Prof. Robert Mann

Personal Chair in Survey Astronomy
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research interests centre on clusters of galaxies and the properties of the galaxies they contain, notably Brightest Cluster Galaxies.

I direct the Wide-Field Astronomy Unit and have developed interests in a wide range of computational issues that relate to the management and publication of sky survey data.


I currently teach the Level 10 Cosmology course and coordinate Senior Honours Projects.

I am a Personal Tutor, providing guidance to almost 30 undergraduates enrolled on a number of the School's degree programmes.

Research outputs

  1. Identification of Low Surface Brightness Tidal Features in Galaxies Using Convolutional Neural Networks DOI
    Mike Walmsley, Annette M. N. Ferguson, Robert G. Mann and Chris J. Lintott, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  2. Gaia Data Release 2. Kinematics of globular clusters and dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, A. Helmi, F. van Leeuwen, D. Massari, T. Antoja, A. C. Robin, L. Lindegren, U. Bastian, F. Arenou, C. Babusiaux et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  3. Gaia Data Release 2. Mapping the Milky Way disc kinematics DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, D. Katz, T. Antoja, M. Romero-Gómez, R. Drimmel, C. Reylé, G. M. Seabroke, C. Soubiran, C. Babusiaux, P. Di Matteo et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  4. Gaia Data Release 2. Observational Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, C. Babusiaux, F. van Leeuwen, M. A. Barstow, C. Jordi, A. Vallenari, D. Bossini, A. Bressan, T. Cantat-Gaudin, M. van Leeuwen et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  5. Gaia Data Release 2. Observations of solar system objects DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, F. Spoto, P. Tanga, F. Mignard, J. Berthier, B. Carry, A. Cellino, A. Dell'Oro, D. Hestroffer, K. Muinonen et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  6. Gaia Data Release 2. Summary of the contents and survey properties DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, A. G. A. Brown, A. Vallenari, T. Prusti, J. H. J. de Bruijne, C. Babusiaux, C. A. L. Bailer-Jones, M. Biermann, L. Eyer, F. Jansen et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  7. Gaia Data Release 2. The celestial reference frame (Gaia-CRF2) DOI
    Gaia Collaboration, F. Mignard, S. A. Klioner, L. Lindegren, J. Hernández, U. Bastian, A. Bombrun, D. Hobbs, U. Lammers, D. Michalik et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  8. The VO: A Powerful Tool for Global Astronomy
    C. Arviset, M. Allen, A. Aloisi, B. Berriman, C. Boisson, B. Cecconi, D. Ciardi, J. Evans, G. Fabbiano, F. Genova et al., : Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXV, 512, p. 65 (2017)
  9. Galaxies in X-ray Selected Clusters and Groups in Dark Energy Survey Data II: Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of Red-Sequence Galaxy Luminosity Function
    Y. Zhang, Jeffrey C Miller, Paul J Rooney, A. Bermeo, A. K. Romer, C. Vergara Cervantes, E. S. Rykoff, Christian Hennig, R. Das, Tony McKay et al., Astrophysical Journal (2017)
  10. Use of Docker for deployment and testing of astronomy software DOI
    D. Morris, S. Voutsinas, N. C. Hambly and R. G. Mann, Astronomy and Computing, 20, p. 105-119 (2017)
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