This annual Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference, held in a different location each year, is a forum for astronomers, computer scientists, software engineers, faculty members and students working in areas related to algorithms, software and systems for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data.

What Is ADASS?

The ADASS XXVII program will include invited talks, contributed papers, display sessions, tutorials, computer demonstrations, and special interest (“Birds of a Feather” or BoF) meetings.

What to expect?

An important element of the program is to foster communication between developers and users with a range of expertise in the production and use of software and systems.

Where is it?

The 27th edition of ADASS will take place in Santiago de Chile, in October 2017. For the first time, this long running conference will be hosted in Latin America.


In Chile, the sky isn't the limit!

Experience a journey to the stars in Chile! Observe constellations, planets, shooting stars and all manner of celestial bodies in the spectacular Chilean skies – the clearest in the entire southern hemisphere.

Chile enjoys more than 300 clear days per year and with little or no light pollution in the north, conditions are ideal for stargazing under open skies. For a truly close encounter with the planets, visit one of the many astronomical observatories open to visitors.

In La Serena, Elqui Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta and Iquique you’ll find agencies which can arrange transport and accommodation and provide observation equipment for travelers.

Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the world’s leading scientific observatories. At sites like ALMA, Tololo and Paranal, you can witness the state-of-the-art technology used to investigate the universe.


Nuria Lorente, Chair (AAO)
Alice Allen (ASCL)
Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC)
Pascal Ballester (ESO)
Sebastien Derrière (CDS/France)
Mike Fitzpatrick (NOAO)
Stephen Gwyn (CADC)
Jorge Ibsen (ALMA)
Tony Krueger (STScI)

Kathleen Labrie (Gemini)
Mark Lacy (NRAO)
Jim Lewis (IoA)
Jessica Mink (CFA)
Fabio Pasian (INAF)
Keith Shortridge (K&V)
Mauricio Solar (UTFSM)
Tadafumi Takata (NAOJ)
Peter Teuben (UMD)


Contact e-mail: loc@adass.cl

ESO (Co-Chair)

Pascal Ballester

University of Valparaiso

Amelia Bayo

Universidad de Chile

Mónica Rubio

ALMA (Co-Chair)

Jorge Ibsen

Universidad de Concepción

Guillermo Cabrera Vives


R. Chris Smith

UTFSM (Co-Chair)

Mauricio Solar

Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile

Daniela Jara


Luis Véliz

Smart Industries

Demián Arancibia

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Karim Pichara

Universidad de Chile

Eduardo Vera


Paola Arellano


Pablo E. Román


  • Open source in astronomy: collaboration, development methods, tools, licensing, obstacles, and critics.
  • The challenges of operating large-scale complex astronomical instruments.
  • Machine learning applied to astronomical data analysis.
  • Astronomical network and data center infrastructure in the age of massive data transfer, Docker, Agile development, and DevOps.
  • Observatory operations software for ground and space based telescopes all the way through the value chain
  • Human-Computer Interaction, user interfaces design guidelines and interfaces to big data sets
  • HPC for Astronomy Data Reduction
  • Algorithms and Software for Radio Astronomy
  • Astronomy Simulation Software
  • Education and Citizen Science

Key Dates

  • March 31st First announcement (with topics) Registration open + abstract submission
  • May 31st Second announcement (with invited speakers)
  • June 16th Deadline for financial support
  • June 30th Abstract for Oral Contributions and Focus Demos deadline
  • August 1st Early bird registration deadline
  • August 30th Abstract for Tutorial/BoF/Poster, deadline
  • September 30th Final deadline for ready to print poster submission & final announcement (with program)
  • October 16th Preliminary version of manuscripts due
  • October 18th Registration closes
  • October 19th Walk in registration opens
  • October 22-26 ADASS XXVII in Chile
  • October 27-29 IVOA Interoperability Workshop
  • November 30th Final version of manuscripts due

Financial Aid

Every year the ADASS Program Organizing Committee provides financial support to a limited quantity of conference participants who apply for it. If you want to be considered a candidate for it, you are invited to check in the corresponding box of the submission form and fill in the appropriate extra fields. Additionally, you are required to formalize your application for financial aid by sending to the Local Organizing Committee no later than June 16th, 2017 a cover letter providing details about what you hope to get from attending ADASS, indicating the type (oral, poster) and title of your contribution, your CV and, in the case of students, a recommendation letter from your supervisor.

Experience ADASS XXVII, for the first time in Latin America!


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Contact & Venue Information

ADASS has organized a block reservation in the Sheraton Hotel at preferential rates. The LOC encourages participants to take advantage of this offer and to plan to stay in this hotel.

Sheraton Santiago Conference HALL

Av. Santa María 1742,
Santiago, Chile.

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Santiago de Chile, 27-29 October 2017 

The vision of the Virtual Observatory (VO) is to allow astronomical datasets and other resources to interoperate seamlessly. The VO resources are provided by different organisations spread all over the world, but they feel as if they are inside the user’s computer.

The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) is an organisation that debates and agrees the technical standards that are needed to make the VO possible. It also acts as a focus for the VO vision, a framework for discussing and sharing VO ideas and technology, and a body for promoting and publicising the VO.

The IVOA Interoperability Workshops provide a semi-annual venue for discussion and development of Virtual Observatory standards and VO-based applications, and are open to those with an interest in utilizing the VO infrastructure and tools in support of observatory operations and/or astronomical research.

This meeting is hosted by the Chilean Virtual Observatory (ChiVO), and is supported by the Technical University Federico Santa María (UTFSM). The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Conference Centre in Santiago de Chile, Chile, the same venue as ADASS XXVII, during the three following days.

ADASS XXVII in the press

(Some of the articles might be in Spanish)