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 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (former Technological Educational Institute of Chalkida) 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 October 2021 he is serving as a Deputy 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.