Andreas Wicenec


  • The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway


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Professor at the University of Western Australia since 2010, leading the Data Intensive Astronomy Program (DIA) of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) to research, design and implement Petabyte scale data flows and high performance scientific computing for the Square Kilometre Array, the Murchison Wide Field Array (MWA), the Australian SKA Pathfinder. During his graduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral appointments, he was involved in the software development and reduction of photometric and astrometric Tycho data from the ESA Hipparcos satellite. He joined the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in 1997 as an archive specialist and was involved in the final implementation of the archive for ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the ESO Imaging Survey. Between 2002 and 2010, he was employed as ESO's Archive Scientist and led the development group of the ALMA archive subsystem. Prof. Wicenec is also involved in the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). His scientific interests and publications include high precision global astrometry, optical background radiation, stellar photometry, dynamics and evolution of planetary nebulae and observational survey astronomy and the related data management, scheduling and computational concepts.

Roles and responsibilities

Director of the Data Intensive Astronomy Program at ICRAR

Future research

Design, architecture and implementation of the global SKA data layer.

Previous positions

European Southern Observatory: Archive Specialist and Science Archive Scientist
University of Tübingen: Research Assistant

Current projects

SKA Science Data Handling and Processing contributions
The Data Activated Flow Graph Engine (DALiuGE,
Rialto, a project in collaboration with CSIRO and support by a 1.66 million dollar grant to combine DALiuGE with the data reduction software for the Australian SKA Pathfinder, ASKAPSoft.
SKA observation adn processing schduling
Science reproducibility
NGAS, the Next Generation Archive System, a project which is supporting the data flows of many of the largest observatories in the world (
Australian SKA Pathfinder Data-intensive science reduction system

Teaching overview

PhD and Masters Student supervision


Efficient data archiving and data flow optimization. High performance persistence systems. Large scale astronomical survey systems. NP-hard scheduling, reprodicible science. High precision astrometry and photometry and stellar dynamics.


German (mother tongue)
Spanish (basic)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy, PhD, Hochauflösende B- und V-Kartographie der galaktischen und des Zodiakalichtes mit Hilfe des Tycho Satellitenexperimentes., University of Tübingen

Award Date: 15 Jul 1994

Physics, Diploma, Simulation of high density star fields for the Tycho experiment, University of Tübingen

Award Date: 10 Oct 1989

Industry keywords

  • Space

Research expertise keywords

  • Petascale storage and computing
  • Astronomical data processing
  • Large scale data flow system design
  • Database systems
  • Astrometry
  • High performance computing


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  • ACM Gordon Bell Prize 2020 (Finalist)

    Wang, Ruonan (Recipient), Tobar Carrizo, Rodrigo (Recipient), Dolensky, Markus (Recipient), Tao, An (Recipient), Wicenec, Andreas (Recipient), Wu, Chen (Recipient), Dulwich, Fred (Recipient), Podhorszki, Norbert (Recipient), Anantharaj, Valentine (Recipient), Suchyta, Eric (Recipient), Lao, Baoquiang (Recipient) & Klasky, Scott (Recipient), 20 Nov 2020