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     Date Submitted:23-01-2013
     Last Modified:24-01-2013 (07:54)
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     Current job:System Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     KeywordsSystem Engineer Ground Segment Architect Synthetic Aperture RADAR Processing


    Roberto was born in Naples, Italy, on 14 Nov 1975. He received the Dr. Eng. degree with honors in Telecommunication Engineering from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Italy, in October 2001. In June 2005 he received the Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento, Italy defending a thesis entitled “Destriping MODIS data using the Field-Of-View Overlapping Method” in which he proposed an innovative approach for the striping removal in rotating mirror instruments. His PhD thesis has been published on IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. His research lied in the field of the statistical signal processing. 

    In 2005 he has entered a post-doc program at Università degli Studi del Sannio as Primary Investigator on Change Detection Scheme for very high resolution remote sensed data coordinating the activities of Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni (Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento-Italy) and MARSec (Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing and Environmental Control, Benevento-Italy). 

    In the same year he also started a collaboration with the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC University of Wisconsin, Madison) for the design of a new collocation procedure for the MODIS and AIRS (onboard AQUA platform) remote sensing instruments. 

    In 2006 he started collaborating with Alcatel Alenia Space - Italy on the Ground Segment Facilities for the Korean EO Satellite KOMPSAT-5 space program. As advisor, he has been responsible for the development and the integration of the SAR Processing Facility within the K-5 Ground Segment.

    Since 2007 Roberto works as System Engineer at Thales Alenia Space - Italy. Currently he is the technical coordinator of User Ground Segment for the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation Program.




    Ph.D., Università degli Studi del Sannio 2005

    In June 2005 he defended a thesis titled “Destriping MODIS data using the FOV Overlapping Method”.


    Laurea with honors, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” 2001

    In October 2001 he defended a thesis on the “Informational limits of the CDMA systems”.




    System Engineer at Thales Alenia Space - Italy 

    Dec. 2010-Present

    User Ground Segment Technical Coordinator in the frame of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation Program. He has been responsible for the requirement definition at System Level in concerning SAR Products and also in the apportionment at Ground Segment Level for the functional, performance and interface requirements. He has been the reference person for the pre-development activities at G/S level performed by the main sub-contractor. He has been in charge of verify the apportionment at lower level for the technical specifications, budgets, sizing and mathematical models.


      May. 2010-Present

    Technical responsible of data acquisition and processing facility for Thales Alenia Space Italia commercial programs proposals.


      Feb. 2009-Present

    Engineering Competence Network Skill Leader - In the frame of G03: Ground Software this position is the interface of the Company Skill Leader in the ECN skill activities.



      Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011

    User Ground Segment responsible in the frame of the commissioning of the 4th satellite of the COSMO SkyMed constellation.


    Jul. 2009-Jan. 2010

    In the frame of the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation Phase A. he has been the reference person for  User Requirement Assessment and System technical specification.


    Apr. 2009-Aug. 2010

    Book Captain of the Technical Volume in the frame of Phases B/C/D/E1 COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation Proposal.


    Nov. 2007-Jan. 2009

    System Engineer responsible for the KOMPSAT-5 SAR Processing Facility - SAR Processor S/W infrastructure architecture and interfaces with K5 ground segment Design, Integration & Validation.


    May. 2007-Dec. 2007

    Definition of the SFM system requirements and in the design of the SFM system architecture.


    Adviser at Alcatel Alenia Space - Italy 

    Nov. 2006-Nov.2007

    On behalf of Sofiter System Engineering Company Roberto collaborates, as consultant, with Remote Sensing Ground Segment Engineering unit of Alcatel Alenia Space - Italy. 

    He is responsible, on KOMPSAT-5 program, for the development and integration of SAR Processing Facility. In addition he has been responsible for both SAR L1C and L1D Processors detailed algorithm definition, requirement specification, SW prototyping and SW testing.

    He has also been involved in the definition of the Sistema di Fotointerpretazione Multisensore system requirement and in the design of architecture.


    Visiting Scientist at SSEC (UW)

    Dec 2005-Oct 2006

    He collaborated with Space Science and Engineering Center at University of Wisconsin Madison for the design a collocation algorithm for MODIS and AIRS instruments onboard AQUA platform, aimed both at performing cross calibration activity and at improving level 2 product performance.


    Primary Investigator, Università degli studi del Sannio and MARSec 

    Jul. 2005-Oct. 2006

    The research activity has been focused on the design of a Change Detection Scheme for the very high spatial resolution data. He has coordinated the R&D activities between the Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni (Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento-Italy) and the  MARSec (Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing and Environmental Control, Benevento-Italy)  


    Instructorship at the Università degli Studi del Sannio

    A.A. 2005-2006

    He has been an instructor at the Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi del Sannio, for the Sistemi Radiomobili (4CFU) course within the Telecommunication Engineering degree.


    Network Administrator at the MARS


    He has been involved in the design and management of the network infrastructure at the Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (MARS), Benevento-Italy.


    Teaching Assistantship, Università degli Studi del Sannio


    Comunicazioni Elettriche (A.A. 2003-2004), with prof. R. Lanari. 

    Sistemi di Telerilevamento (A.A. 2003-2004), with prof. P. Antonelli.

    Teoria dei Fenomeni Aleatori (A.A. 2003-2004), with prof. C. Galdi.

    Trasmissione Numerica (A.A. 2003-2004), with prof. M. di Bisceglie.

    Comunicazioni Elettriche  (A.A. 2004-2005), with prof. A. De Maio. 

    Trasmissione Numerica II (A.A 2004-2005), with prof. A. De Maio.

    Trasmissione Numerica (A.A. 2005-2006), with prof. C. Galdi.


    Lecturer, Master


    He has been a lecturer for Master’s level Remote Sensing seminars at the Master in “Tecnologie di archiviazione e gestione di dati satellitari massivi per l’osservazione della terra”.


    Lecturer, P.O.R.


    He has been the lecturer for the “tecnologie della comunicazione” at the “corsi di formazioni regionali P.O.R. Campania 0003-005”.  


    SAR data compression and focusing Mar. 2007

    He attended the two weeks advanced course on the processing of data acquired by Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) within Alcatel Alenia Space - Italy.


    Remote Sensing School (SSEC University of Wisconsin) 2006, 2004, 2003

    He attended the Remote Sensing Summer School given by P. Menzel on applications of the newest multispectral and hyperspectral satellites. The school covered the theory of the radiative transfer equation applied to remote sensing of the earth and the atmosphere. During the laboratories Roberto developed several projects with the help of P. Antonelli.


    Scuola di dottorato 2002-2005

    He attended the “Scuola di dottorato in Ingegneria dell’informazione” in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, and in 2003 in Bressanone at the Università degli Studi di Padova.


    Remote Sensing Seminars, SSEC University of Wisconsin 2003

    He attended the Space Science and Engineering Center seminars on processing details of the International MODIS Airs Processing Package (IMAPP).


    MODIS RS applications, Università degli Studi di Bari 2003

    He attended the seminar on the “MODIS Remote Sensing Applications” by E.Vermote (University of Maryland at College Park) at the dept. of Physics of the University of Bari.


    English course 1991-1992

    He attended the intermediate level “Concorde International” at the Chichester College, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, at the Youth Service School, London Ealing, UK (accredited by the British Council) both in august 1992, and, in august 1991, he attended the English course at the Queen Margaret University College, Corstorphine Campus, Clerwood Terrace, Edimburgh, UK.


    LIST OF PUBLICATIONS         2002-present

    • [R1] A. de Maio, R. Episcopo, and M. Lops: “ECM and GLR based Multiuser detection with I-CSI,” Journal Of Communication and Networks. March 2005, Vol. 7, Number 1, pp:29-35
    • [R2] A. de Maio, R. Episcopo, M. Lops and A. Pauciullo: “Recursive Algorithm for Multiuser Detection Over DS/CDMA Channels,” IEEE Trans. On Communications, Vol 54, N. 2, Feb. 2006
    • [R3] M. di Bisceglie, R. Episcopo, C. Galdi, S. Ullo: “Destriping MODIS data using overlapping Field-Of-View method”, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transaction on Volume 47, Issue 2, Feb. 2009, pp 637-651.
    • [C1] A. de Maio, R. Episcopo, M. Lops, and A. Pauciullo: “Recursive Algorithms for Multiuser Detection over DS/CDMA channels,” IEEE 7 th Int. Symp. on Spread-Spectrum Tech. & Appl., Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 2-5, 2002. 
    • [C2] A. de Maio, R. Episcopo, and M. Lops: “ECM and GLR based Multiuser detection with I-CSI,” 2002 European Conference on Wireless Technology (ECWT), September 26-27, 2002, Milan, Italy. 
    • [C3] A. de Maio, and R. Episcopo: “SAGE-based Multiuser detection for multirate DS/CDMA systems,” Thirty-Sixth Asilomar Conference on Signal, Systems and Computers, Nov. 3-6, 2002.
    • [C4] A. de Maio, R. Episcopo, and A. Viscidi: “Non-linear Space-Time Processing for Multiuser Detection over DS/CDMA channels,” 2003 IEEE - EURASIP Workshop on Non-linear Signal and Image Processing June 8-11, 2003 Grado, Italy.
    • [C5] P. Antonelli, R. Episcopo: “Cloud detection: The Principal Components Analysis in the high spectral resolution era”, II Workshop on advanced high spectral resolution infrared observations. Ravello Benevento 24-26 May 2004. 
    • [C6] P. Antonelli, M. di Bisceglie, R. Episcopo, C. Galdi: “Destriping MODIS data using FOV overlapping”,  IGARSS04 20-24 Sept 2004, Anchorage, Alaska.  
    • [C7] M. di Bisceglie, R. Episcopo, C. Galdi, and S.L.Ullo: “Constant False Alarm Rate in Fire Detection for MODIS Data”, IGARSS05 25-29 July 2005, Coex, Seoul, Korea.
    • [C8] R. Episcopo, M. di Bisceglie, C. Galdi, P. Antonelli: “Destriping MODIS data using the FOV overlapping method”, International EOS/NPP Direct Readout Meeting. 3-6 October, 2005, Benevento, Italy. 
    • [C9] M. di Bisceglie, R. Episcopo, C. Galdi, S.L. Ullo: “Multiband CFAR Detection of thermal anomalies using Principal Component Analysis”, IGARSS07 23-27 July 2007, Barcelona, Spain. 
    • [C10] G. F. De Luca; G. Casonato; F.Covello; M. Porfilio; G. Marano; M. Piemontese; M. Profili; A. Croce; R. Episcopo; M. Terlizzi; “The CSG Ground Segment capability to manage First & Second generation of COSMO-SkyMed”; 16th Ka and Broadband Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation Conference, 20-22 October, 2010, Milan, Italy.
    • [C11] R. Episcopo; M.Guelfi; F.Impagnatiello; J.Marini; D.Scaranari; D.Vicari; Keum J.H.; Kim J.H.; Lee S.R.; Shin J.M.; Yoon J.C.: “KOMPSAT-5 SAR Data Processing: Design Drivers and Ket Performance”; Asia-Pacific International Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, 26-30 September, 2011, Seoul, Korea.
    • [C12] D.Calabrese; R.Episcopo: “The SAR Noise Equivalent Sigma Nought - a novel approach”; submitted to International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2013.


    Good knowledge of the Operating Systems MAC OS X, linux/Slackware, linux/Red Hat, Windows.

    Advanced knowledge of the script language MATLAB.

    Good knowledge of the C/C++.

    Proficient IBM Rational DOORS User.

    Good knowledge of UML.

    Advanced knowledge of the typesetting system LaTeX.

    Good knowledge of the Microsoft Office.

    Knowledge of AGI System Tool Kit.

    Very good knowledge of the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS).




    Italian, Mother Tongue

    English, Proficient Speaker - C1

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