Hotwiring the Transient Universe conference: 12-15 May 2015, Santa Barbara, California
12-15 May 2015
LCOGT, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Hotwiring the Transient Universe-4 will explore the opportunities and
challenges of transient and time domain astronomy, including massively
parallel time domain surveys coupled with rapid coordinated
multi-wavelength follow-up observations. The interdisciplinary agenda
includes future and ongoing science investigations, information
infrastructure for publishing observations in real time, as well as
novel data science to classify events and systems to optimize
follow-up campaigns. Sessions will also focus on the requirements for
instrumentation, time allocation and scheduling structure, and funding
opportunities for time domain science and infrastructure.

Time domain astronomy is at the fore of modern astrophysics and
crosses fields from solar physics and solar system objects, through
stellar variability and exoplanet discovery, to explosive phenomena at
galactic and cosmological distances. Recent rapid progress by
instruments in space and on the ground has been toward a continuous
record of the electromagnetic sky with ever increasing coverage,
sensitivity and temporal resolution. With the advent of gravitational
wave and neutrino observatories we are witnessing the birth of
multi-messenger astronomy.