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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 1st and 2nd February 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Flexible and continuous connectivity, anywhere, at any time remains a key priority for major defence forces around the world. With the critical threat of cyber warfare intensifying, there is now a pressing need to ensure secure communications can be effectively operated in contested environments. The...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the Earth stops energetic neutrinos-they do not go through everything. These high-energy neutrino interactions were seen by the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized optical sensors deeply encased within a cubic kilometer of very c...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. Weather - and particularly extreme weather - affects everything we do. Being able to see the whole disc of Earth allows forecasters to see developing weather systems, as well as working out wind spee...
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson pu...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19-22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building. The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed i...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. The alien-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, are almost surreal but this volcanic island is helping to bring future space missions to reality. This month, an expedition with a dozen of experiments mobilised 50 people and four space agencies du...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer ViaSat's full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat's latest Ka-band business jet service to SD's IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat's global Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat's Ka-band service is expecte...
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
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     Date Submitted:05-10-2016
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     Current job:PostDoc
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsData and Image analyses, Bayesian probability theory, Statistical modeling, Astrometry, Cosmology
    CV

    Education

    2011 Doctor rerum naturalium

         Magna cum laude

         Astronomy, Physics Department

         Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, Munich, Germany

    1998 Master of Science

         Full grade

         Physics

         Universita` degli Studi di Torino, Italy

     

    Work Experience

    12.2015 – 01.2017 PostDoc, MPI for Astrophysics, Garching (D)

    Data analysis for radio interferometric data employing Information Field Theory approach.

    05.2015 – 11.2015 PostDoc, MPI for extraterrestrial physics, Garching (D)

    INTEGRAL/SPI data analysis for the quest of positron annihilation employing IFT approach.

    02.2015 – 04.2015 Research Associate, ESO, Garching (D)

    Combining robust image detection with spectroscopy to study galaxies groups and clusters: unifying Chandra and ESO data in the CDF-S region.

    04.2014 – 07.2014 Teaching assistant, TUM, Munich (D)

    Recitation session on “Data Analysis and Monte Carlo Methods”.

    http://dataanalysisandmcmethods.blogspot.de

    12.2010 – 12.2013 Researcher and PostDoc, MPI for extraterrestrial physics, Garching (D)

    In preparation for the eROSITA mission: Simulation development of X-ray images and their data analysis.

    10.2001 – 11.2010 Research Scholar, MPI for plasmaphysics, Garching (D)

    Development of a forward method for the detection of weak signal in presence of high noise in Poisson regime. N.B. Time range not corresponding to effective working time, interruption concerning child care.

    07.1998 – 09.2001 Research Associate, STScI, Baltimore (USA)

    DSS and GSC (detection and classification) generation.

    Development of several research projects: determination of angular diameters of asteroids, stars and stellar sources in high background; proper motion studies of stellar mass black-holes, planetary nebulae and their central stars. Project coordinator between STScI and Astronomical Observatory of Turin.

    10.1996 – 10.1998 Diploma student, OATo, Turin (IT)

    Analysis and data reduction of HST/FGS observations of Mira stars. Discovery of asymmetric pulsations.

     

    Computer Skills

    Operating Systems  OS X, Linux, Unix, VAX/VMS, MS-Windows

    Progr. Lang.        R, python, IDL, Fortran, basic of C and C++

    Script.Lang.        AWK, Perl

    Markup Lang.       HTML

    Software           Scientific data analysis (cfitsio, FTools, MIDAS, Exsas, Iraf, ROOT), Latex, Mathematica

     

    Language Skills Italian (native), English (excellent), German (good)

     

    Communication Skills 14 Conferences attended, 14 Workshops. Program committee member for 3 workshops. 32 presentations given. 3 invited talks. 13 posters.

     

    Publication Summary 30 scientific publications (10 first author, 16 peer-reviewed, 19 conference proceedings): 2 Nature articles. 615 citations, data taken from the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (Oct 5, 2016).

     

    Post Graduate Education

    2013 - Kavalur (India) The 4th IIA - PennState Astrostatistics School

    Astrostatistics course

    Astrostatistics School designed to introduce the new challenges arose in astrophysics due to the needs of rigorous applications of statistical methods to large multiwavelength data sets, requiring complex automated processes.

    Organized jointly by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (India), and the Center for Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University (USA).

    2003 - Wallops Island, VA (USA) 3rd International X-ray Astronomy School

    Astrophysics course

    Courses in X-ray astronomy organized jointly by the Universities Space Research Association, NASA and the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center.

    2002 - Garching, Germany Bayesian Inference in Astronomy & Astrophysics -A Short Course

    Astrostatistics course

    2001(2) - Garching, Germany Classes on Astrophysics and Observations

    Third NEON European Observing School'', Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris: Courses and practical training in astronomical observing.

    2000(1) - JHU, Baltimore (USA) Classes on Astrophysics

    Courses taken during Research Associate employment.

     

    Grants Awarded

    2014 DGDF (ESO). Combining robust image detection with spectroscopy to study galaxies groups and clusters: unifying Chandra and ESO data in the CDF-S region.

    2001 Hubble Space Telescope Observations, ID 9140, Cycle 3.

     

    Teaching

    Nov 3-5, 2014 - Trento, Italy “Interdisciplinary Workshop on Statistical and Analysis Methods in Nuclear, Particle and Astro- physics, at European Centre for Theoretical studies in Nuclear Physics and related areas”.

    Co-organized with the Excellence Cluster Universe. Introductory lectures for students.

    Feb 17-21, 2014 - Garching, Germany “Interdisciplinary Cluster Workshop on Statistics”, MPE. Co-organized with the Excellence Cluster Universe. Lecture on image analysis and faint source detection: Bayesian mixture models.

    Nov 18-22, 2013 - Munich, Germany “Monte Carlo Methods in Advanced Statistics Applications and Data Analysis” School, MPI Munich.

    Lecture on image data decomposition: Bayesian mixture models applied to image analysis.

     

    Miscellaneous

    Press releases: 1) Hubble Telescope Measures Diameters of

    Pulsating Stars http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1996/26/;

    2) Ancient Black Hole Speeds Through Sun's Galactic Neighborhood,

    Devouring Companion Star http://www.nrao.edu/pr/2001/blackhole/;

    3) Gamma rays reveal pair plasma from a flaring black hole binary system http://www.mpe.mpg.de/6517171/News_20160229

     

    Program Committee member for the “IEEE International Conference on Data Mining 2013 Astroinformatics Workshop”. Dallas, TX, USA. Dec 7, 2013

    Member of “Massive Dataset Discovery & Classification in Synoptic Surveys” Working Group program 2012-2013 (SAMSI, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA)

    Member of 1. International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), 2. Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal (ASAIP), 3. International Astrostatistics Association (IAA)

    Initiator and co-organizer of Bayes Forum, MPE (since Dec 2011) http://www.mpe.mpg.de/~aws/bayes_forum.html

    Referee for “Astronomy & Computing” (Elsevier Inc.)

    Editorial Board of (Hindawi Publishing Corp.)


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