Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G.
Χατζημιτσής, Διόφαντος
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis is the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs of the Cyprus University of Technology. 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 (member of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre). 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 Geo-informatics 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. He participates from 1999 up to date 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. Dr Hadjimitsis has a significant experience in supervising large construction projects (roadworks). 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 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’. Visit his Research Group web site: http://www.cyprusremotesensing.com