Massimo Robberto

Massimo Robberto is Full Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope. After getting his PhD in Italy in 1989, he held a tenured research position at the Turin Observatory until 1995, when he moved to the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg (Germany) to lead the MAX project, an advanced infrared camera for the UKIRT telescope on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. In 1999 he moved to Baltimore for the European Space Agency to work on the WFC3 camera for the Hubble Space Telescope. He is currently Instrument Scientist for NIRCAM, the near-infrared camera for the James Webb Space Telescope. His main expertise is the concept, development, and operations of advanced infrared instrumentation, both for ground and space astronomy. He has conceived SPACE, a Dark Energy mission selected by ESA for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program and now part of the Euclid satellite. His other historic research field is Star Formation. He has led a number of programs with the Hubble, including the Treasury Program on the Orion Nebula Cluster. This is the largest Hubble program ever dedicated to the formation of stars and has produced some of the most beautiful images ever made by the Hubble telescope.