Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis is a Director of Research at FORTH and Head of the Remote Sensing Lab. 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 by the European Union, the European Space Agency and the Ministries of Environment, Development, Culture and Education. His main research interests include urban climate, urban energy balance, urban resilience, urban planning and metabolism, natural and technological hazards, surface temperature and albedo, environmental monitoring and change detection. Dr. Chrysoulakis is the corresponding Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy project urbisphere (ERC-SyG) focusing on coupling dynamic cities and climate. He is the coordinator of the H2020-Space project CURE, focusing on Copernicus services exploitation in the domain of urban resilience. He has coordinated the projects URBANFLUXES (H2020), SEN4RUS (ERA.Net-RUS Plus), BRIDGE (FP7) GEOURBAN (FP7). He has also participated projects ECOPOTENTIAL (H2020), THINKNATURE (H2020), IGIC (LIFE) and FLIRE (LIFE). He has more than 250 publications in per-review journals and conference proceedings. Link to full CV
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).
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 currently a research fellow in the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece. He has a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Crete, Greece. He has a 5-year experience participating in research projects within the Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH. He is an expert in algorithms and software development, machine learning, satellite image classifications, image processing of optical and thermal satellite imagery and web-site development.
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.
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.
Konstantinos Politakos is an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics, University of Crete. His main scientific interest includes code and algorithm development, urban climate, Eddy Covariance in an urban environment, land cover. He is currently working on his B.Sc. thesis in the Department of Physics "Comparative Study of the Carbon Dioxide Fluxes (F_c) in an urban environment for two years measurements (case study: Heraklion)