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SPIE's OSETI III Conference (No. 4273)


The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
in the Optical Spectrum III



SPIE's Final OSETI III Conference Program


This is SPIE's official program that was sent to the printers in mid-December that will appear in the conference guide book.  It updates the large format Photonics West Advanced Technical Program Guide that was published in November.  For the most up-to-date version of the OSETI III program, see the Schedule Page on this Web site.  Prior to the meeting, please check the Schedule Page from time to time for further minor updates and information about any offsite visits.  For information about registrations and taking advantage of online registration before January 9, 2001, click on the SPIE registration link that can be found on this Web site's Main OSETI III Page.  The links on the paper numbers below take you to the abstract archive page for the respective paper.

Note that hotel accommodation in the San Jose area will be virtually impossible to find at this late hour, as the Photonics West Symposium is a huge event.


Conference 4273
Room: Hyatt Courtyard
Monday-Wednesday 22-24 January 2001
Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4273

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum III

Conference Chair: Stuart A. Kingsley, Columbus Optical SETI Observatory

Cochair: Ragbir Bhathal, Univ of Western Sydney (Australia)

Program Committee: Barrie W. Jones, The Open Univ. (UK); Monte Ross,
Ultradata Systems; Allen Tough, Univ. of Toronto (Canada); Dan Werthimer,
Univ. of California/Berkeley; Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute

Monday 22 January

Room: Hyatt Courtyard Mon. 8:30 am
Life in the Universe I
Chair: Stuart A. Kingsley, Columbus Optical SETI Observatory

8:30 am: Introductory Remarks
8:40 am: Unity of cosmic life and the inevitability of evolved life forms
(Keynote Address), N. C. Wickramasinghe, F. Hoyle, Cardiff Univ. of Wales
(UK) [4273-01]

9:20 am: Panspermia asks new questions, B. Klyce, Acorn Enterprises, LLC

9:40 am: Nulling interferometry for spectroscopic investigation of
exoplanets: a statistical analysis of imperfections, O. Wallner, Technische
Univ. Wien (Austria); K. H. Kudielka, Contraves Space AG (Austria); W. R.
Leeb, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria) [4273-29]

Coffee Break 10:00 to 10:20 am

10:20 am: NASA's Origins Program (Invited Paper), A. F. Boden, C. A.
Beichman, Jet Propulsion Lab. [4273-03]

11:00 am: Can terrestrial planets exist in the habitable zones of known
exoplanetary systems? (Invited Paper),
B. W. Jones, P. Sleep, Open Univ. (UK) [4273-04]

Room: Hyatt Courtyard Mon.11:40 am
Optical SETI I
Chair: Paul Horowitz, Harvard Univ.

11:40 am: Reflections on forty years of optical SETI-looking forward and
looking backward (Invited Paper), C. H. Townes, Univ. of
California/Berkeley [4273-05]

Lunch Break 12:20 to 1:50 pm

SESSION 2 continued
Room: Hyatt Courtyard Mon.1:50 pm
Optical SETI I
Chair: Paul Horowitz, Harvard Univ.

1:50 pm: Optical SETI observatories in the new millennium: a review
(Invited Paper), S. A. Kingsley, Columbus Optical SETI Observatory [4273-06]

2:30 pm: Berkeley radio and optical SETI programs: SETI@home, SERENDIP, and
SEVENDIP (Invited Paper), D. Werthimer, D. Anderson, C. S. Bowyer, J.
Cobb, E. J. Korpela, M. L. Lampton, M. Lebofsky, G. W. Marcy, D. Treffers,
Univ. of California/Berkeley [4273-07]

Coffee Break 3:10 to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm: Photon star project, M. Ross, Laser Space Signal Observatory; S.
A. Kingsley, Columbus Optical SETI Observatory [4273-08]

3:50 pm: Stellar transmitter, R. A. Metzger, Quad W Associates [4273-09]

Room: Hyatt Courtyard Mon. 4:10 pm
Life in the Universe II
Chair: Dan Werthimer, Univ. of California/Berkeley

4:10 pm: Rare-earth hypothesis (Invited Paper), P. D. Ward, D. E. Brownlee,
Univ. of Washington [4273-10]

4:50 pm: Life at the limits of physical laws, R. Bradbury, Aeiveos Corp.


Posters will be placed on display after 10:00 am in the Civic Auditorium,
Parkside Hall across from the Convention Center. A poster reception, with
authors present at their posters, will be held Monday evening, 5:30 to 7:00
pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees are requested to wear conference registration badges.

*Dyson shells: a retrospective, R. Bradbury, Aeiveos Corp. [4273-27]

*Could ETI be using faster than light communication? L. T. Darcy, ETRC
(Australia) [4273-11]

Tuesday 23 January

SESSION 3 continued
Room: Hyatt Courtyard Tues. 8:30 am
Life in the Universe II (continued)
Chair: Dan Werthimer, Univ. of California/Berkeley

8:30 am: Opening Remarks
8:40 am: TBA--extrasolar planets (Invited Paper), [4273-12]

9:20 am: Imaging nonsolar planets by nulling interferometry (Invited
Paper), R. N. Bracewell, Stanford Univ. [4273-13]

10:00 am: Philosophical perspectives on the problem of extraterrestrial
signal detection, A. C. Fricke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [4273-14]

Coffee Break 10:20 to 10:40 am

10:40 am: SETI 2020: a roadmap for future SETI observing projects (Invited
Paper), J. C. Tarter, SETI Institute [4273-15]

11:20 am: Widening the range of search strategies (Invited Paper), A.
Tough, Univ. of Toronto (Canada) [4273-16]

Noon: Factors affecting calculation of L, M. P. Ciotola, San Francisco
State Univ. [4273-17]

12:20 pm: L factor: hope and fear in the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence, C. T. Rubin, Duquesne Univ. [4273-33]

Lunch/Exhibit Break 12:40 to 1:40 pm

Room: Hyatt Courtyard Tues. 1:40 pm
Optical SETI II
Chair: Ragbir Bhathal, Univ. of Western Sydney (Australia)

1:40 pm: Targeted and all-sky search for nanosecond optical pulses at
Harvard-Smithsonian (Invited Paper), P. Horowitz, C. M. Coldwell, A.
Howard, Harvard Univ.; D. W. Latham, R. Stefanik, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr.
for Astrophysics; J. Wolff, SpaceDev Inc.; J. M. Zajac, Harvard-Smithsonian
Ctr. for Astrophysics [4273-18]

2:20 pm: Optical SETI comes of age, H. Shuch, SETI League, Inc. [4273-19]

2:40 pm: Next-generation space telescope (NGST) and space-based optical
SETI, S. Kilston, D. L. Begley, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [4273-20]

3:00 pm: Transmission: the other side of SETI, D. F. Mayer, Advanced
Computer Consultants [4273-21]

Coffee Break 3:20 to 3:40 pm

3:40 pm: Optical SETI in Australia (Invited Paper), R. Bhathal, Univ. of
Western Sydney/Macarthur (Australia) [4273-22]

4:20 pm: Is there RFI in pulsed optical SETI? A. Howard, P. Horowitz,
Harvard Univ. [4273-23]

4:40 pm: New OSETI observatory to test Dutton's astronautical theory, E.
Ansbro, Royal Astronomical Society (Ireland) [4273-24]

5:00 pm: Large area solar power heliostat array for OSETI, C. E. Covault,
Univ. of Chicago [4273-28]

5:20 pm: Improved optical SETI detector, S. Wright, Univ. of
California/Santa Cruz; F. Drake, SETI Institute; Remington P. S. Stone,
Lick Observatory; D. Treffers, D. Werthimer, Univ. of California/Berkeley

Wednesday 24 January

Room: Hyatt Courtyard Wed. 8:30 am
Chair: Allen Tough, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

8:40 am: Overview of laser communications research at NASA/JPL (Invited
Paper), H. Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. [4273-25]

9:20 am: Instrument technologies for the detection of extraterrestrial
interstellar robotic probes, S. L. Stride, Jet Propulsion Lab. [4273-26]

9:40 am: Algorithmic communication with extraterrestrial intelligence
(ACETI), B. McConnell, Pacific Telephony Design [4273-31]

Coffee Break 10:00 to 10:30 am

Panel Discussion Wed.10:30 am
Panel Workshop/Discussion
Panel Moderator: Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute


Date: December 23, 2000

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