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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:17-10-2017
     Last Modified:17-10-2017 (10:58)
    Job information
     Current job:Research Associate
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     Keywordsgeodesy, science, data analysis, data processing, geoinformation, planetary science, planetary data

    Professional experiences

    Research Associate, Jacobs University Bremen
    Jacobs University
    Lead Developer of PlanetServer - the planetary science data node of the Horizon 2020 EarthServer project. PlanetServer is a set of tools comprising a webGIS, a Python notebook and a Python API capable of visualizing and analyzing hyperspectral data. PlanetServer focuses on the analysis of Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) data and Moon Mineralogical Mapper (M3) data.
    Reference: Prof. Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi - an.rossi(at)

    2012 - 2014
    Technical University of Berlin
    Research Assistant, TU Berlin
    In my research, I developed a tool using parallel programming techniques to simulate and analyze illumination conditions at the south pole of the Moon with data obtained from the laser altimeter on-board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program. We have used this tool to characterize lunar landing sites for the ESA Lunar Lander mission and the ROSCOSMOS Luna-Glob 2 mission.
    Additionally, my research produced new digital elevation models of lunar terrain using stereo LRO images and lidar data.
    Reference: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Oberst - juergen.oberst(at)

    Apr-Jun 2013
    Trainee, European Space Agency
    I programmed parts of the software used by ESA to evaluate illumination conditions at the lunar south pole for the ESA Lunar Lander mission with new digital terrain models produced by the German Space Agency (DLR) and TU-Berlin.
    Reference: Dr. Diego de Rosa -

    Trainee, Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia - ICGC
    I performed GIS mapping with ground truthing to determine the limits of all Catalan Municipalities.
    Reference: Juan Carlos González - juan.carlos.gonzalez.gonzalez(at)

    2015 - Now
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Jacobs University Bremen
    PhD in Planetary Sciences.
    Thesis: Resource evaluation on the Moon and Mars: Volatiles on the surface and upper crust
    Advisor: Prof. Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi2

    2011 - 2014
    Masters of Science
    MSc in Geodesy and Geoinformation Science
    Thesis: Analysis of illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using parallel computing techniques
    Advisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Oberst & Dr. Philipp Gläser

    Mar-Jun 2011
    Tech Talent Center UPC School, Barcelona
    Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and GIS.

    Bachelor of Science
    Technical University of Berlin
    Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona
    BSc in Surveying Engineering.
    Thesis: 3D modeling of the Danube river and the floods during March and April of 2006 in Nagymaros and Szob - Thesis pursued at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in the scope of the Erasmus program.
    Advisor: José Jesus Reyes

    Online characterization of planetary surfaces: PlanetServer, an open-source analysis and visualization tool.
    October 2017
    Authors: Marco Figuera, R., Pham Huu, B., Rossi, A. P., Minin, M., Flahaut, J., Halder, A. Planetary and Space Science. vol. 0032-0633, October 2017.

    Geospatial web services pave new ways for server-based on-demand access and processing of Big Earth Data.
    July 2017
    Authors: Wagemann, J., Clements, O., Marco Figuera, R., Pio Rossi, A., Mantovani, S. International Journal of Digital Earth, 119., July 2017.

    June 2017
    PlanetServer: A Hyperspectral Analysis and Visualization Web Client and Python API
    Authors: Marco Figuera, R., Pham Huu, B., Halder, A., Yin, K., Rossi A. P 3rd Planetary data workshop, abstract #7093

    April 2017
    Analyzing CRISM hyperspectral imagery using PlanetServer
    Authors: Ramiro Marco Figuera , Bang Pham Huu , Mikhail Minin , Jessica Flahaut , Anik Halder and Angelo Pio Rossi
    Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-14632, 2017 EGU General Assembly 2017

    Hyperspectral analysis of CRISM images using PlanetServer Python API.
    April 2017
    Authors:R. Marco Figuera , A. Halder , M. Minin , A. P. Rossi
    Planetary Mapping and Virtual Observatory 2017

    Planetary surface mineralogical characterization using PlanetServer.
    March 2017
    Authors: Marco Figuera, R., Rossi, A. P., Pham Huu, B., Minin, M., Flahaut, J., Halder, A.
    48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2017, The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1964, id.1971

    PlanetServer Python API - Visualization and Analysis of CRISM images.
    March 2017
    Authors: Halder, A., Marco Figuera, R., Rossi, A. P., Minin, M., Zinzi, A.
    48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2017, The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1964, id.1814

    January 2017
    Online characterization of planetary surfaces: PlanetServer, an open-source analysis and visualization tool.
    Authors: R. Marco Figuera, B. P. Huu, A. P. Rossi, M. Minin, J. Flahaut, and A. Halder

    Planetary and Space Science Journal, Submitted
    September 2016
    EarthServer2: Improving access to big data through OGC standard interfaces - a hands on WC(P)S session.
    Authors: Oliver Clements, Julia Wagemann, Simone Mantovani, Peter Baumann, Ramiro Marco Figuera, Angelo Pio Rossi, Georgios Kakaletris and Ben Evans in INSPIRE conference, 2016

    May 2016
    Water ice characterization near candidate landing sites at the lunar south pole.
    Authors: R. Marco Figuera, J. Flahaut, P. Glser, P. Williams, and A. P. Rossi in European Lunar Symposium, 2016

    Remote Sensing Data Analytics for Planetary Science with PlanetServer/EarthServer.
    April 2016
    Authors: A. P. Rossi, R. Marco Figuera, J. Flahaut, M. Martinot, D. Misev, P. Baumann, B. Pham Huu, and S. Besse
    EGU Gen. Assem. Conf. Abstr., vol. 18, no. EGU20163996, 2016.

    Planetary Coordinate Reference Systems For OGC Web Services.
    March 2016
    Authors: A. P. Rossi, T. Hare, P Baumann, D. Misev, C. Marmo, S. Erard, B. Cecconi and R. Marco Figuera
    in 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2016.

    Shall We Send Humans to Holden Crater? How a Geodesic GIS Approach Can Aid the Landing Site Selection for Future Missions to Mars.
    October 2015
    Authors: J. H. P. Oosthoek, P. Arriazu, and R. Marco Figuera
    First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, held 27-30 October, 2015 in Houston, Texas. LPI Contribution
    No. 1879, p.1049

    September 2015
    Analyzing lunar DTMs through web services with EarthServer/PlanetServer-2.
    Authors: R. Marco Figuera, A. P. Rossi, P. Baumann, H. B. Pham, D. Misev, V. Merticariu, A. Dumitru, and P. Hogan
    International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Working Group
    IV/8 Meeting, 2015.

    November 2014
    Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA.
    Authors: P. Glser, F. Scholten, D. De Rosa, R. Marco Figuera, J. Oberst, E. Mazarico, G. A. Neumann, and M. S. Robinson
    Icarus, vol. 243, pp. 7890, Nov. 2014.4

    September 2014
    Calculation of illumination conditions at the lunar south pole - parallel programming approach.
    Authors: R. Marco Figuera, P. Glser, J. Oberst, and D. De Rosa in EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 9, EPSC2014-476, 2014.

    September 2014
    Connecting Ridge - A landing site at the lunar south pole with extended illumination.
    Authors: P. Glser, F. Scholten, D. De Rosa, R. Marco Figuera, J. Oberst, E. Mazarico, G. . Neumann, and M. . Robinson in EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 9, EPSC2014-136-1, 2014.

    Computer skills
    Basic: Javascript, SQL, openCV
    Intermediate: python, L A TEX, Matlab, openCL, C, C++, spice, GMT, ArcGIS, Mapserver, Geoserver 
    Advanced: OGC standards (WCS, WMS, WCPS, WFS), Rasdaman
    OS: Linux, Mac OSX, Microsoft Windows, administration experience in Linux

    Other information
    Workshop Organization:
    May 2017 · Accessing data cubes with Python and web services by Oliver Clements and Ramiro Marco Figuera, Geopython 2017

    April 2017 · EarthServer2: Web Services for Big Earth Data - a practical session on new ways of geospatial data access and processing by Oliver Clements, Julia Wagemann, Simone Mantovani and Ramiro Marco Figuera, EGU 2017

    September 2016 · EarthServer2: Improving access to big data through OGC standard interfaces - a hands on WC(P)S session by Oliver Clements, Julia Wagemann, Simone Mantovani, Peter Baumann, Ramiro Marco Figuera, Angelo Pio Rossi, Georgios Kakaletris and Ben Evans, INSPIRE conference 2016

    Teaching and tutoring experience
    2015 - Present · Along the last 2 years I’ve been tutoring several students in their student jobs and thesis at Jacobs University
    2016 · Teacher assistant of the ”Earth and Planetary Sciences Seminar” at Jacobs University Bremen
    2013 · Teacher of the short course ”Introduction to L A TEX” at TU Berlin
    2012 · Teacher of the short course ”Introduction to L A TEX” at TU Berlin

    Catalan and Spanish · Mothertongue
    English · Advanced in understanding, speaking and writing
    German · Intermediate at all levels
    French · Basic at all levels

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