Peter Pihlmann Pedersen

 Summary

I am currently a PhD student in Experimental Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Didier Queloz (Nobel Prize 2019). My project is focused on developing an optimised ground-based near-infrared instrument for a robotic exoplanet transit survey called SPECULOOS. Beyond this, I am a maker/hacker with a deep interest in sensing and automation. Through my degrees and side projects, I have gained experience in remote sensing, embedded systems, and image processing. I am eager to apply these skills to better the world around me.

 Education

University of Cambridge

10/2018 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD - Experimental Astrophysics

University of Cambridge

10/2017 - 09/2018

Master of Research - MRes - Sensor Technologies and their Applications

University of California, Davis

09/2015 - 06/2016

Exchange - Physics

The University of Manchester

09/2013 - 06/2017

Master's degree - MPhys - Physics

1:1

 Experience

open-seneca

06/2018 - Present

Co-Founder

CJBS EnterpriseTECH STAR 2020

University of Cambridge

01/2018 - 04/2018

Research Assistant, Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab

Research Assistant, Tyson Cosmology Group

Internship, POPIPlaN

President

Internship, Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility

 Teaching/mentoring

Natural sciences Part III project supervisor

10/2020 - Present
University of Cambridge

Exoplanets and Planetary Systems course supervisor

01/2020 - 03/2020
University of Cambridge

Peer mentor

09/2014 - 07/2015
University of Manchester

A-level/GCSE Physics/Maths tutor

09/2014 - 07/2015
Manchester

 Awards

City decision support system to reduce air pollution in Kigali, Kathmandu, and Quito

2021
UN-HABITAT and UNEP

£12,500

Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact and Engagement Award

2019
University of Cambridge

£1,000

A Citizen Science-based Mobile Air Quality Sensor Network in Buenos Aires

2019
GCRF GIAA, University of Cambridge

£2,000

Co-creating a context-appropriate mobile air quality sensor network for citizen science in Nairobi

2018
GCRF travel and networking grant, University of Cambridge

£15,000

Author Schuster Scholarship

2013
University of Manchester

£1,000

 Talks

Development of a low cost air quality sensor network and its implementation to measure PM2.5 in the city of Buenos Aires, powered by citizen science

05/2020
Air Sensors International Conference, Pasadena, USA

SPECULOOS-South, effects of precipitable water vapour

11/2019
Royal Astronomical Society - Specialist discussion meeting on high precision photometry for exoplanet and time domain astronomy, London, UK

Key note - open-seneca

10/2019
EPSRC CDT - Sensors Student Showcase, Cambridge, UK

Citizen science in air quality

07/2018
Fab City Summit 2018, Paris, France

 Posters/Micro-talks

Exoplanet search - progressing into the near-infrared with SPECULOOS

11/2020
Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Annual Symposium, New York, USA

A photometric correction for precipitable water vapour

07/2020
Exo III, Heidelberg, Germany

Implementation to measure PM2.5 in the city of Buenos Aires, powered by citizen science

11/2019
The Royal Society - Air quality, past, present and future scientific meeting, London, UK

Warm* near-infrared instrumentation for ground-based exoplanet surveys

06/2019
Trappist 1 conference, Liege, Belgium

 Publications

A transit timing variation observed for the long-period extremely low density exoplanet HIP 41378 f

04/2021
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

E. Bryant, ..., P. P. Pedersen

Six transiting planets and a chain of Laplace resonances in TOI-178

01/2021
Astronomy & Astrophysics

A. Leleu, ..., P. P. Pedersen

Development of the SPECULOOS exoplanet search project

12/2020
SPIE

D. Sebastian, P. P. Pedersen et al.

SPECULOOS--Ultracool Dwarf Transit Survey: Target List and Strategy

11/2020
Astronomy & Astrophysics

D. Sebastian, ..., P. P. Pedersen

π Earth: A 3.14 day Earth-sized Planet from K2's Kitchen Served Warm by the SPECULOOS Team

09/2020
The Astronomical Journal

P. Niraula, ..., P. P. Pedersen

Complex Modulation of Rapidly Rotating Young M Dwarfs: Adding Pieces to the Puzzle

08/2020
AAS journals

M. N. Günther, ..., P. P. Pedersen

An eclipsing substellar binary in a young triple system discovered by SPECULOOS

07/2020
Nature astronomy

A. HMJ. Triaud, ..., P. P. Pedersen

Photometry and performance of SPECULOOS-South

06/2020
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

CA Murray, Laetitia Delrez, P. P. Pedersen et al.