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5th International e-VLBI Workshop

17-20 September 2006
MIT Haystack Observatory
Westford, MA USA

Sponsored by

This international meeting at MIT Haystack Observatory will explore the current state of high-speed astronomy data transmission, concentrating on e-VLBI, but recognizing the synergy with other geodesy/astronomy applications requiring real-time or near-real-time high-speed data transmissions.  Among the topics to be discussed

Two days of tutorials on networking and e-VLBI, presented by Internet2 and e-VLBI experts, are offered immediately preceding the main meeting.

Registration is required for attendance. Registration closes 21 August 2006.

Important Dates


The workshop will be hosted by MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts, USA. Haystack Observatory is situated amid rolling hills on 1300 forested acres of MIT land 35 miles northwest of Boston. The meeting will take place at the Observatory, which offers comfortable and spacious surroundings with modern conference facilities. September is typified by cool sunny days and crisp clear nights, though the weather can be quite unpredictable during this time of year.

Abstract Submission

Contributions of oral and poster presentations is encouraged. We expect most presentations to be of a technical nature, but encourage potential users to make their needs and wishes known as well. We will try to accommodate as many contributions as possible, but in order to balance the meeting content, we may ask some contributors to switch from oral to poster or vice versa. We plan to have most contributed oral presentations of length ~20 minutes including questions. In addition, we will invite key networking specialists and providers to present their views and projections for meeting the challenges presented by e-VLBI and to provide an opportunity for interaction with the VLBI/astronomy community.

We request that, as much as possible, presentations be available at the meeting in electronic format so that we may collect themtogether for reference at a web site following the meeting.

Final list of Presentations

Welcoming Reception at Sheraton Tara Nashua: Monday, 18 September 2006, 1800 EST


Registration is open. There is a $175 registration fee payable at the reception.

Due to the capacity of Haystack Observatory conference facilities, attendence will be limited to about 80, so register early! Everyone who plans to attend the meeting must register.


Haystack Observatory is about an equal distance from two regional airports- Boston Logan, MA, and Manchester, NH. The Manchester airport is closer to the meeting hotel and is unaffected by Boston traffic, but is served by somewhat fewer flights.

There are several choices for ground transportation to the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Use the phone numbers below to reserve a seat. All prices are for Boston Logan. Manchester may be somwhat cheaper.

Service Contact Information Price Comments
Flight Line 1-800-245-2525
$59 (Boston)
$42 (Manchester)
This is for a shared ride. Both Boston and Manchester airports are served by Flight Line.
C & L Limo 1-800-247-7080
Price not determined yet This is for a shared ride from Boston Logan Airport to the meeting hotel.
C & L Limo 1-800-247-7080
Price not determined yet This is for a shared ride from Manchester, NH Airport to the meeting hotel.



A block of rooms has been set aside at the Sheraton Tara in Nashua, NH. The hotel has a full-service restaurant and bar. Room rate is $99 + 8% state tax . The Govt rate is $83 + 8% state tax, but will only be given with Gov Id shown at arrival.

Participants are requested to make their own reservations if possible. The following link will get right into our block of rooms at the negotiated $99 rate. Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from June 06, 2006 to September 21, 2006. Haystack's Block of Rooms If you call in to the hotel please mention "e-VLBI Meeting" to get this rate in our block of rooms. Rooms will be released from the block after 17 August 2006 ; please make your reservations before then. They require a credit card to guarantee your room.

If you need assitance with your reservations, please contact Heidi Johnson.

Sheraton Tara Hotel
11 Tara Blvd.
Nashua NH 03062

Haystack's Block of Rooms
Reservations for Govt rate to Patricia Martin
Phone: +1-603 888-9970
Fax: +1-603 888-4112

There will be a welcoming reception at the hotel on Monday September18 at 6 pm. All attendees welcome!

Driving directions to the hotel from either Manchester or Boston airport are on the hotel's Web page. Driving directions from the hotel to Haystack will be available under Local Information, below.

Local Information

Program Committee
The Program Committee is responsible for deciding on the topics to be covered at the workshop and setting up the sessions.

Members of the program committee are:

Local Organizing Committee

Members of the local organizing committee are:

Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions.






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