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    1. Research and Professional Activity

    2013 - today    

    Project title: “Biodiversity Multi-SOurce Monitoring System”.
    Funding: 7th Framework Program.
    Partners/Institutions: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), University of Ioannina (UOI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CE.R.T.H.), Alterra, Ashoka trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Planetek Italia SRL, Altamira Information SL, Universita degli Studi di Bari “ALDO MORO”, ICETA, Universita degli Studi de Milano-Bicocca, Aberystwyth University, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Planetek Hellas, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Baraldi Consultacy in Remote Sensing, University Paul Sabatier.
    Main duties: Operate and debug the EODHAM system for ecosystem monitoring using satellite multispectral images.
    Write technical reports.


    2013 - today    

    Project title: “Geoland2 Integrated GMES project on Land Cover and Vegetation”.
    Funding: 7th Framework Program.
    Main duties: Produce Tree Cover Density maps and Forest type maps over Greece and Italy using IRS, RapidEye, SPOT 4/5 images using a standardized methodology.
    Develop an automatic methodology to calculate Tree Cover Density and forest type maps using satellite multispectral images.
    Write technical reports.


    2013 - today    

    Project title: “Coastal Water Attribute Monitoring using Satellite data”.

    Funding: European Space Agency (ESA)
    Partners/Institutions:
    TechWorks Marine Ltd, Planetek Hellas, ESA.
    Main duties: Develop an automatic algorithm to calculate chlorophyll concentration, turbidity and total suspended matter in water using MERIS, MODIS, Pleiades and RapidEye images.
    Calibrate high resolution Pleiades and RapidEye images using MERIS images to produce water quality maps.
    Write technical reports.

    2012 - 2013
    Project title: “Development of Remote Sensing methodologies for mapping vegetation types and species”.
    Funding: Co‐financed by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek National funds through the Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) ‐ Research Funding Program: THALES
    Main duties:
        •    Perform field spectral measurements of different plant species and their varieties with GER 1500.
        •    Develop algorithms that discriminate and identify plant species and their varieties.
        •    Process airborne hyperspectral images (CASI -550) and satellite multispectral images in order to discriminate and identify plant species.
        •    Write technical reports.
        •    Write and publish scientific papers at conferences and journals.


    2012 - 2013
    Project title: “Measure the signal quality of mobile operators in Greece.”.
    Funding: Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
    Main duties:
        •    Perform measuring campaigns for the quality of the signal of the major mobile operators of Greece in Attica.
        •    Develop a GIS data base for managing and processing the vast amount of collected data.
        •    Consult an supervise the implementation of a web-based GIS for processing and managing collected (and future collections) data.
        •    Develop an automated method to produce signal quality maps  and signal quality comparisons for each provider.


    2009 - 2012
    Project title: “ARGOMARINE: Automatic Oil Spill Recognition and Geopositioning in a Marine Monitoring Network”.
    Funding: 7th Framework Program.
    Partners/Institutions:
    National Park of the Tuscany Archipelago (Coordinator), PNAT, Laboratory of Remote Sensing of NTUA (GREECE), National Research Council – Institute of Information Science and Technologies - CNR-ISTI (ITALY), Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center - NERSC (NORWAY), Centro de Investigacao Marinha e Ambiental – Universidade do Algarve -CIMA-UALG (PORTUGAL), Scensive Technologies Limited - ST (UNITED KINGDOM), National Maritime Park of Zakinthos - NMPZ (GREECE), Joint Research Center – Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen –JRC(EU).
    Main duties:
        •    Perform laboratory and field spectral and thermal measurements of different oil spill types.
        •    Detect, identify, discriminate, map and estimate thickness of oil spills using airborne CASI 550 hyperspectral images, satellite hyperspectral/multispectral images (Hyperion, ASTER, RapidEye, WorldView 2, QuickBird, IKONOS) and satellite thermal images.
        •    Develop methodologies and algorithms for automatic oil spill detection, identification, mapping and thickness estimation using airborne and satellite hyperspectral/multispectral images.
        •    Develop methodologies and algorithms for oil spill thickness estimation using spectral measurements.
        •    Develop a new algorithm for spectral unmixing of hyperspectral images.
        •    Develop a new algorithm in order to perform relative radiometric normalization between two or more hyperspectral images
        •    Develop a new algorithm to compress hyperspectral images in a near - lossless manner.
        •    Write technical reports.
        •    Write and publish scientific papers at conferences and journals.


    2008 - 2009
    Project title: “Development of Indirect Observation Methods with Constraints and Neural Networks Techniques for the Estimation of the Optimum Value of Height and Consecration in Water Vapor”.
    Funding: Basic Research Programs of NTUA.
    Partners/Institutions: Laboratory of Remote Sensing of NTUA.
    Main duties:
        •    Implement the Indirect geocoding algorithm of SAR images in an stand-alone IDL application.
        •    Precise geocoding of SAR images.
        •    Apply interferometric algorithms at geocoded SAR images and correlate the influence of atmospheric water vapor with SARs phase values using SVD, QR factorization and neural networks.
        •    Statistical analysis of SAR and atmospheric water vapor data.
                 
    2. Education

    2013
    4th ESA Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing
    Organized by ESA and Charokopio University, Athens, Greece.
    Thermal Hyperspectral imaging Summer School
    Organized by Mapping Solutions Ltd, Manchester, UK.
    2012
    Summer School at the University of Pavia

    International Summer School on Data Fusion and Target Detection from Airborne and Spaceborne Data. Organized by IEEE (Italian Sector) and University of Pavia.
    2011
    Summer School at the GFZ Helmholtz Center Potzdam

    A EUFAR Expert Working Group - Soil applications: Practical Methods for Modeling Soil Spectral Information. Organized by EUFAR and GFZ Helmholtz Center.
    2010 - today
    PhD student at NTUA in the Laboratory of Remote Sensing.

    Thesis title: “Investigation methods exploiting Hyperspectral and SAR data for the study of soil parameters”.
    Supervisor: As. Prof. Vassilia Karathanassi.
    2005 - 2010
    BS and MS degree in Rural and Surveying Engineering of NTUA.
    Diploma degree: 7.56 out of 10.

    Thesis title: “Geometrical Corrections of SAR and Hyperspectral Satellite Remote Sensing Images Accuracy Determination of their Corregistration”.
    Supervisor: As. Prof. Vassilia Karathanassi.
    Thesis degree: 10 out of 10.
    1999 - 2005
    Graduated from high school Ellinogermaniki Agogi
    High school degree: 18.1 out of 20.


        
        1.    Publications
        3.1. Journals

    i. Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “Development of a new automatic relative radiometric normalization methodology for multispectral and hyperspectral images”, Journal of Remote Sensing Technologies, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 75-83, 2013.

    ii. Vassilia Karathanassi, Dimitris Sykas and Konstantinos Topouzelis, “Development of a Network Based Method for Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data”, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 839-849, 2012.

        3.2. Conferences

        i.    Dimitris Sykas, Vijay Kumar Vohora, “Integrating GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques for Studying Forest Fires”, 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013), 20 - 24 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia.
        ii.    Dimitris Sykas, Alkyoni Baglatzi, George Vafiadis, “Intelligent Geo-Search System: A semantic aware method for retrieving remote sensing  images”, 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013), 20 - 24 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia.
        iii.    George Vafiadis, Vrettos Moulos, Dimitris Sykas, “HmapS: HyperSpectral Remote Sensing Image Cloud Storage for Large Scale Semantic Search and Distributed Computation”, 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013), 20 - 24 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia.
        iv.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi ,Spyros Fountas, “A new methodology for the spectral discrimination of plant species and their varieties using hyperspectral data: application on vetch and lentil”, First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation,  8-10 April 2013, Paphos, Cyprus.
        v.    Athanasios Mauromatis, Dimitris Blaxostergios, Spyros Fountas, Dimitris Sykas,  Vassilia Karathanassi, Theofanis Gemptos, “Methods for phenotypic mapping of varieties of vetches and lentil”, 14th Conference of Genetic Plant Enhancement, 10 - 12 October 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece.
        vi.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, “Endmember labeling and spectral library building and updating based on hyperspectral images”, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 22 - 27 July 2012, Munich, Germany.
        vii.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Charoula Andreou, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “Oil spill mapping using hyperspectral methods and techniques”, MEDCOAST: The Tenth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, 25 - 29 October 2011, Rhodes, Greece.
        viii.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Charoula Andreou, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “Oil spill thickness estimation using unmixing methods”, 3rd Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, 6 - 9 June 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
        ix.    Dimitris Sykas and Vassilia Karathanassi, “Detection of Misallocated Endmembers through the Network Based Method”, 2nd Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, 14-16 June 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland.

    4. Presentations at conferences and Workshops

        i.    Dimitris Sykas, “Hyperspectral Thermal Image Unmixing”, Thermal Hyperspectral imaging Summer School,  7 - 10 May 2013, Manchester, UK.
        ii.    Dimitris Sykas, “Spectral Unmixing of MODIS Thermal Images”, Thermal Hyperspectral imaging Summer School,  7 - 10 May 2013, Manchester, UK.
        iii.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “Endmember labeling and spectral library building and updating based on hyperspectral images”, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 22 - 27 July 2012, Munich, Germany, poster presentation.
        iv.    Dimitris Sykas and Vassilia Karathanassi, “Oil spill mapping using hyperspectral methods and techniques”, MEDCOAST: The Tenth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, 25 - 29 October 2011, Rhodes, Greece, poster presentation.
        v.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Charoula Andreou, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “Oil spill thickness estimation using unmixing methods”, 3rd Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, 6 - 9 June 2011, Lisbon, Portugal, poster presentation.
        vi.    Dimitris Sykas, Vassilia Karathanassi, Polychronis Kolokoussis, “ENVI hyperspectral tools for oil spill detection”, 20th Hellenic Meeting of AcrGIS software Users - Geographical Information Systems,  1 - 3 November 2010, Athens, Greece, oral presentation.

    5. Participation in Conferences and Workshops

        i.    4th ESA Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing, 1 -5 July 2013, Athens, Greece.
        ii.    Thermal Hyperspectral imaging Summer School,  7 - 10 May 2013, Manchester, UK.
        iii.    HyperSpectral Conservation and Restoration Workshop, 15 February 2013, Manchester, UK.
        iv.    International Summer School on Data Fusion and Target Detection from Airborne and Spaceborne Data, 3 - 7 September 2012, Pavia, Italy.
        v.    International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) Tutorial: “Multivariate analysis of imaging data”. 22 July 2012, Munich, Germany.
        vi.    International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 22 - 27 July 2012, Munich, Germany.
        vii.    1st Workshop on ARGOMARINE: a new oil spill early warning system, 14 - 16 December 2011, Zakynthos, Greece.
        viii.    MEDCOAST: The Tenth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, 25 - 29 October 2011, Rhodes, Greece.
        ix.    “A EUFAR Expert Working Group- Soil applications: Practical Methods for Modeling Soil Spectral Information”, 29-31 August 2011, Potsdam, Germany.
        x.    3rd Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, 6-9 June 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
        xi.    20th Hellenic Meeting of AcrGIS software users – Geographical Information Systems, 1 - 3 November 2010, Athens, Greece.
        xii.    Joint Workshop: “Informal Settlements – Real Estate Market Needs related to Good Land Administration & Planning” and “Spatial Information Management toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development”, 28 - 31 March 2007, Athens, Greece.
        xiii.    2nd Hellenic Conference of Rural and Surveying Engineers, “The modern size of metrical sciences and their contribution in the visualization, the monitoring and the space planning”, 8 - 9 December 2006, Athens, Greece.

        1.    Awards

        i.    Thomaidio Award for the Progress of Science and Art for 2010. National Technical University of Athens. Granted for the publication titled: “Detection of Misallocated Endmembers through the Network Based Method”.
        ii.    Thomaidio Award for the Progress of Science and Art for 2011. National Technical University of Athens. Granted for the publications titled: “Oil spill thickness estimation using unmixing methods” and “Oil spill mapping using hyperspectral methods and techniques”.
        iii.    Thomaidio Award for the Progress of Science and Art for 2012. National Technical University of Athens. Granted for the publication titled: “Endmember labeling and spectral library building and updating based on hyperspectral images”.

        1.    General Qualifications



    Languages
        •    Greek (Native).
        •    English (Proficiency level).
        •    German (Elementary level).
    Programming Languages
    Matlab, QtOctave and specialization in IDL in order to process, analyze and project images, the development of algorithms for processing digital remote sensing images (multispectral/hyperspectral/thermal/SAR images), combination of IDL and CUDA for development of real - time applications.
    Operating Experience
    Software:
        •    ENVI/IDL, ER-Mapper, Beam (for SAR image processing), EnviView, GetOrb, Multispec, Ossim, SimpleDEMViewer, ArcGIS, QGIS,  AutoCAD, QCAD, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Pages/Numbers, MS Office, Papers, Gimp, Photoshop, Grapher, SPSS, GNU PSPP, and various of other programs in different categories (internet, database etc).

    Hardware:
        •    GER 1500 spectroradiometer, ASD FieldSpec, Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI-550), Hyspex imager, photo-interpretation stereoscopes.
    Operating Systems
    Extensive use of MS Windows (XP, VISTA, 7 and other versions), Unix-Linux (in multiple distributions and architectures) and MacOS systems.
    Organizational skills and competences
        •    Team spirit.
        •    Sociable.
        •    Able to manage multiple tasks.



        1.    Professional Registration

        •    Member of Technical Chamber of Greece
        •    Member of the Hellenic Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers
        •    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ΙΕΕΕ), student member


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