Prof. Diofantos Handjimitsis CV

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Professor DIOFANTOS HADJIMITSIS (male)

VICE Director of C.U.T Academic affairs & Director of ERC

ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (ERC)

Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics (CEG)

Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)

Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)

Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis (Male) is the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs of the Cyprus University of Technology with main duties for chairing the ‘Quality Assurance’, ‘Research and Innovation’ and ‘Programme of Studies’ of the whole university. He is a Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics. He was the Chair of the Department of Civil Eng. and Geomatics from 2011 to 2015. He is a board member of ‘The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education’ which has been established by law on November 2015. He is also the Head and founder of the Remote Sensing & Geo-Environment Lab. Diofantos is also the director of the ‘ERATOSTHENES’ Research Centre at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He is also the founder and Vice-President of the Cyprus Remote Sensing Society. He has more than 450 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and chapters in books and monographs in the field of remote sensing and GIS. He has supervised 13 PhD researchers in the area of remote sensing and 140 bachelor and master final year projects and dissertations. He is the co-coordinator of MSc in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Technologies at CUT. He teaches remote sensing, earth observation modules. His research group consisted of more than 40 researchers and is the largest research group at the University. Since 1999, he has participated in more than 65 funded projects. Since his appointment at the CUT (2007), he participated in more than 55 research projects with funding sources from FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, ECHO, Eureka, Life +, MED, Marie Curie, ERASMUS+, COST, ESA, EC regional funds, national funds such as the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (CRPF) and industry. Diofantos has been a coordinator of more than 25 research projects. Currently he is the coordinator of the ‘ATHENA: Remote Sensing Science Centre for Cultural Heritage’ funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with ‘DLR’ and ‘CNR’ partners (1 million euros). The ‘ATHENA’ project aims to establish a Centre of Excellence in the field of Remote Sensing for Cultural Heritage in the areas of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage through the development of an enhanced knowledge base and innovative methods. He coordinates also the ‘DECAT EU ECHO’ project with a budget of 800,000 euros in the area of disasters management using geospatial tools. He has significant experience in research projects that include remote sensing, GIS, field spectroscopy. Diofantos worked in the past at the University of Surrey (UK), University of Southampton (UK), and Frederick University (CY) and as a managing director in a consultancy company working in the fields of remote sensing and GIS. He has been appointed by the Municipality of Pafos as a consultant for managing town-planning projects and roadworks with budget cost of more than 40 million Euros. He is the member of the National Experts appointed by the Cyprus Government for investigating the potential of Cyprus to join the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2009. He appointed from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation as a national delegate/contact point for the FP7 framework in the ‘SPACE’ theme since 2011. He was the President of the Pafos Civil Engineers Association from 2003 to 2014. He is a founder member of the Cyprus Remote Sensing Society. He has been nominated and elected as SPIE Senior member 2014 for his achievements in remote sensing. He is the member of the editorial team of the ‘Open Geosciences’ and MDPI Remote Sensing. In 2010 he was the co-chair of the EuroMED conference. In addition, he is the Chair of the International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information (RSCy2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) (co-organised by ESA and published by SPIE) in which several special sessions in remote sensing for archaeology have been organised. The publication record of the PI includes 1 Ph.D. dissertation, 1 MPhil, 1 book as co-author, 1 book as editor/author (‘Remote Sensing of Environment: Integrated Approaches, 2013), 450 publications in journal and conference papers-72 refereed journal papers- 270 refereed papers in books of proceedings, 85 technical reports, 8 chapters in book, 3 proceedings volume (edited), 20 monographs etc. Diofantos gave more than 25 invited talks.