F.-S. Kitaura started Physics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) after passing the University selection exams with the highest possible qualification in Physics and Mathematics. He obtained degrees in Physics with specialisations in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, UCM (2002) and at the Technische Universität München (TUM) (2003), respectively.

 

He started working on "hydrodynamical simulations with Boltzmann neutrino transport of the low mass end progenitor stars producing core-collapse (neutron stars) Supernovae explosions" during his master thesis (2002). His first author paper on this subject gathers more than 300 citations and led to a press release of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in 2006 and of the whole Max Planck Society in 2007.  In mid 2004 he received an IMPRS fellowship which permitted him to work freely on any subject. After being inspired by an intensive school on astro-statistics at Penn University in 2005, he focused his research to study the cosmological large-scale structure (LSS) from galaxy surveys with statistical Data Analysis/Data Mining/Big Data tools.

His PhD thesis “Cosmic Cartography: Bayesian Reconstruction of the Cosmological Large-Scale Structure” under the supervision of Prof. S. White (December 20 2007) including some Supernova work  received a perfect score in the written part and was altogether rated Magna Cum Laude by the Ludwig Maximilians University(LMU) commission.

 

In 2008 he was granted a Marie-Curie fellowship (~5% success rate) from the EU to further develop his techniques to study the LSS from the Lyman-alpha forest with Prof. A. Ferrara at Scuola International Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) (Trieste) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS). The work he developed during this period joined for the first time peculiar velocity, power-spectrum and density reconstructions.

He then got several grants in the period end of 2010 till mid 2011 from The Cluster of Excellence and the Max-Planck Society in Munich.

In mid 2011 he was awarded with the Karl-Schwarzschild fellowship (~1% success rate) to work at the AIP in Potsdam. There he combined his statistical data analysis tools with higher order perturbation theory to make the first self-consistent phase-space analysis of the initial conditions and cosmic web from a galaxy redshift survey. This led to a press release at the Royal Astronomical Society in 2012 and applications of this work have appeared in National Geographic January 2015.

 

These years of efforts have led him to a large number of publications presenting original break through methods, becoming a renown expert in the field of LSS modelling and analysis, being invited in numerous international conferences (more than 25 times since 2007), and being awarded with the Leibniz Society young promising researchers prize (2013). 

He has more than 40 publications, more than 1/3 of them as 1st author, more than 1/2 of them including 2nd author contributions, and gathering almost 1800 citations (h-index: 23, m-index: 2.9).

Since 2008 he has worked as a referee for A&A, ApJ, and MNRAS. He has given courses on Cosmology and Data Analysis at SNS (2009) (Pisa), at the Kapteyn Institute (2011) (Groningen), at the LMU (2011), at the Potsdam University (2013-2014), and at the Summer School in Corfu on Dark Energy (2014). In addition, he has a wide experience supervising undergraduate and PhD students. 

 

Some of his work has not gained much visibility yet. In particular, he is an active member of several international collaborations. He is co-lead of the BAO reconstruction working group in EUCLID, PI of the cosmology science case in 4MOST (responsible for the forecasts, mocks, and internal reports of phase A), co-lead of the data analysis tools in J-PAS, and leading the massive production of light-cone galaxy mocks project for the BOSS DR12 used in the determination of clustering errors and testing of methods to come out very soon.

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