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     Date Submitted:16-11-2016
     Last Modified:17-11-2016 (08:25)
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     Current job:PhD student
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsEarth Observation, image processing, geomatics, SAR, DinSAR, interferometry, optical satellite, change detection, coherence map, rapid mapping, DEM, ortophoto, digital cartography, mapping, natural hazards, volcanic hazard, civil engineering, geotechnical

    Date and place of birth: July 22, 1986, Rome, Italy.
    In compliance with the Italian legislative Decree no. 196 dated 30/06/2003,
    I hereby authorize you to use and process my personal details contained in this document.

    Earth Observation applications – Remote Sensing and Image Processing – GIS System – Civil & Geotechnical Engineering – Geomatics and Topography

    - Ability in conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis on the mechanical behavior of soils and rocks.
    - Expertise in geotechnical modelling of natural and volcanic slopes and their stability assessment.
    - Skill in multi-sensor topographical surveys (Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Total Station and GPS).
    - Knowledge of the EO domain and Remote Sensing/Image processing techniques.
    - Production of digital cartography and rapid mapping; integrations of EO data in GIS system.
    - Talent in conducting quantitative/qualitative research and statistical analysis of data related to the support of EO systems.
    - Expertise in monitoring remote areas prone to natural hazards through EO data.
    - Private lessons and tutoring in scientific and technical subjects.
    - Creation of notes for undergraduates in Geomatics subjects at DICEA department (Sapienza).
    - Writing in a fluent manner, ability in producing memos that are easy to follow. Ability in writing technical documentation and minutes.

    Ability to work individually and as a team member, being able to establish collaborative relationships and projects, interpersonal and communications skills with colleagues, ability to adapt to multicultural environments; open minded, ability to look for creative solutions, flexible in assignments and always interested in new work/research experiences. Opened to different methods and ways of doing things as well as responsive to the needs of others.

    - Survey Lab s.r.l. (Roma) November 2015  On going.
    Geomatics monitoring (land/structures), high-precision surveys, 3D modeling.
    - Pallai Centro Studi (Roma). March 2015  February 2016.
    Tutor for undergraduates, scientific subjects.
    - ESA-Esrin (Frascati). September 2014  December 2014.
    Undergraduate trainee in Earth Observation.
    - Tele Radio Stereo (Roma). February 2008  June 2008.
    Trainee in journalism (radio, television and newspaper).
    - Private tutoring (Roma). 2005 – On going.
    Undergraduate and high school level: scientific and humanities subjects.
    - Libri e Rarità s.r.l. (Roma). 2008  2014.
    Handling of on-line shop: old books, watches, antique and modern trade.

    - Ph.D. student in Infrastructures and Transportation Engineering, DICEA department, Sapienza University, Rome. November 2015  on going. Research area: integration of geomatics and geotechnical modelling for monitoring zones prone to natural phenomena that may determine risks for infrastructures and human life.
    - MSc in Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Science, Sapienza University, Rome, [108/110]. September 2011  January 2015. Thesis project: Analysis of the evolution of an active volcanic area through the integration of remote sensing data and geotechnical modelling: the case of the New South East Crater (Mount Etna).
    - BSc in Civil Engineering, Sapienza University, Rome, [97/110]. September 2005 March 2011
    - Msc in radio/television journalism, T Eventi srl (Tele Radio Stereo), Rome (Italy) September 2007-January 2008
    - High School, Classical Lyceum, Cornelio Tacito, Rome, [100/100] 20002005.

    o Platform type: Mac (excellent), Windows (excellent), Linux (good).
    o Office suite: Excel, Word, Power Point (excellent).
    o Civil Engineer: Geo-slope (excellent); Paratie Plus (good); Phase 2 (good); AutoCad (very good); Sap2000 (good).
    o GIS: ArcGIS (very good); Q-Gis (good).
    o Remote Sensing: Sentinel-1A SAR toolbox/ NEST SAR toolbox (good); ENVI – Sarscape (very good); PCI Geomatics (excellent); Orfeo Toolbox (good), SNAP (good)
    o 3D DEM modeling: Golden Software Surfer (very good); Cloud Compare (very good).
    o HTML language: Kompozer (excellent).
    o Programming languages: MatLab (fair).

    1. Monitoring an active volcanic area and mapping lava flows with multisource data: The case of Mount Etna from 2011 to 2015. M. Martino, M. Marsella, S. Scifoni, T. Ahmed Chowdhury, C. Minet, M. Coltelli, C. Proietti, F. Giannone. International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), 2016.
    2. Methodologies for measuring the temporal evolution of the lava flow geometry and monitoring the related hazard. M. Marsella, P. J. V. D'Aranno, M. Martino, C. Nardinocchi, S. Scifoni, M. Scutti, A. Sonnessa, M. Coltelli, C. Proietti. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 2016.
    3. A multi-sensor approach for monitoring an active volcanic area: the 2011-2014 eruptive phase of Mount Etna. M. Martino, S. Scifoni, M. Marsella, M. Coltelli, P.J.V. D’Aranno, Q. Napoleoni. International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), 2015.
    4. Integration of geotechnical modeling and remote sensing data to analyze the evolution of an active volcanic area: the case of the New South East Crater (Mount Etna). M. Martino, S. Scifoni, Q. Napoleoni, P.J.V. D’Aranno, M. Marsella, M. Coltelli. International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks & Soils, 2015.

    - Earth Observation from Space: the Optical View.
    Course from the European Space Agency (ESA). September 2016  On going.

    - Monitoring Climate from Space.
    Course from the European Space Agency (ESA). September 2016  On going.
    - Shenker Method - English course. Level 75. January 2016  June 2016.
    - Microwave Remote Sensing. Sapienza University, Rome. Prof. Nazareno Pierdicca. March 2016-May 2016
    - Technical and scientific writing. Sapienza University, Rome. Prof. Emilio Matricciani. January 2016-February 2016.

    - I.Modi (Implemented MOnitoring system for structural Displacement). 2016  On going.
    Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 winning Project. Exploitation of Earth Observation data to develop customized services for monitoring the stability of buildings in large urban areas and for controlling critical civil infrastructures.
    - MED_SUV - MEDiterranean SUpersite Volcanoes. 2015  2016. Development and testing of a tool for the automatic processing of frames extracted from a surveillance camera network in order to obtain geometric and thermal parameters useful to monitor the evolution of the lava field.

    I always loved making sports. After having played football for my whole adolescence, reaching a good level and taking part to regional and national championship, I practiced swimming, athletics, fitness courses martial arts. I like reading (classic Italian and European novels, historical and scientific books), go to the theatre, to the cinema and to art exhibitions. I am a curious person and fascinated by “discoveries”…not only the scientific ones!

    - Italian: native language;
    - English: ease in conversations; use of idioms and complex grammatical structures; ability to respond quickly in English; fluency in phone calls.

    Category A and B.

    - Maria Marsella, D.I.C.E.A. - La Sapienza Università di Roma, Via Eudossiana, 18 - 00184 Roma, Italy. Spinoff Survey Lab s.r.l, CRAS - Centro di Ricerca Aerospaziale Sapienza. E-mail: maria.marsella(at)
    - Quintilio Napoleoni, D.I.C.E.A. - La Sapienza Università di Roma, Via Eudossiana, 18 - 00184 Roma – Italy. E-mail: quintilio.napoleoni(at)
    - Francesco Sarti, Coordinator of the Education and Training Activities, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes-ESA/ESRIN EOP-SA-V.Galileo Galilei, C.P. 64, 00044 Frascati (Italy); francesco.sarti(at)
    - Silvia Scifoni, R&D Director Survey Lab s.r.l Spinoff Sapienza. Via Eudossiana, 18 - 00184 Roma, Italy. E-mail: silvia.scifoni(at)

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