Calibration and Confrontation
of Models and Observations

Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
18-21 January, 2007

Traditionally, astrophysical simulations are performed to answer specific theoretical questions or to model particular observed systems. A common side effect is that the simulations are often closely tailored to the problem at hand, making critical comparison between different simulations difficult, if not impossible. A basic goal of MODEST is to develop a common framework to allow different research groups to make such comparisons. Such a framework will also make it easier to develop and share parts of modular codes, providing standardized tools to facilitate a more systematic approach to comparing simulations, both with one another and with observations.

MODEST-7b will take place on January 18 - 21, 2007, at Drexel University, Philadelphia. As usual, there is no registration fee, but please send e-mail to steve (at) if you are interested in attending.

The meeting will be held in room 2019/2020 MacAlister Hall.

As usual, there will be only a few formal presentations. The meeting will center on informal discussions on topics of broad interest. The main theme of the workshop will be the issues involved in building and maintaining robust software for modeling, analyzing, and visualizing dense stellar systems in astrophysics. A working model is the MUSE project. Much of the meeting will be devoted to MUSE, with the goals of adding new modules and functionality to the existing framework and defining the specifications of a more comprehensive environment. We may also wish to discuss progress on the 1-year "MODEST questions" defined 13 months earlier at MODEST-6a, in Lund.

For those who can make it, we will meet in Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch Street (in the center of Philadelphia), from 6 - 8 pm, for drinks/dinner.

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