National Observatory of Athens, Greece (NOA)

NOA Team Leader, Dr. Ioannis A. Daglis, was born in Drama, Greece, in May 1964. He holds a B.Sc. (honors) in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. He has been with the Institute for Space Applications & Remote Sensing at NOA since 1995, serving as the Director of the Institute since 2006. He held a postdoctoral and a staff scientist appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and visiting faculty appointments at Nagoya University (Japan) and at the Institute of Interplanetary Physics – IFSI (Italy). His research interests include space sciences (Sun-Earth connection, solar system astrophysics, planetary exploration) and space applications (satellite remote sensing / Earth Observation). He is the Editor for Magnetosphere and Space Plasma Physics of Annales Geophysicae. He has edited and co-authored three books on Space Weather, one of which is “Recommended teaching material” of the United Nations Space Science Curriculum (“Space Storms and Space Weather Hazards”, Springer, 2001). He has published 70+ refereed papers, has received 1400+ citations and has an h-index of 20. Dr. Daglis has been a Co-Investigator on three NASA missions (SAC-B, Polar, THEMIS) and an ESA mission (BepiColombo), and served as a member of the Science Definition Panel for NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission (2006). He was a member of ESA’s advisory Solar System Working Group (2005-2010), is a member of the Steering Board of the ESA Space Weather Working Team and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dr. Anastasios Anastasiadis is a Research Director at NOA/ISARS. His research interests lie mainly in space plasma physics (Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Sun-Earth connection). He is a member of the Editorial board of The International Review of Physics and has served as Guest Editor of Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (2001) and the journal Entropy (2010-2011). He is elected board member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (2010-2012). He is a Co-Investigator in Solar Orbiter, Associate Scientist of the ASPIICS/PROBA-3 and Core Team member of Cross-scale and Alfven missions for ESA’s Cosmic Vision Programme. He has published more than 35 refereed papers in international journals and special volumes.

Dr. Georgios Balasis is an Associate Researcher at NOA/ISARS. He graduated from the Department of Physics of University of Athens, Greece, in 1995 and received a M.Sc. by Res. in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., in 1997, a M.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Physics (Applied Electromagnetism) from the same University in 2001. He spent four years at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam in Germany as a research associate. He is the author of more than 25 peer reviewed journal papers on Space Physics and Complex Systems. He is the National Greek Delegate to the Programme Board of European Space Agency's Space Situation Awareness (SSA) Preparatory Programme.

Dr. Iphigenia Keramitsoglou is an Associate Researcher at NOA/ISARS. Her Ph.D. was performed at Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of Imperial College London. She is the author of more than 20 peer reviewed journal papers on Remote Sensing. She has participated in many national and European projects on Earth Observation either as a technical/scientific responsible or as a research fellow. She’s been WP leader in two projects funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), namely ‘Urban Heat Island and Urban Thermography’ and ‘Thermopolis 2009’ campaign in Athens, both closely related to one of the scenarios of SDR.

Dr. Dimitris Paronis is a member of the permanent scientific staff at NOA/ISARS. He holds a degree in Physics from the Physics Department of the Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens, M.Sc in Electronics and Telecommunication and Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Remote Sensing. He specializes in aerosol retrieval, radiative transfer modeling, particulate mapping, GIS design and architecture, image and signal processing algorithm development and programming. He is author of more than 10 publications in peer-reviewed reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

Dr. Athanasios Rontogiannis is a Senior Researcher at NOA/ISARS, which he joined in 2003. He received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, the M.A.Sc. from the University of Victoria, Canada, and the PhD degree from the University of Athens. Since 2008, he has been an Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. His research interests are in the areas of wireless communications and signal processing, with emphasis on fast signal processing algorithms and hyperspectral image processing.

Dr. Olga Sykioti is Associate Researcher at NOA/ISARS. She received the B.Sc. in Geology from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1988), MSc in Remote Sensing (1990), MSc in Hydrology, Geostatistics and Geochemistry (1991) and Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and Geosciences (1994) from the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris, France). Her scientific interests include (a) imaging spectroscopy in terrestrial environments (Earth and planetary) including development and application of specific advanced signal/image processing and spectroscopy techniques and (b) satellite InSAR technology in ground deformation issued from geophysical phenomena. She has published more than 20 refereed scientific papers in international journals and in conference proceedings and she has more than 90 third-party citations.

Mr Konstantinos Themelis is a member of the scientific staff on contract at NOA/ISARS. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Patras in 2005. Since then he is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Athens (expected 2011). His research interests include statistical signal processing, with application to hyperspecrtal image processing.