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Herschel Data Processing Workshop for Newcomers, 24-27 June 2013




The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) (Rooms B3/B5) situated near Villanueva de la Cañada, about 30kms North-West of Madrid.

How to get to ESAC

Maps and driving directions to ESAC from Madrid airport (Barajas) and Madrid city centre can be found here.

Transportation & Accommodation

A shuttle mini-bus will depart from the entrance gate of Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera at 08:15h sharp every morning to bring the workshop participants from Madrid to ESAC. The same shuttle service will also take the participants from ESAC to the hotel in Madrid at the end of the afternoon sessions from Monday to Wednesday.

On Thursday afternoon taxis will be arranged to go from ESAC to the airport (no mini-bus service will be available).

Participants need to make their own reservations directly with the hotel. Below is a list of recommended hotels in Madrid.

   Hotel NH Alberto Aguilera ***
   Calle Alberto Aguilera, 18
   28015 Madrid
   Tel: +34 91 4460900 
   Fax: +34 91 4460904 

   Hotel Celuisma Florida Norte ****
   Paseo de la Florida, 5
   28008 Madrid
   Tel: +34 91 5428300
   Fax: +34 91 5477833
   Holiday Inn - Madrid - Piramides ***
   Paseo de las Acacias, 40  
   28005 Madrid
   Tel: +34 91 5171828 
   Fax: +34 91 5170090 
   Tryp Gran Vía ***
   Gran Vía, 25
   28013 Madrid
   Tel: +34 91 5221121
   Fax: +34 91 5212424 

Useful Links

Download the latest HIPE User Release Candidate (HIPE 11.0.0 RC2)

What is HIPE?

HIPE stands for 'Herschel Interactive Processing Environment'. This is the software for browsing, analyzing and reprocessing Herschel data.

Which version of HIPE do I need?

The latest version of HIPE 11 (Release Candidate #2) will be the version of HIPE that will be used during the workshop. This version of HIPE (11.0.0 RC2) can be downloaded from the links below. Please install HIPE on your personal laptop (minimum requirements: RAM 4GB) in advance to the start of the workshop following the installation instructions given below for the different operating systems. Report any problems during the installation process through the HSC Helpdesk.

Important note: You have to keep your internet connection on during the process as you download all the necessary components during the installation.

Note that this is an advanced version of HIPE 11 which is still undergoing the final acceptance tests before it becomes an official user release, something that we anticipate will happen in July.

Release candidates (RCs) are made available for internal use only. Do not distribute this software!.

The available installers for Windows and Linux come with a 32 or a 64 bit virtual machine (VM). The available installer for Mac OS X does not come with a virtual machine but will use the one available at your system.

Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2

Platform With Java 32 bit VM With Java 64 bit VM Without Java VM
Windows Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2 Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2
MacOSX     Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2
Linux Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2 Download HIPE 11.0.0 RC2

HIPE Installation Instructions

  • Windows Instructions:
    • After downloading, double-click HIPE_11_0_0_RC2_INSTALLER.exe

  • Linux Instructions:
    • To download the linux installer you should do a right click and then "save link as"
    • After downloading open a terminal and, cd to the directory where you downloaded the installer.
    • At the prompt type: sh ./HIPE_11_0_0_RC2_INSTALLER.bin

  • Mac OS X Instructions:
    • After downloading, double-click HIPE_11_0_0_RC2_INSTALLER

Note for Mac OS X 10.8 users:

HIPE user installers do not work on Mac OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion") due to additional security checks implemented by this operating system. Note that HIPE is not yet officially supported on Mac OS X 10.8. There are two workarounds:

  • In a terminal window, use the chmod u+x command to change the permissions of the file
  • In Mac OS X, from System Preferences → Security & Privacy → General → Allow applications downloads from [ANYWHERE].

HIPE Users' Documentation

Please have a look at the on-line HIPE 11 documentation clicking on the link below.

Draft Agenda

PDF Version Click here

Herschel Data Processing Workshop for Newcomers, 24-27 June 2013

Draft Agenda

Monday 24 June 2013


09:15-09:30: Welcome, local set-up and start of webex session
09:30-09:45: Welcome to HIPE S.Ott
09:45-10:00: Welcome to HSA P.Garcia-Lario
10:00-10:30: An introduction to the HSA User Interface E.Verdugo
10:30-11:00: An introduction to HIPE B.Merin
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-11:45: Q&A on HSA/HIPE general issues
11:45-12:15: Data Handling in HIPE E.Verdugo
12:15-13:00: Quick inspection of Herschel data products B.Merin
13:00-13:30: Q&A on HSA/HIPE data handling and quick inspection of products

13:30-14:30: Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Hands-on session - Part I (HSA/data access/data handling)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Hands-on session - Part II (HIPE general issues/quick inspection of products)

Tuesday 25 June 2013

PACS (@ Room B3)

09:00-09:30: Quick introduction to PACS photometer products and data processing
09:30-10:00: PACS photometry pipelines and calibration
10:00-10:20: PACS point source photometry (aperture and PSF photometry, correlated noise and errors)
10:20-10:40: PACS photometry:mapping algorithms for extended emission
10:40-11:00: Q&A on PACS photometry
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-12:00: Quick introduction to PACS spectroscopy products and data processing
12:00-13:00: PACS Spectroscopy Tutorial
13:10-13:30: Q&A on PACS Spectroscopy

13:30-14:30: Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Hands-on session - Part I (PACS Photometry)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Hands-on session - Part II (PACS Spectroscopy)

Wednesday 26 June 2013

SPIRE (@ Room B3)

09:00-09:30: Quick introduction to SPIRE photometer products and data processing
09:30-11:00: SPIRE Photometry Tutorials
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-12:00: Q&A on SPIRE Photometry
12:00-12:30: Quick introduction to SPIRE FTS products and data processing Ivan Valtchanov
12:30-13:10: SPIRE Spectroscopy Tutorial Ivan Valtchanov
13:10-13:30: Q&A on SPIRE Spectroscopy Ivan Valtchanov

13:30-14:30: Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Hands-on session - Part I (SPIRE Photometry)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Hands-on session - Part II (SPIRE Spectroscopy) Ivan Valtchanov

Thursday 27 June 2013

HIFI (@ Room B3)

09:00-10:00: HIFI observing modes and associated data processing products Anthony Marston
10:00-10:30: Running HIFI pipelines - general and alternatives: Tutorial 1 Anthony Marston
10:30-11:00: Q&A on HIFI Tutorial 1
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Remaining issues: Handling HIFI electrical and optical standing waves, tutorial 2 Elena Puga
12:15-13:00 Basic HIFI data analysis and data export, tutorial 3 Anthony Marston
13:00-13:30: Q&A on HIFI Tutorials 2 and 3

13:30-14:30: Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Hands-on session - Part I (HIFI), point source modes
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Hands-on session - Part II (HIFI), maps and spectral scans

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