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 a Research Fellow at the Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH. She is a mathematician by training with further studies in Environmental Engineering and a PhD on satellite Earth Observation for urban climate. She is an Earth Observation specialist with 10-year experience working on a wide range of topics mainly focusing on optical and thermal satellite remote sensing with particular interest on the urban environment with focus on cities resilience and extensive experience on methods and algorithms development. She participates in research and development projects funded by European and national funds, being actively involved in the research activities, as well as the project management. She has several scientific publications is scientific journals and conference proceedings and she acts as a reviewer and academic editor in peer review journals.
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).
Michael Foumelis is a geologist-geophysicist specialized in imaging geodesy and geohazards. He is Collaborating Researcher at FORTH and an Assistant Professor in the School of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He has been a staff member of the French Geological Survey (BRGM), an EO scientist at the the European Space Agency (ESA) and an adjunct Lecturer in the Geography Department of the Harokopio University of Athens (HUA).
Giorgos Somarakis is a Research Fellow at the Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH. He is Planning and Regional Development Engineer (Diploma from the University of Thessaly) and holds a PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His main research interests include spatial planning, sustainable development and resilience, climate change adaptation and mitigation, geographic information systems, decision support systems and participatory decision making. He has participated in international (EU or EEA funded) and national research and development projects and is member of national scientific and professional associations. Also, he has published his work in several scientific books, journals and conference proceedings and has edited and reviewed various scientific publications.
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 holds a B.Sc. degree from the Department of Physics, University of Crete. His main scientific interest includes code and algorithm development, urban climate, Eddy Covariance in an urban environment.
Maria Gkolemi is on scholarship at the Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH and she is an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics, University of Crete. Her main scientific interests include algorithm development for machine learning and deep neural networks applications for large scale exploitation of Earth Observation and satellite imagery.
Dimitris Tsirantonakis is a Research assistant at the Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH and a second-year MSc student of the ‘Geoinformation in Environmental Management’ program of MAICh. He holds a BSc Physics degree from the University of Crete, Greece. His main scientific interests are Remote Sensing and GIS applications with emphasis on the urban environment and climate. His technical skills include image processing, programming, algorithm development and multi-criteria decision making analysis.