In order to obtain the Postgraduate Specialization Degree of the Postgraduate Studies Program (PSP) in Geoinformatics of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, the graduate students are required to complete successfully the three-semester cycle of courses and to deliver the postgradutae thesis.
The totality of these requirements amounts to 90 ECTS. During the 1st semester (30 ECTS) the graduate students are required to attend and pass successfully the examinations of 4 courses. The same holds true for the 2nd semester, while during the 3rd semester the students have to elaborate their graduation project leading to a thesis. The graduation thesis is presented in public and examined by a committee.
The PSP is awarded in one of the following sectors of specialization. a) Modern Geodetic Applications, b) Topographical Surveys High Precision, c) Management of Photogrammetric Production and Remote Sensing in GIS Environment and d) Water Resources.
1."HIGH ACCURACY SURVEYING APPLICATIONS"
The overall scope of the academic program is to provide graduate students with an advanced level of scientific knowledge on modern high-accuracy surveying applications, including the required theoretical and technical background, the exposition on various observation procedures and data sensors, and the implementation of appropriate data analysis techniques. Particular emphasis is given on deformation analysis aspects and the adjustment of time-dependent surveying networks through several case studies from real life applications employing terrestrial and satellite methods. Within the frame of the current graduate program, the students have the opportunity to use and work with specialized software programs that have been developed by faculty members for the data analysis and quality testing in high-accuracy surveying applications and positioning problems for close-range networks. With the completion of their studies they perform:
high accuracy surveying and engineering geodesy mearurements
data analysis for the calibration/validation of geodetic instruments
3D surveying and documentation of archeological monuments with terrestrial, airborne and underwater measurements
collection, processing and analysis of GNSS measurements in static and kinematic mode
observation reductions and coordinate transformation in various reference systems and frames and
measurements in control networks and construction works.
2."MODERN GEODETIC APPLICATIONS"
The program provides a high level graduate education which focuses on current satellite technologies for the study of geometric and dynamic components of the Earthdynamic system and the determination of point poditions in space. Graduate students obtain the theoretical background which is necessary for the processing of odserved data, an error estimation and the interpretation of the results.
After their graduation they:
process current satellite data (CHAMP, GRACE, GOCE) for the study and interpretation of the Earthgravity field
apply spesialized combination and adjustment techniques for local and regional improvement of heights (GPS, orthometric and geoid heights)
apply spectral and stochstic methods for the analysis of observed geodetic data and time series
apply advanced techniques of positioning and solving special processing issues og GPS data.
3."MANAGEMENT OF PHOTOGRAMMETRIC PRODUCTION"
The program provides high quality postgraduate education in people that will be familiar with the state of the art technologies to obtain geometric and thematic information and in general Geoinformation (Orthoimagery, digital terrain models, 3D models of objects) that can be used in a GIS environment. Students receive theoretical knowledge necessary to process raw data, to assess the accuracy of the produced output data and deliver it in GIS environment. By the end of their studies they organize the overall production line of photogrammetric and remote sensing processes, perform quality control of products derived from photogrammetric and remote sensing procedures, manage and deliver photogrammetric and remote sensing products to be used in a GIS environment and manage people, resources and technical procedures and deliver relevant projects and studies.
The program provides a high level of postgraduate education, which includes:
a stydy beyond the undergraduate level of the fundamental subjects of Mathematics, Statistics and Numerical, Statistics and Numerical Analysis. These subjects are necessary for the development of analytical tools for specialized water resources topics
a specrtum of water resources subjects that deal with both simulation and management of water resources, special management methods, as well as problems of water resources quality and environmental management. Additionally, simulation and management are connected to the GIS technology. After the end of the study they (a) analyze the water resource systems, hydrological assessment and assessment and intervention related water resource quality (b) solve numerical problems arising in simulation and/or optimization questions and (c) use and evaluate software and connecion of hydrological data and scenaria to GIS.
Holders of the postgraduate degrees of the Department Of Rural and Surveying Engineering, beyond the knowledge of their descipline and profession, possess abilities to: 1) apply knowledge in practice, 2) communicate in a second (foreign) language, 3) adapt to changing conditions and make desicions, 4) work indipendently or in groups in international and/or interdisciplinary settings 6) generate new research ideas and design and manage projects, 7) respect diversity, multiculturalism and the natural environment, 8) exhibit social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues, 9) exescise criticism as well as self -criticism, 10) promote free, inductive and deductive thinking.
Beyond the above general characteristics that apply not only to graduate, but also to the undergraduate studies provided by a University, the holder of a postgraduate degree is characterized by a distinct profile, consisting in his/her stronger theoretical background, the consequent flexibility in acquiring new skills, the crotical evaluation of new technologiew and a ersearch mentality.