CURRICULUM VITAE of Konstantinos L. Katsifarakis
1. Place and date of birth: Thessaloniki, Greece - September 8, 1955
2. Marital status: Married-two sons
(a) Diploma in Civil Engineering (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1978)
(b) Bachelor in Geology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1984)
(c) Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics (University of Florida, 1980)
(d) Doctoral degree in Civil Engineering (Aristotle U. of Thessaloniki, 1986)
(a) I.K.Y. (National Scholarships Foundation) scholarship from 1973 to 1978
(b) T.E.E. (Technical Chamber of Greece) scholarship (1974, 1975, 1977)
(c) Research assistantship, University of Florida (March 1979-March 1980)
5. Academic career
· Research assistant, U. of Florida (March 1979 - March 1980)
· Research assistant, Dept. of Civil Eng., AUT (December 1981 - August 1987)
· Lecturer, dept. of Civil Eng., AUT (August 1987 - March 1991)
· Assistant professor, dept. of Civil Eng., AUT (March 1991 - May 1995)
· Associate professor (May 1995-September 1999)
· Professor (since September 1999)
6. University teaching activities
At the undergraduate level:
Hydraulics (open channel flow)
Solid waste management
Supervisor of more than 160 Diploma Theses
At the graduate level:
Special topics of water resources management
Evaluation and management of the environment
Reneable energy sources - environmental impact
Supervisor of 72 completed graduate Diploma Theses since 1999.
Supervisor of 8 Doctoral Theses.
7. Research interests
(a) Groundwater flows - Groundwater contamination control
(b) Management of water resources
(c) Low enthalpy geothermal energy
(d) Optimization techniques
(e) Environmental impact mitigation
(f) Education of engineers
(g) History of hydrology.
8. Applied research projects
Optimization of a low enthalpy geothermal energy development system
Investigation of the geothermal potential at Elaiochoria, Halkididki, Greece.
Investigation on urban upgrading of the Pinios area of Larissa
Up-to-date methods for evaluating water resources in water-producing loose and hard formations. Ways of delimiting water-producing layers connected to geothermal areas. Protection of subsurface water against chemical and biological pollution .
Combined use of simulation and optimization methods in groundwater restoration problems.
Construction of a national (Greek) hydrologic and meteorological data bank..
Decision analysis in groundwater resources management.
Hydrogeologic and quality investigation of the Kalamaria aquifer, Halkidiki, prefecture.
Investigation of groundwater flows in the area of the drained Mavrouda lake- Construction of a computer program (scientific coordinator).
Management of water resources of the Dodecanese prefecture of South Aegean Region (scientific coordinator).
CC-WaterS (Climatic Change and impact for Water Supply) (South East Europe, SEE/A/022/2.1/X).
Integrated management of rainwater in urban areas (scientific coordinator).
Operational tool for real-time control of overflows from sewer systems of coastal towns.
GREENPUMP (INTERREG V-A Cooperation Programme: Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020).
URWatair: Citizen participation to air quality improvement and rain water management in urban areas.
Ι have also participated in the following educational programs:
Graduate studies program: Protection of the environment and sustainable development
Upgrading undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil Engineering, by introducing new teaching methods and educational tools
Evaluation of the Department of Civil Engineering, A.U.Th. (vice-coordinator)
9. Administrative activities
Head of the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering (September 1998 - August 2000).
Vice-head of the Department of Civil Engineering (September 2003 - August 2005).
Head of the Laboratory of Water Resources Management (September 2009 – August 2012).
Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Planning, since September 2012.
Coordinator of the Council for the Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, since December 2010.
Member of the University Board from February 2013 to August 2016.
Director of the Graduate Studies Program: “Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development”, from April 2017 to September 2018.
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, since December 2017.
Member of Department and Faculty committees, the most important of which are the following:
Editions and webpage committee
Committee for student affairs
Committee for undergraduate studies
Committee for graduate studies
10. Member of scientific committees -Reviewer
1. Member of the editorial board of the following journals:
· “International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning”
· “Global Nest”
· “Open Hydrology Journal”.
2. Member of the following Book series committees:
· “Progress in Water Resources”.
· “Advances in Boundary Elements”.
3. Organizing and/or scientific committees of more than 30 conferences and seminars (in 7 international conferences as co-chairman).
4. Reviewer for a number of scientific journals, such as: “Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements”, “Journal of Hydroinformatics”, “Environmental Modelling and Software”, “International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning”, “Journal of Environmental Management”, “Water and Environment Journal”, “Journal of Hydrology”, “Water Resources Research”, “Water Resources Management”, “European Journal of Engineering Education”, “Hydrological Processes”.
5. Guest editor for “European Water’ (issues 39 and 40, 2012), “International Journal for Innovation and Sustainable Development” (Vol. 7, Issue 3, 2013) and "Environmental Processes".
6. Reviewer of research proposals for national and international organizations.
11. Foreign languages
English (very well), French (well), German
Selected publications (since 2001)
Karpouzos D.K., Delay F., Katsifarakis K.L. and de Marsily G. “A multi-population genetic algorithm to solve the inverse problem in hydrogeology”, Water Resources Research, 37, 9, pp. 2291-2302, 2001.
Kechagias El. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Sustainable water resources management in small islands: A case study”, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Ecological Protection of the Planet Earth, Xanthi, Vol. I, pp. 151-158, 2001.
Kechagias El. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Water resources management in the island of Kalymnos, Greece”, Proceedings of International Conference “Protection and Restoration of the Environment VI”, Skiathos, Vol. I, pp. 151-158, 2002.
Kungolos A.G., Liakopoulos A.B., Korfiatis G.P., Katsifarakis K.L. and Demetracopoulos A.C. Proceedings of International Conference “Protection and Restoration of the Environment VI”, Skiathos-Greece, 2002.
Kechagias E., Tselepidou K. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Planning water resources management in small islands. Typical cases from South Aegean, Greece”, Proceedings of XXX IAHR Congress, Theme B, eds J. Ganoulis, P. Prinos, C. Maksimovic, V. Kaleris, Thessaloniki, pp. 131-138, 2003.
Kechagias E. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Planning water resources management in small islands. The case of Kalymnos, Greece”, Water, Air & Soil Pollution: Focus (WAFO), 4, 4-5, pp. 279-288, 2004.
Anagnostopoulou G., Katsifarakis K.L. and Koutitas C. “Use of genetic algorithms and computational models in planning of oil slick combating networks”, Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering, 8, pp. 171-180, 2005.
Katsifarakis K.L. and Petala Z. “Combining genetic algorithms and boundary elements to optimize coastal aquifers’ management”, J. of Hydrology, 327, 1-2, pp. 200-207, 2006.
Katsifarakis K.L., Tselepidou K., Konstantakos N., Stamati D., Mpletsa E. and Tzanakis I. “Optimization of low enthalpy geothermal heating schemes by means of genetic algorithms”, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 1, 4, pp. 429-442, 2006.
Katsifarakis K.L. “Groundwater pumping cost minimization in an aquifer with 2 zones of different transmissivities”, HYDROTECHNIKA, issue 16, pp. 83-90, 2006, (in Greek).
Koutsourelakis I.-G., Gardikou V. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Use of approximate forms of the method of images in groundwater management problems”, e-proceedings of International Conference “Protection and Restoration of the Environment VIII”, Chania, Kriti, 2006.
Karamperidou C., Karamperidou E. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Seawater intrusion into the aquifer of Eleftherae-N. Peramos, Kavala, Greece”, Proceedings of International Conference “River Basin Management ΙV”, Kos, Greece, pp. 3-10, 2007.
Karamagiola Ε. and Katsifarakis K. L. “An approximate solution to convective-dispersive mass transport in aquifers”, Proceedings of SECOTOX Conference and the International Conference on Environmental Management Engineering, Planning and Economics, Skiathos, pp. 2627-2632, 2007.
Brebbia C.A. and Katsifarakis K.L. Proceedings of International Conference “River Basin Management”, WITPress, Kos-Greece, 2007.
Katsifarakis K.L. “Groundwater pumping cost minimization-An analytical approach”, Water Resources Management, Vol. 22(8), pp. 1089-1099, 2008.
Katsifarakis K.L. “Flow simulation and optimal management of groundwater resources. The balance between accuracy and computational efficiency” in “Groundwater: Modelling, Mangement and Contamination” (eds L.F. Konig and J.L. Weiss), pp. 291-308, Nova Scinece Publishers, ISBN 978-1-60456-832-5, 2009.
Katsifarakis K.L. “Steady-state free surface flows”, Christodoulidis editions, Thessaloniki (in Greek), 2009.
Katsifarakis K.L., M. Mouti M. and Ntrogkouli K. “Optimization of groundwater resources management in polluted aquifers”, Global Nest, Vol. 11(3), pp. 283-290, 2009.
Katsifarakis K.L. and Tselepidou K. “Pumping cost minimization in aquifers with regional flow and two zones of different transmissivities”, J. of Hydrology, Vol. 377(1-2), pp. 106-111, 2009.
Tselepidou K. and Katsifarakis K.L. “Optimization of the exploitation system of a low enthalpy geothermal aquifer with zones of different transmissivities and temperatures”, Renewable Energy, Vol. 35, pp.1408-1413, 2010.
Karamperidou C., Vafiadis, M. & Katsifarakis K.L “Optimization of groundwater resources management by means of artificial neural networks”, Technika Chronika, Vol. 30(2), pp. 25-32, 2010 (in Greek)
Kontos Y.N., Katirtzidou M.I., Kizeridou M.A . and Katsifarakis K.L. (2010) “Optimal management of a polluted fractured aquifer, using genetic algorithms”, Proc. 6th Int. Symp. on Environmental Hydraulics, pp. 685-690, Vol. 2Athens, 2010.
Katsifarakis K.L. “The role of Universities in environmental education”, RESOUK 2011, e-proceedings, pp. 280-288, 2011 (invited presentation).
Katsifarakis K.L. “Educating civil engineers on hazard mitigation and sustainability” EUCEET Conf. on “New trends and challenges in civil engineering education” Patras, 2011.
P.I. Vlachas and K.L. Katsifarakis “Combined use of finite differences and boundary elements in groundwater flow simulation”, E-proceedings of Int. Conf. “Protection and Restoration of the Environment XΙ”, pp. 713-720, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2012.
K.L. Katsifarakis “Optimization and water resources management” in “Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Resources Management: A Heuristic Optimisation Approach” (ed. K.L. Katsifarakis), pp. 1-5, WITPress, ISBN 978-1-84564-664-6, 2012.
K.L. Katsifarakis and D.K. Karpouzos “Genetic algorithms and water resources management: an established, yet evolving, relationship” in “Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Resources Management: A Heuristic Optimisation Approach” (ed. K.L. Katsifarakis), pp. 7-37, WITPress, ISBN 978-1-84564-664-6, 2012.
K.L. Katsifarakis (editor) “Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Resources Management: A Heuristic Optimisation Approach”, WITPress, ISBN 978-1-84564-664-6, 2012.
S.K. Arvanitidou, K.L. Katsifarakis and C.G. Koutitas “Comparative evaluation of two computational tools for flow simulation in zoned coastal aquifers”, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, DOI: 10.1080/10286608.2012.710611, Vol. 29(4), pp. 273-281, 2012.
K.L. Katsifarakis, N. Theodossiou, C. Christodoulatos, A. Koutsospyros and Z. Mallios (editors) “Protection and Restoration of the Environment XΙ”, Int. Conf. E-Proceedings, ISBN: 978-960-99922-1-3, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2012.
Y.N. Kontos and K.L. Katsifarakis “Optimization of Management of Polluted Fractured Aquifers Using Genetic Algorithms”, European Water, Issue 40, pp. 31-42, 2012.
D.K. Karpouzos and K.L. Katsifarakis “A set of new benchmark optimization problems for water resources management”, Water Resources Management, DOI 10.1007/s11269-013-0350-z, Vol. 27 (9), pp. 3333-3348, 2013.
E.K. Paleologos, I. Skitzi, K. Katsifarakis and N. Darivianakis, “Neural network simulation of spring flow in karst environments,” Jour. Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment (SERRA), DOI 10.1007/s00477-013-0717-y, 2013
K.L. Katsifarakis and I. Avgoloupis “A new approach to the description of a Babylonian hydraulic work by Herodotus”, Classical Quarterly, Vol 63(2), pp. 888-891, 2013.
G. Fytianos and K.L. Katsifarakis “Correlation and prediction of chemical parameters in ground water of the municipality of Thermi using SPSS, G.I.S. and artificial neural networks”, CEST 2013, e-proceedings.
K.L. Katsifarakis and G. Lavrentiadis “Study of network length reduction using the Fermat-Torricelli point”, International Journal of Engineering, Science and Innovative Technology (IJESIT), Vol. 3(3), pp. 79-86, 2014.
K.L. Katsifarakis “Is there environmental training without environmental education?” e- proceedings of Int. Conf. “Protection and Restoration of the Environment XΙI”, pp. 1241-1244, Skiathos, Greece, July 2014
N. Darivianakis, K.L. Katsifarakis and M. Vafeiadis “Measurement and prediction of karstic spring flow rates”, Global Nest, Vol. 17(2), pp. 257-270, 2015.
M.C. Matiaki, I. Siarkos, K.L. Katsifarakis “Numerical modeling of groundwater flow to delineate spring protection zones. The case of Krokos aquifer, Greece”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 57(25), pp. 11572-11581, 2016.
Ch. Stavridis, Th. Patsakidou and K.L. Katsifarakis “Use of groundwater resources in urban areas. Environmental benefits and cost considerations”, International Conference on Sustainable Synergies from Buildings to the Urban Scale, SBE16, Procedia Environmental Sciences 38, pp. 860 – 866, 2017.
Y.N. Kontos and K.L. Katsifarakis “Optimal management of a theoretical coastal aquifer with combined pollution and salinization problems, using genetic algorithms” Energy, Vol. 136, pp. 32-44, 2017.
A. Basdeki, L. Katsifarakis and K.L. Katsifarakis “Design, calculations and performance evaluation of rain gardens in an urban neighborhood of Thessaloniki, Greece”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 99, pp. 4-9, 2017.
M.K. Goyal, A. Sharma and K.L. Katsifarakis “Prediction of flow rate of karstic springs using support vector machines”, Hydrological Sciences Journal, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2017.1371847, Vol. 62(13), pp. 2175-2186, 2017.
G. Etsias and K.L. Katsifarakis “Combining Pumping Flowrate Maximization from Polluted Aquifers with Cost Minimization”, Environmental Processes, Vol. 4(4), pp 991–1012, doi: 10.1007/s40710-017-0264-5, 2017.
K.L. Katsifarakis, I.A. Nikoletos and Ch. Stavridis “Minimization of Transient Groundwater Pumping Cost-Analytical and Practical Solutions”, Water Resources Management, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-017-1854-8, Vol. 32(3), pp.1053-169, 2018.
D.K. Karpouzos and K.L. Katsifarakis “A New Benchmark Optimization Problem of Adaptable Difficulty: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Testing”, Operational Research. An International Journal, doi 10.1007/s12351-019-00462-8, 2019.
P.I. Bakanos, K.L. Katsifarakis “Optimizing operation of a large-scale pumped storage hydropower system coordinated with wind farm by means of genetic algorithms”, Global Nest Journal, DOI: https://doi.org/10.30955/gnj.002978, Vol. 21(4), pp. 495-504, 2019.
D. Dermentzoglou, S. Dadaki, I. Avgoloupis and K.L. Katsifarakis “Technical study of the historical aqueduct of Kavala, Greece”, Water History, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12685-019-00238-z, 2019.
K.L. Katsifarakis and Y.N. Kontos “Genetic algorithms: A mature bio-inspired optimization technique for difficult problems” in “Nature-Inspired Methods for Metaheuristics Optimization Algorithms and Applications in Science and Engineering” (eds. F. Bennis, R.K. Bhattacharjya), pp. 3-25, Springer, 2020.
M.C. Kirlas and K.L. Katsifarakis “Evaluation of automated groundwater level measurements for transmissivity and storativity calculation”, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-Aqua, https://doi.org/10.2166/aqua.2020.10, 2020.