Wildi, François

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Dr. François Wildi

Senior systems engineer
Observatoire de Genève


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Area of Expertise: adaptive optics, system engineering, optical instrumentation, control systems
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F. Wildi is presently senior systems engineer in the instrumentation group of the Observatory of Geneva.

since 2012 he's in charge of the detectors characterization and the payload calibration for the CHEOPS photometric transits satellite.

2006-2014 he was systems engineer in charge of interfaces and integration of the VLT-SPHERE instrument; an extreme Adaptive Optics exo-planet direct imager. In parallel, he does research work on Fabry-Perot calibrators for radial velocity spectrographs and responsible for the focal plane of a satellite meant to characterize extra-solar planets by the transits method (Phase A). In the last years, he has also been a member of various committees evaluating new instruments for large and extremely large telescopes.

1999-2003 he was the chief engineer of the MMT Adaptive Optics program and had lead the project to the fist light of the world's 1st AO system based on an adaptive secondary mirror.

He started his career as a project engineer designing embedded electronics systems for space born applications, also leading other hardware and software developers involved in his projects.
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