Biography

Nicola Falco portrait

About me

I am from Buttapietra, a  town in the province of Verona, Italy. I studied telecommunication engineering and the University of Trento, Italy, focusing on remote sensing technology for Earth Observation. During my Ph.D. and postdoc at the University of Iceland, I worked in the Signal Processing Laboratory of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty where I developed machine learning-techniques for land-cover classification using hyperspectral sensors, a very fascinating  technology.

After earning the Ph.D degree, I joined Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, where I’m currently a research scientist. My expertise spans across disciplines including remote sensing, signal/image processing, mathematical morphology, advance pattern recognition, and machine learning.  

My current research focuses on advancing the use of remote sensing (optical high-resolution data, hyperspectral imaging, SIF, LiDAR) for environmental characterization and monitoring across different ecosystems and application areas, including  watershed science, precision agriculture, and terrestrial-aquatic interface.

Scientific

Experience

2020 - Present

Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

2020

Scientific Engineer Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

2016-2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division

2015-2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Iceland, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2011-2015

Ph.D. Student Researcher, University of Iceland and University of Trento

2011

Research Assistant, University of Iceland, Faculty Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education

2015

Ph.D. (joint degree - cotutelle) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Iceland), and in Information and Communication Technology (University of Trento)

Thesis Title: Advanced spectral and spatial techniques for hyperspectral image analysis and classification

2011

M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering, University of Trento

Thesis Title: A novel technique based on morphological attribute profiles for change detection in multi-temporal very high resolution images

2007

B.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering, University of Trento

Reykjavik, Iceland