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Dimitrios Gkritzapis


Dr. Dimitrios Gkritzapis D.N.

Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Military Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2016

Chief of Police
Hellenic Police - Special Police Forces Division – UAVs department


UAVs Applications for Border Surveillance (Maritime and Land)

Co-presentation with Mr. Zacharias SARRIS

"Surveillance and control of land and maritime borders has become a key issue for European Union and needs to be addressed through a political, social, operational and technological perspective.

The  large  size  of  the  European  maritime  borders, as well as  the diverse  nature of the land borderline,  present multifaceted challenges related to ensuring their efficient and effective monitoring and control by EU authorities.

Counteracting security threats such as illegal immigration, smuggling, trafficking and terrorism, requires a strong European cooperation between competent public agencies and demands EU initiatives in the use of available technology and practices. The competence of UAVs in Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions has been proven over the past decade in the military and defence terrain and now the time has come for them to prove their capabilities in law enforcement and security applications.

The aim of this presentation is to provide an insight to the practices and conclusions derived from the use of unmanned systems in border surveillance applications and provide a concept of operations in both tactical and strategic levels for UAS missions in support to EU Border Surveillance".

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gkritzapis is Captain of Hellenic Police in the Office of Research and Development (R&D) in the Criminal Investigation Division, Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Department of Physics, School of Applied Sciences,at the University of Patras(Greece). Dr. Gkritzapis also holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from the University of Patrasfor a thesis entitled ‘Exterior Ballistics’. He also participated in the August 2007 Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit, AIAA, held on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He also attended conferences hosted by the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society and the World Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, the International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics, the International Conference on Avionics Systems / Guidance and Control Systems Design and Simulation (UAV & Civil Aircraft).He has also taken part in three other international conferences in Greece. His papers have been published in the Open Mechanics Journal, Journal of Pyrotechnics, Journal of Battlefield Technology, International Journal of Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Journal of Wseas Transactions on Information Science and Applications, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review, in International Review of Aerospace Engineering and in Journal of Applied Mechanics (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He is a lecturer at the Hellenic Army Academy, a member of the International Ballistics Society and a point of contact from Greece and member in Society of Hellenic Physicists. Dr. Gkritzapis is an adjunct professor at Unmanned Vehicle University.

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