Who am I?
This is an important philosophical question... and I feel that I am not able to answer it (yet?)… But, it is quite interesting to realize that we can answer who we are not!
For this website, I am an Astronomer and a Lecturer in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine (USA), at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.
I have a fascination for astroinformatics, astrometry, astrostatistics, and space-missions... space the final frontier… to boldly go where no one has gone before… right? In the past, I received a double-degree PhD in “Astronomy, Astrophysics & Particles” from the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and Université de Bordeaux (France), and between 2011 and 2019 I worked at the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) in a multidisciplinary group that brings together astronomers, physicists and engineers (hardware and software) called CENTRA/SIM. Before that, I graduated in classical Piano at the Conservatório Musical Anchieta, in São Paulo, and I received an MSc in Astrophysics and a BSc in Physics from the Universidade de São Paulo.
If that helps, some of my favorite books are Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Idiot by Dostoievsky, La Valeur de la Science by Poincaré, and some old greeks about trojans. I am also struggling to translate Tycho Brahe’s Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica (an enlightening short work!) to Portuguese during my (scarce) free time, while in terms of music, well, Bach with a touch of Pärt.