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Current position: Senior astronomer - planetary scientist at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice.

Awards
Poincaré fellowship at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (2001, 2002). Asteroid 9715 Paolotanga. Chevalier de l'ordre des palmes académiques (from 2015)



My main research domain is focused on the physical properties of Solar System objects (asteroids in particular). I have a specific expertise in large scale numerical simulations for modeling asteroid properties (shapes, rotation) and in small body observation techniques. I have the responsibility for the implementation of the pipeline reducing Solar System observations by the Gaia mission (ESA), within the activity of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) of the mission.

I also consider that all occultation, transit and eclipse phenomena are among the most informative and amusing events that the sky can offer. For this reason, I like to observe stellar occultations, while in the past I contributed to campaigns for the mutual phenomena of Jupiter's satellites and I organized the Venus Twilight Experiment during the last Venus transit in front of the Sun.

I exploited observational data obtained though major facilities (VLTI, Hubble Space Telescope, etc.) and in general I am interested with everything concerning Solar System observations - from history of planetary science to the use of photometry, spectroscopy, polarimetry… for the characterization of asteroids.

Some links to other projects I am involved in
Asteroid discovery by the Ground-Based Optical Tracking of Gaia
EuroVenus (FP7 EU program)
MP3C (the minor planet physical properties catalog)
Asteroid observation page at OCA