I am a researcher and developer with the Wide Field Astronomy Unit at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, working on the
data processing and analysis pipelines for the Gaia astrometric satellite
My main area of research involves the measurement and calibration of the point- and line-spread-functions of the optical system,
which is crucial for the precise measurement of the positions of stars and other pointlike sources.
Other research interests in astrophysics include: white dwarf stars, proper motion surveys, stellar populations and the Solar neighbourhood. See my publications
for more details.
I have also worked on industrial assessment studies for the Marco Polo mission
developing optical navigation techniques and simulation platforms designed for landing a spacecraft on a small asteroid.