Research Projects

These are some of the projects i’m involved with, or was involved somewhere in the past.

Square Kilometer Array

(Credits SKA Telescope)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a unique instrument, with the detailed design and preparation now well under way. As one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the SKA will bring together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition (official description).

I’m participating as member of the Engage SKA Portugal consortium contributing to topics related to the Science Data Processor and the Telescope Manager, especially with the local infrastructure (LINFRA) or the Signal And Digital Transport. While all research projects have some far fetched ambitions, and apart from its dimension, this one is really interesting. Most work is really engineering (and not research… ups), in the sense that we are really building a (massive) machine. However current technology and software models are not sufficient for this, and novel ones must found, developed and evaluated.