Kevin Lacaille

I am a

astrophysicist ➡️ software engineer

🔭 I was an observational astronomer working in the field of galaxy evolution and dynamics, where I used the world's best telescopes to look deep into space, and back in time, to a time when galaxies were younger and and more violent than they are today.

⭐ By studying their galactic dust and gas heated by exploding stars and active black holes, I uncovered how galaxies use them to fuel their star formation.

👨‍💻 I applied my knowledge in both physics and astrophysics to create innovative computer vision and image processing algorithms for aerospace and maritime technology in industry.

🛰️ Now, I develop open source software to empower fellow scientists and developers to explore the Earth.




Unique astrophysics projects


Published papers






(past 90 days)


Python 100%
Google Earth Engine (GEE) 60%
bash 60%
git 80%
Google Cloud Platform (GCP)60%



Kevin Lacaille

Innovative & enthusiastic Software Engineer with 11 years of experience developing intuitive and user-friendly APIs, novel computer vision solutions, data science frameworks, image processing techniques, in both industry and academia.

Professional Experience

Software Engineer

Planet Labs, Remote, Canada
2021 - 2023
Developer Relations
Developing tools to enable and empower fellow scientists and developers to do amazing things using Planet's APIs and imagery.
  • Lead developer on Planet's Python SDK, including a Python client and a command line interface (CLI) for Planet's public APIs.
    Planet SDK
  • Working directly with users to develop custom GIS solutions.
  • Developing GIS-based code examples and demo apps and creating code-focused tutorials.
    Planet Notebooks
  • Writing technical blog posts for Planet's Developer Center and maintaining developer tools documentation.
    Developer Center Blog
    Developer Center
  • Python: asyncio, click, httpx, Rasterio, geojson, NumPy, Matplotlib, OpenCV, SciPy
    Web Dev: HTML, JS, CSS, Redoc, Jinja, Pelican
    Tools: git, bash, GitHub, GitLab, Jupyter Notebooks, Docker, Atlassian Tools, Google Earth Engine (GEE)
    Cloud: Google Cloud Platform (CGP)
    OS: MacOS

Algorithm Engineer

L3Harris WESCAM, Burlington, ON
2019 - 2021
Advanced Processing Team
Developed novel image processing pipelines and synthetic data generation tools for airborne and maritime platforms.
  • The lead algorithm developer for two novel infrared-based imaging systems.
  • Developed object detection, multi-target tracking, track to track association, and track fusion algorithms for imaging systems.
  • Developed a radiometrically accurate synthetic data generator, resulting in massive reductions in labour hours spent in gathering feld imagery and rapid development of computer vision models.
  • Maintained a ground truth and data ingestion application, an optical Yow model (FlowNet2), and an incorporated an object classifer (YOLOv4).
  • Python: Matplotlib, NumPy, OpenCV, Pytorch, Tensorflow, Keras, SciPy, Scikit-learn
    MATLAB: Image Processing, Computer Vision, Signal Processing, Deep Learning
    Tools: git, bash, Docker, Atlassian Tools
    OS: Linux

Research Assistant

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
2012 - 2019
Observational Astrophysics Labs
Hands-on observational astronomy to commission prototype sensors and detect some of the most distant and ancient star systems.
  • Developed spectral line fitting algorithms, modelled galaxy's dynamics, and used statistical analysis to uncover distant galaxies.
  • Designed algorithms to align obscured star maps to unprecedented accuracy to confidently measure stellar growth.
  • Python: Matplotlib, NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, AstroPy, AplPy, PyFits, Galpak
    Tools: git, Starlink, CASA, LaTeX
    OS: Linux, MacOS

Resident Scientist

East Asian Obervatory, Hilo, HI
  • Assisted in commissioning of an instrument on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT)
  • Conducted >450 hrs of scientific observations with the JCMT's legacy and prototype instruments
  • Python: Matplotlib, NumPy, AstroPy, AplPy, PyFits
    Tools: git, bash, Starlink
    OS: Linux


Doctor of Philosophy (self-withdrew), Astrophysics

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
2017 - 2019

Thesis title: "The nature of the interstellar medium of starbursts"

Master of Science, Physics

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
2015 - 2017

Thesis title: "A sub-mm survey of far-IR protoclusters & the variability of protostars"

Bachelor of Science Honours, Physics & Math

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
2011 - 2015

Thesis title: "Locating sub-mm galaxies within protoclusters at z>2"