Statistics for Gravitational Wave Data Analysis

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics
Penn State University
19-21 May 2005
Contents: Registration; Accommodations; Program Sessions and Speakers
Contact the organizers
Program Committee:
Lee Samuel Finn, Penn State University
Peter Shawhan, California Institute of Technology
Albert Lazzarini, California Institute of Technology
Graham Woan, University of Glasgow
Michelle Larson, Penn State University
Gravitational wave detector sensitivity has reached the point where their data properly analyzed, can inform our understanding of astronomical phenomena. As a new field of experimentation and observation, involving new detector technologies and different and unfamiliar kinds of detector data, the field lacks experience and sophistication in the statistical analyses of its data. GravStat will bring together the gravitational wave data analysis community, scientists from related fields, and statisticians to explore the statistical problems that arise in the analysis of gravitational wave detector data.
The Workshop program will be organized around several topics, and will consist of a small set of short talks, each followed by an extended discussion period. Each talk is meant to spark discussion on a particular subject.
Statistical Challenges of Gravitational Wave
Astronomy Statistics for Continuous Sources
Adaptive Analysis: Incorporating New Insights
Statistics for Bursts/Transient Sources
Analysis of Data from Multiple Detectors
A workshop banquet will be held on the night of 20 May at the Nittany Lion Inn, on the Penn State Campus.
The registration fee for this workshop is $95.00. To pay by credit card follow this link and select the link "Center for Gravitational Wave Physics." If you wish to pay by check or cash please contact the organizers.

Limited funds are available to supplement travel costs for students and postdocs. To request funds send a note outlining the level of support you require, as well as a letter from your advisor indicating how this meeting relates to your research interests and how particiption will enhance your professional development.

Requests should be sent via email to the local organizing committee at

There has been a block of rooms reserved at the Days Inn Penn State, where the workshop will be taking place. The room block will be released on 18 April 2005, please make your reservation before this date. You can contact the Days Inn by phone or mail. When making your reservation please refer to the GRST workshop room block. If you would like wireless acess in your hotel room please indicate this at the time you make your reservation.
Days Inn Penn State
240 S. Pugh Street
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-238-8454
Fax: 814-234-3377
For more information about this focus session, please contact the committee.