Invited speakers


Prof. Adriano Camps was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1969. He received the degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. In 1991 to 1992, he was at the ENS des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France, with an Erasmus Fellowship. Since 1993, he has been with the Electromagnetics and Photonics Engineering Group, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, where he was first Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor since 2007. In 1999, he was on sabbatical leave at the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 1993, he has been deeply involved in the European Space Agency SMOS Earth Explorer Mission, from the instrument and algorithmic points of view, performing field experiments, and since 2001 studying the use of GNSS-R techniques to perform the sea state correction needed to retrieve salinity from L-band radiometric observations. His research interests are focused in microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis techniques and remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R). He has published over 203 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 6 book chapters, 1 book, and more than 425 international conference presentations, holds 12 patents, and has advised 23 Ph. D. Thesis students (+ 8 on-going), and more than 120 final projects and M. Eng. Theses. According to Publish or Perish (Google Scholar) his publications have received more than 6347/9547 citations, and his h-index is 38 /47 according to Scopus/Google Scholar.

Prof. Adriano Camps is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the CommSensLab “María de Maeztu” Excellence Research Unit, he co-led the Remote Sensing Lab ( and co-leads the UPC NanoSat Lab ( He is the PI of the first four UPC nano-satellites: 1) 3Cat-1, a 1U CubeSat with 7 small technology demonstrators and scientific payloads, 2) 3Cat-2, a 6U CubeSat with the first dual-frequency dual-polarization GNSS-R payload, launched on August 15th 2016 using a Chinese LM-D2 rocket, 3) 3Cat-4, a 1U Cubesat with a software defined radio to implement a microwave radiometer, a GNSS-Reflectomer, and an AIS receiver, and 4) FSSCAT, a tandem mission formed by two 6U CubeSats, overall winner of the Copernicus masters competition 2017.

Walter Ballheimer, is co-founder and CEO of German Orbital Systems GmbH (GOS). He specialized in satellite technology, with emphasis on electronics and remote sensing payloads. Participated in multiple student satellite projects and as a student assistant conducted lectures and was responsible for BEESAT-1 mission operations. After graduating from the university, he worked at the chair of astronautics and aeronautics where he was involved in multiple satellite projects, including BEESAT, TechnoSat and TUBIN. He specialized in remote sensing payloads and satellite electronics.
GOS was founded 2014 with the goal to provide an affordable access to space technology for a broad range of customers. Since then I am responsible for our strategy, the business development as well as top level engineering decisions. German Orbital Systems is the only German company focusing on CubeSats. Our core business is building turnkey satellite missions for customers, we also build separation sequence controllers for cluster launches. Large part of our revenues is invested in research. We have ongoing research projects in space debris monitoring as well as in additive manufacturing of structures and in novel electrical power systems. German Orbital Systems is not venture backed.



Prof. dr. sc. Željko Bačić received his PhD at TU Graz in 1997. He is a full professor at the Department of Satellite Geodesy at the Faculty of Geodesy. His specialty is satellite positioning, Earth observation from space, sensor integration and spatial data infrastructure. He has published more than 100 scientific and professional papers in the mentioned fields.

From 1987 to 1999 and from 2012 to present he works at the Faculty of Geodesy. He was Head of the Chair of Satellite Geodesy (2013-2015), Head of the Institute of Geomatics (2013-2015), Vice-Dean for Scientific Work and International Cooperation (2015-2018), and Head of the Copernicus Hackathon Zagreb 2019 Project. 1999-2012 he held the position of Director of the State Geodetic Administration. During this period, he was a member of a number of national authorities, a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Association of Surveying and Mapping Authority of Europe - EuroGeographics (2004-2007) and chair of regional cooperation in the field of cadastre and IPP of the Western Balkans (2008-2012).

He is currently a Croatian representative on the European Commission's Copernicus Committee, a member of the Space Reference Advisory Group of the Ministry of Science and Education and head of the Copernicus Academy and Copernicus Relay team. He is the coordinator of two Erasmus + projects and a contributor to a further five.


Crosperity and FERSAT principle investigator

Dubravko Babić has been with FER since 2012 working in the Applied Optics Laboratory at the Department of Wireless Communications. He is the principal investigator on the project Crosperity, the first funded satellite-building project in Croatia. He has spent majority of his professional career in San Francisco Bay Area in California working on the development of RF and microwave communications technology at Avanek, Group4 Labs, and Eridan Communications, and on the development of optical-communications technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Alvesta Corporation, Clariphy Communications, Inc. and XLoom Communications in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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