SPARC

SPACE APPLICATIONS & RESEARCH CONSULTANCY

SPARC

Space Applications & Research Consultancy (SPARC) was established in 2016. SPARC is a group of physicists and engineers with established research experience in the fields of Data, Space, Nuclear, Plasma and Material Sciences. The interdisciplinary character of SPARC permits the development and provision of high-demanding tailored services in several fields. Our main activities are focused, but not limited, to space research and applications.

        SPARC develops and provides:
  • Data services and distribution
  • Scientific data curation and processing
  • Data analysis
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications
  • Simulations of energetic particle detectors
  • Data driven physics models
  • Detection & forecasting of space weather events
  • R&D Project Management

 

 Our offices are located at The Cube, in downtown Athens while SPARC servers are hosted by Lamda Hellix Data Center, one of the fastest growing data center operators in Southeastern Europe.

Projects

Data Exploitation of new GALILEO Environmental Monitoring Units

SPARC leads the European Space Agency project “Data Exploitation of new GALILEO Environmental Monitoring Units (EMUs)”. The project is implemented in collaboration with Surrey University (UK) and DH Consultancy (Belgium). The main task of the project is the data analysis of EMUs particle radiation measurements and the development of a model to characterize the radiation environment of EU GALILEO spacecraft.

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GALILEO Environmental Monitoring Units

Advanced Solar Particle Events Casting System

SPARC participates in the European Space Agency project “Advanced Solar Particle Events Casting System”. The project is lead by the National Observatory of Athens (Greece) and it is implemented in collaboration with the University of Turku (Finland), University of Barcelona (Spain) and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. The main goal of the project is the development and implementation of an operational forecasting tool of Solar Energetic Proton Events and Solar Flares.

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Advanced Solar Particle Events Casting System

Radiation Environment at Extremely Low Altitude And Latitude

SPARC participates in the European Space Agency project “Radiation Environment at Extremely Low Altitude And Latitude “. The project is lead by RADMON research (UK) and is implemented in collaboration with DH Consultancy (Belgium), Kallisto Consultancy (UK), Université catholique de Louvain, (UCL/CSR) and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy.

Radiation Environment at Extremely Low Altitude And Latitude

Team Members

SPARC team members collaborate with several aerospace companies, universities, and research institutes in Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States.

Ingmar Sandberg, PhD

Ingmar Sandberg, PhD

Ingmar received his doctoral degree in Space and Plasma Physics from Uppsala University, Sweden and visited as guest scientist the Russian Academy of Sciences and the University of Marseille. He has worked as research associate in Bochum University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, National Technical University of Athens, National Observatory of Athens and Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications. During the last decade, he has contributed and managed various R&D projects of European Space Agency related to the calibration of space radiation monitors and to the analysis, modelling and forecasting of space environment.

    Constantinos Papadimitriou

    Constantinos Papadimitriou

    Constantinos has worked as a software developer in the private sector and as a research associate in top academic institutions in Greece. He specializes in data curation and pre-processing, time-series analysis and statistical modelling and has extensive experience with the application of a wide range of methods, ranging from information-theoretical measures to machine learning algorithms. He is a member of the calibration and validation team of ESA Swarm electromagnetic data and contributes to the development of the European Space Radiation Environment Model. His work has been published in many leading international academic journals.

      Sigiava Aminalragia-Giamini, PhD

      Sigiava Aminalragia-Giamini, PhD

      Sigiava has worked since 2012 as a research associate in multiple scientific projects in the fields of Space science and Materials science. He has collaborated with institutions such as the National Observatory of Athens and the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. His areas of interest are signal and time-series analysis, probabilistic modelling of space weather phenomena and the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods. He has developed the (VESPER) model which is the solar proton component of the European Space Radiation Environment Model. 42 is one of his favorite numbers.

        Antonis Tsigkanos, MSc

        Antonis Tsigkanos, MSc

        Antonis Tsigkanos received his BSEE degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the Dpt. of Informatics and Telecommunications, NKUA. His current research interests include on-board payload data processing systems, SoC design, dependable and reconfigurable computing and Software Hardware Co-Design. He has published in international peer reviewed publications and participated in numerous R&D projects in the EU space sector.

          Georgios Provatas, PhD

          Georgios Provatas, PhD

          Georgios Provatas received his doctoral degree in Nuclear Physics from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and served in the Tandem Accelerator Laboratory of the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” over the last years. His research activities focus on the research and applications of Ion Beam Analytical techniques as well as on the development of experimental instrumentation. He has collaborated with many Greek Universities and Research Institutes. During the last 3 years, he has performed the numerical calibrations of space radiation monitors on board several space missions, in the framework of ESA projects.

            Ioannis Kouroubakalis, MSc

            Ioannis Kouroubakalis, MSc

            Ioannis is a skilled web developer with broad experience both as a freelancer as well as for in-house projects of various companies. He is mostly interested in front-end development, UX and UI, but his skills also include back-end designing and implementation. He enjoys the artistic creativity and user experience process that is involved when building web services. He holds a MSc in Security of Information and Communication Systems and has worked as an IT Auditor for 5 years. He is also an avid reader of comics and co-founder of Comicdom Con Athens, an annual international festival of comics attended by more than 15000 visitors.

              News

              US Space Weather Workshop

              2017, May: SPARC participates in the US Space Weather Workshop, May 1-5, 2017, Broomfield, Colorado, with one oral and two poster presentations.

              Greek Space Generation Workshop

              2017, January: SPARC supports the Greek Space Generation Workshop , the first European local event organized by Space Generation Advisory Council, a non-profit organization operating under the […]

              Contact

              Space Applications & Research Consultancy

              +30 215 501 5799

              Klisovis 8, Athens 106 77, Greece

              info@sparc.gr