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Kalliopi Koutantou

Kalliopi Koutantou

Remote Sensing Engineer
Lausanne, Lausanne


Über Kalliopi Koutantou:

Geomatics Engineer with a PhD in remote sensing and strong interest in data processing.

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May 2022-September 2022: Research Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Ocean Circulation and             Air-Sea Interaction Group, Supervisor: Dr. Jorge Vazquez-Cuervo  


  • Validation of Level-2 and Level-4 Sea Surface Temperature NASA satellite products using 

       Saildrone (uncrewed surface vehicle) data

  • Validation of the quality levels of Level-2 MODIS data  


Dec. 2019-June 2021: Guest Ph.D. Researcher, WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland, Snow Hydrology group, Supervisor: Dr. Tobias Jonas 


  • Assessing the forest snow pattern dynamics in steep Alpine forests using UAV-borne Lidar 
  • First research conducted in steep forested environment using UAV-borne Lidar 


Oct. 2018-Sept. 2022: External Ph.D. Researcher, University of Lausanne (UNIL), Institute of 

Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST), Remote Sensing and Pattern analysis group, Professor Gregoire Mariethoz 


  • Acquiring and processing of UAV-borne RGB, multispectral and thermal data for hydrogeological studies 


Sept. 2018-present: Ph.D. Candidate, University of Neuchatel, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics, Laboratory of hydrogeological processes, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Supervisor: Prof. Philip Brunner 


  • Use of a state-of-the-art UAV system for studying hydrogeological processes
  • Ph.D. Projects:
  1. UAV-borne Lidar snow mapping in the Swiss Alps: Case studies of flat and steep forests
  2. Mapping of soil organic matter in a Swiss agriculture field site: A preliminary study
  3. Validation of NASA Sea Surface Temperature satellite products using Saildrone data



Mar. 2018-July 2018: Software Testing Intern, Pix4D, Innovation Park of École 

Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, Supervisor: Dr. Martin Rehak 


  • Working with the calibration and radiometry team on the UAV-based photogrammetry software “Pix4Dmapper” 


Sept. 2017-Jan. 2018: Research Intern-Teaching assistant, Geodetic Engineering Laboratory (TOPO Lab), École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Supervisor: Prof. Bertrand Merminod 


  • Lake ice monitoring using hyperspectral data over lake Onega in the context of the multidisciplinary Russian/Swiss project “Life under Ice” 
  • Lake ice classification using machine learning methods   
  • Teaching assistant for 2nd year’s Bachelor course “Méthodes Quantitatives 1” (Propagation of errors, Least Squares Method based on Matlab applications) 



Jan. 2017-Jul. 2017: MSc Thesis Researcher, Laboratory of Remote Sensing, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Supervisor: Prof. Karathanassi Vassilia, Grade: 10/10 


  • Study of the ocean upwelling phenomenon using satellite multispectral data


Sept. 2016-Dec. 2016: MSc project Researcher, Laboratory of Remote SensingNational Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Supervisor: Dr. Doulamis Nikolaos, Grade: 10/10 


  • Applications of interconnected digital systems: Techniques for the analysis and processing of multispectral remote sensing images with application to the environment  




Sept. 2018-present: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

                                    University of Neuchâtel

                                    Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN) 

                                    Laboratory of Hydrogeological Processes  

                                    Remote Sensing

Sept. 2012-July 2017: Master of Engineering (MEng)  

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 

Geomatics Engineering; Remote Sensing Specialization

61 subjects, 300 ECTS, GPA: 8.52/10 (top 3%, graduated 3rd in the year of 2017)


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