Robin is a member Gaia Coordination Unit 3 (CU3; Core Processing) where he works on the detection of certain relativistic effects in the Gaia data. As a computer scientist with a specialisation in supercomputers, he is particularly interested in highly parallel algorithms which are suitable for the huge amounts of data that Gaia generates.
During his studies of computer sciences at Technische Universtität Dresden (Germany) Robin was involved in astrometric observations of asteroids at the Lohrmann Observatory. He finished his diploma thesis about highly non-linear model fitting for Gaia data in early 2014 (the thesis was co-supervised by Sergei Klioner). Robin worked for one year in the local computing centre as a scientist before he joined the Gaia group at TU Dresden in May 2015.
Astronomy, photography and hiking have been Robin's hobbies since his youth. He tries to combine these with travelling to the natural wonders around the globe whenever he can.
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