Keynote Speaker from European Space Agency
Dr Ioannis Manakos is currently Chairing EARSeL. He studied Geology (specialization in Physical Geography, GIS and Remote Sensing) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received the M.Sc. degree in Land Improvements (specialization in Erosion, Expert Systems, GIS and Remote Sensing) at the School of Agriculture of the same University. He was then employed as a scientific researcher by the German Research Community at the Faculty of Ecosystem and Landscape Management of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where he completed the Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture in 2003.
The following year he was employed as Assistant Professor at the Technological Educational Institute of Kavala in Greece, and taught Remote Sensing. Since 2005 and for seven (7) years Dr. Manakos has been employed as the Head of the Department of Geoinformation in Environmental Management at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (http://www.ciheam.org/index.php/en), where he still acts as Adjunct Professor in Remote Sensing. Since March 2012 he has been elected and working as Researcher in Remote Sensing at the Information Technologies Institute of the Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas (http://www.iti.gr/iti/index).
Dr. Manakos is involved and has been networking via academia and research throughout Europe and North Africa the last 15 years, operating within and outside the umbrella of European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, where he is the acting elected Chairman, and the Co-Chairman of the Special Interest Group of Remote Sensing in Land Use & Land Cover (http://www.earsel.org/welcome). He has been coordinating or participating in EU, bilateral, and national projects for more than a decade. Activity topics concerned GMES, Environmental Resources Management, Soil Erosion Risk Assessment, Agricultural Practices Monitoring, Precision Agriculture, Regional and Rural Development, Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems, and Tourism; all addressed under the perspective of geospatial data handling.
Constantinos Kassianides was born in Cyprus. He holds the degree of HND in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute, Cyprus, and the degrees of Beng(Hons) Electronics and Communications and a PhD in Satellite Communications from the University of Glamorgan, UK.
Between 1998 and 2002 he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Glamorgan, UK, in the area of Telecommunications, Media and Computer Programming. He has also been with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation as a Telecommunications Engineer in the TV Broadcasting Department.
Dr. Kassianides since 2003 has been with HELLAS-SAT, where he held the positions of Payload Manager and Head of R&D Department. He currently holds the position of Head of R&D and Teleport Marketing, being responsible for participating in research projects in the area of satellite communications, development of new services, project management and development of the Hellas Sat Teleport in Cyprus. HELLAS-SAT is a satellite operator company that owns and controls the Hellas-Sat 2, the first satellite of Greece and Cyprus. The satellite was launched in May 2003 with European, Middle East and African coverage and is one of the most powerful in Europe.
He has been the project manager/coordinator of ESA funded project in the frame of ARTES 1 program, such as the Small GEO satellite Study, Investigation of advanced satellite applications adapted to development needs in insular and mountainous regions, Project Manager for Hellas Sat, of EU 6th Framework funded IP project, RURAL WINGS, participating in other EU and ESA funded Research Projects in the area of Telecommunications. He has been participated in International Conferences and forums with publications and conference papers in the field of satellite communications. He was an external examiner at the Cranfield University for PhD projects on Satellite Communications such as Cloud attenuation modeling for SHF and EHF applications. He is the project leader of the Project for providing satellite internet services to the remote communities of Cyprus that have no access to ADSL.
His research interests include Satellite Communication Systems, Radiowave Propagation, TV Broadcasting over Satellite, Mobile Satellite Communications, Modeling and Simulation of Digital Systems, Remote Sensing, UAVs.
Mr Marinos Portokallides works as a Scientific Officer in the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), in the European Research Programmes and International Cooperation Unit. Mr Portokallides is responsible for the management of the EUREKA and EUROSTARS Programmes for industrial research and acts as the FP7 National Contact Point, for the Thematic Priorities "Energy" and "Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials & New Production Technologies" and the "EURATOM" Programme.
Mr. Portokallides holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Patras University, Greece and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) for Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM).
Albert Ansmann studied meteorology in Hamburg (University, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) and got his PhD in 1988. Since 1983 he is working in the field of active remote sensing with lidar. He developed the Raman lidar method for aerosol extinction profiling at the Helmholtz Research Center Geesthacht, Germany (1989-1992). Since 1992, he is head of the active remote sensing group of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, which was founded after the German reunification in 1992 to strengthen the atmospheric profiling efforts in meteorological sciences in Germany. Since 1994, he was and is involved in numerous ESA projects concerning the potential of aerosol and cloud lidars in space.