Sergio Soria is a telecommunications engineer from Barcelona who joined the Gaia team in the University of Barcelona in January 2016, after several years working in the private sector developing software for microcontrollers. He finished the Master Thesis related to Java and micro controllers in 2016, but his interest in astronomy as an amateur led to join to Gaia team.
He is currently helping to implement and adapt test cases responsible to validate the internal consistency of Gaia Catalogue, along with other members of CU9 unit in Barcelona and Meudon. In addition, he is helping to develop and maintain the framework used for this Gaia data validation providing a set of common tools used by all the test cases involved in validation. Moreover, he is working on Gaia Analysis Tool (GAT), responsible to statistically validate the data observed by Gaia.
the barcelona team
The experience of our group at the Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB) in the space sector dates from Hipparcos satellite (1989 – 1993) and has contributed from its very beginning to the concept of the Gaia mission and its design. Our team is providing important contributions to simulations, core and photometric processing and in the preparation of the data archive of the mission. It comprises 30 people between scientists and engineers, from developing big data management software to scientific testing and validation, and preparing for the scientific exploitation of the data of the mission . The Barcelona Data Processing Center also led by our team coordinates the running of the heaviest part of the operational data reduction system at the Marenostrum (Barcelona Supercomputing Center BSC-CNS) and CSUC