An International Workshop on Collaboration and Coordination

Among NEO Observers and Orbital Computers

Kurashiki City Art Museum
Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan

October 23 to 26, 2001

The Japan Spaceguad Association would like to hold a workshop from October 23 through 26, 2001, at the Kurashiki City Art Museum (near the Bisei Spaceguard Center). Following the workshop, we will inaugurate the Bisei Spaceguard Center on October 27.

Purpose of the Workshop:

In these years NEO matters have been discussed at different occasions and organizations. Number of NEO observers and orbital computers has been increasing and they have been producing excellent results. However, it seems that there were not much discussions on collaboration and coordination among them and some critical debates between those teams were brought. Therefore, the SOC intends to make this workshop to solve the problems or at least to start to its solution. Program of this workshop will be arranged with some introductory reports by NEO observers and orbital computers and set aside many hours for discussions.

SOC members:

Syuzo Isobe (Co-Chair), Donald K. Yoemans (Co-Chair), Tom Morgan, Bob McMillan, Ted Bowell, Andrea Carusi, Brian Marsden, Richard Binzel, Karri Muinonen, and Mark Bailey

Supporting Organizations


Abstracts are here.

First day : October 23, Tuesday
        17:00 - 21:00   Reception at Kurashiki City Art Museum (Light
                        meals are prepared)

Second day : October 24, Wednesday 1st Session Chairman Syuzo Isobe 9:30 - 9:35 Welcome address by LOC chairman M. Yoshikawa 9:35 - 9:50 Welcome address by Govener of Okayama Prefecture M. Ishii 9:50 - 10:00 Welcome address by Assistant Executive Director of NASDA T. Inada 10:00 - 10:10 Adress by General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union H. Rickman Coffee Break 2nd Session Chairman Brian Marsden 10:30 - 11:00 General remarks D. Yoemans 11:00 - 11:10 Short note S. Isobe NEO Detection Observation Teams 11:10 - 11:35 Space Watch Team T. Gehrels 11:35 - 12:00 LONEOS team E. Bowell 12:00 - 12:25 NEAT team E. Helin Lunch Break 3rd Session Chairman Tom Gehrels 13:45 - 14:10 LINEAR Team G. Stokes* 14:10 - 14:35 Catalina Team S. Larson 14:35 - 15:00 BSGC Team M. Yoshikawa Coffee Break 4th Session Chairman Ted Bowell NEO Followup Team 15:25 - 15:45 P. Pravec 15:45 - 16:05 J. Ticha 16:05 - 16:15 M. Ticha 16:15 - 16:35 G. Tancredi 16:35 - 16:55 D. Tholen 16:55 - 17:30 Discussion
Third day : October 25, Thursday 5th Session Chairman Karri Muinonen Organization Activity 9:00 - 9:15 Spaceguard Foundation A. Carusi 9:15 - 9:35 SGF Central Node A. Boattini 9:35 - 9:55 NASA NEO Program Office D. Yeomans 9:55 - 10:05 UK Activity Report M. Bailey 10:05 - 10:25 IAU related view H. Rickman 10:25 - 10:50 Discussion Coffee break 6th Session Chairman Syuzo Isobe 11:15 - 11:45 A review of space mission J. Kawaguchi 11:45 - 12:00 Physical property of NEO M. Greenberg 12:00 - 12:30 Discussion from the 2nd day Lunch break 7th Session Chairman Andrea Carusi Impact Prediction Team 13:50 - 14:15 Minor Planet Center B. Marsden 14:15 - 14:40 NASA P. Chodas 14:40 - 15:05 Finland K. Muinonen 15:05 - 15:30 Italy G. Velsecchi Coffee break 8th Session Chairman Hans Rickman 15:55 - 16:30 Discussion on the 3rd day 16:30 - 17:30 Discussion cooperative observation efforts
Fourth day : October 26, Friday 9th Session Chairman Makoto Yoshikawa Contribution by Space Debris Teams 9:00 - 9:25 NASA - US Air Force teams J. Africano 9:25 - 9:50 ESA team T. Schildneckt 9:50 - 10:10 NASDA team K. Nonaka 10:10 - 10:25 NASDA software development M. Kameyama 10th Session Chairman Don Yoemans 10:50 - 12:20 Discussion on plan and schedule to optimize international discovery and follow-up efforts Lunch break 11th Session Chairman Mark Bailey 13:50 - 15:00 Prepare final conclusion 15:00 - 15:10 The Final address and announcement S. Isobe 18:30 - 21:00 Banquet at Okayama Sanko-So, Okayama city All attendances and accompanying persons are invited
Fifth day : October 27, Saturday 9:00 Departure to the BSGC in front of Kurashiki City Art Museum 12:00 Arrive at the Bisei town. Lunch 13:00 Innagulation of the BSGC 15:00 Visit to BSGC 17:00 Return to Kurashiki
* Speaker may be changed. Additionally to this program, we will hold two public lectures on Sunday October 21 and Sunday October 28.

Meeting location

   Kurashiki city art museum
       Address              2-6-1 Cyuou Kurashiki City Okayama-ken.
       Telephone            81-86-425-6034
       Facsimile            81-86-426-6036

           Map of Kurashiki city is here.
           Map of Okayama city is here.(for Banquet on Oct. 26)

   How to reach:
       Attendees and guests will land at the Kansai International
       airport, take a super-express train with a name of Haruka to Shin-Osaka 
       (about 50 minutes), followed by a bullet train with a name of Hikari
       (rapid) or Kodama (slow) (Shin-Kansen) to Okayama (60 minutes),
       and the a commuter train to Kurashiki (10 minutes).
       You should buy a ticket to Kurashiki station and two supplement tickets
       for super-express and bullet trains. These one way tickets cost
       about 8,000 yen.

           See the home pege of Kansai International Airport
       The other Attendees and Guests will land at the Narita International
       airport, take a super express train with a name of Narita-Express
       to Tokyo (about 60 minutes), followed by a bullet train with a name
       of Nozomi (much rapid but expensive 3 hours 10 minutes) or Hikari
       (rapid 4 hours) to Okayama, and a commuter train to Kurashiki
       (10 minutes). You should buy a ticket to Kurashiki station and 
       supplement tickets for super-express and bullet trains. These one way
       tickets cost about 20,000 yen.

           See the home pege of Narita International Airport


There are a few hotels in Kurashiki area. We blocked 30 single rooms of Kurashiki Station hotel and 30 single rooms of Toyoko Inn Kurashiki Minamiguchi until August 31. You can request the other type hotel room to Isobe and LOC will try to fit its request.

      Address                    2-8-1 Achi Kurashiki City Okayama-ken.
      Telephone                  81-86-425-2525
      Facsimile                  81-86-426-6702
      Guest room                  all 111 rooms
      Single bed                 \5,500 - \6,000
      Twin beds                  \11,000 - \12,000

      Address                      2-10-20 Achi Kurashiki City Okayama-ken.
      Telephone                   81-86-430-1046
      Facsimile                   81-86-430-1046
      Guest room                   all 154 rooms
      Single bed (143 rooms)      \5,800
      Twin beds A                 \7,300
      Twin beds B                 \7,800

Sight seeing:

Kurashiki City is in the Edo period style (17 to 19 century). There are several good sight seeing areas not far from the Workshop hall. We will give you further informations in the next circular.

Weather and the other informations:

October is one of the best season in Japan. Temperature is usually 11 - 17 degree C. In the evening, you may need an additional sweater. There is some percent of probability to be rainy as usual in Japan and may be occasionally hit by a typhoon. At the Bisei trip, you can enjoy a beautiful maple.

Electricity is 100 V and 60 Hz.

Registration fee:

15,000 yen which covers refreshment during meeting, one copy of proceeding, and trip to the Bisei Spaceguard Center.

Circulars sent by e-mail: