Masanobu Shimada

Tokyo Denki University

Masanobu Shimada  (M’97–SM’04–F’11) received the BS and MS degrees in aeronautical engineering from Kyoto University in 1977 and 1979, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1999. He joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, former Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)) in 1979 and conducted the research projects for 34 years. During that, he made three achievements: 1) Sensor developments: Ku-band Scatterometer, Polarimetric Interferometric Airborne L-band SAR 1 and 2, 2) Operational Algorithm developments: SAR imaging, Interferometry, Polarimetry, Calibration, Mosaicking, and applications, 3) lead the science projects: the JERS-1 SAR calibration and validation (1992-1998), the JERS-1 Science project (Global rainforest and boreal forest mapping project and SAR interferometry for detecting the deformation distribution), the ALOS science project and PALSAR CALVAL, and the Kyoto and Carbon Initiative project using the time series PALSAR/PALSAR2 mosaics. His most impacted achievements are the deformation detection of the Hanshinn-Awaji-Earthquake using the JERS-1 SAR Interferometry, generation of world first global SAR mosaics that depicts the annual deforestation change, and experimental near real time deforestation monitoring using the ALOS/PALSAR ScanSAR.

His current research interests are the high resolution imaging for spaceborne and airborne SARs (PALSAR-2 and Pi-SAR-L2), calibration and validation, SAR applications including polarimetric SAR interferometry, and Moving Target Identification using the UAVSAR interferometry.

Since April 1 2015, He is a professor at Tokyo Denki University, an invited researcher of JAXA, and a guest professor of Yamaguchi University. At Tokyo Denki University, he supervised the 18 students for graduation, on-going 6 master students. He received several major awards: 2014 Highest Impact Paper award from IEEE for “PALSAR Radiometric and Geometric Calibration,” TGRS, vol. 47, no. 12, pp. 3915-3932, December 2009 and 2018 Distinguished achievement Award, IEEE, July 2018, and so on.    

Yoshio Yamaguchi

Niigata University

Yoshio Yamaguchi (Fellow 02, IEEE) received the B.E. degree in electronics engineering from Niigata University, Niigata, Japan, in 1976 and the M.E. and Dr. Eng. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1978 and 1983, respectively.

He is a professor of Niigata University, Japan. In 1978, he joined the Faculty of Engineering, as assistant professor. From 1988 to 1989, he was a Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago. His interests are in the field of radar polarimetry, microwave scattering, decomposition and imaging.

Dr. Yamaguchi has served as Chair of IEEE Geoscience Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Japan Chapter (2002–2003), Chair of URSI-F Japanese Committee (2006–2011), Associate Editor for Asian affairs of GRSS Newsletter (2003–2007), and Technical Program Committee Co-Chair of the 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS-2011). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Japan, and a recipient of 2008 IEEE GRSS Education Award and 2017 IEEE GRSS Distinguished Achievement Award.

Tsutomu Yamanokuchi


Tsutomu Yamanokuchi received the B.Sc. degree in astrophysics from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in 1993 and M. Sc. in oceanography from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1995 and the Ph.D. degree in polar science from Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Tokyo, Japan in 2007. He joined the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan in 1995, where he is in charge of SAR data applications. His research interests are applications of SAR data, particularly to retrieve geophysical   parameters on cryosphere by InSAR techniques. In 2018, he has been a visiting associated Professor with Chiba University, Chiba, Japan.

Shiro Kawakita


Shiro Kawakita received Ph.D. degree in engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 1998 and conducted research on space photovoltaics for space crafts for 18 years. Since 2016, he has engaged in the satellite applications and operations center (SAOC) in JAXA, where he is currently working as an associate senior engineer.

He received the International award from photovoltaic and material research organizations. He had been a visiting researcher of the national institute of advanced industrial science and technology (AIST) for 3 years since 2014. He has been a visiting lecturer of Kyusyu Institute of Technology since 2015. He is a board member of the International Charters, Space and Major Disaster.

Masato Ohki


Masato Ohki received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Earth and Planetary Science, from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2005 and from Tokyo University, Japan in 2007, respectively. In 2007, he joined the Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He is working on developing algorithms of higher-level products of PALSAR, PALSAR-2, and Pi-SAR-L2 data, and participating cooperative researches with many application fields. He received the Young Researcher Award from IEEE GRSS Japan Chapter in 2010. His research interests include polarimetric and interferometric SAR analysis and its application for monitoring disasters and land-cover changes.

Mauro Dalla Mura

Maître de conférences

Specially appointed associate professor
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Mauro Dalla Mura received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

He obtained in 2011 a joint Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies (Telecommunications Area) from the University of Trento, Italy and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iceland, Iceland.

In 2011 he was a Research fellow at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, conducting research on computer vision.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France since 2012. He is conducting his research at the Grenoble Images Speech Signals and Automatics Laboratory (GIPSA-Lab). Dr. Dalla Mura has been appointed “Specially Appointed Associate Professor” at the School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan for 2019-2022. His main research activities are in the fields of remote sensing, image processing and pattern recognition. In particular, his interests include mathematical morphology, classification and multivariate data analysis.

Dr. Dalla Mura was the recipient of the IEEE GRSS Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition of the 2011 IEEE IGARSS 2011 and co-recipient of the Best Paper Award of the International Journal of Image and Data Fusion for the year 2012-2013 and the Symposium Paper Award for IEEE IGARSS 2014. Dr. Dalla Mura is the President of the IEEE GRSS French Chapter since 2016 (he previously served as Secretary 2013-2016). In 2017 the IEEE GRSS French Chapter was the recipient of the IEEE GRSS Chapter Award and the “Chapter of the year 2017” from the IEEE French Section. He is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (J-STARS) since 2016.

Yasushi Onda

Earth Engine Ambassador


Yasushi Onda supports partners such as Universities, NGOs, Space agencies, and governments in the Asia-Pacific region. He also has experience at JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, researching the moon through remote sensing and lunar soil brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 mission. Before Google, he was PM for various mobile services, and is an inventor of multiple patents. He received a bachelors from Keio University, masters in Planetary Science from The University of Tokyo, and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Claudio Persello

Assistant Professor

University of Twente

Claudio Persello (S’07-M’11-SM’17) received the Laurea (B.S.) and Laurea Specialistica (M.S.) degrees in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. degree in communication and information technologies from the University of Trento, Trento, Italy, in 2003, 2005, and 2010, respectively.

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of  Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, The Netherlands. In 2011–2014, he was a Marie Curie research fellow, conducting research activity at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Remote Sensing Laboratory of the University of Trento. His main research interests are the analysis of remote sensing data, machine learning, image classification, pattern recognition, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Dr. Persello is a Referee for multiple journals, including IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing and Pattern Recognition Letters. He is a member of the editorial board of Remote Sensing. He served on the Scientific Committee of MultiTemp 2011, 3D GeoInfo 2018, UAV-g 2019. His Ph.D. thesis was awarded with the prize for the best Ph.D. thesis on Pattern Recognition published between 2010 and 2012 by the GIRPR, i.e., the Italian branch of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Begüm Demir


Technische Universität Berlin

Begüm Demir is a Professor and Head of the Remote Sensing Image Analysis (RSiM) group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany. From 2013 to 2017, she was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, University of Trento, Italy, while in 2017 she became an Associate Professor at the same department. She received the B.S. degree in 2005, the M.Sc. degree in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in 2010, all in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from Kocaeli University, Turkey. Her main research interests include image processing and machine learning with applications to remote sensing image analysis. She was a recipient of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) with the project “BigEarth-Accurate and Scalable Processing of Big Data in Earth Observation” in 2017, and the “2018 Early Career Award” presented by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

Dr. Begüm Demir is a senior member of IEEE since 2016. She is a Scientific Committee member of the Conference on Big Data from Space, Living Planet Symposium, International Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event and SPIE International Conference on Signal and Image Processing for Remote Sensing. She is the founder and the co-chair of Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing Workshop organized within the IEEE Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications since 2014. Currently, she is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.

Bruno Adriano

RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Bruno Adriano received a PhD degree in engineering from Tohoku University in 2016. From early, he received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He was engaged in studying the integration of remote sensing technologies and real-time simulations for building damage recognition at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University

He joined the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) in June 2018. Currently,  his primary research is the development and implementation of machine learning frameworks for building damage extraction.