David Hobbs - Gaia
David's scientific interests concern the development of novel computational techniques to solve problems. His early research was applied to condensed matter theory where he worked on quantum problems such as the electrical, optical and magnetic properties of materials. David spent a number of years developing the flight critical onboard computers for the XMM-Newton and Integral observatories. He has also worked on the flight algorithms for the Herschel and Planck missions, and in developing precise orbit determination techniques for low Earth orbit satellites.
David joined Lund Observatory in 2007 to help to develop the astrometric core solution for Gaia. Since then, he has specialised in astrometry and has been involved in developing the algorithms needed to reduce the Gaia data. He has also studied topics such as gravitational light deflection.
[Published: 19/02/2007 | Updated: 19/03/2012]
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