Daniele Cerra

Daniele Cerra

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Education: Daniele Cerra received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Roma Tre University, Italy, in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in image and signal processing (with high honours) from Télécom Paristech University, Paris, France, in 2010. He received in 2006 an additional M.Sc. Degree in Geographic Information Systems from University of Salamanca, Spain.

Professional background: Since 2007 he has been with the Department of Photogrammetry and Image Analysis at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. He worked at the European Union Satellite Center (EUSC, Torrejón de Ardóz, Spain) from 2006 to 2007. He has been teaching digital image processing and hyperspectral remote sensing since 2012 as a visiting lecturer in the universities of Osnabrück (Germany), Alcalá (Spain), Calabria (Italy), and Tehran (Iran). He regularly serves as a lecturer in international courses on the topic “Space-Borne Remote Sensing” at the Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft (CCG) since 2012, and since 2014 as a trainer at the European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk (Netherlands). From April to September 2018 he has been a visiting professor at the University of Osnabrück (Germany).

Research: His research interests include remotely sensed hyperspectral imaging, data compression, and algorithmic information theory.


Daniele Cerra received the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in the IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contests in 2019, 2018, and 2013 respectively. He won the DLR Science Slam contest in 2013, authored or co-authored more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals or international conferences, and contributed to two books.

Recent publications

[J1] D. Cerra, A. Agapiou, R.M. Cavalli, A. Sarris, “An Objective Assessment of Hyperspectral Indicators for the Detection of Buried Archaeological Relics”, Remote Sensing, vol. 10, no. 4, p. 500, March 2018.

[J2] D. Cerra, S. Plank, V. Lysandrou, J. Tian, “Cultural Heritage Sites in Danger—Towards Automatic Damage Detection from Space”, Remote Sensing, vol. 8, no. 9, pp. 781-795, September 2016.

[J3] V. Lysandrou, D. Cerra, A. Agapiou, E. Charalambous, D.G. Hadjimitsis, “Towards a spectral library of Roman to Early Christian Cypriot floor mosaics”, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, June 2016.

[J4] J. Tian, R. Qin, D. Cerra, P. Reinartz, “Building Change Detection in Very High Resolution Satellite Stereo Image Time Series”, ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information

[J5] D. Cerra, J. Bieniarz, F. Beyer, J. Tian, R. Mueller, T. Jarmer, P. Reinartz, “Cloud Removal in Image Time Series Through Sparse Reconstruction From Random Measurements”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 3615 - 3628, August 2016.

[J6] D. Cerra, J. Bieniarz, R. Mueller, T. Storch, P. Reinartz, “Restoration of Simulated EnMAP Data through Sparse Spectral Unmixing”, Remote Sensing, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 13190-13207, 2015.

[J7] D. Cerra, M. Datcu, P. Reinartz, “Authorship Attribution based on Data Compression”, Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 42, no. 1,  pp. 79-84, June 2014.

[J8] D. Cerra, R. Mueller, P. Reinartz, “Noise Reduction in Hyperspectral Images Through Spectral Unmixing”, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 109-113, January 2014.

[J9] D. Cerra, R. Mueller, P. Reinartz, “A Classification Algorithm for Hyperspectral Data based on Synergetics Theory”, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol.51, no.5, pp.2887-2898, 2013.

[J10]        D. Cerra and M. Datcu, "Expanding the Algorithmic Information Theory Frame for Applications to Earth Observation", Entropy, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 407-415, 2013.

[J11]        D. Cerra and M. Datcu, "A Fast Compression-based Similarity Measure with Applications to Content-based Image Retrieval", Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 293-302, 2012.

[J12]        D. Cerra and M. Datcu, "Algorithmic Relative Complexity", Entropy, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 902-914, 2011.

[J13]        D. Cerra, A. Mallet, L. Gueguen, and M. Datcu, "Algorithmic Information Theory Based Analysis of Earth Observation Images: an Assessment", IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 7, no. 1, pp.9-12, 2010.

[J14]        D. Cerra and M. Datcu, "Compression-based hierarchical clustering of SAR images", Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 1, no. 3, pp.141-147, 2010.

[J15]        D. Cerra and M. Datcu, "A Multiresolution Approach for Texture Classification in High Resolution Satellite Imagery", Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 42, no. 1, pp.13-24, 2010.