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Welcome to AstroInformatics 2011 Conference

Sorrento, September 25-29 (Sun-Thu), 2011

Astronomy is rapidly becoming exponentially data-rich, and the tasks of data management, data exploration, and knowledge discovery become central to the research enterprise, bringing along many technical and methodological challenges. Information and Communication Technology could also provide the stage where to interact, publish, preserve and disseminate knowledge.

The newly emerging field of AstroInformatics is a bridge between scientific challenges posed by the exponential growth of data volumes and complexity in astronomy, and applied statistics, computer science, and engineering. Our goal is to engage a broader community of astronomers and computing and informatics professionals in developing and applying new tools and techniques for the data-rich astronomy in the 21st century. A key component of this is training of a new generation of computationally empowered students and scientists.

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The main focus of this year's conference is on practical tools for knowledge discovery and exploration in large and complex data sets. We will also have topical workshops on Practical AstroSemantics, Computational Education for Scientists, and the WorldWide Telescope.

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The Conference includes a modest number of invited review talks to serve as a basis for the discussion, and a lot of discussion, some of it led by panels. Contributed papers are accommodated as posters.

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The meeting is organised by G. Longo (Dept. of Physics of University Federico II of Napoli), S. G. Djorgovski (Caltech, Pasadena, USA), M. Brescia (INAF Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory of Napoli), Y. Xu (Microsoft Research).