The Janice Emens McAdam Department of Physics

Presentations and posters

The 22nd International Microlensing Conference was held on 25 - 28 January, 2018 at the University of Auckland. All presentations, including those from our keynote speakers, are listed under their session with links to the available PDFs.

The 2018 International Microlensing Conference programme

View and download the full 2018 programme, including abstracts and poster details, here.

Session one: Current survey and project results and summaries

Thursday 25 January | Chairs: N. Rattenbury and A. Bhattacharya

09:30 Invited talk: Exploring the shortest microlensing events | Przemek Mroz

10:00 OGLE-IV in 2017 and Next Observing Seasons | Andrzej Udalski

10:15 Update on the MOA project | Ian Bond

10:30 The ROME/REA Project | Yiannis Tsapras

11:15 Status and Plans for KMTNet | Sun-Ju Chung

11:30 The Spitzer Microlensing Campaign: an update | Sebastiano Calchi Novati

11:45 Invited talk: Angie Wolfgang | Angie Wolfgang

14:45 Invited talk: New Insights Into the Inner Milky Way | Gail Zasowski


Session two: Code development

Thursday 25 January | Chair: R. Street

15:15 VB Binary Lensing 2.0: a fast and robust code for light curve computation | Valerio Bozza

15:30 Resolving the lens for MACHO-97-BLG-28 | Joshua Blackman

15:45 The numerical kernel approach revisited - a public open source difference imaging pipeline | Markus Hundertmark

16:20 Proper motion measurements with OGLE data in microlensing studies | Jan Skowron

16:35 pyLIMA: A Progress Report | Etienne Bachelet

16:50 Invited talk: Bayesian inference in astronomy: past present and future | Sanjib Sharma


Session three: Future surveys and projects

Friday 26 January | Chairs: C. Henderson, D. Nataf and R. Akeson

09:00 The Keck Key Strategic Mission Support Program for WFIRST | David Bennett

09:15 An overview of the Microlensing Science Investigation Team's work | Scott Gaudi on behalf of Matthew Penny

09:30 Meridian Microlensing with LSST | Daniel Rothchild

09:45 Opportunities for microlensing science in the LSST era | William Clarkson

10:00 Microlensing Returns from LSST | Martin Donachie

10:15 WFIRST microlensing analysis challenges | Rachel Street

10:30 Invited talk: Chasing the Southern Lights around and above New Zealand | Ian Griffin

11:25 3D structure of lens systems | Wei Zhu

11:40 Photometry of K2 Bulge data | Radek Poleski

12:00 The Robo-AO-2 facility for rapid near-HST resolution imaging from the ground | Christoph Baranec

14:30 Characterization of microlensing planets | Aparna Bhattacharya

14:45 Invited talk: Difference-Imaging Photometry with pyDIA | Michael Albrow

15:15 The Auckland Programme for Space Systems | Nicholas Rattenbury


Session four: Microlensing black holes

Friday 26 January | Chair: V. Bozza

15:30 Detecting Isolated Stellar Mass Black Holes through Astrometric Microlensing Using HST | Kailash Sahu

15:45 Photometric microlensing with Gaia | Katarzyna Kruszynska

16:20 Searching for an intermediate mass black hole in M22 | Noe Kains

16:35 Intermediate Mass Black Hole Microlensing in the 2020s | Will Dawson

16:50 M31 Microlensing | Hiroko Niikura


Session five: Specifi c event analysis

Saturday 27 January | Chair: A. Wolfgang

09:00 Unique solutions for the physical properties of a microlens | Calen Henderson

09:15 The cold Neptune-mass planet OGLE-2015-BLG-1670Lb | Clement Ranc

09:30 The closest-source microlensing event discovered toward | Taurus Akihiko Fukui

09:45 The 2016 CFHT-K2C9 microlensing survey | Shude Mao

10:00 Analysis of the Planetary Microlensing Event OGLE-2017-BLG-0406 with Spitzer Data | Yuki Hirao

10:15 Invited talk: Astrobiology and the Search for ET-life in the Solar System | Kathy Campbell


Session six: Galactic science

Saturday 27 January | Chair: S. Gaudi

11:05 Using the MOA database and the eclipse time variation method | Man Cheung Alex Li

11:20 Gravitational wave followup by the MOA collaboration | Fumio Abe

11:35 The Challenge of Extinction | David Nataf

11:50 Observing high extinction fi elds with UKIRT | Geoff Bryden

14:35 Archiving and Community Use of Microlensing Data | Rachel Akeson

15:05 Confronting Galactic models and microlensing data with MaBulS | Supachai Awiphan

15:20 Microlensing of white dwarfs | Hajime Kawahara


Session seven: Statistics

Saturday 27 January | Chair: G. Zasowski

15:35 Quantifying the Evidence for a Planet in Astronomical Data | Benjamin Nelson

16:10 Planet formation theory | Daisuke Suzuki

16:25 Microlensing planets : accurate mass measurement and spatial distribution | Jean-Philippe Beaulieu

16:40 Intermediate mass MACHOs | Nathan Golovich

16:55 Optical Medium approach | Saswati Roy



  • Poster Analysis of event OGLE-2017-BLG-0173Lb | Kyu-Ha Hwang
  • Poster Analysis of event OGLE-2017-BLG-1038 | Amber Malpas
  • Poster Analysis of events having Parallax signal in 2017 | Sarang Shah
  • Poster Detecting microlensing events using a random f... | Daniel Godinez
  • Poster HST WFC3 stellar proper motions in the Galacti... | Richard Barry