyping at IfA Hilo (Abstract)
November 19 André Fehlmann (IfA) Building CryoNIRSP for the DKI Solar Telescope
December 10 Alan Tokunaga (IfA) Progress on an immersion grating echelle spectrograph for the IRTF
December 11 Michael Ireland (ANU) The problem of low- to moderate-Strehl narrow-field imaging: are we making progress?


Spring 2014 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
January 29 Kathy Cooksey (UH Hilo) Precious Metals in SDSS Quasar Spectra
February 6 Randy Campbell & Paul Stomski (Keck) Protecting Aircraft During Laser Guide Star Operations Using Transponder Based Aircraft Detection
February 19 Michael Connelley (IfA) Future Instrumentation on the IRTF
April 8 Leon Harding (Caltech) The Effectiveness of Electron Multiplication CCD Technology for Astronomical Applications
April 14 Chad Trujillo (Gemini) Drinking from the Firehose, Searching for the Inner Oort Cloud with the Dark Energy Camera
April 17 Olivier Guyon (Subaru & Arizona) Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors at Subaru
April 22 Roger O'Brient (JPL/Caltech) TIME to learn about reionization: Spectrometers for the Tomographic Ionized carbon Mapping Experiment
April 30 TBD Eduardo Bendek (NASA Ames) Exoplanet detection and characterization using combined coronagraphy and sub-uas astrometry from space
May 20 Colin Aspin (IfA) Refurbishment and upgrades to the UH 2.2-m telescope


Fall 2013 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
September 5 Peter J. McGregor (The Australian National University) The GMT adaptive optics PDR (including the On-Instrument Wavefront Sensors that will move across to the GMTIFS project)
September 9 Anne Itsuno (Raytheon) Raytheon Vision Systems: Overview and Computational Engineering Capabilities
September 25 Nemanja Jovanovic (Subaru) High precision radial velocity enabled by extreme adaptive optics
October 9 Rachel Rampy (Keck) Sodium Laser Guide Stars for Adaptive Optics: Why, How, and What?s Next
October 23 Joshua Walawender (Subaru) Project PANOPTES: The Hardware and Technical Challenges
November 6 Charles Lockhart & Eric Warmbier (IfA) Adapting Leach controllers for use with HAWAII and Aladdin arrays
December 4 Dani Atkinson (IfA) (Postponed until 2014 for 88" site visit.) Near-infrared photon counting for adaptive optics


Spring 2013 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
March 6    
March 20 Jeff Kuhn Image domain phase retrieval for telescope subapertures
April 3    
April 17 Pui Hin Rhoads TBD
May 1 Colin Aspin "The Taiwanese Four Channel Imager (FCI)"
May 15 Don Hall TBD


Fall 2012 Schedule

Date Speaker Title of TechTalk
August 29 Colin Aspin "Current Status of the UH88 Upgrades Projects"
September 12 Dave Harrington "High Precision Polarimetry on AEOS"
September 19 John Tonry "ATLAS: Getting Serious about the Changing Sky"
September 26 Christoph Baranec (Caltech) "Rise of the Machines: Robo-AO and the Evolution of Automated Astronomy"
October 10 Mark Chun "GLAO Experiments on the UH88"
October 24 Don Hall "Aspects of IR Array Work"
November 7 Mike Connelley "Re-coating the IRTF Primary"
November 21 Don Hall "OH Fiber Bragg Suppression"
December 5 Alan Tokunaga "IRTF Instrumentation"