SKA Pre-Construction Phase 1

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The Square Kilometre Array is a large next generation radio telescope that is planned to be many times more sensitive than the current most sensitive telescopes in the world and transform our view of the universe. It is a global mega-science project involving scientists and engineers from institutes and industry partners in more than 20 countries. It will be a radio interferometer with an aggregate collecting area of about 1 million square metres spread over at least 3000 km and operating in the frequency range ~70 MHz to 10 GHz (and possibly 30 GHz in the future). It is one of a small number of flagship astronomical instruments that will span the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma rays, and beyond the electromagnetic spectrum to gravitational waves, cosmic rays and neutrinos, and whose collective aim is chart the full history of the universe from its beginnings in the Big Bang to the present day.

The SKA can be regarded as a vast sensor network whose backbone is an optical fibre network linking all elements of the system, from the collectors (dishes, aperture arrays) to the correlator, to the science data processor and high performance computer, and on to the national and regional science centres around the world. The work to be carried out under this grant focusses on the optical fibre network and the options for transporting the signals throughout the SKA, as well as on generation and distribution of the synchronisation and timing signals that are used throughout the telescope.

Planned Impact

The beneficiaries of this research will be the astronomy community in the UK and globally, UK and global industry, young scientists and engineers, and the general public.

When the SKA is in operation, it will be the most advanced radio telescope on the planet, able to tackle the major questions in astrophysics and cosmology and to make new discoveries. It will transform our view of the universe. The UK astronomy community continues to play a leading role in developing the science case and deriving requirements on the technical design, and is well placed to take full advantage of the SKA capability when it comes on line late this decade.

A project of the size and scientific & technical interest of the SKA is a strong attractor for the best young science and engineering talent in the UK, both in the academic world as well as in industry. It provides engagement in state of the art engineering and science, as well as project management of a global project. The high quality team being built up in Signal & data transport (SADT) and synchronisation & timing (SAT) is evidence that this process is already taking place, and this can be expected to continue when industry engagement ramps up.

Signal & data transport and synchronisation & timing is attracting UK and global industry interest due to the technical requirements that push the state of the art and provide opportunities for industry to engage in research that is likely to result in new or modified product lines as well as direct supplies to the SKA project. Potential impact areas on the medium and longer term include the following:

SADT: Internet traffic volume is expanding exponentially. Low cost innovative solutions for data flow and storage will be the goal of industry players in this area. SKA requirements for low cost data transmission over fibre will help drive technology to support these future infrastructure requirements for high definition, multiple video data streaming for communications and entertainment, cloud computing, data warehousing, data mining, etc. There is also high interest in 'bursty' bandwidth on demand support, and subsequent charging schemes for quality of service, that will be studied as part of the SADT activity.

SAT: Very accurate time and frequency transfer has significant impact in many areas including aerospace and defence requirements. There is the potential to support increasingly high speed telecommunications networks and time division multiple access (TDMA) networks. Improved accuracy in timing will benefit geodesy, and this could be extended to surveying and civil engineering. Global navigation could also benefit, and the pressure to develop higher precision GPS sensors will allow for improved seismological warnings.
 
Description We have formed an international consortium of 15 different institutes in 8 different countries and submitted a bid to the Office of the SKA for the design work associated with the Signal and Data Transport (SADT) for the SKA telescope. This bid was accepted and the University of Manchester now lead this package of work.

We had a Premilinary Design Review in 2015 which we have passed subject to completion of actions. We have now progressed to Critical Design Review that was closed out in January 2019.
Exploitation Route The next stage of the project is to produce documentation ready for tender. Thus the Designs that we are working on now will be issued for tender to industry who will therefore use the products of our work to build the Signal and Data Transport systems for the SKA telescope.
Sectors Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/research/ska/
 
Description The on-going technical leadership and design work in the SKA project was one of the contributing factors in the decision to locate the HQ of the SKA Organisation at Jodrell Bank. This employs more than 50 people and is the international face of this high profile project.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Studentship for China-UK exchange
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2013
 
Description Ardine 
Organisation Ardine Training Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contract issued by University of Manchester to Ardine
Collaborator Contribution Technical support in the following areas: - Provide technical and engineering design services relating to the SKA Mid and Low telescope Digital Data Back-Haul (DDBH) networks on behalf of the University of Manchester's SKA Signal and Data Transport (SaDT) Consortium. - Make a proportionate and relevant contribution to preparing Critical Design Review (CDR) documentation related to the DDBH networks on behalf of the SaDT Consortium and supporting other SaDT Consortium CDR deliverables as reasonably required.
Impact Contribution to SADT DDBH Detailed Design Document
Start Year 2016
 
Description CSP consortium 
Organisation SKA Square Kilometre Array
Department SKA Central Signal Processing Consortium
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Lead of Pulsar Search Sub-element of CSP element of SKA.
Collaborator Contribution Overall design of full CSP element of SKA.
Impact Preliminary Design Review documentation for Stage 1 of SKA pre-construction, multi-disciplinary with Engineering and Astrophysics.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Daresbury 
Organisation Daresbury Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contract from University of Manchester to Daresbury Labs
Collaborator Contribution Simon Gregory from STFC Daresbury provided additional Project Management support for the SADT Consortium in the SKA at a maximum of 26 hours per week over a 12 week period. Simon is now working on test planning and test reporting.
Impact Test plan and test result documentation
Start Year 2016
 
Description Frazer Nash 
Organisation Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We lead the SADT Consortium
Collaborator Contribution RAMs and FMECA analysis of the SADT element
Impact RAMs and FMECA analysis of the SADT element
Start Year 2015
 
Description Front-End Design Task Leader of MFAA Consortium 
Organisation ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Lead the Front-End Design task for the MFAA consortium; Deliver one front-end solution for the consortium based on ORA design; Lead the integration work of ORA array with differential LNAs, this is a distinguished design within the MFAA consortium and community. Developed the unique planar antenna array structure for wide band, dual polarisation and low cost applications Different array geometries (Square grid and triangular grid) and low cost production techniques have been investigated Polarisation purity of the developed antenna array is improved significantly, helping the consortium to reduce the risk of the aperture array technology for radio astronomy
Collaborator Contribution Differential LNA designed by Observatoire de Paris, Nancay; A beamformer board based on time delay has also developed by Nancay, it will greatly help to characterise the planar antenna array structure developed in Manchester. Front-end solution by ASTRON based on Vivaldi antenna; Front-end solution by KLAASA based on Vivaldi antenna; Demonstrator construction of ORA by KLAASA
Impact Deliver an optimised front-end solution for MFAA. Bring the mid-frequency aperture array technology to TRL5.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Front-End Design Task Leader of MFAA Consortium 
Organisation No.38 Research Institute of CETC (CETC38)
Country China 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Lead the Front-End Design task for the MFAA consortium; Deliver one front-end solution for the consortium based on ORA design; Lead the integration work of ORA array with differential LNAs, this is a distinguished design within the MFAA consortium and community. Developed the unique planar antenna array structure for wide band, dual polarisation and low cost applications Different array geometries (Square grid and triangular grid) and low cost production techniques have been investigated Polarisation purity of the developed antenna array is improved significantly, helping the consortium to reduce the risk of the aperture array technology for radio astronomy
Collaborator Contribution Differential LNA designed by Observatoire de Paris, Nancay; A beamformer board based on time delay has also developed by Nancay, it will greatly help to characterise the planar antenna array structure developed in Manchester. Front-end solution by ASTRON based on Vivaldi antenna; Front-end solution by KLAASA based on Vivaldi antenna; Demonstrator construction of ORA by KLAASA
Impact Deliver an optimised front-end solution for MFAA. Bring the mid-frequency aperture array technology to TRL5.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Front-End Design Task Leader of MFAA Consortium 
Organisation Observatory of Paris
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead the Front-End Design task for the MFAA consortium; Deliver one front-end solution for the consortium based on ORA design; Lead the integration work of ORA array with differential LNAs, this is a distinguished design within the MFAA consortium and community. Developed the unique planar antenna array structure for wide band, dual polarisation and low cost applications Different array geometries (Square grid and triangular grid) and low cost production techniques have been investigated Polarisation purity of the developed antenna array is improved significantly, helping the consortium to reduce the risk of the aperture array technology for radio astronomy
Collaborator Contribution Differential LNA designed by Observatoire de Paris, Nancay; A beamformer board based on time delay has also developed by Nancay, it will greatly help to characterise the planar antenna array structure developed in Manchester. Front-end solution by ASTRON based on Vivaldi antenna; Front-end solution by KLAASA based on Vivaldi antenna; Demonstrator construction of ORA by KLAASA
Impact Deliver an optimised front-end solution for MFAA. Bring the mid-frequency aperture array technology to TRL5.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Front-End Design Task Leader of MFAA Consortium 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Lead the Front-End Design task for the MFAA consortium; Deliver one front-end solution for the consortium based on ORA design; Lead the integration work of ORA array with differential LNAs, this is a distinguished design within the MFAA consortium and community. Developed the unique planar antenna array structure for wide band, dual polarisation and low cost applications Different array geometries (Square grid and triangular grid) and low cost production techniques have been investigated Polarisation purity of the developed antenna array is improved significantly, helping the consortium to reduce the risk of the aperture array technology for radio astronomy
Collaborator Contribution Differential LNA designed by Observatoire de Paris, Nancay; A beamformer board based on time delay has also developed by Nancay, it will greatly help to characterise the planar antenna array structure developed in Manchester. Front-end solution by ASTRON based on Vivaldi antenna; Front-end solution by KLAASA based on Vivaldi antenna; Demonstrator construction of ORA by KLAASA
Impact Deliver an optimised front-end solution for MFAA. Bring the mid-frequency aperture array technology to TRL5.
Start Year 2013
 
Description GEANT 
Organisation GEANT Project
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We lead the SADT Consortium
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the data transport from CSP to SDP for SKA
Impact Preliminary design of CSP-SDP link
Start Year 2013
 
Description NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We lead the SADT Consortium
Collaborator Contribution Preliminary design of clocks and clock ensemble for the SKA Detailed design of above
Impact Preliminary design of clocks and clock ensemble for the SKA Detailed design of above
Start Year 2013
 
Description SDP 
Organisation SKA Square Kilometre Array
Department SKA Science Data Processing Consortium
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Lead of design of the Pulsar Search and Pulsar Timing components of the pipeline sub-element of the Science Data Processing element of the Square Kilometre Array project.
Collaborator Contribution Overall design of the Science Data Processing element of SKA.
Impact Multi-disciplinary work mixing Astrophysics and Engineering, has lead to design documentation for the SDP.
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Australian Academic and Research Network
Country Australia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Department Meraka Institute
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation GEANT Project
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Instituto de Telecomunicações
Country Portugal 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE)
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation National Center for Radio Astrophysics, India
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation University of Granada
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA International SADT Consortium 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Manchester are the lead organisation for the SADT collaboration and have responsibility for the overall project management and system engineering in addition to its overall technical lead and leadership of the DDBH and STFR workpackages.
Collaborator Contribution Leadership of the CLK, NWA, NMGR, TM, SAT.LMC, CSP, SDP workpackages.
Impact T0 milestone achieved T0+12 milestone achieved Conceptual design and downselect milestone achieved ICD delivery milestone achieved RBS delivery milestone achieved PDR delivery milestone achieved
Start Year 2013
 
Description SKA-UMan testing - cosmic particles 
Organisation ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution SKA-UMan: J Bray and colleagues & ASTRON collaboration for the purposes of testing and loaning equipment for the SKA project.
Collaborator Contribution ASTRON is making an in-kind contribution of four electro-optical data links, which are currently being manufactured.
Impact Testing for SKA project work.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Technique collaboration, IBM - SKA-UMan (SD) consortium 
Organisation IBM
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration work between Chris Skipper (SKA-UMan) and Paul Hurley of IBM regarding the potential use of the non-FFT imaging technique (bluebild). Work for the SDP consortium, SKA.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration work between Chris Skipper (SKA-UMan) and Paul Hurley of IBM regarding the potential use of the non-FFT imaging technique (bluebild). Work for the SDP consortium, SKA.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UWA 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design and development of the "glass box" calibration system
Collaborator Contribution The aim of this project is to design the system required for distribution of the reference frequency signal that is needed for synchronisation of the elements of the SKA. The requirements for this system are equivalent to a timing accuracy of 1ps over timescales of 10 minutes. The scope of this project is to: • Provide conceptual design for the STFR system. • Develop STFR design. • Construct prototype. • Conduct validation testing.
Impact Development of a design of the STFR system for SADT SKA
Start Year 2014
 
Description Apodisation of Aperture Array Stations with Shared Elements 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact ECP for inclusion of apodisation into SKA design

NA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Bluedot Festival July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC but applicable for many. bluedot festival - Jodrell Bank - 7-9 July 2017
This festival involves not only science, but also music and culture, providing an opportunity to engage with a more diverse audience. The festival included talks by SKA scientists, and we also provided a stand where festivalgoers were able to chat with SKA-related staff and students and try their hand at SKA-related activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CDR meeting: PSS January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at PSS Critical Design Review meeting held at SKA HQ JBO 29th and 30th January 2018. UMan attendees: Mike Pearson, Ben Stappers and more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DARA teaching: November to December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA related DARA teaching in Nairobi (African SKA Partner country). From 20th November to 1st December. Conducted by Althea Wilkinson and others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engineering for SKA to EEE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Engineering undergraduates considering SKA as a future career path

NA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description European Optical Conference (ECOC) September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ECOC held in Sweden 18th to 20th September 2017. Attended by Richard Oberland (UMan-SADT) - Meeting with telecoms/datacoms industry vendors, floor exhibition, and technical sessions. Held 1-2-1 meetings with vendors on SKA SADT design work and planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Girls Night Out March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC. This event was run by the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, part of the University of Manchester. It featured the SKA, and included a talk by an SKA scientist. We also provided some SKA-related outreach activities to help engage the public with the SKA. Held at JBO 9th March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ICALEPCS2017 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ralph Braddock (UMan-SADT) attended the (16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems) ICALEPCS2017 conference in Barcelona, Spain. This was held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya between 8-13th October 2017. At this conference Ralph presented the paper "THCPL04 - SKA Synchronization and Timing Local Monitor Control - Software Design Approach" written by Rajesh Warange and Ralph. He also presented a poster "THPHA085 - SKA Synchronization and Timing Local Monitor Control - Project Status" based upon a paper written by Rajesh Warange, Geoff Mant, Ralph (and also with credits to Yashwant Gupta, Keith Grainge, Jill Hammond, Uli Horn).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IEEE NEMO conference: May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IEEE NEMO conference (Seville, Spain, 17th -19th of May 2017). Purpose: exchange research ideas and update recent progress. Achievement: exchanged experience in fast EM calculation with externaI large structures and methods to reduce mutual coupling of antenna arrays.
Personal contributions: presentations given and attendance - Lei Liu and Keith Grainge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Industry Day: UMan December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact University of Manchester Industry Day 6th December 2017. Presentation and slides from Ben Stappers and Lina Levin Preston.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture: AENEAS January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AENEAS lecture from Prof Anna Scaife held at UMan on 17th January 2018. Attended by Mike Pearson of UMan-SADT and others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meet the Expert at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talks for meet the expert regularly spark questions and discussion with a varied audience.

n/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
 
Description New Scientist Live September to October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC but applicable for others. New Scientist Live - ExCel London - 30 Sept-1 Oct 2017
This event included an SKA stand where staff from the SKA Organisation and SKA-related staff and students from UK universities were on hand to engage with the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Outreach SKA talk: Fulshaw Womens' Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Outreach SKA talk at Fulshaw Womens' Institute on 12th February 2018. By Althea Wilkinson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Outreach SKA talk: Scibar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Outreach SKA talk: Scibar at The Old Dancer in Wilmslow, Cheshire on 20th February 2018. By Althea Wilkinson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Outreach debate: On Common Ground 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel member Althea Wilkinson, for "On Common Ground" debates on Science and Faith. SKA discussed. Exeter Cathedral 30th March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Outreach talk: Bluedot Festival, JBO July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for Bluedot Festival science programme. 9th July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
 
Description Outreach talk: JBO Discovery Centre April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for 'Meet The Expert' outreach. 4th April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/meet-the-expert-3/
 
Description Outreach talk: JBO Discovery Centre August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for 'Meet The Expert' outreach. 1st August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/meet-the-expert-5/
 
Description PAF workshhop attendance, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Keith Grainge attended PAF workshop at Marsfield in Australia, August 2017. Also Lei Liu contribution and attendance: Outcomes: discussed recent frontend and backend technology for PAFs. Potential agreement of new vacuum window for PHAROS and new array design; presentation given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://events.csiro.au/Events/2017/August/11/PAF-Workshop-2017
 
Description PST CDR meeting February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at PST Critical Design Review meeting held at SKA HQ JBO 1st February 2018. UMan attendees: Mike Pearson and Ben Stappers and more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation: IAUS 337 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation from Lina Levin Preston on SKA Non-Imaging Processing. Held at JBO 4th to 8th September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation: SKAO HQ (Chinese delegates) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Prof Keith Grainge 'Grant management: View from an academic' to a Chinese delegation studying SKA project financing. Held at SKAO HQ 2nd October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pulsar conference: Cape Town December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pulsar and FRB Search Software in the Era of Real-Time Surveys held in Cape Town, South Africa 11th to 14th December 2017. Attended by Mitch Mickaliger who provided contributions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting, to follow the SKA led Engineering Meeting. Led by UMan attended by SADT member institutes. World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting, held online for members to attend virtually on 26th to 27th September. Purpose of meeting is to assess current progress and for the lead institute UMan to update the wider consortium on key news such as the outcome of the recently held technical down select for the SAT.STFR.FRQ solutions. Crucial guidance on progress is given in run up to CDR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face workshop 24th to 26th April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting in order to assess the current state of design. Held at the Schuster Building, the University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Workshop is run by UMan and attended by all SADT member institutes internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Technical Down Select meeting September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT.SAT.STFR.FRQ work packages technical down select meeting. A decision had to be reached on the two existing frequency solutions for the SADT Consortium design, on how this would move forward towards the Critical Design Review. An external panel was invited by UMan to assess the two designs. The concluding meeting was held at Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester on 19th September 2017. UMan attendees: Prof Keith Grainge, Althea Wilkinson, Mike Pearson, Michelle Hussey, SKAO rep - Andre van Es, plus 3 x external panel members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA AIP meeting: June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA AIP meeting (ASTRON, Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, 8th of June, 2017). Purpose: present recent progress of PAF research. Achievement: talked with expertise from ASTRON, Sweden and CSIRO about their recent research.
Personal contribution (Lei Liu): presentation was given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Consortium Leaders meeting: SADT update December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular SKA led Consortium Lead meetings. Prof Keith Grainge responsible for delivering the update for SADT consortium to the other CLs and SKAO members. 7th December 2017, held at the SKAO HQ, Jodrell Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Consortium Leaders meeting: SADT update January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular SKA led Consortium Lead meetings. Prof Keith Grainge responsible for delivering the update for SADT consortium to the other CLs and SKAO members. 18th January 2018, held at the SKAO HQ, Jodrell Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SKA Construction Planning Workshop October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended by Mike Pearson (UMan-SADT). Held at SKA HQ JBO 3rd to 5th October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Engineering meeting: Rotterdam June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA project wide Engineering meeting. Typically held once a year at a selected location with an affiliation with the member countries. Designed for the SKAO to be able to address the wider institutes and lead a programme on the current engineering progress with focus on problem solving/queries etc. Lead institutes from member countries are also expected to update in detail on their current progress. Held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands June 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.skatelescope.org/event/432/overview
 
Description SKA Software Development Workshop October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended by Mike Pearson (UMan-SADT), Mitch Mickaliger, Rob Lyon (UMan-PSS). Held at SKA HQ JBO 2nd October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Town Hall meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A science focused SKA led meeting/working group in order for the SKA to engage with the wider science community. Attended by several key UMan people who are actively working on/contributing to the SKA project. April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA discussions - member institute December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland by Ben Stappers (UMan-PSS-NIP) for SKA discussions, including presentation. New Zealand, 18th and 19th December.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Science X April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC nut applicable for others. Science X - Trafford Centre, Manchester - 23 April 2017
This event was organised by the University of Manchester. We had a joint Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics/SKA stand with display material and hands-on activities to help engage with the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk Prof Keith Grainge: SKA Cosmology SWG, London 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk given by Keith Grainge 'Cosmology with PAFs'. Held at QMUL, London 19th September 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://astro.qmul.ac.uk/news/ska-cosmology-swg-meeting
 
Description Talk by Prof Keith Grainge: JBCA internal symposium, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular JBCA internal symposium led by UMan.Talk on 'The Square Kilometre Array' from Keith Grainge. 11th February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Guizhou Normal University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk sparked request for future collaboration and for undergraduate exchanges

Ongoing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Talk to Qiannan Normal College for Nationalities, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk sparked many questions

NA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Talk: AENEAS all hands meeting October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge: 'WP3 Prototyping' AENEAS all hands meeting held in Granada, Spain 19th October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.astron.nl/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=97
 
Description Talk: Conference, Greece 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Mitch Mickaliger on NIP work 'Labyrinth of the Unexpected'. Held in Kerastari, Greece 29th May to 4th June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: EWASS June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect observations with the SKA' at EWASS conference in Prague 26th June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2017/about.jsp
 
Description Talk: PIERS May 2017, Russia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Phased Arrays Feed for Reflector Observing Systems with Development of True Time Delay Lines' at the Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) held in St Petersburg, Russia 22nd May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.piers.org/piers2017StPetersburg/
 
Description Talk: SADT FTF April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Key Issues for SADT' as part of the wider SADT FTF meeting in Manchester (reported separately).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: SEAC SADT update March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Signal and Data Transport (SADT)' - Update to SEAC held at the SKAO HQ, JBO 16th March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: STFC SKA Technical Oversight Committee September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'University of Manchester SKA Technical Work' to the STFC SKA Technical Oversight Commitee. Held at STFC, UK 28th September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: URSI, Montreal 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact URSI conference in Montral, Canada. Prof Keith Grainge talk on 'Results from prototyping of the SKA Signal and Data Transport Systems'. 25th August 2017. Also; Lei Liu attendance and contribution: obtained Young Scientist Award and found potential cooperation opportunities, presentation given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ursi2017.org/welcome_e.shtml
 
Description Talk: eMERLIN / EVN Conference September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'e-MERLIN: Digital Developments'. eMERLIN / EVN Conference held at Jodrell Bank Observatory on 12th September 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/meetings/JBOinSKAeraII/
 
Description Talks: CETC Chief Engineer May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talks by Prof Keith Grainge 'The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester' and 'SKA in the University of Manchester'. CETC Chief Engineer meeting held at the SKAO 19th May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017