Allen Matthew - Gaia
Gaia was proposed in 1993 and since then, many people have been involved in the Gaia mission, whether at ESA, at industry side or at one of the institutes involved in the Gaia data processing. The Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) is a collaboration which consists of around 450 scientists and engineers.
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European Space Agency
Matthew is currently a Young Gradate Trainee working at ESA on a one year contract, working under the supervision of Jos De Bruijne, within the Research and Scientific Support Department at ESTEC. The aim of the position is to gain experience of working within the scientific community and to build and improve skills to help in future employment, whilst contributing to ESA. Matthews involvement in Gaia is focused towards the star detection process which operates on board Gaia, with the aim of improving the detection of Ultra Bright stars by testing the on-board detection algorithm.
Matthew received his Masters in Astrophysics from Cardiff University in 2011, after completing dissertations in the fields of extra-solar planets and studying asteroids in the infra-red. His aim after the employment with ESA is to work towards a PhD, also within Astrophysics, with the aim of working within the scientific community in the future.
Matthew is no longer working for the Gaia mission.
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