Consortium

Coordinator

Dr Chris Danezis   (Cyprus University of Technology)

Dr. Chris Danezis is the Director of the Geodesy, Positioning and Location-Awareness Research Laboratory of the Eratosthenes Research Centre, a multidisciplinary center, which involves researchers in the fields of Remote Sensing, Earth Observations, Terrestrial Laser Scanning focused on monitoring, mapping and modelling of Environmental processes including forestry, agriculture and landscapes. Through the activities of the centre, the coordinator is well-networked with high-level research institutes in academia at a regional and European level related the scopes of the proposed project. He is a tenuretrack Assistant Professor in Geodesy at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics (CEG). He holds a 5-year Dipl. Ing. in Geomatic Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), a M.Sc. in Geoinformatics from the same university, and a Ph.D. in Satellite Geodesy and Navigation from the University College London (UCL) department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. During his career, he won several professional and scientific scholarships and prizes, such as the 1st Prize for Best Journal Publication in Geodesy for the years 2013 – 2014 awarded by the National Academy of Athens.

During 2012 – 2014 he was a member of the joint IAG – FIG (International Association of Geodesy) committee (IAG 4.1.1 and FIG WG 5.5) on Ubiquitous Positioning. Since 2017, Dr. Danezis is an associate partner in the European Plate bserving System, a European Strategic Research Infrastructure (ESFRI), representing Cyprus. From his appointment at CUT (Sep 2014) to date, he has supervised more than 20 undergraduate and postgraduate theses, 10 MSc theses, 1 PhD thesis and he is currently supervising and co-supervising 8 PhD students. His taught courses include geodesy, surveying and satellite positioning modules in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Dr Danezis has an extensive (13-year) professional experience as a consultant engineer and engineering surveyor in the construction and geomatics industry. His first position (2002 – 2004) was with Geotechnologic S.A. (GR) appointed as a Project Manager and Lead System Architect in two cadastral and five rural cadastre projects. Until his appointment in academia, he had carried out more than 100 private surveying or construction-related projects. In 2009, he was appointed as a Geodetic Infrastructure Executive at the Hellenic National Cadastre Mapping Agency (NCMA) in the department responsible for the operation of the Greek national GPS/GNSS CORS network. During his 5-year employment, he was actively involved in the operation and management of 98 CORS GPS receivers spread across the Hellenic region. He developed the official software and services related to GPS/GNSS processing, coordinate transformations, and custom GIS extensions to automate geospatial infrastructure processes, all of which had a significant impact in the geomatics and construction industry of Greece. In 2014, he was appointed as a member of the NCMA Strategic Management Board initiated to (a) reform and modernize the company’s hierarchy and organizational structure, (b) incorporate all geomatics-related responsibilities in national level and (c) form a new strategy for active participation in European, Regional and National calls.

Dr. Danezis has an extensive research experience (2001 – to date). Between 2006 – 2007, he worked as a contracted researcher with UCL, where he was the Lead System Investigator in a EU-funded FP6 program (abbreviated BEAR) that involved the development and implementation of a prototype animal tracking system. He designed a novel positioning algorithm to augment GPS/GNSS with digital elevation data, and increase system availability, accuracy and reliability in GNSS-denied environments. The last years, Dr Danezis was actively involved in the H2020 WIDESPREAD TEAMING call phase 1 through the EXCELSIOR project, which aims to transform the existing Eratosthenes Research Center into a Center of Excellence in the fields of Earth Observation for Environmental Applications. Currently, he is the coordinator of the 1M EUR grant CyCLOPS funded by the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, which involves the establishment a strategic research infrastructure unit in Cyprus, supported by local authorities to monitor natural hazards using a novel combination of the most prominent Earth Observation space missions (Copernicus and Galileo) along with ground stations. His research focuses on the fields of Environmental Monitoring and Modeling through innovative geoinformatics technologies. Additionally, he is a dedicated programmer of several convential and AI programming languages, tools which he uses extensively in his research. He is the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed papers in leading international scientific journals; He is currently a reviewer in several world-renowned scientific journals and conferences, such as Atmospheric Research, Sensors, International Journal of Geoinformations, Journal of Applied Geodesy, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, FIG and IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems annual conferences.

Advisory Board

Prof Diofantos G Hadjimitsis   (Cyprus University of Technology)

Prof Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis is the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs of the Cyprus University of Technology (HO) with main duties for chairing the ‘Quality Assurance’, ‘Research and Innovation’ and ‘Programme of Studies’ of the entire university. He is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics and was the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics from 2011 to 2015. Nowadays, he is a board member of ‘The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education’, which has been established by law in November 2015 and a member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ΕΤΕΚ). In the past, he worked at the University of Surrey (UK), University of Southampton (UK), and Frederick University (Cyprus), and in the industrial sector as a managing director in a consultancy company working in the fields of remote sensing and GIS. He has been worked as a consultant for managing town-planning projects with budget cost of more than 40 million Euros. Furthermore, he is the founder of the ‘ERATOSTHENES’ Research Centre, Remote Sensing & Geo-Environment Lab and he was the co-coordinator of MSc in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Technologies at Cyprus University of Technology. His research group consists of more than 30 active researchers and is the largest research group at the Cyprus University of Technology. Since 1999, he has participated in more than 65 funded projects. Since his appointment at the Cyprus University of Technology (2007), he participated in more than 55 research projects with funding sources from FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, ECHO, Eureka, Life +, MED, Marie Curie, ERASMUS+, COST, ESA, EC regional funds, national funds such as the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (CRPF) and industry. Furthermore, he has been a coordinator of more than 25 research project. He is an author of 450 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, chapters in books and technical reports. According to Google Scholar (Figure 9), he has 3047 citations, his h-index is 29 and his i10th-index is 75.

He has significant experience in working and/or coordinating research, technical and scientific projects that include remote sensing, GIS, space applications, geo-information, geomatics, field spectroscopy, UAV, environmental applications, cultural heritage, sustainable construction and forestry. His experience in the field is highlighted by the fact that he is an editor of the ‘Open Geosciences’ and ‘MDPI Remote Sensing’ journals. Additionally, in 2010 he was the co-chair of the EuroMED conference. He has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous contributions in conference proceedings and edited volumes. He has also supervised 13 PhD researchers in remote sensing, he is the coordinator of the MSc Geo-informatics and Geospatial Technologies and has given more than 25 invited talks.  Diofantos has been a coordinator of more than 25 scientific, technical and research projects. Since his appointment at the Cyprus University of Technology (2007), he participated in more than 60 research projects  with funding sources from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, FP6, FP7, Eureka, Life +, MED, EC, ERASMUS, HORIZON2020, regional funds, national funds and industry. Diofantos has been a coordinator of more than 25 research projects. He is a member of the ‘Advisory Committee’, which deals with national space issues under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications and Works in Cyprus, that was preparing Cyprus join to European Space Agency as a full member. He is the member of the editorial team of the Central European Journal of Geosciences.

Examples of good project coordination is the ‘ATHENA: Remote Sensing Science Centre for Cultural Heritage’ project that is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The ‘ATHENA’ project  (www.athena2020.eu) aims to establish a Centre of Excellence in the field of Remote Sensing for Cultural Heritage in the areas of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage through the development of an enhanced knowledge base and innovative methods. He is also the Coordinator of a project with a bigger vision, the ‘HORZION 2020 Twinning Project ‘EXCELSIOR’/ ERATOSTHENES: EXcellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment (www.excelsior2020.eu). The EXCELSIOR project aims upgrade the existing ERATOSTHENES research centre, established by Prof Hadjimitsis, into a Centre of Excellence for conducting baseic and applied research and innovation in the areas of integrated use of remote sensing and space-based techniques for monitoring the environment. In worth mentioning that “Environment” has been recognized by the Smart Specialization Strategy of Cyprus as the first horizontal priority for future growth of the island. The ERATOSTHENES CoE – with its expertise and infrastructure could be a hub for the earth observation activities in the eastern Mediterranean area due to the key geostrategic position of Cyprus.

Prof Vassilia Karathanassi   (National Technical University of Athens)

She is Professor of the School of the Rural and Surveying Engineering, specialised on the interpretation of radar and multi-band data for Earth Observation. She teaches multiple undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Advanced Remote Sensing Topics, Remote Sensing & Applications, Environment and Development, Remote Sensing of Environment and Microwave Remote Sensing. Her international recognition is acknowledged in multiple aspects. For example, she is a reviewer in multiple high impact journals like IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Journal of Remote Sensing, Computers in Industry, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing letters, International journal of Geosciences and International Journal of Remote Sensing. Additionally, she is an evaluation for Research Grant of the Chilean country and she has been a member of 7 scientific committees (e.g. Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information of the Environment, 2018, and 5th International GEOBIA conference, 2014). She has further been invited as a keynote speaker to 9 international conferences since 2013. Finally, she has been invited as a Guest Editor for special issues in several journals, such as Journal of Marine Science & engineering (2018) and SciencePG (2016,2017). Since 2006, she has supervised more than 35 undergraduate, 5 masters and 8 PhD theses (4 of them completed) and 1 Post-Doctoral research. According to Scopus (Scopus Author ID: 6602927210), there are more than 667 citations in her published work. Furthermore, she is involved in more than 24 EU and national excellence/competitive research projects as a coordinator, as a principal investigator and as a researcher towards the design, development and validation of state-of-the-art methodologies and cutting-edge technology in Remote Sensing, Earth Observation and Computer Vision (e.g. H2020 and FP7).

 

Researchers

Dr Milto Miltiadou   (Cyprus University of Technology)

Dr Milto Miltiadou is a researcher interested in laser scanning, forestry, remote sensing, computer graphics, image processing and machine learning. She studied her EngD at University of Bath, United Kingdom, with full studentship awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and specialised on efficient accumulation, analysis and visualisation of full-waveform LiDAR data in a volumetric representation with applications to forestry. She further worked on projects that includes interpreting and/or co-registrating multi-band, radar, terrestrial laser scanning and hyperspectral data. She gained experience in both academia and industrial innovation through her placements at Airborne Research Facility of Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Carbomap Ltd (UK), Planetek Hellas (GR) and Interpine Group Ltd (NZ). She further presented her research at many well-established international and national conferences and she was invited to give lectures about the interpretation of full-waveform LiDAR at the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Brazil and University of Bari, Italy. She also reviewed articles at the MDPI Sensors journal and the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE 2019), France. Her performance has been acknowledged with multiple awards including Silvilaser Poster competition and being selected as a finalist for the prestigious EDE & Ravenscroft award that that recognises the work of the best postgraduate researchers. Additionally, she has gained significant professional and transferable skills through extra-curricular activities, which include organising writing retreats and collecting feedback for school board meetings that she attended as student representative.

 

Christos Theocharidis   (Cyprus University of Technology)

Christos Theocharidis is a Forester-Environmentalist, with Master of Science in “Geoinformatics and Geospatial Technologies” from the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of Cyprus University of Technology, where he is currently a PhD Candidate in “Remote Sensing and Earth Observation”. He has completed his undergraduate degree at the Democritus University of Thrace in the Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources. His research interests focus on observing the environment for both land and ocean related applications by using remote sensing technologies (including both multi-band and radar data). He is also familiar with processing remote sensing satellite data in GIS software like ArcMap, ArcGis Pro, QGIS, SNAP and he is learning how to use python programming to automate and ease processing of big data. It worth mentioning that he used to be firefighter volunteer and his training made him a highly motivated person and very passionate about protecting the environment. He is, therefore, interested in using his academic background for tackling environmental related issues (e.g. understanding the effects of climate change and using them as evidence to promote environmentally friendly policies). During both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Christos acquired important skills in Cartography, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science. He is further a very highly motivated person willing to keep learning and continuously improving his skills. 

Viktoria Kristollari   (National Technical University of Athens)

Viktoria Kristollari is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Remote Sensing Lab (RSLab) of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is also a teaching assistant at the course “Special Topics of Remote Sensing”. She completed her BSc and Integrated MSc studies in Rural and Surveying Engineering at NTUA in 2016 (ranked 2nd ) and received the Excellence Award of the Limmat Stiftung foundation. During her master studies in the framework of a medical research project she developed an automatic hyperspectral method for the detection and scoring of the erythema parameter of psoriasis disease. Since 2017 she has worked as a researcher at the NTUA RSLab in the field of multispectral and hyperspectral data processing. She was involved for a year in the MARERIAL project where she collected and analyzed hyperspectral data of urban construction materials in Athens and Munich for the development of a deep learning classification product for Calcon GmbH. She also participated for a year in the SEO-DWARF project (MSCA-RISE) where she contributed to the implementation of the marine Remote Sensing algorithms. During the project she was seconded for 3 month periods to Cloudsigma (Sofia), TWT (Stuttgart), Planetek Italia (Bari) and i-Sea (Bordeaux). Her PhD research which has been granted a 3 year scholarship by the NTUA Research Committee, concerns the investigation and development of classification methods on multispectral/hyperspectral imagery with focus on the use of neural network architectures. She is an experienced user of Remote Sensing, Photogrammetric and GIS software packages (ESA SNAP, ENVI, ERDAS ER Mapper, Photomod, Photoscan, ArcGIS, QGIS) and possesses programming skills in Python and Matlab.

Efrosyni Antoniou   (Friends of the Earth Cyprus)

Efrosyni Antoniou is a Project Manager at the Friends of the Earth Cyprus. She completed her MSc studies in Urban Environmental Management, at Wageningen University (Netherlands) in 2013 and her BSc studies in Agriculture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2006. Since then, she has worked as a researcher/ consultant for Alterra Research Institute (Wageningen Research Center, Netherlands) and UNESCO, as a lecturer for KES College (Cyprus), as an accredited consultant for Garden-Masters Ltd (Cyprus) and as an agriculturist for Greentech Trading Ltd (Cyprus). During those years she has developed skills for efficient project management, research development, research reports’ writing, staff coordination, academic teaching, administration and increasing the awareness of society and stakeholders for environmental issues. She cooperated with local authorities, communities and multidisciplinary teams of experts to achieve goals for sustainability transition and the creation of climate resilience islands, urban and rural areas. Furthermore, she is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI/ USA), of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH/ UK) and the Cyprus Board of Agriculturists. She has been involved as a researcher in two funded research projects: The «INTERREG IV-B Project Future Cities» from 2009-2012 and the UNESCO’s global project “On the Frontlines of Climate Change: A Forum for Small Islands and Vulnerable Communities” from 2010-2013. Her main research interests is the sustainability transition of our society and the creation of climate resilience environments.

Maria Prodromou   (Cyprus University of Technology)

Maria Prodromou is a Research Associate at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics and member of the Eratotshenes Research Centre. She received her BSc in Surveying Engineering and Geomatics and she continued her studies in the field of “Geoinformatics and Geospatial Technologies” both from the Department  of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, from the Cyprus University of Technology. During her BSc she studied with the detection of underground structures using field spectroscopy for defense and security. Her MSc dissertation was focused on Characterize aerosol optical properties observed over Limassol, Cyprus using atmospheric LiDAR system. As a PhD candidate she is interested in the exploitation of remote sensing techniques for managing wildfires, as well as estimating fire risk. In the summer of 2016, she took a practical training session at Marathon Data Systems in Athens where she attended a series of seminars on ArcGIS software. She also worked in the Department of Lands and Survey at Larnaca, Cyprus as a land surveyor for 8 months. While continuing her PhD, she is secondended at Planetek Hellas in the framework of a H2020 RISE project with acronym SEODWARF. Her research interests are: Satellite Remote Sensing, Spectroradiometers, GIS and Geoinformatics for environmental applications.

 

Dr Polychronis Kolokoussis  (National Technical University of Athens)

Dr. Polychronis Kolokoussis, holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering from NTUA (1993) and a PhD Degree from NTUA (2008). Since 1998, he is senior research assistant at the Remote Sensing Laboratory, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA. He participates in lectures on Remote Sensing at the under and post graduate level and has significant expertise in the fields of Photo-Interpretation, Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing, their applications and their integration with GIS. During the last years his research interest has been focused on acquisition and processing of hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing imagery as well as object-based image analysis, with emphasis on techniques used for identifying changes and protecting the natural environment. He has published his work in several international journals and conferences and has participated in more than twenty National and European Research Projects. He is reviewer in many international journals e.g. Springer, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, MDPI and Bowen, as well as evaluator of H2020 Earth Observation proposals.