Rodrigo Tobar studied Software Engineering, with a MSc. in Computer Science. He previously worked for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich, Germany, for over 5 years writing software for ESO observatories in Chile, focusing mostly on the ALMA observatory. This included working on the ALMA Common Software (ACS), the distributed control system framework used by ALMA and other telescopes, implemented in C++, Java and Python. For the last 5 years he has worked at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in the University of Western Australia (UWA), participating in the pre-construction activities of the SKA observatory, and enabling a number of different science research activities by helping astronomers design, write, build and deploy software that is efficient and scalable.
ACM Gordon Bell Finalist