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A reasonably up-to-date full Vita & Bibliography in pdf format is available here
I was born in Montebelluna,
a small town in North-Eastern Italy, about 50 km from both Venezia and Padova,
on 23 January 1975.
In 1993 I enrolled in Physics at the University of Padova, where in 1998 I started to major in Astronomy. Between October 1998 and July 2000 I worked on an MSc Thesis designing the GAIA Galaxy Survey, a proposal to carry out observations of external galaxies with GAIA, a scientific satellite mission planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) and eventually launched in 2013. My MSc Thesis work was started at the Astronomical Observatory of Copenhagen University under the supervision of Erik Høg (October 1998 - September 1999) and later completed at Asiago Astrophysical Observatory under the supervision of Pier Luigi Bernacca (October 1998 - July 2000). With a thesis on this subject, on 17 July 2000 I received an MSc in Physics from the University of Padova.
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. More specifically, I've been working on the development and application of the LARI Method, a powerful and reliable 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. overcoming the problems caused by cosmic ray hits and transient behaviour of the detectors. 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/Spitzer, ASTRO-F/Akari, FIRST/Herschel, NGST/Webb) 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 and on Observation Planning and Software Development for the SPIRE instrument on board the Herschel satellite.
In September 2005 I moved back to the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padova, where I've continued work on the Herschel/SPIRE Ground Segment while developing the Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion to support the science exploitation of Herschel extragalactic surveys.
In November 2011 I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, AKA The Mother City, where I am a Senior Research Fellow funded by the SKA South Africa Project and by the European Commission HELP Project working on designing an exploiting MeerKAT/SKA Extragalactic Surveys, leading the HELP Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion and serving as HELP Project Scientist.
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.