Jose Maria Madiedo is a research scientist working at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (Granada, Spain). He studied chemistry and physics at the University of Seville, and obtained a PhD in Chemistry and a PhD in Astrophysics.
Madiedo’s research deals mostly with meteoroids in the Earth-Moon environment, but also includes the parent bodies of these particles of interplanetary matter: asteroids and comets. He works on the detection and analysis of the collision of NEOs with the lunar ground and conducts the MIDAS survey (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System). Also works on the analysis of the interaction of meteoroids with the Earth’s atmosphere and has developed the SMART survey (Spectroscopy of Meteoroids in the Atmosphere with Robotic Technologies). He has been involved in all aspects of these two surveys, including observing, software and hardware development, telescope and instrument maintenance, and project management.