Jordi Torra & Jordi Portell

Jordi Torra

Jordi Torra is Professor at the University of Barcelona where he got his PhD in 1984. Its main research lines are the galactic astronomy, mainly in the field of kinematics and structure of the galaxy, and stellar photometry. He participated in the Hipparcos mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), the first mission devoted to space astrometry, and now leads the Spanish group participating in the Gaia mission (also ESA’s). He has also contributed to other space missions like Integral and Smart-2. 

He has been principal investigator of several research projects, has published about one hundred of papers and has been advisor in ten PhDs. He has large experience in observational techniques as well as in the use of large computers.

He has been manager of the Astronomy Area of the National Plan of Research and member of the European Southern Observatory Council for the period 2007-2011. At present he is member of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC), of the ESA’s Astronomy Working Group, and is the coordinator of the Spanish Network of Astronomical Infrastructures.

Jordi Portell

Jordi Portell i de Mora is a researcher at the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC/ICCUB). He graduated in Electronic Engineering from BarcelonaTech in 2000, the year in which he started working on the ESA's Gaia mission. He developed several proposals for data management and compression on board the satellite and in 2005, the year in which he was awarded a Doctorate in Applied Physics (also from BarcelonaTech), he started working on the on-ground data processing systems.

He has been manager of the Gaia data processing center in Barcelona (operated in the supercomputer MareNostrum), and until 2016 he managed the mission's main daily data processing system. He is currently providing support for the technical coordination between Gaia's different European units and centers.

Since 2013, he has been Chief Technology Officer of the company DAPCOM, which offers high-performance data compression systems. And since 2017, he has also been Assistant Manager of the Technology Unit at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB).

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