Despina Makri is research associate at Cyprus University of Technology and a member of Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence. She holds a bachelor’s degree on Marine Sciences and a MSc in Geography and Applied Geo-informatics. Her MSc thesis concerns the mapping of different sea bottom types with the use of satellite Sentinel-2 data in Lesvos island. Now, she is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geoinformatics Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) under the supervision of Professor Diofantos Hadjimitsis.
Her experience starts in July 2015, as an undergraduate student, that she participated in the first THAL-CHOR, the Marine Spatial Planning in the Aegean Sea. The main objective of this work package was the ecological species detection and mapping. She was employed as a teaching assistant (Oct. 2017-Jan. 2018) at the Laboratory of Computer Science by the Dep. of Geography in the University of the Aegean. Despina participated in the Second Cycle of Erasmus+ Programme and started the collaboration with the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and the Professor Diofantos Hadjimitsis. Since November 2019, she is a research assistant at CUT and is involved in many projects, such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (Jan. 2020-Jan. 2021) and the Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake (FPCUP) (Apr.2021-now).
Her research interests include remote sensing techniques, object-based image analysis, data acquisition, image processing, GIS analysis and coastal habitat mapping with high resolution imagery (UAV).