DIRAC director Andy Connolly attended the FIRE (Future in Review) Conference in Park City, Utah in the middle of October. FIRE has been described as “The best technology conference in the world.” (The Economist) and is the brain child of Mark Anderson (one of DIRAC’s board members).

The conference lived up to its billing and was a mix of talks and discussions on topics as wide ranging as, how the retina works, protecting intellectual property, and the loss of coral due to the warming of the seas. Andy described how by taking the data and images from telescopes such as the LSST and looking at it in new ways we can find for asteroids and transient sources.