Image Credit: NASA ARC/W. Stenzel
Welcome to the home page of the Kepler & K2 Science Conference IV! Over the past 8 years, high-precision photometry from the Kepler/K2 mission has enabled breakthrough discoveries in exoplanet science, asteroseismology, eclipsing binary stars, solar-system objects, and extragalactic science. To celebrate the legacy and latest science results of Kepler/K2 we invite the community to the 4th Kepler & K2 Science Conference, hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. We welcome contributions from any area of science related to the Kepler/K2 mission, as well as related future missions such as TESS. We are looking forward to celebrating the Kepler/K2 science and legacy with the community!
|26 Jan 2017||registration and abstract submission open|
|31 Mar 2017||abstract submission deadline (closed)|
|31 Mar 2017||registration deadline for Foreign Nationals and employees of Chinese Entities (closed)|
|15 May 2017||registration deadline for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents (closed)|
|19-23 Jun 2017||Kepler & K2 Science Conference IV|
Registration & Abstract Submission
The SOC and LOC are committed to enabling the broadest possible participation by members of the Kepler/K2 community. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ability to attend please contact the SOC and LOC chairs (Eric Agol at email@example.com, Daniel Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Mark Messersmith at email@example.com).
Registration is now closed for general participants. Press can still register at this link. There is no registration fee. When registering, we ask that all participants read and agree with the code of conduct. Upon registering, participants can also volunteer to judge a poster competition and/or give a public lecture the week of the conference. Winners of the poster competition have the opportunity to give short talks about their results in a dedicated session in the second half of the conference. Poster judges will rank posters of conference participants who agreed to enter the competition. Additional details on the poster competition are forthcoming. Also, the opportunity to give a public lecture is open to people at all professional levels (graduate students, postdocs, etc.).
Abstract submission is now closed. Multiple abstract submissions are allowed. Note that Wednesday afternoon (June 21) has been reserved for breakout sessions to enable the community to discuss and work on Kepler/K2 related projects. We envision that these sessions will be more hands-on ("unconference" sessions) compared to traditional talks, ideally with broad interest to the community. Examples for breakout sessions could include panel discussions, hack activities, work meetings of larger collaborations, or tutorials to use data/software products related to Kepler/K2. To submit a proposal for a breakout session please select the appropriate abstract preference during registration.
Monday, June 19, 2017
|Session 1||Jeff Coughlin (Chair)||Kepler & K2 Updates|
|09:00-09:15||Multiple||Welcome to Ames & Logistics|
|09:15-09:30||Jessie Dotson||K2 Project Status & Future Opportunities||Watch recording|
|09:30-10:00||Susan Thompson (invited)||Kepler's Final Exoplanet Catalog||Watch recording|
|Session 2||David Charbonneau (Chair)||Benchmark Systems from Kepler/K2|
|10:30-11:00||Jason Rowe (invited)||Benchmark Exoplanet Systems Discovered by Kepler/K2||Watch recording|
|11:00-11:15||Rodrigo Luger||K2 unveils a seven-planet resonant chain in TRAPPIST-1||Watch recording|
|11:15-11:30||Songhu Wang||Improved Masses for the Potentially Habitable TRAPPIST-1 Planets||
Watch recording (1)
Watch recording (2)
|11:30-11:45||Courtney Dressing||Characterizing K2 Planetary Systems Orbiting Cool Dwarfs||Watch recording|
|11:45-12:00||Andrew Vanderburg||HARPS-N Observations of K2 Planet Candidates and Planet Masses in the WASP-47 System||Watch recording|
|Session 3||Sarbani Basu (Chair)||Asteroseismology of Solar-Like Oscillators|
|13:30-14:00||Dennis Stello (invited)||The asteroseismic revolution of red giant stars: from stellar interiors to the structure of the Milky Way||Watch recording|
|14:00-14:15||Matteo Cantiello||Asteroseismic Signatures of Evolving Internal Stellar Magnetic Fields||Coming soon|
|14:15-14:30||Enrico Corsaro||Spin alignment of stars in old open clusters||Watch recording|
|14:30-14:45||Jamie Tayar||Core and Surface Rotation Rates of Evolved Intermediate Mass Stars||Watch recording|
|14:45-15:00||Kevin Schlaufman||Joint Spectroscopic and Asteroseismic Analysis of Very Metal-poor Stars in the Kepler Field||Watch recording|
|Session 4||Dawn Gelino (Chair)||Exoplanets & Stars|
|15:30-15:45||Erik Petigura||The California Kepler Survey: High-Resolution Spectroscopy of 1305 Stars Hosting Transiting Planets||Watch recording|
|15:45-16:00||Rob Wittenmyer||Revised radius estimates for K2 planet candidates from AAT/HERMES||Watch recording|
|16:00-16:15||Tim Bedding||Surface Gravities for 15,000 Kepler Stars measured from Stellar Granulation||Watch recording|
|16:15-16:30||Emily Sandford||Know the Planet, Know the Star: Precise Stellar Parameters with Kepler||Watch recording|
|16:30-16:45||Rachel Matson||Stellar companions of K2 Exoplanet Candidate Host Stars||Watch recording|
|16:45-17:00||Lea Hirsch||Assessing the Effect of Stellar Companions to Kepler Objects of Interest||Watch recording|
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
|Session 1||Geert Barentsen (Chair)||Extragalactic & Solar System Science|
|08:30-09:00||Armin Rest (invited)||High-cadence Light Curves of Transients from the Kepler Telescope||Watch recording|
|09:00-09:15||Brad Tucker||The Kepler Supernova Cosmology Experiment - C16 and C17||Watch recording|
|09:15-09:30||Erin Ryan||K2's Keys to the Solar System: Lightcurves of Trojan and Hilda Asteroids||Watch recording|
|09:30-09:45||András Pal||A review of the results related to Solar System studies||Watch recording|
|09:45-10:00||Miguel de Val-Borro||K2 photometry of comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko||View slides|
|Session 2||Rachel Street (Chair)||Microlensing|
|10:45-11:15||Calen Henderson (invited)||K2's Campaign 9: The First Automated Microlensing Survey from the Ground and from Space||Watch recording|
|11:15-11:30||Wei Zhu||K2C9 Early Science Results and Synergy with Spitzer Microlensing||Watch recording|
|11:30-11:45||Radek Poleski||K2 observations of microlensing superstamp in Campaign 9 and selected targets in Campaign 11||Watch recording|
|11:45-12:00||Matthew Penny||Forward Model Photometry of K2 Crowded Field Data||Watch recording|
|Session 3||Stephen Kane (Chair)||Exoplanet Formation & Evolution|
|13:30-14:00||Ruth Murray Clay (invited)||Planet formation and evolution: Implications for planetary compositions||Watch recording|
|14:15-14:30||John Brewer||Beyond Metallicity: Chemical Tracers of Planet Formation||Watch recording|
|14:30-14:45||Samuel Grunblatt||Re-Inflated Planets Orbit Evolved Stars: Toward Solving a 17-Year-Old Puzzle in Exoplanet Science||Watch recording|
|14:45-15:00||Vincent van Eylen||Planets around evolved stars: formation or evolution?||Watch recording|
|Session 4||Katia Cunha (Chair)||Galactic Archeology|
|15:30-16:00||Jennifer Johnson (invited)||Peering into the past: Galactic Archaeology with Kepler and K2||Watch recording|
|16:00-16:15||Joel Zinn||Mind the GAP: A 360 degree view of the Galaxy with the K2 Galactic Archaeology Program||Watch recording|
|16:15-16:30||Victor Silva Aguirre||Age dissection of the Milky Way disk using asteroseismology||Watch recording|
|16:30-16:45||Marc Pinsonneault||Asteroseismology and Spectroscopy for a Large Sample of Kepler Dwarfs and Subgiants||Watch recording|
|16:45-17:00||Ruth Angus||The ages of K2 dwarfs||Watch recording|
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
|Session 1||Steven Kawaler (Chair)||Asteroseismology of Classical Pulsators|
|08:30-09:00||Conny Aerts (invited)||Asteroseismology of Hot Stars||Watch recording|
|09:00-09:15||Timothy van Reeth||The interior rotation of intermediate-mass stars||Watch recording|
|09:15-09:30||Timothy White||Beyond the K2 bright limit: variability in the brightest stars in the ecliptic||Watch recording|
|09:30-09:45||László Molnár||The K2 RR Lyrae and Cepheid Survey: hunting for pulsating stars, near and far||Watch recording|
|09:45-10:00||JJ Hermes||Evidence from K2 for rapid rotation in the descendant of an intermediate-mass star||Watch recording|
|Session 2||Christian Clanton (Chair)||Exoplanet Occurrence Rates|
|10:30-11:00||Chris Burke (invited)||Terrestrial Planet Occurrence Rates From Kepler: Past, Current, and Future||Watch recording|
|11:00-11:15||Danley Hsu||Characterizing Kepler Planet Occurrence Rates Using Approximate Bayesian Computation||Watch recording|
|11:15-11:30||Ian Crossfield||Crowd-sourced Planet Occurrence: Citizen Science with K2||Watch recording|
|11:30-11:45||Steve Bryson||Science Yield from the Kepler Certified False Positive Table||Watch recording|
|11:45-12:00||Adam Kraus||The Ruinous Impact of Close Binary Companions on Planetary Systems||Watch recording|
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|Session 1||Andrew Howard (Chair)||Exoplanet Compositions|
|08:30-09:00||Angie Wolfgang (invited)||The Mass-Radius "Relation" and the Diversity of Exoplanet Compositions||Watch recording|
|09:00-09:15||BJ Fulton||The California-Kepler Survey. III. A Gap in the Radius Distribution of Small Planets||Watch recording|
|09:15-09:30||Eric Lopez||Predictions for the Transition Between Rocky Super-Earths and Gaseous Sub-Neptunes||Watch recording|
|09:30-09:45||Tsevi Mazeh||The Planetary Mass-Radius Relation and its Dependence on Orbital Period as Measured by Transit Timing Variations and Radial Velocities||Watch recording|
|09:45-10:00||Luca Malavolta||Kepler-9 and Kepler-19: two pivotal systems that reconcile RV and TTV mass determinations||Watch recording|
|Session 2||John Stauffer||Rotation, Activity & Clusters|
|10:30-11:00||Luisa Rebull (invited)||Stellar Rotation in Clusters with K2||Watch recording|
|11:00-11:15||Rebecca Esselstein||Determining the Rotation Periods of M67 and Their Implications on Stellar Evolution from K2 Data||Watch recording|
|11:15-11:30||Jason Curtis||The K2 Survey of Ruprecht 147||Watch recording|
|11:30-11:45||James Davenport||Stellar flare rate evolution revealed by Kepler||Watch recording|
|11:45-12:00||Hiroyuki Maehara||Starspot activity and superflares on solar-type stars||Watch recording|
|Session 3||Eric Agol (Chair)||Rotation, Activity & Clusters (cont'd)|
|13:30-14:00||Jennifer van Saders (invited)||Kepler's Insights into Angular Momentum Evolution||Watch recording|
|14:00-14:15||Gibor Basri||Direct Signatures of Differential Rotation on Active Kepler Stars||Watch recording|
|14:15-14:30||Michael Gully-Santiago||Physical properties of starspots||Watch recording|
|14:30-14:45||Ben Montet||Observing Stellar Activity Cycles with Kepler||Watch recording|
|14:45-15:00||David Ciardi||Variable Variability: Understanding How Stars Vary from 4 years of Kepler Data||Watch recording|
|Session 4||Eric Ford (Chair)||Dynamics, Architectures & Binaries|
|15:30-15:45||Gongjie Li||Uncovering Circumbinary Planetary Architectural Properties from Selection Biases||Watch recording|
|15:45-16:00||Dan Fabrycky||Differing Tidal Dissipation in exo-Earths, Super-Earths, and Sub-Neptunes from Resonant Chains of Planets||Watch recording|
|16:00-16:15||Daniel Jontof-Hutter||Outer Architecture of Kepler-11: Constraints from Coplanarity||Watch recording|
|16:15-16:30||Jerome Orosz||Kepler Triple Systems and Tidal Apsidal Structure Constants for Low Mass Stars||Watch recording|
|16:30-16:45||Avi Shporer||Radial velocity monitoring of Kepler heartbeat stars||Watch recording|
|16:45-17:00||Jim Fuller||Resonance Locking of Tidally Excited Pulsations in the Heartbeat Star KIC8164262||Watch recording|
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Session 1||Elisa Quintana (Chair)||Exoplanet Compositions + Dynamics, Architectures & Binaries (cont'd)|
|08:30-08:45||Evan Sinukoff||Small Planet Masses and Compositions from K2||Watch recording|
|08:45-09:00||William Cochran||Small planets from K2: Rocky or Gaseous?||Watch recording|
|09:00-09:15||James Owen||Evaporation Of Close-in Planets: The “Evaporation Valley”||Watch recording|
|09:15-09:30||Lauren Weiss||The California Kepler Survey V: Stellar and Planetary Properties of Kepler's Multiplanet Systems||Watch recording|
|09:30-09:45||Sarah Millholland||Supervised Learning Detection of Sixty Non-Transiting Hot Jupiter Candidates||Watch recording|
|09:45-10:00||Bill Welsh||Non-Transiting Circumbinary Planets: Kepler's Hidden Gift||Watch recording|
|Session 2||Knicole Colón (Chair)||Rotation, Activity & Clusters (cont'd) + Other topics|
|10:30-10:45||Raphaëlle Haywood||Addressing stellar activity at every step in the HARPS-N RV follow-up of Kepler and K2 systems||Watch recording|
|10:45-11:00||Fabienne Bastien||Space-Based Light Curves as Predictors of Good Radial Velocity Planet Search Targets||Watch recording|
|11:00-11:15||Christina Hedges||Hunting for Dippers with Supervised Machine Learning||Watch recording|
|11:15-11:30||Alexej Goldin||Astrometry with Kepler: prospects and lessons learned||Watch recording|
|11:30-11:45||Flavien Kiefer||KIC8462852: boosting up the exocomet fragments model||Watch recording|
|11:45-12:00|| Poster Competition Winners
Stellar Obliquity from Spot-Crossing & Transit Chord Correlation
Evidence for a solar-like dynamo: HAT-P-11
|Session 3||Natalie Batalha (Chair)||Future & Outlook|
|13:30-14:00||Eric Mamajek (invited)||Kepler/K2 in the Context of Future Exoplanet Missions||Watch recording|
|14:00-14:15||George Ricker||Unlocking the Secrets of Nearby Exoplanets with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite||Coming soon|
|14:15-14:30||Jessie Christiansen||TESSting the Waters: Coordinating the characterisation of HD 3167 as a learning experience for TESS follow-up||Watch recording|
|14:30-15:00||Dave Latham (invited)||Kepler & K2 Highlights and Future Outlook||Watch recording|
ExoPAG 16 Meeting
The ExoPAG 16 meeting will be held immediately prior to the conference on June 18, 2017. We encourage all attendees of the main conference to arrive a day early to sunny Mountain View, California to attend the ExoPAG meeting and learn the latest news regarding planned and future exoplanet exploration. The meeting is open to the entire scientific community and there is no registration fee. For further information, access the meeting website here.
The conference will be held in the NASA Ames Conference Center (Building 152), in Mountain View, California.
There is a small room off the auxiliary conference room that can be reserved for breakout meetings and/or nursing. The room will have a sign-up sheet so the desired time for meetings/nursing can be selected.
Directions to Venue
Access to NASA Ames requires a valid form of ID to be shown.
Anyone in a vehicle should use the Ellis Gate entrance off of Highway 101. The Moffett Field Gate is accessible to foot traffic and bicycles only. (It will look daunting, but pathways are there.) Please do not park at the Moffett Field Gate; it is a limited area at this time due to construction.
At either entrance, stop at the guard station, show your ID, and state you are attending the Kepler Science Conference in Building 152. There is no need to stop at the badging office.
Try to arrive early on the first day; Mondays can be clogged with traffic and the Ellis entrance is a major Silicon Valley hub (Juniper Networks, Google Tech Corners, Amazon Labs and NetApps to name a few, are located nearby).
Attendees can drive into Ames and park at lots near Building 152. There is no cost to park.
The length for invited talks is 25 minutes + 5 minutes for questions, and contributed talks have 12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions.
Note that the projectors can handle both 16:9 and 4:3 format. Presenters should provide their presentations to the check-in desk located in the auditorium as soon as possible, but no later than during the break prior to the session in which the talk is being given.
Talks at the Kepler/K2 science conference will be streamed as well as recorded for future viewing. If you have any materials which aren’t appropriate for dissemination via streaming and/or a recorded talk — or have any other concerns about streaming/recording your presentation, please email Jessie Dotson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All posters must be approved by the SOC – no late or extra posters are allowed due to space limitations.
Posters should be no larger than 42'' x 42'' (106 cm x 106 cm). Poster numbers will be placed in the upper corner of each poster board. This number corresponds to the number assigned to each poster as given in the conference agenda.
All posters will be up for the entire duration of the meeting. Posters can be mounted starting at 8:00 AM PST on Monday, June 19th and should be taken down by 4:00 PM PST Friday, June 23rd.
Each author is responsible for mounting his/her material prior to the opening of the poster session and for removing it at the end of the meeting. We will leave six pins at each poster site with a box of pins located beneath the easels throughout the room in order for you to mount your poster.
If you are not planning on taking your poster with you at the end of the conference, please put it in a blue recycling bin in the corner of the room prior to your departure. The Kepler/K2 mission will not assume responsibility for materials left behind.
Registration for the poster competition for graduate students and postdocs will open at the registration desk on Monday morning. Each participant should mark their poster with a sticker which will be provided at the registration desk. Competition winners will be notified on Wednesday evening and will present a 5 min talk (+2 min for questions) in Session 2 on Friday.
The nearest airport is the San Jose International Airport (SJC). The nearest alternative to SJC is San Francisco International Airport (SFO). While a bit further, flying into Oakland International Airport (OAK) is also another option. We recommend hiring a rental car or using the Uber or Lyft apps for transportation from the airport.
Civil servants traveling to the conference should note the information below:
- Gov Civil Service NCTS #28596-17
- Conference Name: Kepler & K2 SciConIV: Kepler Science Conference 4, Legacy & SciCon
We have received reports of some registrants receiving phone calls from hotels in the Bay Area (including, e.g. a person claiming to be from the County Inn). The caller was attempting to pressure the registrant into making hotel reservations as room rates were supposedly going up soon. We (the conference LOC) have no arrangements with any hotels in regards to this information, and we greatly apologize for any inconvenience. If you do receive a call like this, please be aware that this is a scam and do not give them any further information.
The conference center provides a list of local hotels. Some hotel options are below along with the distances from the hotel to the conference center:
- Ramada Mountain Watch recording, 55 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043 (650-967-6856) (~1.4 miles)
- Quality Inn & Suites, 5 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043 (650-934-0155) (~1.4 miles)
- Hampton Inn & Suites, 390 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043 (650-988-0300) (~1.7 miles)
- Oakwood, 555 W Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA (877-715-7696) (~1.7 miles) (note: these are extended stay apartments and prefer to have people staying at least five nights)
- County Inn, 850 Leong Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043 (650-961-1131) (~1.2 miles)
The NASA Lodge is currently undergoing renovation and is no longer taking reservations. All available rooms have been booked. We recommend people check out other hotels in the area, including those listed above.
If you are a researcher/scientist unable to attend the conference in-person, you can sign in to this Adobe Connect URL to experience it virtually: https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/kepler/. The link will be live starting on Monday, June 19th at 9:00 AM PST.
Code of Conduct
We expect all attendees to agree with and abide by our code of conduct. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to click a box to confirm that they agree with this code. If you have concerns, suggestions, or would like to report a violation, please contact Mark D. Messersmith at 650-793-5722 or Jessie Dotson at 650-701-7040.
Scientific Organizing Committee
- Eric Agol, University of Washington (co-Chair)
- Daniel Huber, University of Hawaii (co-Chair)
- Natalie Batalha, NASA Ames Research Center (Kepler Project Scientist)
- Jessie Dotson, NASA Ames Research Center (K2 Project Scientist)
- Thomas Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center (Former Director, Kepler/K2 Guest Observer Office)
- Jessie Christiansen, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
- JJ Hermes, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Marc Pinsonneault, The Ohio State University
- Erin Ryan, SETI Institute
- Karl Stapelfeldt, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Rachel Street, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
- Brad Tucker, Australian National University
Local Organizing Committee
- Mark Messersmith, NASA Ames Research Center (Chair)
- Knicole Colón, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Ellen O'Leary, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
- Wendy Stenzel, NASA Ames Research Center
- Geert Barentsen, NASA Ames Research Center
Any questions should be sent to ARC-KeplerSciCon@mail.nasa.gov.