Dr. Mario M. Bisi
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Space Weather Scientist (Senior Engineer Grade)
Science & Technology Facilities Council - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
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Personal and Related Websites:
Personal - http://www.spacephysicist.com/ (my own space, solar, and heliospheric science blog, articles, work, and some personal information)
Professional Biography - Official Biography at IMAPS-AU
Related - http://ips.ucsd.edu/ (interplanetary scintillation - IPS - work)
Related - http://smei.ucsd.edu/ (Solar Mass Ejection Imager - SMEI - work)
Related - http://www.astroengine.com/ (guest science writer)
Dr. M. M. Bisi completed his Masters degree (MPhys) in “Physics with Astronomy” at the University of Wales, Cardiff (now Cardiff University), in Wales, United Kingdom (UK) in the summer of 2002, and later went on to complete his Ph.D. in the summer of 2006 entitled “Interplanetary Scintillation Studies of the Large-Scale Structure of the Solar Wind” at the Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (now Aberystwyth University), Wales, UK. He concentrated on interplanetary scintillation (IPS) studies of the solar wind at relatively-high frequencies (928 MHz/1420 MHz) using the European Incoherent SCATter (EISCAT) telescope systems across northern Scandinavia in conjunction with the Multi-Element Radio-Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN) radio telescope system in the UK. He has also worked with the EISCAT Svalbard Radar (ESR) observing at 500 MHz located near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen in the northern archipelago of Svalbard deep inside the Arctic Circle. He assisted in the development of the multi-frequency and extremely-long baseline (ELB) IPS observations between the EISCAT, ESR, and MERLIN radio-telescope systems. At time of writing (30 November 2012), Dr. Bisi has 51 peer-reviewed papers, including 14 where he is the first author, plus nine technical/non-refereed publications as well as many more submitted and in preparation with world-wide collaborators amounting to an overall involvement with some 75 publications. He has had (at time of writing) 11 invited conference talks as first author and 18 as non-first author plus had a large involvement in over 180 contributions (around 70 of which he was first author), and many of which he himself has presented. Recent highlights from his solar wind and heliospheric research include the production of the first three-dimensional (3-D) reconstructions (using the UCSD 3-D Computer Assisted Tomography - CAT - solar wind kinematic model) of the velocity distribution from IPS observations using EISCAT/ESR/MERLIN, and the successful application of this pioneering technique developed at UCSD to the Ootacamund (Ooty) Radio Telescope (ORT) IPS data for both density and velocity. He is also heavily involved with the continuing tomographic work with IPS data from the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STELab), Nagoya University, Japan, and with white-light observations from the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI). He is also heavily involved in the development of IPS on the next-generation (software) radio-telescope system of the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) based across central and Northern Europe.
Dr. Bisi is part of several major international collaborations, and as a core member of the International IPS Consortium, he is involved with standardising the IPS world-wide data format. During the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) he conducted IPS investigations in conjunction with Ulysses, SMEI, the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) twin spacecraft, the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory UltraViolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (SOHO|UVCS), and a large concentration of work on the Whole Heliosphere Interval (WHI) which was part of IHY. He is also a member of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Solar, Heliospheric, and Ionospheric (SHI) working group. Dr. Bisi has been a lead organiser or a co-organiser of multiple international workshops and conference sessions at very-high-profile conferences and also a co-author of over 50 submitted funding proposals ranging in value from US$10k to over US$100M; many of which he was at least a Co-Investigator. Dr. Bisi is involved with outreach activities including having contributed to the project “Promoting STFC science to the disengaged: Radio and online outreach” funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2008 and run by Aberystwyth University is Wales, UK, as a guest writer for http://www.astroengine.com/, setting up and maintaining these WebPages, as well as having taken part in various online and radio interviews such as for Discovery Space and BBC Radio Wales’ Science Café.
Very brief areas of research interests:
Space, Solar, and Heliospheric Science.
Presently, Dr. Bisi’s main focus is based on the 3D reconstructions of the inner heliosphere using STELab, Ooty, EISCAT/ESR/MERLIN IPS observations as well as SMEI white-light observations, and comparison with multi-spacecraft remote-sensing observations and in situ measurements. In addition, he is involved with the new IPS experiments on LOFAR and KAIRA (a test-bed for EISCAT_3D based on LOFAR technologies) and the new low-frequency receivers installed at two of the three EISCAT mainland sites. The main aims of the projects are to determine solar wind structure and to investigate the physics behind the solar wind, transients within it (such as coronal mass ejections - CMEs), and stream interaction regions (SIRs) and the potential space weather then bring when they hit or interact with the Earth. In addition he is involved with numerous world-wide collaborations linking IPS and SMEI observations with other sources of solar wind data and comparison between the 3-D reconstructed heliosphere and the environment, as measured by spacecraft, at various locations in the heliosphere. He has great interest with interactions between comet tails and the solar wind, and with colleagues at UCSD, has used IPS, SMEI, and STEREO Heliospheric Imager white-light observations to study such interactions.