Using Virtual Worlds for Interactive Simulations
of Star Cluster Evolution


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Japan

National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan

Organizers:  Jun Makino (NAOJ), Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Steve McMillan (Drexel University, Philadelphia), Simon Portegies Zwart (Leiden University)

This informal workshop will focus on the use of virtual worlds, such as Second Life and OpenSim, the open source version of Second Life, as venues for running and visualizing simulations of star cluster evolution. The meeting is sponsored by MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, based in Second Life, and will be held in two different locations in Real Life: at NAOJ, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and NII, the National Institute for Informatics, both in Tokyo, Japan.

MODEST-9c will take place from September 7 - 11, 2009. The schedule is as follows:

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