During the part I of our Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics KISS workshop, we reviewed the state of the art in focal-plane wavefront sensing, optical and infrared detector technologies (MKIDS, IR-APD), sensor fusion, and signal detection theory. We laid down the basis for and identified the building blocks of the next generation of ground- and space-based high-contrast imaging instruments. The first workshop was serendipitously interrupted by the breakthrough announcement of the discovery of an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the nearest planetary system. That discovery is the absolute best-case scenario for future characterization endeavors. In the remainder of the workshop, we focused on developing a strawman design for a future high-contrast imager and characterizer capable of taking the first high-resolution infrared spectra of that potentially habitable world with future large segmented telescopes.
The second workshop, to be held in 5-8 December 2016, will refocus on conceptual instrument designs, and on identifying technology development work packages. An ancillary goal will be to consolidate the complementarity and synergies between ground- and space-based platforms. We plan to regroup and continue further brainstorming during the first three days. We will then shift to consolidating all discussion notes in writing, discuss report writing, and laying out concrete plans for advocacy.