Koutantou, Kalliopi

PhD Student

Remote Sensing Engineer



My Ph.D. project is focusing on the surface-ground water interactions via UAV-based remote sensing techniques. The state-of-the-art UAV system can mount a Lidar scanner, a hyperspectral camera and a thermal sensor for very precise measurements of rivers, vegetation and snow terrains. The aim is the mapping of interesting and difficult to access locations which can provide us missing information and new datasets about the hydrogeological conditions and the topography of the mapped areas using innovative methods via image processing.



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

                                   University of Neuchâtel

                                   Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics


Sept 2012 – July 2017:   Master of Engineering (MEng)

                                        National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

                                        Rural and Surveying Engineering, Remote Sensing specialization


Research Experience:

Feb 2019-present: Guest Researcher, WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland

Visiting Ph.D research as part of my Ph.D. thesis in order to estimate the snow distribution in forest using Lidar UAV mapping techniques.

Oct2018-present: Visiting-External Ph.D. Researcher, University of Lausanne(UNIL),Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics(IDYST), Remote Sensing and Pattern analysis group, Professor Gregoire Mariethoz

Collaboration in the context of my doctoral thesis regarding UAV flights in different locations around Switzerland for hydrogeological studies.

Mar 2018- July 2018t: Software Testing Internship, Pix4D, Innovation Park of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Working with calibration and radiometry team on processing RGB, multispectral and thermal datasets in a photogrammetry software (pix4Dmapper).

Sept 2017- Jan 2018: Research Internship – Teaching assistant, Geodetic Engineering Laboratory (TOPO Lab), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), Switzerland

Research project: Hyperspectral UAV-remote sensing monitoring of ice over lake Onego in the context of the multi-disciplinary Russian/Swiss project “Life under Ice”

Teaching assistance: 2nd year’s Bachelor subject "Méthodes Quantitatives 1” (Propagation of errors, Least Squares Method based on Matlab applications)

Jan 2017- Jul 2017: MSc Thesis, Laboratory of Remote Sensing, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Thesis title: "Study of the ocean upwelling phenomenon using satellite multispectral data"

Sept 2016 - Dec 2016: MSc research project, Laboratory of Remote Sensing, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

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


Honors & Awards:

Oct 2018: 3rd prize in the pitch contest ‘’My start-up idea in 60 sec’’, APML association of EPFL, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dec 2017 : “Limmat Stiftung” award for achieving the 3rd highest grade in the graduation year of 2017, Limmat Stiftung, Zürich, Switzerland
Sept 2017: Research scholarship, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
Aug 2017: Scholarship from “equal society” to attend RG Bootcamp 2017 for new entrepreneurs organized by ALBA and “The American College of Greece”, Athens, Greece,
July 2017: Bodossaki Foundation Scholarship for MSc studies in Greece, Athens, Greece

Sept 2009: Award from the Greek Minister of Education for excellent performance, Heraklion, Greece





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Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN)

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CH-2000 Neuchâtel