IAA staff (Stellar Physics Department)
Alberto J. Castro-Tirado
+34 958 121311
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Picture Credit: "Diario El Mundo"
Astrophysicist, born in Málaga (Spain) in 1966. Nowadays he is holding a Research Professor position at the Institute for Astrophysics of Andalucía (IAA), at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
B. Sc. in Physics, Universidad de Granada (1989)
Ph. D. in Physics, Copenhagen University (1994)
1994-2000: Post-Doctoral Researcher at Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (INTA)
2000-2007: Cientifico Titular at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
2007-2012: Investigador Cientifico, CSIC
2012-present: Profesor de Investigación, CSIC
Head of the Stellar Physics Department at IAA (2000-2007). Founder and Head of the High-Energy and Robotic Astronomy group
Publications and patents:
More than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals (1991-2013) including 10 in "Nature" and 5 in "Science"
More than 180 contributions to Conference Proceedings
More than 375 Gamma-Ray Burst Coordinated Network Circulars
2 books: "Macroestructuras del Universo" (1990) and "Astronomía X" (1999) (foreward by R. Giacconni)
More than 55 contributions in press and popular magazines ("Diario SUR", "Astronomía", etc.)
3 patents (co-shared) (2005, 2011, 2011). The first one licensed in 2008.
Awards and Honours:
European Philips Contest for young Scientists and Inventors (1987)
European Union's Descartes Prize (co-shared) (2002)
Elected member of the Málaga Academy of Sciences (founded in 1872) (2015)
Areas of Research Interests:
Cosmic X-ray flashes
(especially GRS 1915+105, discovered by WATCH/GRANAT)
Large Scale Structures
Ground-based and Space-borne astronomical Instrumentation (nIR, optical, X-rays and gamma-rays)
Education, Public Outreach and Citizen Science
Research and Technological Projects:
(title and financed by)
all-sky X-ray monitor onboard the
satellite (financed by the Danish Space Board and IKI). Co-Investigator (co-I).
, the Gamma-ray burst Observer "Always Yearned" Proposal for Minisat-02 (1997). Principal Investigator (PI).
, the Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System (financed by JA, MICINN and other agencies). PI.
X-ray telescope onboard the
satellite (financed by CICYT and ESA). co-I.
, the Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System in the near-IR (financed by JA, MICINN and other agencies). PI.
2002-present: CASANDRA, the Compact All-Sky Automated Network for Deep Research in Astronomy (financed by JA and MICINN). PI.
2009-2015: EDIPO, the Efficient and Dedicated wide-field Imaging POlarimeter (financed by MICINN). PI.
, the Ultra Fast Flash Observer (to be launched aboard Lomonosov in early 2014, financed by SKKU and other entities). co-I.
, the GLobal Robotic Intelligent telescope Array for e-Science (financed by the EU). co-PI.
, the Transient High Energy Sky and Early Universe Surveyor (ESA M5 mission candidate selected for study phase). co-I.
Workshops organized (as SOC-chair):
Workshop on Galactic Relativistic Jet Sources, Granada (2000)
First Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories, Málaga (Spain) (2009)
Second Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories, Málaga (Spain) (2011)
Fall 2012 Gamma-ray Burst Symposium, Marbella (Spain) (2012)
Third Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories, Málaga (Spain) (2013)
Fourth Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories, Málaga (Spain) (2015)
First RTS2 Workshop, Lijiang (China) (2016)
Fifth Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories, Mazagón, Huelva (Spain) (2017)
Second RTS2 Workshop, Kunming (China) (2018)