Dr. Joao P. Da Silva Bento
DevOps Engineer at Astrophysics Research Institute
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
Software Engineering , DevOps , Exoplanet Research , Robotic Telescopes , Kubernetes , Docker
Profile Summary

Joao Bento is a Software and DevOps engineer for the New Robotic Telescope project, a 4m class fully automated optical telescope soon to be constructed in La Palma. This position is a natural combination of Joao's early background in astrophysics and his recent work in the software industry.

Joao obtained his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Warwick, UK, specialising in Exoplanet detection and characterisation. This was followed by three postdoc positions in Australia. Work there included software development and characterisation of the RHEA spectrograph, working as the Australian HatSouth node manager and work on the GHOST spectrograph data reduction pipeline.

After this, Joao spent 4 years as a software and machine learning engineer working for Intelledox and later Smart Communications, world leaders in dynamic document generation, workflow automation and business process digitisation, before joining the New Robotic Telescope project.
Publications (12)

Proceedings Article | 29 August 2022 Presentation + Paper
Joao Bento, Doug M. Arnold, Robert J. Smith, Juan J. Fernández-Valdivia, Javier León Gil, Josué Barrera Martin, Miguel A. Torres Gill
Proceedings Volume 12189, 1218905 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2629975
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Software development, Robotics, Astronomy, Observatories, Astronomical telescopes

Proceedings Article | 29 August 2022 Presentation + Paper
Joao Bento, Robert J. Smith, Doug M. Arnold, J. J. Fernandez-Valdivia, Javier León Gil, Josué Barrera Martín, Miguel Torres
Proceedings Volume 12189, 121890C (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2629053
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Control systems, Robotics, Software development, Observatories, Interfaces, Astronomical telescopes, Databases, Computer architecture

Proceedings Article | 29 August 2022 Poster + Paper
Christian R. Hayes, Fletcher Waller, Michael Ireland, Jon Nielsen, Marc White, Joao Bento, Kim Venn, John Pazder, Alan McConnachie, Chris Simpson, Kathleen Labrie
Proceedings Volume 12184, 121846H (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2642905
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Gemini Observatory, Image processing, Calibration, Stars, Sun, Chemical elements, Instrument modeling

Proceedings Article | 26 August 2022 Poster + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12182, 121824G (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2629854
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Robotics, Observatories, Machine learning, Astronomy, Optical instrument design, Detection and tracking algorithms

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018 Paper
Michael Ireland, Marc White, Joao Bento, Tony Farrell, Kathleen Labrie, Lance Luvaul, Jon Nielsen, Chris Simpson
Proceedings Volume 10707, 1070735 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314418
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Gemini Observatory, Calibration, Image processing, Data modeling, Data processing, Stars, Optical fibers

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