Dr. Alberto Conti is an astrophysicist and the James Webb Space Telescope Innovation Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. In his current role, Conti serves as the Senior Technical Advisor on all innovation and core technology initiatives for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
His main focus is to foster an atmosphere favorable to innovation, in which to develop ideas to improve the success of the JWST mission. He is responsible for the implementation of proof-of-concept ideas aimed at maximizing scientific return from JWST and the project visibility within the science community and the public.
Conti has been a leader in developing data mining tools to deliver optical and ultraviolet data to the astronomical community as part of the NASA Multi-mission Archive team for the past nine years. As Hubble Chief Engineer he was responsible for the Data Management System of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Conti has been an early proponent of the use of modern data mining and visualization techniques across the astronomical community. Many will recognize him as the co-creator of the GoogleSky concept and a team member of Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope. He holds a M.S. from the University of Trieste, and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.