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     Date Submitted:27-11-2012
     Last Modified:13-10-2014 (09:00)
    Job information
     Current job:PostDoc
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsR; Java; linux bash; C; programming; algorithms; spatial analysis; geostatistics, DBMS; GIS; OGC standards.

    In Short

    Self-committed and motivated researcher, I love tackling new challenges and implementing. On my way through geo-informatics, I feel more comfortable inside open-source collaborative environments. I believe in the importance of open discussions and peopleware, in preemptive analysis and design (and in code comments).

    After graduating as TLC engineer in the University of Ferrara, I gained experience as spatial analyst for air quality applications during my PhD, developing geostatistical multivariate models for particles exposure mapping, with satellite imagery.

    During my postdoctoral fellowship in the Jacobs University in Bremen, I am (currently) working on the design and implementation of OGC geo-image web services (WCS/WCPS) for visualization and server-side processing of Big spatio-temporal gridded datasets via the open-source rasdaman project.

    In the recent years I have been working continuously in highly international environments, developing side by side with my team members, tutoring students and providing continuous support to the open-source community willing to use our software.
    I have been presenting the proceedings of my research at several international scienti c conferences and symposiums. I am able to summarize the key aspects of a work and present it in a proper manner to others, leveraging the level of details to the di erent contexts: from the short presentation to domain outsiders up to more technical tutorials for full dedicated workshops.

    Technically, I am a Linux user since years; I am fond of many programming languages (e.g. Java, Bash, R, or C/C++); I have been designing and implementing active PostgreSQL databases; I am a git-enthusiast and I can easily deal with distributed and versioned development. Finally, when it comes to exhibit the results I like to be assisted by Inkscape, Gimp and LATEX.


    Desired Occupational Fields
    Spatial Analysis and Modelling --- Remote Sensing --- Computer Science --- Telecommunications.


    Professional Experience
    2013--2014 PostDoc in the Large-Scale Scienti c Information Systems (LSIS) Research Group at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany.
    Design and development for Web-based access and analysis of time series of regularly and irregularly gridded geo-images through the rasdaman Array DBMS and its Java servlet. Active role in the OGC "Temporal" Working Group for the de nition of spatio-temporal Coordinate Reference Systems for coverages | research grant from the EU FP7 "EarthServer" project.

    2012--2013 PhD guest in the Large-Scale Scienti c Information Systems (LSIS) Research Group at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany.
    12 months of research and development activity on the rasdaman Array DBMS and its Java Web interface for online access of raster geo-images. International research team, collaborative FOSS software development, OGC services (WCS, WCPS, WMS) implementation and design | research grant from the EU FP7 "EarthServer" project.

    2010--2012 PhD internship at MEEO Srl, Ferrara, Italy.
    23 months of research on the evaluation of spaceborne MODIS maps of Aerosol Optical Thickness for the gap- lling of surface PM10 exposures. Development of multivariate kriging models with R, satellite maps validation through uplooking sunphotometers and implementation of a Web GIS interface for the visualization of ground-based, remote sensing, and model-based air quality datasets | research grant from the european "SENSing, mOdeling and distRibution of EnviRonmental data (SENSORER)" regional developm
    ent project.


    2010--2012 PhD in Engineering Sciences at Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy.
    Thesis title: Geostatistical modelling of PM10 mass concentrations with satellite imagery from MODIS sensor
    Final degree mark: Ottimo
    PhD cycle: XXV
    Duration: 3 years

    2009 Professional habilitation (Esame di Stato) as Information Engineer at Universita di Bologna, Italy.
    Category: Nuovo Ordinamento, section A
    Final examination mark: 211/240

    2007--2009 MSc in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy.
    Thesis title: Architectures and Perfomance for Network Coding
    Final degree mark: 110/110 cum laude
    Duration: 2 years

    2004--2007 BSc in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy.
    Thesis title: Robust Hash for Audio Identi cation
    Final degree mark: 109/110
    Duration: 3 years

    1999--2004 Scienti c secondary school diploma at Liceo Scienti co A. Roiti, Ferrara, Italy.
    School-leaving examination mark: 88/100


    Training Courses
    2014 Monitoring of the Earth System Summer School at ESA/ESRIN, Italy.
    Description: Global Observing Systems: Capabilities and applications of Earth Observation, physics of remote sensing measurement, concept of integrated Observing Systems of Systems. Earth System Modelling: Basics of ocean, atmosphere, land and ice modelling, Numerical Weather Prediction, ensemble forecasting. Data Assimilation: Theory of data assimilation
    techniques (e.g. optimal interpolation, variational methods, Kalman lter, ensemble ltering) and applications (e.g. re-analysis, inverse modelling, state estimation, control theory, design of optimal observing system, targeting observations). Global Change: Observation of global change from space, use of Earth System model to understand, forecast and manage environmental issues.

    Duration: 10 days

    2013 Basic Aerosol Science Summer School at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, Austria.
    Description: Introduction into aerosol mechanics; interaction of light with particles; nucleation and condensation phenomena; electrical aerosol measurement; di usion and particle fitration; fundamental chemistry of the aerosol system; chemical on line measurement; modern spectroscopy as a tool for aerosol characterization; interaction of aerosol particle with the lung:
    deposition, clearance and retention; primary bio particles; optical particle measurement; visibility and atmospheric optics; inertial separators; remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols; monitoring and data anlysis.

    Duration: 10 days

    2012 GEOSTAT Summer School at the Institute for Geoinformatics of the University of Muenster, Germany.
    Description: Spatial and spatio-temporal data analysis in R; R as a GIS; visualization of spatio-temporal data from R to Google Earth, GRASS GIS and SAGA GIS tutorials; spatial aggregation and change of support in geostatistics; spatio-temporal geostatistics.
    Duration: 6 days

    2011 Analysing Spatial Data intensive PhD course by Prof. Roger Bivand at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway.
    Description: Introduction to R; representing spatial data in conceptual and practical terms; non-spatial visualisation and analysis of spatial data; the analysis of point patterns; interpolation and geostatistics; areal data and spatial econometrics; project preparation, supervision, and presentation.
    Duration: 8 days


    Talks/Workshops [T/W]
    2014/07 [W] "Spatio-Temporal Big Data | the rasdaman approach"
    OSGeo's European Conference on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (Bremen, DE).

    2014/06 [T_KEYNOTE] "Server-side Maps Processing for the Air Quality with the WCPS Standard"
    International Workshop on Air Quality in Asia (Hanoi, VN).

    2014/06 [W] "Spatio-Temporal Big Data | the rasdaman approach"
    Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (Espoo, FI).

    2014/04 [T] "EarthServer: Agile Analytics on Big Earth Data"
    Ecosystem approach to marine data workshop (Athens, GR).

    2014/03 [T] "A Proposal for Temporal and Index CRSs for OGC-NA"
    OGC Technical Committee Meeting (Crystal City, VA, USA).

    2013/06 Attendance to Big Data From Space (ESA/ESRIN, IT).

    2013/03 [T] "Multi-Dimensional Space & Time Support by Coordinate Reference Systems"
    OGC Technical Committee Meeting (Abu Dhabi, UAE).


    Italian :: Mother tongue
    English ::  Upper-intermediate --- 12/2010 Cambridge FCE certi cation (B2 CEFR level) { Grade A }
    Spanish :: Upper-intermediate --- 05/2013 DELE certi cation (B2 CEFR level)
    German :: Intermediate


       Remote sensing for the air quality
       Spatial analysis and geostatistics
       OGC Web services for coverages (WCS/WCPS)
       R programming (sp, gstat, spacetime)
       Java Web applications
       DBMS management
       Collaborative software development
       GIS, Web GIS and GML
       Java, R, Linux shell, psql, PL/pgSQL, C, C#, MATLAB, Python.
       NetBeans IDE, git, rasdaman, PostgreSQL, GDAL, OpenLayers, GeoServer, MapServer, PostGIS, ENVI, LATEX.
       Linux (Ubuntu), Windows.


    P. Campalani, A. Beccati, S. Mantovani, and P. Baumann. Temporal analysis of atmospheric data using open standards. In 4th Symposium on Geospatial Databases And Location Based Services. ISPRS Technical Commission, May 2014.

    P. Baumann, J. Yu, D. Misev, K. Lipskoch, A. Beccati, P. Campalani, and M. Owonibi. Geographical Information Systems: Trends and Technologies, chapter Preparing Array Analytics for the Data Tsunami. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, May 2014.

    J. Yu, P. Baumann, D. Misev, P. Campalani, M. Albani, F. Marelli, D. Giaretta, and S. Crompton. Point of view: Long-term access to Earth archives across multiple disciplines. Computer Standards & Interfaces, 2014.

    P. Campalani, D. Misev, A. Beccati, and P. Baumann. Making time just another axis in geospatial services. In 20th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME), pages 133--140. IEEE, Sep 2013.

    P. Campalani, A. Beccati, and P. Baumann. Improving eciency of grid representation in GML. In 27th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection (EnviroInfo), pages 703--708. Shaker, Sep 2013.

    P. Campalani, S. Mantovani, and P. Baumann. Spatiotemporal interactions for daily mapping of PM10 with MODIS and meteorological data. In 15th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG), pages 239--243. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Sep 2013.

    J. Oosthoek, J. Flahaut, A. Rossi, P. Baumann, D. Misev, P. Campalani, and V. Unnithan. PlanetServer: Towards online analysis of integrated planetary data. In 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), Mar 2013.

    J. Oosthoek, J. Flahaut, A. Rossi, P. Baumann, D. Misev, P. Campalani, and V. Unnithan. PlanetServer: Innovative approaches for the online analysis of hyperspectral satellite data from Mars. Advances in Space Research, 2013.

    P. Campalani, D. Misev, J. Yu, and P. Baumann. Finding my CRS: A systematic way of identifying CRSs. In 20th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Nov 2012.

    P. Campalani, S. Mantovani, M. Hirtl, M. Caglienzi, and G. Mazzini. Daily spatial prediction of PM10 mass concentrations with geostatistics: an Austrian case study. In U. P. de Valencia Editorial, editor, IX Conference on Geostatistics for Environmental
    Applications (geoENV), Sep 2012.

    T. N. T. Nguyen, S. Mantovani, P. Campalani, and G. P. Limone. Aerosol optical thickness retrieval at 1 km^2 resolution from MODIS using support vector regression relied on domain knowledge. In 1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM), Feb 2012.

    P. Campalani, T. N. T. Nguyen, S. Mantovani, and G. Mazzini. On the automatic prediction of PM10 with in-situ measurements, satellite AOT retrievals and ancillary data. In 11th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology
    (ISSPIT), pages 93--98, Dec 2011.

    P. Campalani, T. N. T. Nguyen, S. Mantovani, M. Bottoni, and G. Mazzini. Validation of PM MAPPER aerosol optical thickness retrievals at 11 km2 of spatial resolution. In 19th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM), Sep 2011.

    S. Natali, A. Beccati, S. D'Elia, M. Veratelli, P. Campalani, M. Folegani, and S. Mantovani. Multitemporal data management and exploitation infrastructure. In The 6th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Images
    (MultiTemp), Jul 2011.

    T. N. T. Nguyen, S. Mantovani, P. Campalani, M. Cavicchi, and M. Bottoni. Aerosol optical thickness retrieval from satellite observation using support vector regression. In Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, and Applications - Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 492--499, Nov 2010.

    P. Campalani and S. Pasetti. SENSORER { 0154 project technical note OR2: User interface, 2010. MEEO Srl internal report.
    P. Campalani and S. Pasetti. SENSORER { 0153 project technical note OR2: Ground data validation, 2010. MEEO Srl internal report.
    P. Campalani and S. Pasetti. SENSORER { 0152 project technical note OR2: Mixed data collection, 2010. MEEO Srl internal report.

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