Dimitrios Stergios Paraforos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and grew up on a farm in Northern Greece. He completed his BSc studies in Automation Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Chalkida (now National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and his MSc in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Thessaly.
After working for some years in the Industry as an Automation Engineer, he joined the University of Hohenheim where he obtained his PhD (2016) and Habilitation (2020) in Agricultural Engineering. In 2018 he received the Baden-Württemberg Certificate for academic teaching, while in 2020 he was awarded the GIL prize for his Habilitation Thesis.
Since April 2023 he is serving as a Professor of Agricultural Engineering in Special Crops at the Hochschule Geisenheim University. He is also serving as an associate editor of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and is a member of the Editorial Board of Smart Agricultural Technology (both published by Elsevier).
He has participated in more than 20 European and National research projects. In the past, he has co-ordinated the ICT-AGRI project iFAROS while currently, he is a WP-Leader in the H2020 project ROBS4CROPS. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers indexed by Scopus and published in journals or presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include agricultural machinery automation, ISOBUS technologies, unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, and decentralized and resilient digital farming systems.
Project start: 01.06.2023
Project end: 31.05.2026
Sponsor: European Commission, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Oenotrace will provide solutions to the ICT-AGRI-FOOD call for proposals as it includes a data-driven system enabling and promoting transparency for the end-users along the value chain from producer to consumer. Mapping of the value chain will be performed, and in the next step critical points/process steps where information flow (and transparency) can be improved will be identified. This will be examined having wine-growing in the focus and will provide the consumers with a clear and transparent tracing of how the bottle of wine has reached them. Data will be available along the entire value chain starting from machinery working in the field applying various rates of inputs (fuel, pesticides, fertilizers) and climate conditions up to winemaking, bottle filling and transportation. One main target is to trace back with full transparency sustainable cultivation practices.
Project start: 28.02.2020
Project end: 27.02.2025
Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture