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Gabriele Bitelli


Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ICAR/06 Surveying and Mapping

Curriculum vitae

Since 2002 Full Professor of Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping scientific sector) at Bologna University. Responsible of the Surveying-Geomatics Area of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) and member of the Department Board.


He is currently teaching (Academic Year 2019-2020):
"Remote Sensing and GIS" (Civil Engineering, MSc degree)
"Applied Geomatics" (Civil and Environmental Engineering, MSc degree, in English)
"Geomatic Engineering for Cultural Heritage" (Engineering of Building Processes and Systems, MSc degree, in English)
"Geomatics" (Environmental Engineering, MSc degree)
"Geomatics for Archaeology" (Specialisation School on Archaeological Heritage)

Supervisor for more than 200 Master degree theses and for 17 Doctoral theses.


National Coordinator (2012-2013 and 2014-2015) of AUTeC, Italian National Association of Professors in Surveying and Mapping.

He has been Coordinator of the "Building and Urban Systems Engineering" second cycle degree/two year Master, Engineering and Architecture School, University of Bologna, in Ravenna.

He has been Coordinator of the Ph.D. Course in "Geomatics and Transportation Engineering", held by University of Bologna in connection with Universities of Pisa and IUAV Venezia.

He is member of the Board of the Ph.D. course in "Cultural and Environmental Heritage", University of Bologna.

He is member of the Board of the Specialization School in Archaeological Heritage of the University of Bologna.

Member of the Inter-Department Research Center CIRI Constructions, Operating Unit "New technologies applied to restoration, recovery and requalification of existing buildings".

Member of the Inter-Department Research Center CIRI - Aerospace.

Member of the Board of the GTA "Space" of the Universiity of Bologna, reference person for Earth Observation.

Member of the Board of "Alma HeritageScience", Integrated Research Team of Bologna University dedicated to Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage.

Member of CODE3 (Center for International COoperation and Development on Engineering, Environment and Emergency) of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM).


He has been scientific Responsible in the following EU projects:

- "SubCoast - A collaborative project aimed at developing a GMES-service for monitoring and forecasting subsidence hazards in coastal lowland areas around Europe " (FP7-SPACE-2009-1, 2010-2013) 

- "EnergyCity - Reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in cities across Central Europe" (EU Central Europe, 2010-2013), WP leader.

and involved in the European and national projects:

"EU-CHIC - European Cultural Heritage Identity Card" (FP7-ENV-2008-1, 2009-2012)

"Ebla Chora - The early state and its chora. Towns, villages and landscape at Ebla in Syria during the 3rd Millennium BC. Royal archives, visual and material culture, remote sensing and artificial neural networks" (FP7-IDEAS-ERC-2009-AdG, 2010-2014)

“ARCHAIA: Training Seminars on Research Planning, Conservation, Characterisation and Management in Archaeological Sites” (FP6-2005-SSP-5-A, ID: 44365, 2007-2008)

- "SPARTACUS - Satellite Based Asset Tracking for Supporting Emergency Management in Crisis Operations" (FP7-SEC-2012.4.2-1, 2013-2016)

- "AGROWETLANDS II - Smart Water and Soil Salinity Management in Agro-Wetlands" (LIFE15 ENV/IT/000423, 2016-2020)

- "SUSHI-DROP - SUstainable fiSHeries wIth DROnes data Processing" (Interreg V-A Italy-Croatia CBC Programme 2014-2020)

- "SHELTER - Sustainable Historic Environments hoListic reconstruction through Technological Enhancement and community based Resilience" (H2020, 2019-2023)

- "IDEHA - Innovation for Data Elaboration in Heritage Areas" (PON 2018-2021)


He is Principal Investigator of the National Research Project PRIN2015 "GAMHer - GEOMATICS DATA ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT FOR LANDSCAPE AND BUILT HERITAGE IN A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE" (2017-2020)  website:


Scientific Responsible of Research Unit for the National research projects:

- "Big-DEA" - Big Data and Early Archives (Big-DEA). Measuring Settlement Dynamics and Environmental Exploitation in the Ebla Region during the 3rd Millennium BC: Archaeological Record, Cuneiform Texts, and Remote Sensing" (PRIN2017, fund. MIUR, 2019-2021)

-  "MAPPER - Procedure di acquisizione ed elaborazione di dati multi sorgente per il supporto alle emergenze" (PRIN2008, fund. MIUR, 2010-2012) 

- "Ritratti di citta'  in un interno. Consolidare la memoria collettiva della citta' attraverso l'informatizzazione e la divulgazione della cartografia storica" (fund. Fondazione Cariplo, 2008-2014)

and in the previous national projects PRIN2005, PRIN2003, PRIN2002, COFIN2001, COFIN2000.

- Project “Malta: La Fabbrica delle Mura”, Cooperation agreement between Fondazione Alma Mater (Bologna) and Ministry of Environment of Malta Repubblic, 1998-2003.

He has been furthermore Scientific Responsible of Research Unit in a large number of local projects.

He carried out review activities of national and international research projects.


He has been Principal Investigator of Research Unit for the Geodetic activities of the Italian National Program in Antarctica (P.N.R.A.), participating in two campaigns in Antarctica.


He is reference person in the membership of the "Copernicus Academy" network developed by the European Commission.

He is reference person in the membership of the network "FAB Space 2.0 - The Open-Innovation Network for Geodata-Driven Innovation" (EU H2020).

He is active member, since its establishment (2005), of the ICA (International Cartographic Association) Commission on "Cartographic Heritage into the Digital", confirmed for the period 2015-2019.

He is inserted in Working Groups of International Scientific Associations, among which "Remote Sensing Applications and Policies - Hazards, Disasters and Public Health" (ISPRS, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).

He is associated to the Italian Photogrammetric and Topographic Society (SIFET) since 1992, to the Italian Remote Sensing Association (AIT) since 1999, to the Italian National Association of Professors in Surveying and Mapping (AUTeC) since 1999.


He has coordinated and participated numerous expeditions related to archaeological surveys in Italy (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Suasa, Kainua, etc.), Egypt (Bakchias, Soknopaiou Nesos, Aswan), Turkey (Tasli Gecit, Tilmen Hoyuk, Karkemish), Syria (Ebla), Albania (Phoinike), Peru (Cahuachi, Paredonas, Pachacamac), Bolivia (Tiwanaku).

He has implemented applications for three-dimensional survey and monitoring of Cultural Heritage with integrated methodologies in major case studies and for Italian and foreign museums.

He has been co-organizer of the exhibition "Kinku. Seals of the Bronze Age from the Region of Gaziantep in Turkey" (Bologna, Museo Civico Medievale, April-September 2011).


He has been Principal Investigator and Scientific Responsible in a number of contracts with public administrations, private institutions and firms (Regione Emilia-Romagna, Provincia di Bologna, Comune di Bologna, Comune di Medicina, ARPA Emilia-Romagna, ENI SpA, Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici dell'Emilia Romagna, Autorita' di Bacino del Fiume Reno, Comune di Ravenna, Comunita' Montana Alto Astico e Posina, Lievitalia, Fondazione Cariplo, etc.).


The main research interests are related to topographic and photogrammetric surveying with modern Geomatic techniques, deformation control for structures (e.g. buildings in historical urban centers) and territory (e.g. planning, testing and processing of large topographic networks for subsidence monitoring), applications related to Cultural Heritage (survey, representation, monitoring, data management), Geographical Information Systems, three dimensional modeling (DTM and DSM data generation by terrestrial, aerial and satellite systems, data quality assessment), applications of Geomatic sciences for disaster mitigation and surveying (e.g. earthquakes and landslides) and for environmental change detection, processing and applications for thermal imagery, digital approaches for historical cartography, forensic geomatics, Geographic Information Systems.


Editorial Board Member of "Remote Sensing" journal, MDPI, section "Urban Remote Sensing".

Guest Editor for Special Issues: "Data Acquisition and Processing in Cultural Heritage" (ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information), "2nd Edition Instrumenting Smart City Applications with Big Sensing and Earth Observatory Data: Tools, Methods and Techniques" (Remote Sensing).

He has been component of the Scientific Committee for several National and International Workshops.

Reviewer for scientific journals: Annals of Geophysics - Applied Geomatics - Archaeological Research in Asia - ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering - Automation in Construction - Construction & Building Materials - Engineering Geology - Engineering Structures - European Journal of Remote Sensing - GEAM-Geoingeneering Environment and Mining - Geosciences - GIS Science & Remote Sensing - Heritage Science - Int. Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation - Int. Journal of Cultural Heritage - Int. Journal of Communication Systems - Int. Journal of Digital Earth - Int. Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction - Int. Journal of Geophysics - ISPRS Annals - ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information - ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage - Natural Hazards - NDT&E International - Open Archaeology - Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing - Remote Sensing - Remote Sensing of Environment - Sensors - Spatial Information Research - Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata - Bollettino SIFET.

Author of 325 scientific publications (February 2019):
  International Journals: 65
  National Journals: 40
  International Proceedings: 90
  National Proceedings: 80
  Books/chapters of books: 40
  Other: 10

H-Index: 18