Welcome to ViaLactea

VIALACTEA is a EU FP7 project funded within the FP7-SPACE-2013-1 call with Grant Agreement No. 607380.


The new state-of-the-art Milky Way paradigm is offering today, for the first time, the possibility to deploy a coherent science analysis methodology that can be uniformly applied from the Galactic Center to the outskirts of the Galaxy.The scope of VIALACTEA is to bring to a common forum the major new-generation surveys of the Galactic Plane from 1mm to the radio, both in thermal continuum and in atomic and molecular lines, from Europe-funded space missions and ground-based facilities. The possibility to access such a complete and coherent knowledge base will allow the community to engage one of the fundamental challenges in Galactic astronomy: to quantify Galaxywide the relationship between the physical agents responsible for the onset and the regulation of star formation in a spiral galaxy and the resulting Rate and Efficiency of star formation, and to obtain a "star formation recipe" that will be a cornerstone to trace the star formation history of galaxies back to their formation.
A homogeneous and inter-calibrated evolutionary classification of the cold and dense clumps hosting young forming clusters at a variety of evolutionary stages allows the production of a new 3D model of the Galaxy, mapping the essential critical parameters like column density thresholds, rate and efficiency of star formation in the Galaxy To make such an analysis possible in a timely and effective fashion, a suite of next-generation 3D-visualization tools have been developed, to integrate visual analytics, on-the-fly handling of multi-SED radiative transfer modeling and data mining/machine-learning technologies.
The focus on research and analysis of data obtained from European space missions in combination with data from Europe-funded ground facilities, has enabled the VIALACTEA members and will enable the overall astronomical community to exploit the steradiant-scale multi-wavelength Galactic Plane surveys through new 3D-based visual analytics frameworks, making VIALACTEA's objectives timely and totally relevant for FP7-SPACE-2013-1.


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Project title:
 VIALACTEA - The Milky Way as a Star Formation Engine
Project coordinator:
 INAF IAPS (IT) - Dr. Sergio Molinari
 October 2013 - October 2016

VIALACTEA 2016 - The Milky Way as a Star Formation Engine
Rome, September 26-30, 2016
This conference marks the conclusion of the EU-funded FP7 Collaborative Project "VIALACTEA", whose objectives and aims inspire the main topics of the conference.


Dr. Anna Maria Di Giorgio
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00133 Roma

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