Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis is a Director of Research, at FORTH. He holds a BSc in Physics, a MSc in Environmental Physics and PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Athens. He has been involved in R&D projects funded from organizations such as the European Union, the European Space Agency and the Ministries of Environment, Development, Culture and Education. His main research interests include urban research, urban energy balance, natural and technological risk analysis, thermal infrared imagery and surface temperature studies, environmental monitoring and change detection. He is the coordinator of the H2020 project URBANFLUXES, focusing on Urban Energy Budget and anthropogenic heat flux. He is also the Coordinator of the ERA.Net-RUS Plus project SEN4RUS, aiming at exploiting Copernicus Sentinels in city and regional planning. Dr. Chrysoulakis was the Coordinator of the FP7 projects BRIDGE, dealing with Urban Metabolism and GEOURBAN, dealing with satellite-based indicators for urban planning and management. He also participates in the H2020 projects ECOPOTENTIAL and ThinkNature, as well as in LIFE+ project FLIRE. He has more than 200 publications in per-review journals and conference proceedings.
Zina Mitraka is currently a research fellow in FORTH. She holds a PhD from the Computer Science, Control and GeoInformation Doctorate Programme of the Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy. She has a MSc on Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Greece and a degree of Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete, Greece. She is an Earth Observation specialist with experience working on research and development projects funded by FP7 and Horizon2020. She has been largely involved in the project management, acting as a project manager on behalf of the coordination institute and she has been very actively involved in the research activities of the projects. Her scientific interests mainly concern the study of the urban environment and the urban climate with focus on algorithms development for biophysical parameters estimation.
Dimitris Poursanidis is a Research Fellow in FORTH. He is an Earth Observation Analyst with strong knowledge and analytical skills on GIS and Cartography and a Marine Ecologist with experience on the study of the Mediterranean coastal habitats applying several scientific tools and methods (Remote Sensing, Distance sampling, Image Analysis, Scientific Diving). He holds a PhD on Marine Ecology from the University of the Aegean, Dept. of Marine Science. He has a degree on Environmental Management and M.Sc. on Integrated Coastal Zone Management. His scientific interests concern the study of natural environment using optical data (satellite, aerial, drone imagery), the use of Ecological Modelling for conservation decision and the solving biogeographical questions as well as the compilation of biodiversity data.).
Stavros Stagakis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He received his diploma in Biological Applications and Technology from the University of Ioannina in 2005. During 2006-2009, he worked in two research projects as a PhD candidate in the same department. In 2010 he worked in the Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (IAS, Cordoba, Spain) and in 2012 he received his PhD in monitoring land ecosystem dynamics using remote sensing techniques. During 2012-2015, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Ioannina and the National Observatory of Athens.
Nikos Nikoloudakis is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He is an Astrophysicist with strong analytical and computational skills. He has a degree in Physics, from the University of Patras, Department of Physics,Greece (2008). In 2013 he received his PhD from Durham University, Department of Physics, UK, on Observational Cosmology and Astronomical Instrumentation. During 2013-2014, he worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Observatory of Athens. In 2015 he received his diploma as Meteorologist-Observer from the Hellenic National Meteorological Service. By being involved in a large variety of projects, he has gained experience in data analysis/statistics, photometry, spectroscopy and instrumentation.
Giorgos Somarakis is a research assistant at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion. He is PhD candidate at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and holds a Diploma in planning and regional development (University of Thessaly). At present, he participates in ‘ThinkNature’ H2020 project. Also, he has participated in other research programs and has published his work in a number of scientific journals, volumes and conferences. His main research interests include Spatial Planning, Regional Development, Participatory Planning and Geographical Information Systems.
George Kogchilakis is a R&D engineer in the Regional Analysis Division of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, FORTH. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Vision and Robotics and Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems from the University of Crete, Department of Computer Science (1994) and two B.S. one in Mathematics from the University of Crete (1988), and the other in Computer Science (1991) from the same University. His main research interests include Relational Databases Applications, client server systems and Geographic Information Systems, Applications in the World Wide Web environment using relational databases and Geographic Information Systems.
Nektarios Spyridakis is an Electrical Engineer in the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), an associate of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) of the Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH) and an associate teacher at the TEI of Crete (Department of Electrical Engineering). He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering (TEI of Crete, 1995) and a MSc in Coastal Zone Management (University of the Aegean, 2005). He has a long time experience on scientific equipment (sonar, meteorological, laboratory, optical) maintenance, development and repair. He is a LabVIEW developer since 1994, with testimonials since 2006.
Giannis Lantzanakis is on scholarship at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He is also an undergraduate student in Department of Physics, University of Crete. His main scientific interest includes code and algorithm development, physically-based and image-based atmospheric corrections, image classifications and web-site development. During 2014-2016, he did his thesis in Department of Physics, entitled "Atmospheric Correction of Sentinel-2 and Landsat Imagery using 6S".
Manolis Panagiotakis is an research assistant at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He is also an undergraduate student in Department of Physics, University of Crete. His main scientific interest includes code and algorithm development, urban climate, anthropogenic heat flux, urban and land cover.
David Parastatidis is on scholarship at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He is also an undergraduate student in Computer Science Department, University of Crete. His main scientific interests include Cloud Computing, the algorithm developement on Google Earth Enginge (GEE), web-site and web-application development.
Dimitra Tzelidi is a research assistant in Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion. She has a BSc degree in Applied Mathematics and a MSc degree in Environmental Physics and Meteorology. She has dealt with extraction of geophysical parameters using satellite data, time-series analysis and the estimation of Land Surface Temperature (LST). Among several research paths, her main interests include the surface urban heat island (SUHI) effect and urban planning.
Antonis Τsakirakis is on scholarship at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He received his BSc in Forestry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004. He has worked as both a lab- as well as research assistant in the Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry laboratory of the School of Chemical Engineering at the National technical University of Athens (NTUA) and has firm private sector experience on forest mapping and photointerpreting on land use and cover changes, mapping various areas of Greece.