Castañeda Javier - Gaia
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Universitat de Barcelona
Javier Castañeda finished his Telecommunication Engineering at the UPC (Barcelona) on September 2004. His Master Thesis, advised by Enrique García-Berro and Jordi Portell, was focused on the non-idealities of the on-board clock of Gaia. He developed an excellent clock simulator for this, which reported the expected results for Rubidium-class atomic clocks.
After two years working in the private sector, in November 2006 he rejoined the project as researcher at the University of Barcelona, in the IDT/IDU group. Since then, he has created and led IDA, IDV, TmTools, TMV and DpcbTools, actively collaborated in IDT development, and worked on the IDU design and development (including DPCB-related developments). He also co-advised with Jordi Portell a Master Thesis on the GIBIS-to-GASS converter. In the mean time, he achieved the Master Degree in Computational Astronomy on June 2008, where he implemented the Attitude-to-Healpix algorithm used in IDT SourceMatching and useful for many other algorithms. He is doing now the PhD thesis, advised by Jordi Torra and Claus Fabricius, on the scientific and technical developments required by IDU.
When he is not busy with these many issues, Javier likes to climbing and canyoning. He is member of the Climbing Club of Catalonia (CEC) where he also holds an instructor role. Among other activities he likes painting, cooking, playing piano...
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