SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys 2016

SPARCS (3-5 November) 2016 meeting, all presentations (18 November 2016)

SPARCS meeting ProgrammeAbstracts and Participants
Time Presentation Speaker
1000 - 1030 GMRT upgrade: current status Yashwant Gupta
1030 -1100 MeerKat and MIGHTEE Russ Taylor
1130 - 1200 LOFAR and Two-metre Sky Survey Timothy Shimwell
1200 - 1230 ASKAP and EMU Updates Josh Marvin
1230 - 1300 An overview of the POSSUM polarisation survey on ASKAP (canceled) Bryan Gaensler
1400 - 1420 The ATCA XXL-S radio survey: First result and preliminary AGN luminosity functions Minh Huynh
1420 - 1440 LOFAR, latest result on cluster, AGN and star bursting galaxies (canceled) Huub Rottgering
1440 - 1500 First result from the observations of the SPARCS Northern Reference Field with the DRAO Synthesis telescope Roland Kothes
1500 - 1520 Isolating AGN using deep wide-field VLBI & e-MERLIN Observations Jack Radcliffe
1520 - 1540 Unveiling the nature of infrared-faint radio sources in deep fields Veeresh Singh
1540 - 1600 HELP-ing radio continuum surveys Mattia Vaccari
1630 - 1650 Large scale relativistic jets spiral galaxies Joydeep Bagchi
1650 - 1710 Do z~0 AGN show signature of black hole growth feedback? Prajval Shastri
1710 - 1730 Tracking galaxy evolution through merger & feedback using GMRT and citizen-science - RAD@home Anand Hota
1730 - 1750 Radio observations of candidate dual active galactic nuclei in double peaked emission lines Rubinur Khatun
1750 -1810 Low-frequency observations of S7 Seyfert galaxies Preeti Kharb
  FRIDAY, 04 Nov 2016  
0900 - 0920 Clarifying confusion Tessa Vernstrom
0920 - 0940 Residual fringe subtraction to mitigate direction dependent errors Srikrishna Sekhar
0940 - 1000 How to SPAM the 150 MHz sky Huib Intema
1000 - 1020 Using GLEAM to unravel the nature of the low-frequency radio source population Thomas Franzen
1020 - 1040 Result from the real-time RFI excision system of uGMRT Kaushal Buch
1040 - 1100 Peering through the Lockman hole with LOFAR Soumyajit Mandal
1130 -1150 Broadband, wide-field radio-polarimetry with ASKAP Craig Anderson
1150 -1210 Magnetic fields in and around a nearby ionized intermediate-velocity filament Jeroen Stil
1210 -1230 How many rotation measure grids do we need to study the intergalactic magnetic field? Takuya Akahori
1230 -1250 Recent result on polarimetry of extragalactic sources Bryan Gaensler
1400 - 1420 uGMRT test observations: Preliminary science results Dharam Vir Lal
1420 - 1440 Simulation of imaging extended sources with the GMRT and uGMRT Deepak Kumar Deo
1440 - 1500 From GMRT to uGMRT and beyond: Prospects for studying diffuse extended source Ruta Kale
1500 - 1520 Challenges and solutions in upcoming low-frequency surveys: from LOFAR-LBA to uGMRT Francesco de Gasperin
1520 - 1540 A study of cometary shaped radio galaxies using legacy and upgraded GMRT systems Biny Sebastian
1540 - 1600 GMRT deep images of legacy fields and our new efforts using uGMRT

Ishwara-Chandra C. H.

1630 - 1800 GMRT - MIGHTEE collaboration Russ Taylor
  SATURDAY, 05 Nov 2016  
0900 - 0920 FR II radio galaxies with SKA pathfinders: from MHz to GHz Jeremy Harwood
0920 - 0940 SAGAN: Search & analysis of GRG's with associated nuclei Pratik Dabhade
0940 - 1000 GMRT Low-frequency observations of gas around void galaxies Mousumi Das
1000 - 1020 Cold gas in high redshift galaxies (canceled) J.N.H.S. Aditya
1020 -1040 An SKA and uGMRT perspective of possible discovery of multiple shocks structures and filamentary inroads
to massive galaxy clusters
Surjit Paul
1040 - 1100 Disentangling the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect and diffuse emission sub-structure in galaxy cluster Siddharth Malu
1140 -1200 LOFAR and radio-loud AGN Wendy Williams
1200 - 1220 Recurrent jet activity in radio galaxies Marek Jamrozy
1220 -1240 A dying, giant radio galaxy in the distant universe Yogesh Wadadekar
1240 - 1300 GMRT observations of diffuse radio sources Viral Parekh
1400 - 1420 Deep GMRT observations of the faint radio sources population of the ELAIS-N1 Zara Randriamanakoto
1420 - 1440 Studying galaxies below the detection threshold using Bayesian statistical techniques Maria Santos
1440 -1500 Multi-wavelength analysis of AGN/SFG separation Emmanuel Ocran
1500 - 1520 Bayesian approach for measurement of the polarization properties of sources below the noise (canceled) Jon Zwart
1520 -1540 Source detection in the SKA Era - lessons from LOFAR Niruj Ramanujam


SPARCS 2016 meeting updates (1 November 2016)


SPARCS 2016 - Second announcement


A portion of the GMRT 325 MHz image of the DEEP2 field. The field is 1.0 x 0.5 deg2 and rms noise is 100 µJy (credits: C.H. Ishwara-Chandra).



The 2016 meeting of the SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys (SPARCS) will be hosted by National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), in Goa, India from 3 to 5 November 2016, just before the SKA conference "SKA 2016: Science for the SKA generation".

2016 will see important milestones on the pathway to SKA continuum survey science. The ongoing GMRT upgrade is nearing completion and the second phase of upgraded system has already been released to astronomical community. Early science with MeerKAT and ASKAP will begin, with full operations to follow on the time scale of a year.  These pathfinder instruments have opened up opportunities for high impact SKA pathfinder programs. Developments at the MWA, JVLA and LOFAR continue to provide important scientific and technical direction for the next generation surveys. This year will see important milestones on the pathway to SKA continuum survey science.



Early registration deadline : 16 September 2016

Abstract submission deadline : 16 September 2016

Meeting dates : 3 - 5 November 2016

Accommodation booking deadline : 16 September 2016


(Note: Since there are only 30 rooms blocked at the ICG, rooms will be allotted on first-come-first serve basis.Please make advance payment as mentioned in the ACCOMMODATION section to confirm your accommodation at the ICG)




The meeting will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Goa, India


The state of Goa, India is considered a major tourist destination, owing to its beautiful beaches, sites of worship and world heritage architecture. The famous Dona Paula Beach is located about three kilometre from the ICG.



For registration, please send mail to SPARCS-2016 <> giving name, affiliation and status (student/post-doc/faculty).

The early registration fee is INR 3500, which covers  lunch, tea/coffee with biscuits/cookies during session-breaks, packaged drinking water, Wi-Fi at the meeting hall, etc. The registration fee is to be paid through bank transfer (account details given below)  before 16 September 2016. Participants who want to pay after the early registration deadline or at the meeting venue will be charged the registration fee of INR 4000. If you need invoice for paying the registration fee and accommodation charges, please write to us. Young researchers, e.g. students, post-doctorals who need the registration fee waiver should write to us at SPARCS-2016 <> and request their supervisors to support the same.



NCRA-TIFR has booked 30 room occupancy from 2 to 5 Nov 2016 (check-in 2nd Nov after 12 noon, check-out 6th Nov 10 am). The tariff is INR 3500 + tax (INR ~4000) for single occupancy, and INR 4500 + tax (INR ~5200) for a double occupancy room.  Kindly transfer the amount to account details (given below) for the no. of days for accommodation and write back to the meeting email. Participants opting to book double occupancy room should find their partners themselves.

About the rooms and amenities, please see .

Booked accommodation may be cancelled as per the norms of the ICG.

Alternatively, accommodation can also be booked at Hotel Cidade de Goa (15 mins walking distance from the ICG), the venue of SKA Conference, "SKA 2016: Science for the SKA generation" directly


The discounted rates applicable for the SKA Science conference are also valid for the duration of SPARCS-2016 meeting (booking title should be SKA2016 meeting). Note that November is high tourist season, we strongly advise participants to book early.



1) Name of the beneficiary - SKA PAthfinders RAdio Continuum Surveys (SPARCS) meeting

2) Name of the Bank - Bank of India

3) Branch - NCRA Ext.counter, Pashan Road Branch, Pune 411007 Maharashtra, India.

4) Current Account Number - 051620110000295

5) IFSC Code - BKID0000516  (for transactions within India)

6) SWIFT Code - BKIDINBBPMB  (for International transactions)

(Note: After the transaction, please send a mail to SPARCS-2016 <> giving us the details of the payment.)



There are direct flights from several major international airports to Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi.  Goa is well connected by air to these cities. Participants are encouraged to take pre-paid taxi from airport to "the ICG, Dona Paula". Approximate cost of air-conditioned pre-paid taxi from airport to "the ICG, Dona Paula" is INR 950.  For more information on travel, activities in Goa, etc., please see the SKA Science meeting page .



A simple format, plain-text, giving title, authors and abstract, should be mailed to

SPARCS-2016 <> .

Please include word, "Abstract" in the subject line.



Important: Most participants will require a visa to visit India. Obtaining an Indian visa can require more than three months from certain countries. These visas will require an invitation letter from our Indian colleagues. To obtain a copy of such a letter, please contact us at

SPARCS-2016 <> .



Dharam V. Lal and C. H. Ishwara-Chandra

SPARCS-2016 <>

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research)

S.P. Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind P.O. Pune 411007 India

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