Meet the team

ITHACA’s activities are carried out by a team of young scientists coming from the academic world in the field of environmental engineering, who eagerly contribute to the development of our innovative projects. Our team consists of internationally experienced senior researchers, project-dedicated junior researchers and PhD fellows.

Piero Boccardo

Director

Associate Professor in Remote Sensing at Politecnico di Torino since 2001, supervisor of more than 70 degree and PhD theses, author of more than 100 scientific publications. Management of several projects in the field of Remote Sensing, GIS and Information Technology especially in support of Disaster Management. President of the AIT (Remote Sensing Italian Association) since 2010; President of the public company 5T; Member of the Steering Committee of ASITA (Federation of Scientific Associations for Environmental Information).

Education

PhD in "Geodetic and Topographic Sciences" at the Land, Environment and Geo- Engineering Department of Politecnico di Torino, Italy (1995). Grant awarded by the Italian Research Council (C.N.R.) in 1993 for a research activity at the Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. Prize awarded by the Italian Research Council (C.N.R.) for the research activity carried out in USA.

Andrea Ajmar

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Project management, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Early Impact Analysis

Internal project manager for several international projects (H2020, EuropeAID, Civil Protection Financial Instrument) and services (ESA, EEA, Copernicus, The World Bank, GMES ). Development of software procedures in support of early-warning and early impact analysis. Development and implementation of SDI mainly dedicated to emergency response. Development of E-R model for geographic data storage. Multiuser geodatabase management. Processing of satellite imagery (both active and passive sensors) for thematic information extraction and geometric processing of very high resolution satellite images for mapping purposes. Lecturer in national and international training courses mainly focused on GIS and Remote Sensing (including master degree level and summer school courses for academia). National scientific qualification to function as associate professor in Italian Universities for the period 2017 - 2023

Education

PhD in Geomatics at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2011). Final thesis on the Design and implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure for the UN World Food Programme. Master’s Degree in Geology at Milan University, Italy (1994), research experiences in evaluating climate change effects on Alpine glaciers.

Emere Arco

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis

Application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in support to road network management in disaster scenarios and implementation of a methodology for planning evacuation and reliefs distribution. Collaboration with ITHACA in the production of thematic maps for disaster management, development and implementation of tools and automated GIS procedures for the analysis.

Education

Currently PhD Student in Urban and Regional Development at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Master’s Degree in Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning at Politecnico di Torino (2013), final thesis on local public transport network, implementation of an accessibility index using Network Analyst.

Simone Balbo

Web GIS Specialist

Spatial Data Infrastructure, Early Impact Analysis, Low Cost Mobile Mapping System

GIS data processing, Web platforms for geospatial data sharing, GPS surveys, Mobile Mapping Systems surveys, Spatial Data Infrastructure management, production of thematic maps with GIS applications for representing and georeferencing spatial information, programming and developement of GIS procedures, production of technical reports. Collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Recovery and Reduction of the World Bank - Washington, DC (US) on the implementation of a Web platform for geospatial data sharing in 2011. GIS specialist in collaboration with the Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation (SiTI, Torino) in 2009.

Education

PhD in Environmental Protection and Management at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2012) in the field of Geomatics and Information Technology for disaster and emergency management: GIS/WebGIS, remote sensing, software development Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (2008).

Lorenza Bovio

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis

Multi-spectral and HR image processing, thematic cartography, GIS. Collaborator in Ithaca since 2014 for rapid mapping products and tools. 7-year experience as remote sensing and GIS consultant in international projects (Iraq, Kazakhstan, China, Chile) in the fields of environmental engineering and renewable energies.

Education

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy (2005), specializing in satellite sensing techniques.

Silvana Cotrufo

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis

Development of workflows and procedures, in terms of Best Practices, supporting early impact analysis. Support to technical coordination of rapid mapping activities. Development and implementation of a new building damage scale for post disaster maps production in the framework of the International Working Group on Satellite based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM). Interpretation, processing and classification of satellite imagery (both active and passive sensors). Production of thematic maps using GIS technologies in support of disaster management.

Education

Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2017). Academic background in Landslides and slope engineering, Seismic risk and Hydraulic protection of the territory.

Luciana Dequal

International Project Development

In charge of international projects, external relations, international bids at Ithaca since 2008. 8 years in the business promotion area at the Foreign Trade Office - Piemonte Chambers of Commerce: organization of collective participation to international exhibitions, partner search, reception of foreign delegations, organization of outgoing trade missions. 2 years as Export Dept. Manager in a SME operating in the electro-medical sector.

Education

Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages (English, German and Spanish) at Torino University, Italy (1998) with a degree thesis in English Language titled: "The dubbing of American movies into Italian: linguistic and cultural aspects". Exchange programs in Pueblo, Colorado (USA), Vienna (Austria), Brighton & Hove (UK).

Franca Disabato

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis, Land Cover Validation

Land Cover accuracy assessment. Development and implementation of tools for the analysis, geometric and radiometric elaboration of satellite remote sensing data. Development of customized automated procedures for satellite data processing in support of early-warning and early-impact analysis. Drafting of geomatics-related international projects proposals. Quality Manager. Support to coordination of rapid mapping activities. Varied experience in lecturing activities at Politecnico di Torino.

Education

PhD in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2009). Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (2006).

Paola Mazzoglio

Remote Sensing and Hydrological Modelling Specialist

Extreme Rainfall Detection System

Collaboration with WaterView SRL on an estimating precipitation method from photographic images (October 2015 – June 2018). Research assistant at Politecnico di Torino from October 2016 to June 2017. Working at ITHACA on an Extreme Rainfall Detection System (ERDS), a service for the monitoring and forecasting of exceptional rainfall events, with a nearly global geographic coverage. Involved in international projects focused on the provision of global and quasi-global rainfall datasets enriched with ancillary information on heavy rainfall events. Interpretation of satellite images. Production of thematic maps using remote sensing and GIS technologies in support of disaster management.

Education

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (July 2016), with a specialization in Hydraulic and Hydrology. Thesis focused on laboratory experiments supporting an estimating precipitation method from photographic images.

Cristina Monaco

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis

Rapid mapping, production of thematic maps in support of environmental disasters Researcher at ITHACA since 2013 involved in international project focused on emergency mapping and satellite image processing for the extraction of thematic information. Collaboration with the Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation (SiTI, Torino 2010–2013) on international research projects relating to valuation and classification of natural and cultural heritage, preservation of environmental assets, UNESCO nomination, database development, historical maps, planning and land management.

Education

PhD in “Architectural Heritage and Landscape” at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2011). Thesis on historical GIS for the territory of Villanova Mondovì. Master’s Degree in Architecture (Restoration and Valorization) at Politecnico di Torino (2008). Final dissertation on the topic “GIS based knowledge project on cultural heritage: documentation and systemic investigation capabilities for the restauration of St. Vito Chapel in Grugliasco”.

Salvatore Morreale

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis

Support in the management and elaboration of geospatial information derived from Remote Sensing data for emergency mapping. Processing, interpretation and classification of satellite images. Development of tools for feature extraction and automatic data processing in GIS environment. Experience in Geomatics innovative techniques, i.e. Laser scanner and UAVs, during the voluntary work in the DIRECT team (Disaster Recovery Team) at Politecnico di Torino. Participation to IX Thematic Workshop: Remote Sensing for soil protection and preservation of environment and territory (June 2015) and to VIII Conference AIT (June 2016). Currently collaborating in the production of thematic maps for disaster management, development and implementation of tools and automated GIS procedures for the analysis.

Education

Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2015). Thesis research developed in collaboration with Torino Civil Protection "Geomatics for emergency management: Data acquisition using UAVs and Rapid Mapping production". Academic background in Environmental hydraulics, Hydrology and climatology, Topography and Pollutant dynamics.

Paolo Pasquali

Web GIS Developer

Spatial Data Infrastructure, Web GIS development and spatial data analysis.

Design of open source applications for sharing and distributing spatial data. Has a 15+ year background experience in the Web and GIS field. Worked for an Italian leading publisher on projects for online and offline applications such as car navigation systems, web based fleet management, route planners for mobile. Since joining ITHACA his research has been focusing on open source software development and in particular on spatial data sharing applications. He has been working on the GeoNode project as a core developer for three years.

Education

Master's Degree in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1998).

Francesca Perez

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Early Impact Analysis, Drought Monitoring

Remote sensing multispectral data processing in support to environmental analysis and thematic information extraction. Development and implementation of specific algorithms for satellite imagery elaboration. Support to early impact analyses. Study of the suitability of satellite derived vegetation data for hydrological analysis; development of procedures for the statistical analysis of long-term series of vegetation indexes, derived mainly from MODIS and AVHRR data, for vegetation stress conditions identification, and for analysis of historical vegetation trends and land cover changes. Practice assistant for the courses "Remote sensing" and "Analysis of observation data and Topography" at Politecnico di Torino from 2005 to 2010.

Education

PhD in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2007) with final thesis titled “Geomatics for emergency management purposes: design of a global geodatabase”. Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (2003), final thesis titled "New methodologies for classification of digital images".

Constantin Sandu

Tool developer

Early Impact Analysis

Junior tool developer with Python 2.7 for ArcGIS 10.2 and collaborator in ITHACA for rapid mapping products. Collaboration with Alta Scuola Politecnica project COLORADO: Community-based policies for natural resources sustainable development (2011 - 2013). European Spatial Development Planning network: Intensive Programme on sustainable urban regeneration strategies in Ankara at the Middle East Technical University (April – 2013). Internship at CSI Piemonte with the goal to evaluate the energetic consumption of residential buildings in Torino using GIS software (2011).

Education

Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Landscape and Environmental Planning at Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2013). Thesis title: “The integration of regional planning and energy policies as a driver of territorial innovation”.