Seventh Solar Information Processing Workshop - August 18-22, 2014, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium

Panel discussion on SIP Challenges:

The future of SIP and a cross-disciplinary solar/heliophysics data analysis community

Panelists: David Berghmans, Farzad Kamalabadi, David Van Dyk
Moderator Alex Young

This panel discussion will address the future of data analysis in the solar/helio community, debating questions such as:

  • What are the science questions we need to address, and how can SIPWork support them?
  • What are the SIP challenges related to the - scientific as well as technical - preparation of instruments on future missions such as Solar Orbiter?
  • How can we better prepare the transition to operational tools for space weather applications?
  • In which problems can we expect major progress by importing concepts that are already used in other fields?
  • Are there any synergies to be found with other space science communities in order to meet these SIP challenges?
We will also discuss our continued development of a more interdisciplinary and collaborative relationship with: computer scientists, statisticians and signal processing experts. Despite many in our science who use modern analysis techniques and tools, our community as a whole is far behind the curve and has a large deficiency in knowledge as well as need for understanding modern data analysis. How can we better address this problem?
  • Should we have a stronger collaboration with more established communities such as astrostatistics? What form would that collaboration take?
  • Would a solarstats or heliostats workshop be of interests? (Had one in CFA in 2012) What form would that take?
  • How can we strengthen relations with other signal processing disciplines in general?
  • Should we be working more with programs that train young scientists such, as the Heliophysics Summer School?
  • Would a Handbook on Solar Information Processing be useful (similar to the Kamide & Chian's Handbook of the Solar-Terrestrial Environment) ? Or an article in Living Reviews? What would be the most useful: a handbook with numerical recipes, a stronger focus on the physics?