Dr. habil. Dr.rer.nat. Alexander Neidhardt

Geodätisches Observatorium Wettzell
Sackenrieder Straße 25
93444 Bad Kötzting

Tel: +49 9941 / 603 263
Fax: +49 9941 / 603 222

E-Mail: alexander.neidhardt@tum.de

Youtube-channel with lecture videos

CURRENT POSITIONS

  • Head of the group for microwave techniques (VLBI – GNSS – DORIS), research scientist and software engineer at the Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodäsie (FESG), Geodetic Observatory Wettzell, TUM.
  • Member of the "Joining up Users for Maximising the Profile, the Innovation and the Necessary Globalisation of JIVE" (Jumping JIVE) board since February 2017
  • Vice-Chair of the IVS Working Group on the Observation of satellites using VLBI since October 2014
  • Chair of the IVS Task Force on Seamless Auxiliary Data Archives since March 2014
  • Chair of the internal Working Group for Coordination, Communication and Automation in the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) Bureau for Networks and Observations (formerly GGOS Bureau for Network and Communications) since 2012
  • Technical expert for hoisting devices, lifting accessories and personal protective equipment for fall protection of the TUM at the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell since 2016
  • Trained fire safety assistant of the TUM at the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell since Aug. 2015
  • Trained first-aider of the TUM at the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell since Nov. 2014
  • Safety representative for the employees of the TUM at the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell since July 2012
  • TUM-registered freelancer as technology writer/journalistic writer and as designer and adviser for scientific exhibitions about astronomy and geodesy

FIELD OF WORK

Applied computer science for space geodesy.

Development of modern, remotely controllable and autonomous control systems for the instruments of the geodetic space techniques, especially in combination with the automation of VGOS radio telescopes at the Geodetic Observatory Wettzell.

BIOGRAPHY

  • 2010-2016 Member of the Monitoring and Control Infrastructure (MCI) group of the International VLBI Service (IVS)
  • 2007-2016 "Habilitation" (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at the Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodaesie (FESG), TUM in the field of automation and remote control of geodetic observatories
  • 2011-2015 Divisional head for "New Technologies" in the Consortium for Geodetic Earth system science (CGE)
  • Nov. 2014 University Associate in the School of Land and Food, School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Tasmania, Hobart
  • 2010-2013 Member of the Novel EXplorations Pushing Robust e-VLBI Services (NEXPReS) board
  • 2005-2011 Research scientist and software engineer for the development of a control system for the new, semi-automatic satellite laser ranging system at the Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodaesie (FESG), Geodetic Observatory Wettzell, TUM
  • 2001-2005 Doctoral thesis as research scientist and software engineer at the Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodaesie (FESG), Fundamentalstation Wettzell, TUM
  • 1998-2001 Study of computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (diploma); student assistant as software engineer at the Fundamentalstation Wettzell and graduand at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits Erlangen with the domain of automatic code generation in combination with hardware-software-co-design
  • 1994-1998 Study of computer science at the university of applied sciences Regensburg (diploma); student assistant as laser ranging operator and software engineer at the Fundamentalstation Wettzell

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

Research, development and maintenance journeys to the permanent GNSS site at Lhasa/Tibet (China) in the years 2003 and 2006 and to the Transportable Integrated Geodetic Observatory (TIGO) at Concepcion (Chile). Participation in the team for the Antarctic VLBI campaign 01/2008 at the German Antarctic Receiving Station (GARS) O'Higgins.

COURSES