GWDAW-8 Second Circular

The 8th Annual Gravitational Wave Data Analysis Workshop

The eighth annual Gravitational Wave Data Analysis Workshop (GWDAW-8) will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from December 17-20, 2003.

This is the second of three circulars that will be distributed, describing GWDAW-8. Additional information, including registration instructions and abstract and poster submission forms, can be found at:
At this URL, you can also subscribe to a mailing list for future circulars.

Important Deadlines


GWDAW is an annual meeting devoted to data analysis for current and future gravitational wave detectors, studies of potential gravitational wave sources, and detector physics.


The workshop sessions will last three-and-one-half days, beginning in the morning about 08:30 AM on Wednesday December 17th, and ending around lunchtime 12:30 PM on Saturday December 20th. There will be a reception at the hotel on the evening of Tuesday December 16th. There will be a banquet at the hotel on the evening of Wednesday December 17th.


The closest airports are:

Workshop Venue

The workshop will take place at the UWM Center for Continuing Education (UCCE) Conference Facility. This is located on the 6th and 7th floors of the Plankinton Building, 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2602 USA.

Lunch will be served at the conference center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Internet connections (wired ethernet and wireless 802.11b) will be available at the conference site.

Workshop Hotel

The workshop hotel is the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 33 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203 USA. The hotel is located approximately two city blocks from the workshop venue.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt for the nights of Tuesday December 16, 2003 through Friday December 19, 2003. This block of rooms will be held in reserve until Sunday November 23, 2003. Room availability after that date cannot be guaranteed, so please make your hotel reservation before that date.

Room rates (block identifier: GWDAW-8/Gravity Workshop) are:

  1. Single Occupancy: US $79.00/night
  2. Double Occupancy: US $79.00/night
  3. Triple Occupancy: US $99.00/night
  4. Quadruple Occupancy: US $109.00/night

When booking a hotel room, please specify the block identifier "GWDAW-8 / Gravity Workshop". Without it, you won't receive the negotiated room rate.

Rooms can be booked by calling +1.414.276.1234 or +1.800.233.1234.

Alternatively, at the GWDAW8 web site you will find a Hotel Room Reservation form that can be faxed to the hotel, and also a link for making on-line hotel reservations.

Scientific Organizing Committee

The members of the Scientific Organizing Committee are:

B. Allen (Chair)

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

P. Astone

INFN, Rome I

P. L. Bender

JILA—U. Colorado

P. Brady

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

L. S. Finn

Pennsylvania State U.

S. Frasca

U. La Sapienza, Roma

W. Johnson

Louisiana State U.

N. Kanda

Osaka City U.

B. Mours


M. A. Papa

Albert Einstein Institute—MPG

G. Prodi

U. Trento

B. Sathyaprakash

Cardiff U.
Wales, Great Britain

P. Shawhan


K. Tsubono

U. Tokyo

A. Vecchio

U. Birmingham
England, Great Britain

A. Viceré

U. Urbino

S. Vitale

U. Trento

H. Ward

U. Glasgow
Scotland, Great Britain

Local Organizing Committee

The members of the Local Organizing Committee are:

A. Wiseman (Chair)

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

B. Allen

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

S. Arthur

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

S. Koranda

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee

S. Nelson
Conference Secretary

U. Wisconsin—Milwaukee


The tentative list of sessions and convenors is:

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

08:30-09:30 · "Status of Data Analysis I · Resonant Detectors" · Johnson
09:45-11:15 · "Status of Data Analysis II · Ground-Based IFOs" · Ward
11:30-12:30 · "Status of Data Analysis III · Space-Based IFOs" · Vitale
14:30-15:30 · "Space-Based Detectors I · Sources" · Bender
16:00-17:00 · "Space-Based Detectors II · Analysis Methods" · Vecchio

Thursday, December 18, 2003

08:30-09:30 · "Event Search I · Inspiral" · Brady
10:00-11:00 · "Event Search II · Pulsar" · Papa
11:30-12:30 · "Event Search III · Stochastic" · Allen
14:30-15:30 · "Event Search IV · Bursts" · Kanda
16:00-17:00 · "Event Search V · Bursts" · Prodi

Friday, December 19, 2003

08:30-09:30 · "Detector Characterization I · Calibration" · Tsubono
10:00-11:00 · "Detector Characterization II · Artifacts" · Mours
11:30-12:30 · "Detector Characterization III · Other" · Viceré
14:30-15:30 · "Issues in Current Searches" · Shawhan
16:00-17:00 · "Statistical Issues · Emphasis on Case Studies" · Astone

Saturday, December 20, 2003

08:30-09:30 · "Multi-Detector Analysis · Emphasis on Case Studies" · Finn
10:00-11:00 · "New and Improved Analysis Methods" · Frasca
11:30-12:30 · "Source and Population Modeling" · Sathyaprakash


Abstracts for talks and posters may be submitted at the GWDAW-8 web site: The deadline for abstract submissions is November 21, 2003.


Proceedings will be published by Classical and Quantum Gravity. Please note that while presenters are encouraged to contribute to the Proceedings, they are not obligated to do so.

Registration Fee

Normal registration (on or before November 25, 2003): $180 USD. Late registration: $190 USD. The registration fee includes lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the Banquet on Wednesday evening.

Additional registration information is available at the GWDAW-8 web site:

Weather and Climate

The thirty year average (1973-2002) of the Milwaukee daily maximum, minimum and average temperatures in Celsius for December 17-20 are: Maximum: 0, Minimum: -8, Average: -4

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