Sofiia Drozd| Remote Sensing | Best Researcher Award

Ms. Sofiia Drozd| Remote Sensing | Best Researcher Award

Master’s student in the Department of Mathematical Modeling and Data Analysis at NTUU KPI, and employee at the Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU. With 4 years of experience in machine learning, remote sensing, and satellite data processing, I have contributed to projects by the World Bank, Horizon Europe, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and the National Research Foundation of Ukraine. My expertise includes developing algorithms for environmental monitoring, land use analysis, and renewable energy assessment. I have published research in international journals and presented at various conferences.




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🔬 Research and Innovations:

Completed/Ongoing Research Projects: 8Citation Index: 3Journals Published (SCI, Scopus, etc.): 5Professional Memberships: ACM, EGU, IEEEAreas of Research:  AI and machine learning, remote sensing, satellite data processing, and GIS.


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📝Publications Top Notes 

Solar energy potential mapping in Ukraine through integration of GIS, remote sensing, and fuzzy logic

Authors: Drozd, S., Kussul, N.

Journal: European Journal of Remote Sensing, 2024


Geospatial analysis of the potential of the territories of Ukraine for the location of solar power plants based on satellite data

Authors: Kussul, N.М., Drozd, S.Yu.

Journal: Space Science and Technology, 2024


Assessing damage to agricultural fields from military actions in Ukraine: An integrated approach using statistical indicators and machine learning

Authors: Kussul, N., Drozd, S., Yailymova, H., Lemoine, G., Deininger, K.

Journal: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 2023


Assessing Ukrainian Territory Suitability for Solar Power Station Placement Using Satellite Data on Climate and Topography

Authors: Kussul, N., Drozd, S.

Conference: 13th International Conference on Dependable Systems, Services and Technologies (DESSERT), 2023


Fusion of very high and moderate spatial resolution satellite data for detection and mapping of damages in agricultural fields

Authors: Kussul, N., Drozd, S., Skakun, S., Duncan, E., Becker-Reshef, I.

Conference: 13th International Conference on Dependable Systems, Services and Technologies (DESSERT), 2023


Generative adversarial network augmentation for solving the training data imbalance problem in crop classification

Authors: Shumilo, L., Okhrimenko, A., Kussul, N., Drozd, S., Shkalikov, O.

Journal: Remote Sensing Letters, 2023


War Damage Detection Based on Satellite Data

Authors: Shelestov, A., Drozd, S., Mikava, P., Barabash, I., Yailymova, H.

Conference: International Conference on Applied Innovation in IT, 2023


Forecast of Yield of Major Crops in Ukraine in War Conditions 2022 Based on MODIS and Sentinel-2 Satellite Data

Authors: Kussul, N., Drozd, S., Yailymova, H.

Conference: International Conference on Applied Innovation in IT, 2023


Mathematical Models and Informational Technologies of Crop Yield Forecasting in Cloud Environment

Authors: Shumilo, L., Drozd, S., Kussul, N., Shelestov, A., Sylantyev, S.

Book Series: Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, 2023


Detection of War-Damaged Agricultural Fields of Ukraine Based on Vegetation Indices Using Sentinel-2 Data

Authors: Kussul, N., Yailymova, H., Drozd, S.

Conference: 12th International Conference on Dependable Systems, Services and Technologies (DESSERT), 2022



Prem Sagar Mathangi | Plant Breeding | Young Scientist Award

Mr. Prem Sagar Mathangi | Plant Breeding | Young Scientist Award

Assoc Prof Dr. Izmir Yüksek Teknoloji EnstitüsüThis link is disabled., Izmir, Turkey

👩‍🔬 As an M.Sc. student in agricultural sciences, I bring a dedication to advancing sustainable agriculture through impactful research in plant breeding and plant physiology. With a background in agronomy and plant developmental biology, I thrive in collaborative environments, driven by visionary thinking, consistency, and self-motivation. My commitment to excellence and responsibility shapes my contributions as an Early Career Researcher in the Wheat Initiative’s Expert Working Group (EWG).🌟

🌱 Expertise

My expertise spans across Plant Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, and Data Analysis. I have hands-on experience in Digital Phenotyping, particularly in cereals like wheat. Additionally, I possess skills in laboratory work, seed sciences, and wheat cultivation.





📚 Education

  • Master of Science Agricultural Sciences: University of Hohenheim Stuttgart, Germany, Oct 2022 – Present
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture: Suresh Gyan Vihar University Jaipur, Rajasthan, Aug 2017 – Oct 2021

💼 Work Experience

I have held various research positions, including:

Junior Scientist at CIMMYT Mexico, focusing on Wheat Improvement ConsortiumResearch Assistant in departments of Fertilization and Soil Matter Dynamics, Biotechnology and Food Science, Nutritional Physiology of Crops, and Plant Quality Products in Stuttgart, GermanyScientific Assistant analyzing the effects of nitrogen fertilization on wheat qualityResearch Intern working on a solar PV power system for shea-butter productionInternships at NACL Industries Limited and Bellamkonda Allied Farmers Produce Company in India

🤝 Volunteer Experience

I actively engage in volunteer work with organizations like Plantgenomia and Green Community, organizing events and programs in agricultural research and community outreach.

📝 Projects

My project experiences include studies on maize cultivation under salt conditions, phosphorus fertilization in maize starch digestion, and the impact of chemicals on rice germination.

🎓 Trainings

I’ve participated in training programs focusing on Smart Farming, Precision Agriculture, and the application of AI, Robotics, IoT, and Cloud Computing in agriculture.

🏆 Awards & Honors

I’ve been recognized as an Early Career Researcher by the Wheat Initiative and have received scholarships like DAAD PROMOS and MSc Career Exploration Scholarship.

🛠️ Skills

My skill set includes abilities in leadership, teamwork, data analysis, laboratory work, crop cultivation, and effective communication. I excel in presentations and possess proficiency in Microsoft Office tools.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  1. Title: Principles of focused ultrasound
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2018
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 41-50
    • Authors: S Mihcin, A Melzer
    • Citations: 29


  1. Title: Investigation of wearable motion capture system towards biomechanical modelling
    • Conference: 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications
    • Year: 2019
    • Authors: S Mihcin, H Kose, S Cizmeciogullari, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun, …
    • Citations: 17


  1. Title: A focused ultrasound treatment system for moving targets (part I): generic system design and in-silico first-stage evaluation
    • Journal: Journal of therapeutic ultrasound
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 5
    • Pages: 1-14
    • Authors: M Schwenke, J Strehlow, D Demedts, S Haase, D Barrios Romero, …
    • Citations: 16


  1. Title: Wearable motion capture system evaluation for biomechanical studies for hip joints
    • Journal: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
    • Year: 2021
    • Volume: 143
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 044504
    • Authors: S Mihcin, S Ciklacandir, M Kocak, A Tosun
    • Citations: 12


  1. Title: Finite element study of PEEK materials applied in post-retained restorations
    • Journal: Polymers
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 16
    • Pages: 3422
    • Authors: H Yu, Z Feng, L Wang, S Mihcin, J Kang, S Bai, Y Zhao
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Evidence-based cross validation for acoustic power transmission for a novel treatment system
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2017
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 151-161
    • Authors: S Mihcin, J Strehlow, D Demedts, M Schwenke, Y Levy, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Feasibility study of pre-clinical Thiel embalmed human cadaver for MR-guided focused ultrasound of the spine
    • Journal: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies
    • Year: 2016
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 154-161
    • Authors: I Karakitsios, S Mihcin, T Saliev, A Melzer
    • Citations: 9


  1. Title: Optimization of hip implant designs based on its mechanical behaviour
    • Book: Biomechanics in Medicine, Sport and Biology
    • Year: 2022
    • Pages: 37-43
    • Authors: H Göktaş, E Subaşi, M Uzkut, M Kara, H Biçici, H Shirazi, KN Chethan, …
    • Citations: 8


  1. Title: Database covering the prayer movements which were not available previously
    • Journal: Scientific data
    • Year: 2023
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 276
    • Authors: S Mihcin, AM Sahin, M Yilmaz, AT Alpkaya, M Tuna, S Akdeniz, …
    • Citations: 6


  1. Title: Simultaneous validation of wearable motion capture system for lower body applications: Over single plane range of motion (ROM) and gait activities
    • Journal: Biomedical Engineering/Biomedizinische Technik
    • Year: 2022
    • Volume: 67
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 185-199
    • Authors: S Mihcin
    • Citations: 6

Aleksandar Goranov | Analytical environmental chemistry | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Aleksandar Goranov | Analytical environmental chemistry | Best Researcher Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

I am an analytical environmental chemist with expertise in applying a diverse suite of analytical techniques to investigate environmental questions. My research focuses on studying the composition and environmental fate of pyrogenic (fire-derived) organic matter (pyOM) and soil/aquatic natural organic matter (NOM). I employ ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS), various spectroscopies (e.g., fluorescence, NMR), liquid- and gas-chromatographic techniques, as well as stable isotopes to develop novel analytical methods.

🌐 Professional Profiles




🔬Research Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher at Old Dominion University (ODU), focusing on various projects related to environmental degradation processes and characterization of organic matter. Postdoctoral Researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), involved in characterizing organic matter in different environmental matrices. Graduate Research Assistant at ODU, investigating the fate and behavior of pyrogenic organic matter in the environment. Undergraduate Research Assistant at various institutions, exploring topics such as solvatochromism and marine ecology.


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Old Dominion University (ODU)
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ)

Honors and awards

  • Young Investigator Award by the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS)
  • ACS CAS Top 100 Future Leader
  • Dominion Scholar Fellowship
  • Various other awards recognizing research and academic achievements.


👩‍🏫 Teaching Experience 👨‍🏫

In addition to my research endeavors, I have extensive experience in teaching and mentoring students in various analytical techniques and laboratory practices.


Developed and instructed an informal course on elemental analysis – isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (EA-IRMS) in Fall 2021, aimed at training students in using EA-IRMS for analytical purposes. Served as a guest lecturer for the Environmental Measurements course (ERTH 4190) in Summer 2021, where I designed and delivered an interactive laboratory exercise on quantification of dissolved calcium in riverine waters using flame atomic absorption spectroscopy. Led numerous virtual workshops covering topics such as fluorescence spectroscopy, stable carbon isotopes analysis, FT-ICR-MS data processing, statistical analysis, and more, benefiting researchers across different labs. Previous teaching assistant roles include General Chemistry I Lab at ODU and various labs at RCNJ covering organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Provided tutoring support in general & organic chemistry as well as calculus.

Analytical Skills:

Proficient in a wide range of analytical techniques including UV-VIS, FT-IR, NMR spectroscopy (both liquid-state and solid-state), fluorescence spectroscopy, chromatography (HPLC, GCxGC-TOF-MS), elemental analysis (EA-IRMS, EA-TCD), and mass spectrometry (ESI-FT-ICR-MS). Familiarity with advanced data analysis techniques including isotopic corrections, multidimensional data analysis, exploratory statistics, and PARAFAC deconvolution. Proficient in MATLAB programming and ethical usage of ChatGPT, with beginner proficiency in R and Python programming languages.


📚Top Noted Publication

Title: Molecular heterogeneity in pyrogenic dissolved organic matter from a thermal series of oak and grass chars
Authors: AS Wozniak, AI Goranov, S Mitra, KW Bostick, AR Zimmerman
Journal: Organic Geochemistry
Year: 2020
Volume: 148
Pages: 104065
Citations: 45


Title: Photolability of pyrogenic dissolved organic matter from a thermal series of laboratory-prepared chars
Authors: KW Bostick, AR Zimmerman, AI Goranov, S Mitra, PG Hatcher
Journal: Science of the total environment
Year: 2020
Volume: 724
Pages: 138198
Citations: 42


Title: Biolability of fresh and photodegraded pyrogenic dissolved organic matter from laboratory‐prepared chars
Authors: KW Bostick, AR Zimmerman, AI Goranov, S Mitra, PG Hatcher
Journal: Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Year: 2021
Volume: 126
Issue: 5
Article number: e2020JG005981
Citations: 36


Title: Online quantification and compound‐specific stable isotopic analysis of black carbon in environmental matrices via liquid chromatography‐isotope ratio mass spectrometry
Authors: S Wagner, J Brandes, AI Goranov, TW Drake, RGM Spencer, A Stubbins
Journal: Limnology and Oceanography: Methods
Year: 2017
Volume: 15
Issue: 12
Pages: 995-1006
Citations: 32


Title: Photochemistry after fire: Structural transformations of pyrogenic dissolved organic matter elucidated by advanced analytical techniques
Authors: AI Goranov, AS Wozniak, KW Bostick, AR Zimmerman, S Mitra
Journal: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Year: 2020
Volume: 290
Pages: 271-292
Citations: 31

Title: Effects of environmental aging on wildfire particulate and dissolved pyrogenic organic matter characteristics
Authors: AS Wozniak, S Mitra, AI Goranov, AR Zimmerman, KW Bostick
Journal: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry
Year: 2024
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Pages: 104-118
Citations: 1


Title: Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter and inorganic solutes in soil profiles of tropical pasturelands
Authors: JV dos Santos, AI Goranov, LR Bento, PPA Oliveira, JRM Pezzopane
Journal: Soil and Tillage Research
Year: 2024
Volume: 240
Pages: 1-15


Title: Using the benzenepolycarboxylic acid (BPCA) method to assess activated biochars and their PFAS sorption abilities
Authors: AI Goranov, E Sormo, N Hagemann, G Cornelissen, AR Zimmerman
Journal: Chemosphere
Year: 2024
Article number: 141750


Title: Stabilization of PFAS-contaminated soil with sewage sludge-and wood-based biochar sorbents
Authors: E Sørmo, CBM Lade, J Zhang, AG Asimakopoulos, GW Åsli, M Hubert
Journal: Science of The Total Environment
Year: 2024
Volume: 922
Pages: 1-12


Title: Carbon fate, iron dissolution, and molecular characterization of dissolved organic matter in thawed Yedoma permafrost under varying redox conditions
Authors: MS Carneiro Barreto, RP Wani, AI Goranov, TD Sowers, M Fischel
Journal: Environmental Science & Technology
Year: 2024
Volume: 58
Issue: 9
Pages: 4155-4166