Dr. Sergii Skakun is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment at the Department of Geographical Sciences and the College of Information Studies (iSchool). He joined UMD in October 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Senior Engineer at Samsung SDI (South Korea), where he was responsible for developing industrial vision inspection systems. From 2006 to 2013, he has held multiple positions (latest Senior Scientist) at the Space Research Institute (Ukraine), where he was performing research in remote sensing. He received PhD in Computer Science from National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2005.

Dr. Skakun has participated as a PI or Co-I in projects funded by NASA, Google, European Commission (EC), EC Joint Research Center (JRC), U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, State Space Agency of Ukraine and Science & Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU). He is/was a PI (or UMD PI) on multiple NASA funded projects, including "Climate induced agriculture change hotspots and its implication to global food security in the former Soviet Union (Russia and Ukraine)" (within FINESST program), "High-Impact Hot Spots of Land Cover Land Use Change: Ukraine and Neighboring Countries", “Crop yield assessment and mapping by a combined use of Landsat-8, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1 images”, "Integration of L-band, C-band, and optical observations for agricultural monitoring", “Maintenance and refinement of the Suomi NPP VIIRS Land Surface Reflectance product suite”, and “Open-Source Deep Learning Classification and Visualization of Multi-Temporal Multi-Source Satellite Data”. He is a UMD PI of the project "WATCH: Wide Area Terrestrial Change Hypercube" within the IARPA SMART Program.

From 2005 to 2013, he was a member of the Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) of the Committee of Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), where he was involved on developing the SensorWeb technology for disaster monitoring and risk assessment. He is currently co-leading a CEOS Cloud Masking Inter-comparison Exercise (CMIX). He is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Remote Sensing of Environment. As of now, he authored or co-authored 66 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 3 books (in Ukrainian/Russian), and 6 chapters in edited books.

His current research focus is to advance methods, models and emerging technologies in the area of data science for heterogeneous remote sensing data fusion, processing and analysis, and their applications to Earth System Science and areas of societal benefit.

Areas of Interest

  • Remote sensing
  • Agricultural monitoring
  • Machine learning in remote sensing
  • Disaster monitoring and risk assessment

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Computer Science, Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU (Ukraine), 2005
  • Degree Type
    MS
    Degree Details
    Applied Mathematics, National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, 2004
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Applied Mathematics, National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, 2002
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG372 Remote Sensing Fall 2019 Syllabus
GEOG372 Remote Sensing Fall 2020 Syllabus
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG372 Remote Sensing Spring 2018 Syllabus

Ongoing projects (PI or UMD PI):

2022 – 2025 PI for the NASA project “Agriculture Velocity of Winter Wheat” within Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST).
FI: Leonid Shumilo (graduate student)
2022 – 2025 Co-PI for the NSF project “FAI: Advancing Deep Learning Towards Spatial Fairness” (NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon).
PI: X. Jia (University of Pittsburgh), Co-PI: Y. Xie (UMD)
2021-2024 UMD PI for the NASA project “Maintenance and refinement of the Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 VIIRS Land Surface Reflectance product suite”.
PI: E. Vermote (NASA/GSFC)
2021 2024 PI the NASA project “Climate induced agriculture change hotspots and its implication to global food security in the
former Soviet Union (Russia and Ukraine)” within Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science
and Technology (FINESST)
FI: Abdul Qadir (graduate student)

2021 – 2023

PI for the NASA project “High-Impact Hot Spots of Land Cover Land Use Change: Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

Completed projects:

2019 – 2022

UMD PI for the NASA project “Integration of L-band, C-band, and optical observations for agricultural monitoring
PI: N. Torbick (Applied GeoSolutions)

2021 – 2022 UMD PI for the IARPA/NGA project “WATCH: Wide Area Terrestrial Change Hypercube
PI: M. Leotta (Kitware)
  • Professional
    Associate Editor, journal Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Professional
    Editorial Board Member, section “Remote Sensing Image Processing”, journal Remote Sensing
  • International
    Task Coordinator of the Cloud Masking Inter-comparison eXercise (CMIX) within CEOS WGCV
  • Campus
    Remote Sensing Teaching Team Lead

Current Students

Former Students

  • Andres Eduardo Santamaria Artigas
    Post-Doc at UMD
  • José Luis Villaescusa
    Post-Doc at UMD

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Christian Abys
  • Meredith G. L. Brown
  • Katherine Melocik
  • Gasmine Myers
  • Abdul Qadir
  • Leonid Shumilo
  • Yiming Zhang
Sergii Skakun
4600 River Rd, Suite 300 (send mail to 2181 LeFrak)
Department of Geographical Sciences
Email
skakun [at] umd.edu