Aristotle University of Thessaloniki [AUTH]


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The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) was founded in 1925 and is today the largest university in the country, with about 80.000 students and 2.300 teaching/research staff. At present, in the Aristotle University there are 10 faculties, consisting of 49 departments. The Faculty of Engineering comprises of 8 schools (School of Civil Engineering, School of Architecture, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, School of Mathematics, Physics and Computational Sciences, School of Urban-Regional Planning and Development Engineering) and was founded in 1955. With more than 11.000 students, the Faculty of Engineering is one of the university’s largest and most dynamic constituents. The Laboratory of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, School of Rural & Surveying Engineering is well known for its research in Photogrammetry and especially in the development of close-range vision techniques. During the last 10 years, the AUTH P&RS-Lab has participated in more than 70 funded research projects, providing scientific expertise and services to areas of GIS, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GPS and activities in related scientific fields, accounting for approximately 5,2 M Euros. AUTH P&RS-LAB has critical mass of good quality research in several areas of P&RS with more than 70 scientific publications and papers in national and international journals and conferences over the last 5 years. Finally its research staff has received numerous personal awards and scholarships and Lab activities have received substantial coverage to the national media with more than 10 extensive article references to the written and electronic media over the last 5 years.

Main tasks:

Co-lead of WP10

AUTH coordinates the OBSERVE project (Strengthening and development of Earth observation activities for the environment in the Balkan area). OBSERVE is an FP7 European funded program under ENV.20122.4.1.4-1, Identification and Networking of EO activities in the Balkan area theme. The mission of the OBSERVE project is to collect and process all the necessary information for delivering an integrated analysis on the current status of Earth observation activities and networks in the Balkans, regarding environmental monitoring, the potential benefit from the full exploitation of an integrated capacity development strategy and the prospect of creating a relevant permanent Earth observation community in the broader region. Its ultimate goal is to raise awareness and establish firm links with the regional decision making bodies in the importance of mutual and enhanced Earth observation application network on environmental monitoring according to the principles of GEO.

Staff Members:

  • Dr. Petros Patias, Professor, School of Rural and surveying Engineering 1981: Surveying Engineer, Dipl-Eng., AUT Greece, 1985: MSc, Dept. of Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, USA, 1987: PhD, Dept. of Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, USA. 1999: Full professor at AUT. 1999-2001: Director of the Dept. of Cadastre, Photogrammetry and Cartography. 2003-2007: Chairman of the School of Rural and surveying Engineering. Visiting Professor at Delft University, ETH-Zurich, Universidad del País Vasco, frequent reviewer to International Publications & International research proposals. 1992- 1996: President of the Hellenic Society for Photogrammetry & R.S. 1993-1995: Member of the board of the Hellenic Cartographic Society. 1998 - Member of the board of the International Committee of Heritage Documentation (CIPA). 2003-2007: President of CIPA. Chairman of various WGs of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) from 1992, President of the ISPRS Com V (2000-2004) and President of the ISPRS Financial Committee (2004-2008). Co-chair of the ISPRS Special Interest WG “Technology Transfer Caravan” (2008-2012), Member of the ISPRS Ad- hoc Committee on “Knowledge transfer” (2008-2012), Chairman of WG3 of the EEGECS Thematic Network Author of 6 books, 4 chapters in four different scientific books in English language and 160 scientific publications. Scientific Responsible/Principal Investigator of 70 research projects, financed by national, European or international sources. OBSERVE coordinator. Editor-in-chief of the South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics.

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