Jerome Gasperi
Jerome Gasperi works at the French Space Agency (CNES) within the "Data preservation, Valorization and Engineering" office.
His field of activity is mainly focused on data access standardization and development of applications to increase the use of Earth Observation products and services.

Mario Hernandez

Dr. Mario Hernandez has a background in mathematics with a PhD in applied mathematics to satellite image processing.

Dr. Hernandez is of Mexican origin and started his career working with IBM Research Centre in Mexico City. At that time IBM was developing and promoting the use of remote sensing software. He was promoting such a system and at the same time developing new elements. IBM then sent him to the IBM Paris Research Centre in order to develop a new remote sensing and GIS hardware and software platform.

IBM Europe sent Dr. Hernandez to work with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supporting the use of remote sensing for environmental applications. He worked with UNEP both in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2001 he is working with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the responsible person to coordinate a team managing and coordinating the European Space Agency (ESA) – UNESCO Open Initiative on the use of space technologies to support World Heritage.

Dr. Hernandez frequently attends international symposiums presenting his associated work and has various publications in international journals.

Yann H. Kerr
Yann H. Kerr received the engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ENSAE), the M.Sc. from Glasgow University in E&EE, and Ph.D from Université Paul Sabatier. From 1980 to 1985 he was employed by CNES. In 1985 he joined LERTS; for which he was director in 1993-1994. He spent 19 months at JPL, Pasadena in 1987-88. He has been working at CESBIO since 1995 (deputy director and director since 2007) His fields of interest are in the theory and techniques for microwave and thermal infra-red remote sensing of the Earth, with emphasis on hydrology, water resources management and vegetation monitoring. He has been involved in many studies in western Africa (including HAPEX Sahel) and Maghreb.
He has been involved with many space missions. He was an EOS principal investigator (interdisciplinary investigations) for NASA. and PI and precursor of the use of the SCAT over land. In 1990 he started to work on the interferometric concept applied to passive microwave earth observation and was subsequently the science lead on the MIRAS project for ESA with MMS and OMP. He was also a Co investigator on IRIS, OSIRIS and HYDROS for NASA. He is a member of the SMAP science definition team.
In 1997 he first proposed the natural outcome of the previous MIRAS work with what was to become the SMOS Mission which was eventually selected by ESA in 1999 with him as the SMOS PI.

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