National Technical University of Athens

National Technical University of Athens

About University

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) founded in 1836, is the oldest, most prestigious educational institution for engineering and applied sciences in Greece. It consists of 9 Schools (over15000 students) located on two campuses. It offers 9 undergraduate and 20 post graduate interdisciplinary programmes. It has an extensive technical infrastructure and a significant presence in European research matters. Most of its projects foster international cooperation in research or education such as ESN, Socrates, Erasmus, Leonardo, Jean Monnet, besides other funded activities within the EU Research Framework programmes throughout the years.

NTUA with the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) (110 staff) has a strong interest and activities in the area of geospatial science and engineering, as well as its educational and social perspective. In fact, geospatial technologies and approaches constitute the new paradigm for the School of RSE, the Dean of which will act as NTUA leader in the proposed project. Activities involve earth observation and monitoring, geoinformation management, rural infrastructures and environmental planning. SRSE supports large numbers of students (140 undergraduates and 90 post-graduates annually) with curricula and courses addressing various specializations. These include the use of SIST in disaster management, interoperable SDIs, and environmental protection. SRSE has shown significant research results in the field of GIScience during the last 20 years. Its offers 2 very successful interdisciplinary MScE programmes: (a) Geoinformatics and (b) Environment & Development run since 1998 with over 1000 graduates so far.

The NTUA key staff specific to the proposal has a great involvement in all aspects of GIScience from its infancy (the 80s). This includes the transition of GI Systems to GI Science, the development of curricula, teaching numerous undergraduate and post graduate courses, quality assessment, national projects, chairing in international associations, educational cooperation, consulting, etc. This experience draws from being involved in the GI developments in the US and Canada, in similar European initiatives (ESF GISDATA, GI2000, INSPIRE, etc.), and in international organizations/ activities (FIG, ICA, ISPRS, AGILE, EUROGEOGRAPHICS, GIScience, COSIT, SDH, etc.).

Role In The Project

NTUA-SRSE SRSE has the necessary laboratory infrastructure to tackle the project objectives, which among others includes: The Geoinformation Centre, the Post Graduate programme of Geoinformatics, the Remote Sensing Laboratory, the Cartography Laboratory, the Laboratory of Physical Geography & Environmental Impact, and the Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning. Furthermore, NTUA has been fully involved in the development of the new Body of Knowledge for Geographic Information (EU Erasmus Project GIN2K) which is a basis to design and implement new SIST curricula as those proposed in this project.
Operational management: Prof. Marinos Kavouras, Dean of the School, Director of the Geoinformatics Programme and Director of the Cartography Laboratory, has served in major administrative and managerial positions in the University and national agencies, being responsible for over 30 research projects, some of which are Erasmus Projects. He will be supported by very skilled and competent technical/administrative staff, not only to execute what is expected in the objectives but also to contribute to whatever else will be necessary for the success of the project at all levels. Caution is always taken so that the staff allocated to the project can devote the necessary time.
Financial management: NTUA will be supported by NTUA’s Research Services Department (staff 50) which has a large experience in the financial management of big projects, and follows: (a) well–established legal, transparency/publicity, and auditing procedures, (b) a project control system which is fully accessible by project managers and is linked to the financial control group of the Department. Project variables, income, and expenditure may immediately be requested and assessed.
NTUA will be involved in the following :
• Leading the development of one course and participation in the development of other courses.
• Mapping/Connection to European GI BOK (Body of Knowledge) – Development of new courses/enrichment of existing ones
• Participation in all meetings including steering committee meetings
• Participation in dissemination/exploitation events
Thus, the proposal objectives fit very well to the NTUA team’s interests, activities, and skills.

Project Members

Marinos Kavouras

Vassilios A. Tsihrintzis

Margarita Kokla

Eleni Tomai

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