Changed on 04/04/2020

Design and development of user interfaces for the observatory's operations software.


The LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) is a telescope under construction in Cerro Pachón, in northern Chile, which will be able to photograph the entire visible sky every night. Its main objectives are the detection of dark matter and energy, the recognition of small objects in the solar system, the detection of transient optical events such as novae and the realization of a map of the Milky Way.


The facilities consist of the telescope and its associated infrastructure, a 3.2 Gpixels camera and 9.6 deg² field of view, a data management system and the necessary calibration instruments. The main telescope is designed to inspect 18,000 deg² of the southern hemisphere sky, in six light filters, where each region will receive 825 visits during the duration of the observations. & Nbsp; In this context, the LSST asked Inria in France and Inria Chile to develop user interfaces for monitoring and controlling operations.



The project consists of designing and developing the components of the user interface for the LSST control room, in addition to preparing a proposal for the platform where this interface will be deployed (general layout, shared screens, workstations). The user interface will allow astronomers and observatory operators to navigate and interact with large amounts of complex data intuitively and clearly, in order to give them a global idea of ​​the state of the observatory and thus assist them in decision-making. This project is still in development and the result of it will be used in the LSST control rooms.