Algorithm Research and Development Group [PAGE UNDER DEVELOPMENT]

Welcome to the Algorithm Research and Development Group (ARDG) page on NRAO Wiki.

The Algorithms Research and Development Group (ARDG) was re-constructed and approved in 2018 under the NRAO's Data Management and Software (DMS) division. The group is tasked with developing a long-term road-map for algorithms R&D at NRAO, executing the approved road-map and distributing yearly progress report to the community. The proposed road-map is currently in discussion with the stakeholders and once finalized, it will be posted on this page.

This page is currently under construction and more details and information will be distributed via this page shortly.

Group Members

The total ARDG effort is about 2 FTE contribution from the functional time of the following staff members:

Sanjay Bhatnagar Scientist Group Lead Reports to Head DMSD
Mingyu (Genie) Hsieh Software Engg-IV (New Hire)   Reports to Lead ARDG
Preshanth Jagannathan Assit. Scientist   Reports to Lead ARDG
Martin Pokorny Software Engg-IV, ngVLA   Reports to Lead ARDG
Brian Kirk NRAO Student Intern/PhD Student   Reports to Lead ARDG
Srikrishna Sekhar NRAO-IDIA/SA Joint PDF   Reports to Lead ARDG/Director IDIA

Work in progress

Pointers to relevant documents

This is place holder for pointers to relevant documents related to ARDG.

ARDG Memos

Reference Author(s) Date
Full-Mueller Imaging with ALMA: ALMA Study Project report S. Bhatnagar et al. Feb. 2021
Wideband Mosaic Imaging for VLASS U.Rau, S.Bhatnagar Sep 2018
Building a model for antenna aperture illumination pattern S.Sekhar, P.Jagannathan, B.Kirk, S.Bhatnagar, R.A.Taylor Feb 2019

Talk Slides

Reference Author(s) Date
A Systems approach to Imaging and Calibration (a talk in the RCI Seminar Series) S. Bhatnagar Feb. 12, 2021
Understanding and using the AWProjection algorithm S. Bhatnagar Sept. 7, 2018
Algorithms R&D Update: Retrospective 2019 + Proposed plan 2020 S. Bhatnagar Jan. 22, 2020

ARD Discussion Topics (dates and speakers TBD)

Foundations of radio interferometric observations Details of the measurement process in theory and in practice MM/DD/YY
Demystification of post-processing: Understanding RA calibration and indirect imaging Simplified description of the theoretical framework for calibration and imaging MM/DD/YY
Quantization in the measurement chain Understanding the effects of the inevitable quantization at various stages of the measurement, calibration & imaging process MM/DD/YY
User-level understanding the algorithmic framework implementation in CASA Mapping the theory to the data processing operations most users are familiar with MM/DD/YY
Understanding connections between algorithms, imaging performance and computing load Impact on run-time of the algorithmic choices, estimating what's needed when MM/DD/YY
Deconvolution through the ages A review and comparison of deconvolution algorithm formulations over the past 20yrs. MM/DD/YY
Spectral Line Deconvolution State of the art in line search algorithms and the need for joint deconvolution algorithms MM/DD/YY
RFI mitigation ngVLA study and other ideas to pursue at the VLA. Review of what other observatories do MM/DD/YY
Faraday Rotation Synthesis Review of methods and what would be useful to adopt here MM/DD/YY
Wide-field Imaging Review of methods such as AW-Projection, Different types of DD-cals, Using spherical geometry for W-term, etc MM/DD/YY
Single Dish and Interferometer Combinations State of the art and outstanding problems/requirements MM/DD/YY
Generic HPC solver frameworks Moving beyond our standard chi-square minimization and major/minor cycles for next gen algorithms MM/DD/YY
Primary Beam Models CASA's models, Zernicke models for ALMA/VLA/MeerKAT, Review of other approaches, guidelines for what a good model is MM/DD/YY
Full Mueller Imaging Review of methods, explanation of Full Mueller Imaging vs what is usually described as Full-Stokes Imaging MM/DD/YY
Machine Learning Applications Do we have use cases where Machine Learning and AI will halp ? MM/DD/YY
Pipeline Heuristics Invite SRDP/ALMA/VLA pipeline folk to describe top heuristics they depend on plus unsolved algorithmic problems they face MM/DD/YY
Simulations in CASA Going beyond simobserve. MM/DD/YY

Relevant Scientific Publications

Software Packages

The ARDG staff conducts majority of their R&D using the CASA package.
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ARDG_ManagementPlan_Final.pdfpdf ARDG_ManagementPlan_Final.pdf manage 537 K 2018-09-24 - 15:27 SanjayBhatnagar ARDG/Proposal Mangement Plan (2018)
ARDG_Original_Proposal.pdfpdf ARDG_Original_Proposal.pdf manage 20 K 2009-03-19 - 18:23 GarethHunt Original Proposal
ARDG_VLASS_Imaging_Report_v2.pdfpdf ARDG_VLASS_Imaging_Report_v2.pdf manage 1 MB 2018-09-28 - 11:20 SanjayBhatnagar VLASS Imaging Test Report (June-Aug 2018)
AtoZSolver.pdfpdf AtoZSolver.pdf manage 5 MB 2019-02-26 - 16:50 PreshanthJagannathan Building an aperture illumination model using zernike polynomials
HPCForUsers.pdfpdf HPCForUsers.pdf manage 2 MB 2011-08-19 - 17:04 KumarGolap HPC talk
ImagingWithAWProject.pdfpdf ImagingWithAWProject.pdf manage 6 MB 2018-09-24 - 15:16 SanjayBhatnagar Using and understanding AWProjection algorithm
LectureAutoFlagSummary.pdfpdf LectureAutoFlagSummary.pdf manage 28 K 2011-08-07 - 20:25 SanjayBhatnagar Thrusday Lecture Series, Lecture 3.1: Summry of auto-flagging algorithms
LectureBasicsIntro.pdfpdf LectureBasicsIntro.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-08-07 - 20:22 SanjayBhatnagar Thrusday Lecture Series, Lecture 1: Introduction
LectureCalibration.pdfpdf LectureCalibration.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-08-07 - 20:27 SanjayBhatnagar Thrusday Lecture Series, Lecture 3.2: Calibration
LectureWideBand.pdfpdf LectureWideBand.pdf manage 5 MB 2011-08-07 - 20:23 SanjayBhatnagar Thrusday Lecture Series, Lecture 1: Wideband Imaging
LectureWideField.pdfpdf LectureWideField.pdf manage 2 MB 2011-08-07 - 20:24 SanjayBhatnagar Thrusday Lecture Series, Lecture 1: Widefield Imaging
Mosaicking_aoc.pdfpdf Mosaicking_aoc.pdf manage 692 K 2011-08-12 - 10:58 KumarGolap Mosaic presentation slides
SummaryImagingRadioInterferometry.pdfpdf SummaryImagingRadioInterferometry.pdf manage 365 K 2018-10-11 - 12:16 UrvashiRV Summary of Image Reconstruction Algorithms in RI (as of summer 2018)
WedLunch_15Jan2020.pdfpdf WedLunch_15Jan2020.pdf manage 12 MB 2020-01-22 - 16:50 SanjayBhatnagar /home/dhruva/disk1/sanjay/Work/Talks/NRAO/WedLunch/15Jan2020/
Topic revision: r57 - 2021-03-02, SanjayBhatnagar
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