Katerina Tzavella

Mrs. Katerina Tzavella is Project Researcher at the TH – Cologne University of Applied katrin3Sciences, Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection since March 2015.

Since March 2016 she is also a  Doctoral Candidate of Engineering at the Bergische University of Wuppertal and specifically in the Institute of Safety Systems of the Department of Mechanical and Safety Engineering.

From July of 2016 she is leading the working package (WP) III of the German project KIRMin funded from the research project funding regulations  of the Federal Minsitry of Education and Research (BMBF) ” Civil Security – Increase of the resilience in crisis and disasters “.

Goal of the WP III is the practical application of interdependence analysis on three specific case studies involving the relevant stakeholders on the basis of existing scientific and technical knowledge. The three focus case studies are:

  1. the city of Cologne
  2. Kerpen and
  3. the district of Rhein-Erft

From March till August of 2015 or the period of 6 months she was responsible for the preparation and submission of an EU HORIZON 2020 proposal for Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change. For this proposal, the active consortium partners were 19 and the associate ones  8 coming from different European countries and different types of affiliated institutions or public sectors.

From March till July of 2016 being funded from the Faculty of Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems she assisted the team of Prof. Fekete with proposal writing and by conducting research in the scientific areas of civil protection, critical infrastructure and vulnerability applying geoinformatics.

Previously, she cooperated  as a Marie Curie Research Fellow with the Sensor Data and Information Fusion Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE) until February of 2014. Continued as a research associate of the Fraunhofer Institute, working for projects on ground and maritime surveillance until November of 2014.

Her key research interests concern issues relating to Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing as applied to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and Resilience,  Civil Protection, Urban Resilience, (Volunteered) Geographical Data Management, Spatial Data Analysis, Environmental Changes and Risks, Resilience of Societies.

List of Publications

Katerina Tzavella, Alexander Fekete, Frank Fiedrich (2017). Opportunities provided by Geographic Information Systems and Volunteered Geographic Information for a timely Emergency Response during flood events in Cologne, Germany. In Special Issue in Natural Hazards: “Recent innovations in hazard and risk analysis”.doi: 10.1007/s11069-017-3102-1

Fekete, A., Tzavella, K. & Baumhauer, R. (2017) Spatial exposure aspects contributing to vulnerability and resilience assessments of urban critical infrastructure in a flood and blackout context. Nat Hazards  86 (Suppl 1) : 151. doi:10.1007/s11069-016-2720-3.

Katerina Tzavella, Alexander Fekete, Frank Fiedrich (2016). Development of Indicator for Urban Resilience. For INQUIMUS 2016. Salzburg, Austria. (Poster)

Katerina Tzavella, Alexander Fekete, Frank Fiedrich (2016). Improvement of Emergency Response in Urban Areas Using Open Source Data and Network Analysis. In GI_FORUM 2016 proceedings. Salzburg, Austria. (Poster)

Alexander Fekete, Katerina Tzavella , Iuliana Armas, Jane Binner, Matthias Garschagen, Carlo Giupponi, Vahid Mojtahed, Marcello Pettita, Stefan Schneiderbauer, Damien Serre (2015). Critical Data Source; Tool or even Infrastructure? Challenges of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Disaster Risk Governance. ISPRS International. Journal Geo-Information, ISSN 2220-9964.

Tzavella  K. and Ulmke M. (2014). Semi-automatic sea lane extraction combining  Particle Filtering and Geographic Information Systems. In GI_FORUM 2014 proceedings. Salzburg, Austria.

Ranacher P. and Tzavella K. (2014). How to compare movement? A review of movement similarity measures in geo-spatial information science and beyond. Perspective: Frontiers in Geographic Information Science. International Journal Geographic Information Science.

Tzavella K. and Ulmke M. (2013). Updating road maps using Particle Filter tracking and  Geographic Information. In GI_FORUM 2013. Salzburg, Austria. (Poster)

Tzavella  K. and Ulmke M. (2013). Semi-automatic road extraction combining Particle        Filtering and Geographic Information Systems. In the Future Security Conference 2013.       Berlin, Germany. (Poster)

Tzavella K. (2010). The contribution of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in the Research for the Investigation of Underground Waters: A case study in Lesvos Island. In 11th National Congress of Cartography “Cartography of the Greek State”, 2010. Nafplio, Greece.

Tzavella K. and Kitsiou D. (2008). Assessment of marine eutrophication based on G.I.S and statistical methods to support coastal management: Α case study in Argolicos Gulf. In Book of abstracts of the First Regional Workshop – Observing System Requirements for Managing and Mitigating the Impacts of Human Activities and Coastal Inundation in the Med Region, 2008. Athens, Greece. (Poster)

List of Presentations 

Tzavella K. (2015). GIS and Remote Sensing. Spring School of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – “Land use and the vulnerability of socio- ecosystems to climate change: remote sensing and modelling techniques” (Workshop Opening)

Norf C. & Tzavella K. (2015). “Vulnerability: Definitions & Perspectives“. Spring School of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – “Land use and the vulnerability of socio- ecosystems to climate change: remote sensing and modelling techniques” (Workshop Lead)

Tzavella  K. and Ulmke M. (2013). Semi-automatic path extraction combining Particle  Filtering and Geographic Information Systems. Invited lecturer at the lecture series of the Institute of Informatics and Telecomunications of the Greek National Centre for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS” 2013. Athens, Greece.

Tzavella K. and Ulmke M. (2013). Sensor and map assistance for search and rescue teams. Outline and methodology progress presentation in the 4th MC Impulse workshop. Thales Netherlands. Hengelo and Enschede, Netherlands.

Tzavella K. and Ulmke M. (2012). Road extraction from multiple sources and multiple algorithms. In the 3d MC Impulse workshop. Fraunhofer – FKIE. Bonn, Germany.

Tzavella K. and Ulmke M. (2011). Goals and planning for GIS based track evaluation and road- map assisted tracking. In the 2nd MC Impulse workshop. Windermere, Cumbria  Lake District, UK.

O’Hagan W. D., Tzavella K., Balasubramian M., Ragnarsson R., Caruso M., Nezirovic A., Povalac A., Fuchs M.  (2011). Passive Bistatic Radar – a work in progress! In 3d Summer School on Radar/SAR. Fraunhofer FHR. Rolandseck, Germany.

Reviewer of the International Journal of Geo-Information – ISPRS (2015 and 2016). 

Acknowledgement to Reviewers of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information , IJGI Editorial Office, MDPI AG, Klybeckstrasse 64, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland.
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Contact details:
Katerina Tzavella
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection
Faculty of Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems

Phone: + 49 221 8275 – 2354
Fax:  + 49 221 8275 – 2202



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