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Nataliia Kussul

Prof, Doctor of Sciences

Deputy director of Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU, head of Information Technologies department

Education

1998 – 2001: Doctor Degree (second scientific degree) in Control Theory (Computer Science)
Space Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and National Space Agency of Ukraine
Dissertation title: “Robust methods of assessment and identification under uncertainty”1987 – 1991: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics
Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Dissertation title: “Non-stochastic identification of linear control objects using fuzzy ellipsoid sets”1982 – 1987: M.S. in Mathematics (with honors) at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Career/employment

2009 – present: Deputy Director, Space Research Institute (SRI), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and State Space Agency of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)2002 – present: Chair of Department, Department of Space Information Technologies and Systems, Space Research Institute (SRI), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and State Space Agency of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)2000 – 2001: Senior Mathematician, Comgates Ukraine LTD (Kyiv, Ukraine)1999 – 2000: Senior System Developer, Communico Ukraine LTD (Kyiv, Ukraine)1996 – 1998: Senior Scientific Researcher, Space Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and State Space Agency of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)1996 – 2006: Interpreter (English) and Scientific Editor, Computer Publishing House “Dialektika” (Kyiv, Ukraine)1987 – 1996: Senior Scientific Researcher, Scientific Researcher, Junior Scientific Researcher, Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Teaching experience

1997 – present: Professor, Department of Information Security, Physics & Technology Institute, National Technical University of Ukraine «Kiev Polytechnic Institute» (NTUU KPI) (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Courses:

  • “Programming. Part I. Structural approach” (Lecturer, Fall Semesters, Undergraduate)
  • “Programming. Part II. Object-oriented approach” (Lecturer, Spring Semesters, Undergraduate)
  • “Intelligent Systems” (Lecturer, Fall Semester, Undergraduate)

2010 – 2012: Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Courses:

  • “Machine Learning ” (Lecturer, Spring Semester, Graduate)
  • “Intelligent Systems” (Lecturer, Fall Semester, Graduate)

2002 – 2004: Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Courses:

  • “Intelligent Systems” (Lecturer, Fall-Spring Semesters, Graduate)

2003 – 2007: Professor and Chair of the Branch of Department of Software Engineering, National Aviation University

Main areas of research interest
  • Remote sensing (optical and radar);
  • GIS;
  • Risk analysis and risk assessment;
  • Machine learning (deep learning for remote sensing);
  • Agriculture (application of EO techniques);
  • Big Data;
  • Data Disaster risk assessment and management (floods, droughts);
  • Grid and cloud computing;
  • Sensor Web
Projects
  • 2019 – present: PI for Amazon-GEO grant “Methodology for SDGs indicators assessment”
  • 2019 – present: Responsible of implementation of Copernicus Academy program at the premices of Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU
  • 2018 – present: PI for the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) project “Intelligent technologies for satellite monitoring of environment based on deep learning and cloud computing (InTeLLeCT)” (no. 6386)
  • 2017 – present: Institutional-PI for the European Commission (EC) Horizon2020 project “SMart URBan Solutions for air quality, disasters and city growth (SMURBS)”. PI – E. Gerasopoulos (National Observatory of Athens, Greece).
  • 2017 – present: Institutional-PI for the European Commission (EC) Horizon2020 project “GEOEssential Variables workflows for resource efficiency and environmental management”. PI – A.Lehmann (UNIGE, Switzerland).
  • 2015 – present: Country-PI (from Ukraine) for the European Commission (EC) Horizon2020 ERA-PLANET project “The European Network for Observing our Changing Planet”. PI – N. Pirrone (CNR, Italy).
  • 2016 – present: Institutional-PI for the German Space Administration (DLR) and the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy of Germany project “EvIDENz – Earth observation based information products for drought risk reduction at the national level”. PI – O. Dubovyk (University of Bonn, Germany).
  • 2014: PI for the State Space Agency of Ukraine contract “Development of scientific and methodological tools for improving accuracy of geolocation of data acquired by space satellites”
  • 2013 – 2017: Institutional-PI for the European Commission (EC) FP7 project “Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM” (SIGMA) (www.geoglam-sigma.info). PI – L. Bydekerke (VITO, Belgium).
  • 2013 – 2017: Subcontractor for the European Commission (EC) FP7 project “Implementation of Multi-scale Agricultural Indicators Exploiting Sentinels” (ImagineS) (http://fp7-imagines.eu/). PI – R. Lacaze (HYGEOS, France)
  • 2013 – 2017: PI (“Champion User” and “Product Developer”) “Country level demonstration of Sen2Agri in Ukraine” within European Space Agency (ESA) project “ESA Sentinel2-Agriculture” (www.esa-sen2agri.org). PI – P. Defourny (UCL, Belgium)
  • 2011 – present: PI for the project Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM) Ukraine (unfunded)
  • 2014 – 2015: PI for the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) Expert Contract “Parcel based classification for Agricultural Mapping and Monitoring (Ukraine)”. EC-JRC – G. Lemoine, O. Leo
  • 2012: PI for the State Space Agency of Ukraine contract on the development of the geoportal for Ukrainian remote sensing satellite Sich-2 (http://sich2.ikd.kiev.ua)
  • 2012 – 2013: PI for the Canadian Space Agency SOAR-JECAM project “SAR parameters optimization for crop classification” (unfunded, data provision)
  • 2011 – 2013: Co-PI for the CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) project “GEOSS Architecture for the use of Satellites for Disasters and Risk Assessment” (GA.4.Disasters). Co-Leads – K. Moe (NASA), S. Skakun (SRI)
  • 2011 – 2012: Co-PI for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) project “Analysis of Climate Change & Food Security based on Remote Sensing & In Situ Data Sets”. Co-PI – F. Kogan (NOAA)
  • 2011: PI for the Grant of President of Ukraine for Doctor of Sciences “Information technologies for flood risk assessment based on fusion of heterogeneous datasets”.
  • 2010 – 2011: PI for the European Commission (EC)Joint Research Center (JRC) project “Crop area estimation with satellite images in Ukraine”. EC-JRC PI – J. Gallego.
  • 2010 – 2013: Institutional-PI for the international project “The Namibian Trans-boundary Flood-Disease Monitoring and Mitigation System – An International SensorWeb Pilot Project” (http://sensorweb.nasa.gov/NamibiaFlood.html)
  • 2010: PI for the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Implementation of system for flood risk analysis in Ukraine based on satellite data, in situ measurements and models on the basis of UN-SPIDER regional support office” within program of “Science and technical (innovative) projects of NASU”
  • 2009: PI for the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Geoinformation infrastructure for monitoring of environment and natural disasters” within program of “Science and technical (innovative) projects of NASU”
  • 2009 – 2012: PI for the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Development of distributed Grid system for disaster monitoring for UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Ukraine”
  • 2009: PI for the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot Phase 2 (AIP-2) project “Sensor Web for Flood Applications” (unfunded)
  • 2008 – 2010: PI for the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) and National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Grid Technologies for Multi-Source Data Integration”
  • 2007 – 2008: Institutional-PI for the INTAS-CNES-NSAU project “Data Fusion Grid Infrastructure”, PI – L. Hluchy (II-SAS, Slovakia)
  • 2007: PI for the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Development of a pilot version of information system for geo-physical monitoring in the framework of Ukrainian segment of GEOSS” within program of “Science and technical (innovative) projects of NASU”
  • 2007 – 2011: PI for the European Space Agency (ESA) Category-1 project “Wide Area Grid Testbed for Flood Monitoring using Spaceborne SAR and Optical Data”
  • 2007 – 2011: PI for the European Space Agency (ESA) Category-1 project “Regional drought monitoring using wide swath SAR and optical data”
  • 2005 – 2007: PI for the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) and National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Grid technologies for environmental monitoring using satellite data”
  • 2006: PI for the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) project “Adopting mathematical models, methods and information technologies for satellite data processing within the development of a pilot project of information system of Ukrainian segment of GEOSS/GMES” within program of “Science and technical (innovative) projects of NASU”
Award, honors & fellowships
  • 2005: Awarded the Letter of Recognition by the Parliament of Ukraine for merits before Ukrainian people
  • 1992–2000: President of Ukraine Fellowships for young researches
Media
  • 2016: Featured in the EuroNews program Futuris on the cutting edge scientific Earth observations projects (available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rUXnwRkd1s, N.Kussul’s interview from 1:41 to 2:06; full version is at http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/14/a-technological-eye-on-the-future-of-our-seas-and-our-agriculture)
  • 2015: Interviewed at national radio “Promin” about the applications of space technologies (announcement is available at radio’s Facebook page https://uk-ua.facebook.com/prominfm/posts/813545328724248)
  • 2014: Interviewed at national TV channel (“5th channel”) about Ukrainian Intel-ISEF competition
Professional society/community membership
  • 2011 – present: Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice
  • 2014 – present: AGU member
  • 2005 – present: Reviewer for Remote Sensing of Environment, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Computing and Informatics, International Journal of Digital Earth, Remote Sensing, Earth Science Informatics, Journal of Automation and Information Sciences
  • 2005 – present: Member of the CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS)
  • 2004 – present: Committee Member for the Specialized Scientific Council for defense of PhD and Doctoral dissertations at Space Research Institute
  • 2006 – present: Committee Member for the Specialized Scientific Council for defense of PhD and Doctoral dissertations at National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
  • 2010 – present: Head of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) Regional Support Office in Ukraine
  • 2010 – present: Chair of the Referee Committee in Computer Science Section at Regional Intel ISEF Competition in Ukraine
  • 2018: Reviewer of projects within European Commission (EC) program Horizon2020 (5 project proposals reviewed)
  • 2018: Program Committee Member of the 6th Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security (GEO-UA)” (September 18-19, 2018, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2017 – 2018: Reviewer for papers submitted to IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
  • 2017: Reviewer of projects The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • 2017: Reviewer of projects within the Government of Russian Federation program MegaGrants (1 project proposal reviewed)
  • 2016: Program Committee Member of the 5th Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security (GEO-UA)” (October 17-21, 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2014: Program Committee Member of the 4th Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security (GEO-UA)” (May 26-30, 2014, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2013: Participation in Scientific council on PhD Thesis defense (Grenoble, France)
  • 2012: Program Committee Member of the Third Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security (GEO-UA)” (September 3-7, 2012, Crimea, Ukraine)
  • 2010 – 2014: Scientific reviewer of the projects within National Grid Computing Program in Ukraine
  • 2010: Program Committee Member of the Second Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security ” (June 14–17, 2010, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2010, 2012, 2013: Leading contribution as added value service provider to International Charter “Space & Major Disasters” activations (Jan 2010, Sep 2012, Jan 2013)
  • 2009 – 2011: Chair of Information Technology Subgroup of CEOS WGISS
  • 2008: Organizing Committee Member of the First Conference on “Earth Observations for Sustainable Development and Security ” (June 3–5, 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • 2004 – 2010: Expert at Supreme Attestation Commission in Ukraine
Certifications (courses & training)
  • “The Data Scientist’s Toolbox”, Coursera, February, 2015.
  • “R Programming”, Coursera, February, 2015.
  • “Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution”, Coursera, February, 2015.
  • Certificate Sun Microsystems “Java Programming for Trainers” Kyiv, Ukraine, May, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrii Shelestov

Prof, Doctor of Sciences

Leading Research Scientist

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Andrii Kolotii

PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Education
  • 2003-2009: National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Master degree with honor in Computer Security
  • 2010-2014: PhD in Remote Sensing, Space Research Institute NAS Ukraineand SSA Ukraine, PhD thesis “Regressional models for winter wheat yield forecasting based on satellite data”
Career/employment
  • 2010 – Present: National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Lecturer (2010-2014), Senior Lecturer (2014-ongoing)
  • 2009 – Present: Space Research Institute NAS Ukraine and SSA Ukraine: Leading Engineer (2009-2012), Junior Research Scientist (2012-
    2013), Research Scientist (2013-2014), Senior Research Scientist (2014 – ongoing)
Teaching experience

National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”

Disciplines: Computer Sciences, Programming, Machine Learning, Algorithms and data Structures

Projects
  • 2018 – Present: Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) project “Intelligent technologies for satellite monitoring of environment
    based on deep learning and cloud computing (InTeLLeCT)“
  • 2017 – Present: H2020 ERA-PLANET project (SMURBS, GEOEssential, IGOSP)
  • 2016 – 2018: “EvIDENz – Earth observation based information products for
    drought risk reduction at the national level”
  • 2016-2017: “Country level demonstration of Sen2Agri in Ukraine” within European Space Agency (ESA) project “ESA Sentinel2-Agriculture”
  • 2013-2017: FP7 project “Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM” (SIGMA)
  • 2011-2012: U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) project “Analysis of Climate Change & Food Security based on Remote Sensing & In Situ Data Sets”
  • 2010-2011: European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) project “Crop area estimation with satellite images in Ukraine”
Certifications (courses & training)
  • “The Data Scientist’s Toolbox”, Coursera, February, 2015.
  • “R Programming”, Coursera, February, 2015.
Bohdan Yailymov PhD

Senior Research Scientist

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Lidiia Tutunnik Research Scientist

 

Education
  • 1967 – 1971: Postgraduate Student of Institute of Mathematics
  • 1960 – 1965: Student of National Pedagogical University; Degree in teaching with honours
Career/employment
  • 1996 – present: Space Research Institute, National Academy of Science of Ukraine and National Space Agency of Ukraine; Scientific Researcher
  • 1972 – 1996: Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine; Junior Scientific Researcher, Scientific Researcher
Mykola Lavreniuk Junior Research Scientist

Education
  • 2016-present — PhD in Applied Mathematics; National technical university of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv polytechnic institute”.
  • 2014-2016 — MSc Degree in Applied Mathematics; Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Thesis title: “Deep learning technique for large scale land cover and crop classification”. Main achievement in the MSc thesis is universal crop classification method based on ensemble of convolutional neural networks (CNNs).
  • 2010-2014 — BSc Degree in Applied Mathematics; Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Thesis title: “A method of georeferencing images acquired from remote sensing satellite “Sich-2” on the basis of image phase transformations”. Main achievements in the BSc thesis: (i) a new method for detecting reliable ground control points (GCPs) for satellite image referencing that allowed its increase by 10-100 times; (ii) the use of elastic models (such as radial basis function (RBF) neural networks) for decreasing georeference error due to the non-linear shifts.
  • 2000-2010 — studying at school in Kyiv (Kyivo-Pecherskiy Lycee “Leader”).
Career/employment
  • July 2016 – present — Space Research Institute, National Academy of Science of Ukraine and National Space Agency of Ukraine, Junior Scientist
  • September 2014 – June 2016 — Space Research Institute, National Academy of Science of Ukraine and National Space Agency of Ukraine, Programming Engineer
Projects
  • World Bank Project for supporting transparent land governance in Ukraine (2018)
  • The European network for observing our changing planet (ERA-PLANET) Horizon 2020
  • World Bank Project for support of reforms in agriculture and land relations (2017)
  • Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM (SIGMA) (2013-2017), FP7 of European Commission.
  • ESA project on country level demonstration Sen2Agri (2016)
  • Google Earth Engine Research Award (2016) “Large scale crop mapping in Ukraine using SAR and optical data fusion”.
  • Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM) Ukraine, establishment of the JECAM test site in Ukraine, application of EO techniques for agriculture.
  • The responsible executor for the project “Crop Classification Methodology Using Satellite Data” with The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2015-2016)
Award, honors & fellowships
  • DAAD scholarship, Bonn, Germany (1 October – 30 November, 2017)
  • National Academy of Science of Ukraine Fellowship for young researches (2016-2018)
  • Young Scientists Award of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine for the project “Methods and Information Technology for Satellite Data Georeference” (2014)
  • Third Prize Award in the Best Paper Award for Young Scientists at “The Annual All-Russian Open Conference “Actual Problems in Remote Sensing of the Earth from Space” held by the Institute of Space Research, RAS (Moscow, Russia) (2013)
  • Second Place Awards (2006, 2007, 2009) and Third Place Award (2010) in the Kyiv Mathematic Competitions (Olympiad)
  • Third Place Award in Ukrainian National Competition (Olympiad) on Informatics (2009)
Leonid Shumilo
Engineer-programmer (1st category)
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