The ocean receives solid waste from human activities, distributing the load widely, but not evenly. Floating marine plastics are a threatening problem for the world’s oceans. Marine plastic debris is tied to plastic production, which has grown exponentially over the last 70 years, from 1.7 million tonnes in 1950 to 322 million tonnes in 2015 (European Commission 2020) . Remote sensing is one of the tools necessary for the detection of floating marine plastics because of the extensive area coverage and frequent observation.
Our solution, is the detection and monitoring of marine litter presence on coastal zones by creating marine litter density maps from aerial images using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms.
Our team consists of three members with vast experience in remote sensing, geoinformatics and UAS technologies. SciDrones is a natural result of 7 years intensive work on UAS technology and visualization of the geoinformation conducted in the University of the Aegean, Department of Marine Sciences. To tackle the marine litter pollution in the coastal area we envision a spin-off company in early 2021 as we believe that we can provide a robust, meaningful, and vigorous solution to locate and monitor the litters worldwide.
Our mission is to monitor and end marine litter pollution globally. To achieve our mission, we have set three main goals.
Marine Litter Detection
measure and monitor marine litter
pollution on shore environments
engage stakeholders involved, activate them
and share them our knowledge
support circular economy by detecting marine litter material that can be collected and reused
UAS data acquisition
UAS pilots need to follow the SciDrones flight protocol
(that explains the settings the UAS should have eg altitude, speed, etc)
data pre-processing and analysis
UAS pilots can create an account, upload their UAS images from their coastal zone
sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms
used to classify images
marine litter density maps
users will be rewarded with an automated report with statistics and concentration maps of the detected marine litter
Dr. Topouzelis Konstantinos
Dr. Topouzelis Konstantinos - is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean and he is leading the Marine Remote Sensing Group (MRSG). He is the PI of the Plastic Litter Projects and passioned with defeating the marine litters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (University of the Aegean), a master’s degree in Remote Sensing (University of Dundee) and a Ph.D. in pollution monitoring from space (National Technical University of Athens).
Dr. Papakonstantinou Apostolos
Dr. Apostolos Papakonstantinou is a senior Post-Doctoral researcher at the Marine Remote Sensing Group, University of the Aegean with a scholarship funded by Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) titled: “Detecting and Mapping Plastic Litter in the Coastal zone using Unmanned Aerial Systems and Deep Learning Techniques” and also is currently a Contracted Lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology teaching Cartography and Geoinformatics curricula.
Mr. Argyris Moustakas holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a master’s degree in Embedded Systems and Robotics (Meng) from the University of Manchester. Argyris is involved with Marine Remote Sensing Group (MRSG, University of the Aegean) as a researcher for providing technical support, designing, and installing new equipment to the lab’s UASs. Previously, Argyris has worked for two years in Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company under the Rise Management Trainee Program.