International Collaboration in Gravitational Astronomy
Galileo-Xu Guangqi Conference

26-30 October 2009, Shanghai, China

Workshop Program (PDF file):

Plenary Session(time to be advised): General Relativity, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Plenary Co-chairs: David Blair and Lu Tan
Plenary invited speakers:
Jay Marx: Introducing the GWIC Roadmap for Gravitational Astronomy
Linqing Wen: Gravitational Wave Sources and their Localisation by a World Wide Array
Rana Adhikari: The Enhanced and Advanced LIGO Detectors
Kazuaki Kuroda: Cryogenic Advanced Gravitational Wave detectors

Afternoon Sessions
26/10/09: Planning the future of Gravitational Astronomy
Co-Chairs: Chunnong Zhao (UWA) and Edna Cheung (Nanjing U.)

2:00 - 2:30
Bernard Schutz Enhanced Science from Advanced Detectors in Asia
2:30 - 3:00
Bala Iyer (RRI) Binary black holes
3:00 - 3:30
Weitou Ni (PMO) Spacecraft Gravitational Wave Detectors
Coffee/Tea Break
4:00 - 4:30
Stan Whitcomb How to Build a Gravitational Wave Detector
4:30 - 5:00
Francesco Fidecaro & Carlo Bradaschia (VIRGO) The Virgo Detector and future enhancements

27/10/09: Detectors and Technology for Gravitational Astronomy.
Co-chairs: Ju Li (UWA) and Zhu Zonghong (Beijing Normal U)

2:00 - 2:30
Jesper Munch (U. Adelaide) The AIGO Project
2:30 - 3:00
Adalberto Giazotto (VIRGO) The Advanced Virgo Interferometer
3:00 - 3:30
Chunnong Zhao (UWA) Controlling Instabilities in High Power Interferometers
Coffee/Tea Break
4:00 - 4:30
Ju Li (UWA) Advanced Vibration Isolation Systems for AIGO
4:30 - 5:00
David McClelland (ANU) Quantum Squeezing in Advanced GW detectors
5:00 - 5:30
Jun Luo (Huazhong U) Precision Measurement of G

28/10/09: Data Analysis Challenges of Gravitational Astronomy
Co-chairs: Weitou Ni (PMO) and Stan Whitcomb (LIGO)

2:00 - 2:30
Yang Zhang (USTC) Stochastic background gravitational waves from the Big Bang
2:30 - 3:00
Sanjeev Dhurandhar (IUCAA) Gravitational wave data analysis
3:00 - 3:30
Jenwei Cao (Tsinghua U and LIGO) Real-time GW Burst Search in the LIGO S6 Run
Coffee/Tea Break
4:00 - 4:30
Tarun Souradeep (IUCAA) Mapping the stochastic GW background
4:30 - 5:00
Maria Alessandra Papa (LSC) GW data analysis challenges and results with the current network of operating detectors

29/10/09: Workshop On Regional Collaboration in GW Detection
Co-chairs: Bala Iyer (RRI, India), and Junwei Cao (Tsinghua U and MIT LIGO)

2:00 - 2:30
David Reitze (LSC) Managing large international collaborations
2:30 - 3:00
CS Unnikrishnan & Ranjan Gupta Plans for developing GW Astronomy in India
Coffee/Tea Break
3:30 -
Panel discussion The Way forward for Extending the Worldwide Gravitational Wave Detector Array
Workshop Dinner (details to be confirmed)

30/10/09: Sight seeing

Conference Location (Detailed Info)

Good Hope Hotel
Address: 500 Zhaojiabang Road, Shanghai
Tel: ++86-21-64716060
Fax: ++86-21-64710169

1. Good Hope Hotel
Address: 500 Zhaojiabang Road, Shanghai
Tel: +86-21-64716060
Fax: +86-21-64710169
Room Reservation:
(Note: to get reduced prices, please make reference on the room reservation mail that you are the participants of the 1st Galileo-Xu Guangqi Meeting.)

2. Pine City Hotel
Address: 777 Zhaojiabang Road, Shanghai
Tel: +86-21-64433888
Fax: +86-21-64431800
Room Reservation:


From Pudong International Airport

  1. Take airport bus line 3 to Xu Jiahui(about 20RMB), and then take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (11RMB).
  2. Take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (about 150RMB).

From Hongqiao International Airport

  1. Take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (about 35RBM);
  2. Take bus line 806 to Fenglin Road. Good Hope Hotel is just on the opposite side of the road from the bus stop.

From Shanghai Railway Station

  1. Take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (about 25RMB);
  2. Take metro line 1 to Xu Jiahui (4RMB), and then take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (11RMB).

From Shanghai Railway South Station

  1. Take taxi to Good Hope Hotel (about 22RMB).