Hall of Fame

In this section we present you the amazing people that were fueled by enormous amounts of tea [*] in order to develop GNSS Compare!

[*]Typically it’s coffee, but we like to approach things differently. 😊

And here they are! From the left to right we have: Mareike Burba, Sebastian Ciuban, Dominika Perz and Mateusz Krainski.


They all have an impressive set of skills that brought the 1st prize for GNSS Compare at the European Space Agency Galileo Smartphone App Challenge. Their knowledge and experience related to Software Design and GNSS Signal Processing are presented in short biographies so you can have an idea who is behind GNSS Compare!

Software Design

Mateusz Krainski


Polish Young Graduate Trainee in the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, at ESTEC, where he supports the European Robotic Arm (ERA) team. His main duties regard designing, developing and validating a robotic testbed for testing of ERA’s on-board smart cameras. During his studies, Mateusz was one of the key board members of a robotic student society, where he managed numerous projects ranging from small teams for quick projects (this includes a Space Startup Weekend, an Android app hackathon and few duringstudies assignments), organizing robotic tournaments (with a team of over 15 people), up to technical projects counting over 30 people. Thanks to the Toastmasters International community, Mateusz has developed highly his public speaking skills. He not only helped start the first English speaking club in the area, but also received awards in presenting competitions on a semi-national level.

Dominika Perz


Polish Young Graduate Trainee in the Technology, Engineering and Quality Directorate at ESTEC, ESA. Currently working as a Project Manager for the Lunar Exploration Mission - internal project to determine a preliminary GNC (Guidance, Navigation and Control) design for the ascent, rendezvous and docking with the Deep Space Gateway station orbiting a Moon in the highly elliptical orbit. Her background is mainly in robotics and programming. She completed Control Engineering and Robotics master studies in Poland, during which she spent one semester in Madrid, Spain as an Erasmus exchange student. As a first international carrier experience, Dominika did a 6 weeks internship in R&D team at Venderlande (Eindhoven, Netherlands), where she worked on optimisation of the search algorithm. During holidays in 2016 she participated in the Aerospace Information Technology Summer School in Würzburg, Germany. Before coming to ESA, Dominika worked for a year at a software company GlobalLogic as a Junior Software Developer for embedded systems.

GNSS Signal Processing

Sebastian Ciuban


Romanian Young Graduate Trainee in the Directorate of Navigation at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) working on the Galileo project. He holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Systems – Navigation and Telecommunications granted by the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) from Toulouse, France. After his first year of master studies he worked a summer (2016) at Acorde Technologies in Spain in the area of GPS/INS integration. During the second year of studies he developed his master thesis at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. While being at DLR he was responsible with designing and implementing algorithms that fused the Precise Point Positioning (PPP) technique with Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) in a tight coupling architecture. Moreover, he has also developed suitable integrity monitoring algorithms in order to measure the reliability of the designed fused systems in terms of fault detection sensitivity and protection level stability. His research interests are related to precise positioning, sensor fusion, integrity monitoring and GNSS receiver signal processing.

Mareike Burba


German National Trainee with EOP-SMS, currently working on the atmospheric correction for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX). She holds a M.Sc. in Meteorology with a minor in Scientific Computing from the University of Hamburg. Her Master’s thesis was about optimizing the numerical computation of atmospheric radiative transfer for the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on MetOp. Mareike previously joined the World Climate Research Program Joint Planning Staff in the World Meteorological Organization for a 6 months internship in the framework of the Carlo Schmid program. Thanks to her studies and jobs as student research assistent, she speaks fluently Python, Matlab, Bash and Fortran, is communicative in C, Java and IDL, and has some experience with parallel computing.


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