Please find a compact and potentially out-of-date CV below
A reasonably up-to-date full Vita & Bibliography in pdf format is available here
I was born in
a small town in North-Eastern Italy, about 50 km from both Venezia and
Padova, on 23 January 1975.
From 1988 to 1993 I attended the "Primo Levi" High School, in Montebelluna, from which in 1993 I received a First-Class Honour (60/60) Diploma of Scientific Studies (the Italian "Diploma di Maturità Scientifica").
In 1993 I enrolled in Physics at the University of Padova, where in 1998 I started to major in Astronomy.
From the Summer of 1998 to the Summer of 2000 my main research project has been the GAIA Galaxy Survey, a study about the observation of galaxies with GAIA, a scientific satellite mission proposed to the European Space Agency (ESA). In October 2000, GAIA was selected by ESA for a launch in 2010-2012 (No, it's not a typo: these things take a loooong time!), and the GAIA Galaxy Survey has been included between its baseline science observations. With a thesis on this subject, on 17 July 2000 I received a First-Class Honour ("summa cum laude", or "110/110 e lode") Master of Science in Physics (the Italian "Laurea in Fisica") from the University of Padova.
From October 1998 to August 1999, with the support of a Socrates-Erasmus studentship, I have been studying at the Astronomical Observatory of Copenhagen University under the supervision of Erik Høg.
From November 1999 to the Summer of 2000, I have been studying at the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory under the supervision of Pier Luigi Bernacca of the Department of Astronomy and Antonio Saggion of the Department of Physics "Galileo Galilei".
From November 2000 to October 2003 I've been employed as a PhD student at the Center of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS) "Giuseppe Colombo" and at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padova, under the supervision of Alberto Franceschini. My research project focused on mid-infrared data analysis and instrumentation, an exciting field in which several space missions are presently underway. More specifically, I've been working on the development and application of the LARI Method, a new technique for the reduction and analysis of imaging data obtained with ISOCAM and ISOPHOT, the two cameras onboard the ISO satellite, jointly developed by ESA, NASA and ISAS, that has operated from 1995 to 1998. This method, painstakingly developed by Carlo Lari of the Institute of Radio Astronomy Italian National Research Council, in Bologna, has proven one of the most powerful and reliable tools for the detection of faint sources in this kind of data, overcoming the problems caused by cosmic ray hits and transient behaviour of the detector. With a thesis on this subject, on 21 May 2004 I received a PhD in Space Science and Technology. from the University of Padova. At the same time, in collaboration with people involved in the related consortia, I've been dealing with simulations for future infrared satellite missions (SIRTF, SOFIA, ASTRO-F/IRIS, FIRST/HSO, NGST/JWST) in order to evaluate the results to be expected from these in terms of instrumental performance and related scientific yield.
From November 2003 to September 2005 I've been employed as a Post Doctoral Research Associate within the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College, London, UK working on a variety of infrared/sub-mm extragalactic survey and follow-up projects exploiting?both ground-based and space-based facilities (Follow-up of ISO and Spitzer sources, SWIRE, SHADES) and on Observation Planning and Software Development for the SPIRE camera on board the Herschel satellite, scheduled for launch in 2008.
In September 2005 I moved back to Padova and my "Alma Mater", where I'm continuing work on SWIRE and SHADES as well as on science planning for Herschel.
A little more about these topics can be found here.
I have a good knowledge of the most popular
Unix-like and (alas!) M$ Windows
operating systems, as well as of the most common applications in these
environments. In particular, over the years I've worked on and/or administered
machines running a wide variety of Unix flavours, such as Solaris, Digital Unix,
RedHat, Mandrake, Debian and Mac OS X. While I've kept on being exposed to
a bewildering variety of operating systems, since 2004 I've myself mostly used
the funky Unix shipped with Apple computers and known as Mac OS X.
My favourite programming and visualization tool is IDL, (Interactive Data Language), a general-purpose and still easy-to-use language with excellent built-in graphical capabilities, allowing development of CPU-intensive programs and plotting of results in the same environment, thus ideally suited for the interactive analysis of scientific data.
I then have a somewhat more limited experience in scripting languages such as Jython, Perl and Python as well as in high-level languages such as Fortran, C and Java.
I also enjoy a fair amount of Unix shell programming, mostly in order to exploit the wealth of utilities that usually come along with this most versatile operating system.
I have a keen interest in TeX, LaTeX and LaTeX2HTML, which together allow simple and high-quality typesetting of both printed texts and web pages with lots of formulae, tables and figures from the same source code. Take a look at the HTML versions of my Master Thesis and PhD Thesis to see what LaTeX2HTML output looks like.