3-7 August 2020

technoclimes

AN Online Workshop to Develop a Research Agenda 
for Non-Radio Technosignatures

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About The Event

TechnoClimes is a NASA-sponsored interdisciplinary workshop to develop a research agenda to prioritize and guide future theoretical and observational studies of non-radio technosignatures. This workshop will bring participants together in order to draft a publishable report that can serve as the basis for building a library of technosignatures to inform current and future missions. 

TechnoClimes will be convened as an online-only event on 3-7 August 2020, in order to accommodate worldwide attendance with current restrictions on travel. Participation is open to scientists and other academic scholars with research interests that relate to the search for extraterrestrial technology.

Logistics

Plenary and breakout sessions will be held over Zoom. Group and one-on-one conversations will be supported by our Slack workspace.

Participation is limited to 50 people, and registration has now closed. The workshop schedule is listed below.

Posters can be viewed at the ESSOAr repository.

Why Study Technosignatures?

Technosignatures are observational manifestations of technology, particularly those that could be detected through astronomical or other means. Possible technosignatures include waste heat, artificial illumination, artificial atmospheric constituents, artificial surface constituents, stellar pollution, non-terrestrial artifacts, and megastructures. This workshop welcomes discussion of this broad set of technosignatures, as well as any others that could convceivably be detected by a current or future NASA mission.

NASA’s recent interest in technosignatures resulted in the convening of a technosignatures workshop in 2018, which produced a report that defined the state of the field and emerging opportunities. The 2018 workshop represented a significant step in NASA’s astrobiology strategy by emphasizing the connection between the search for life on exoplanets and the possibility of detecting signs of extraterrestrial technology.

TechnoClimes seeks to continue the momentum of the previous NASA workshop on technosignatures by holding a focused 5-day discussion with the goal of delivering a research agenda on technosignatures to the broader community. This research agenda for technosignatures will include prioritization of objectives in the context of NASA’s existing and planned missions, as some technosignatures may be observable passively by other missions that are seeking signs of spectroscopic biosignatures. This report will also provide best practices for any future missions that are designed with the intent to search for technosignatures.

TechnoClimes Schedule

Day 1: Monday, August 3

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
10:30  Jacob Haqq-Misra - Welcome, Logistics, and Overview

10:45  Dawn Gelino - NASA's Interest in Technosignatures
11:00 PM - 12:00 PM EDT
11:00  Jill Tarter (keynote) - Technosignatures: What Are They, And How Might We Find Them?

11:30  Edward Schwieterman - Planetary Technosignatures in the Context of the Search for Remote Biosignatures

11:45  Sofia Sheikh - The Nine Axes of Merit for Technosignature Searches: Non-Radio Edition
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
12:30  Sara Walker - Statistical Signatures of Biospheres and Technospheres

12:45  Ross Davis - Searching for Technosignatures through Network Analysis

1:00  Amedeo Balbi - What type of technosignatures can we detect?

1:15  Anamaria Berea - Universal Constraints to P(Life) derived from Game Theory
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 2: Tuesday, August 4

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
11:00  George Djorgovski (keynote) - How to Think Like an Alien: A Data-Driven Approach to Minimizing the Biases in the Searches for Technosignatures

11:30  Hikaru Furukawa - Chemical Complexity: Implications for Bio/Techno signatures

11:45  Gabriel De la Torre - The Problem of Cognitive Bias in the Search for Technosignatures: Humans Versus Artificial Intelligence
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
12:30  Thomas Beatty - The Dectectability of Nightside City Lights on Exoplanets

12:45  Svetlana Berdyugina - Detecting Technosignatures in Reflected Light

1:00  James Benford - Is ET Lurking in Our Cosmic Backyard?

1:15  Kevin Knuth - Searching and Verifying Technosignatures in the Near-Earth Space Environment using Satellite Data Imagery
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 3: Wednesday, August 5

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
11:00  David Grinspoon (keynote) - Cognitive Planetary Transitions: Is there a "Sapiezoic Eon" in Earth's future or elsewhere in the galaxy?

11:30  Hector Socas Navarro - Geosynchronous Orbits

11:45  Matías Suazo - Searching for Dyson Spheres with Gaia and WISE
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
12:30  Beatriz Villarroel - The VASCO Project: A Status Update

12:45  Jerome Maire - PANOSETI: An Optical All-sky Fast Time-domain Observatory

1:00  Peter Klupar - TBA

1:15  Dan Werthimer - New SETI Strategies, and When Will Earthings Find ET ?
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 4: Thursday, August 6

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
11:00  Poster Lightning Talks

11:30  Full Group Discussion
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Breakout Groups
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Breakout Group Reports and Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 5: Friday, August 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Breakout Groups
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Breakout Group Reports and Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Closing Remarks and Next Steps for Deliverable

Organizing Committee

Jacob Haqq-Misra
Jason Wright
Adam Frank
Dawn Gelino
Ravi Kopparapu
Ryan Felton

Funding for TechnoClimes is provided by the NASA Exobiology program under award 80NSSC20K1109.

Please contact admin@technoclimes.org with any questions.

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