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Remote Sensing

Georgios Ouzounis: interpreting remote sensing data for humanitarian needs

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission uses imaging from satellites and other sources to quickly assess challenges presented by natural disasters or other crises.
3 July 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201207.01

Georgios K. Ouzounis obtained a bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng.) and a M.Phil. degree in computer science from the department of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1998 and 2001 respectively. He received his Ph.D. iRn image analysis and connected morphological filters from the Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2009. From January 2008 to September 2009 he worked at the Democritus University of Thrace - 2nd Department of Surgery, University General Hospital of Alexandroupoli, Greece, as a medical image analyst developing 3-D CT segmentation methods for diagnostic purposes of interest to the Urological Clinic. Currently he is researcher at the Global Security and Crisis Management Unit of ISFEREA - Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy, where he works on the development of advanced VHR satellite and aerial image analysis algorithms.

He has invented three major algorithms, the dual-input Max-Tree algorithm, the Differential Area Profiles by Area Zone Decomposition, and the Alpha-Tree. He is a member of the Image Query team of ISFEREA and his latest research is on texture analysis in support to the development of a global human-settlement layer, and the analysis of urban and rural scenery for crisis-management applications.