Advisory Committee members

Ioannis PytharoulisAssociate Professor,

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

EMILIO BETRAN ESCARTIN, Head of the Health and Plant certification service.

Department of Agriculture, Cattle Raising and Environment, Aragon

Dr. Ioannis Pytharoulis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climatology within the School of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH;, Greece and the director of the Laboratory of Meteorology and Climatology (LMC-AUTH). His research interests lie in Numerical Weather Prediction and Synoptic Meteorology, focusing on intense weather events. He is responsible for the operational weather forecasting system of LMC-AUTH ( He has received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from AUTH, an M.Sc. in Weather, Climate and Modelling and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Department of Meteorology of the University of Reading (United Kingdom). He has participated in 30 research projects. He is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Acta Geophysica and has been a Guest Editor in 3 special issues of the journals Atmosphere and Climate. More detailed CV appears in

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Grapevine project plans to develop an integrated weather forecasting system for the timely and accurate prediction of weather conditions aiming to protect farmers in the wine sector from pest spreads.

Agricultural technical engineer and agricultural engineer, etsea lleida university. Career officer, agronomic engineering corps. Since 2011 i develop my work in the field of health and vegetable production. In a first stage as responsible for the plant protection center, to later come to perform the work of head of the plant health and certification center and head of service. Member of the national phytosanitary committee.

During 2018 and 2019, i have participated in the meetings of standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed (PAFF committee) of the European Commission. In the field of new technologies, during the last years i have participated in the implementation of new tools to support the management and support advice in the field of plant health and crop protection (redfara, predictive models).

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In grapevine project the collaboration is focused on the implementation of new decision support tools, knowledge of the realities and phytosanitary needs of the areas where the project is planned to be implemented.

Dennis Hoppe, Head of Service Management and Business Processes dept.

High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

JOSÉ CASANOVA GASCÓN, Associate Professor.

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Dennis Hoppe (male) is heading the department SANE for service management and business processes at HLRS. After he received his master’s degree in computer science and media in 2010 from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Mr. Hoppe was employed as a research assistant at the Bauhaus-University until 2012. Before joining HLRS in 2014, Dennis Hoppe worked as a software engineer at ePages, the leading cloud-based e-commerce solution provider in Europe. Since joining HLRS in 2014, Mr. Hoppe has been involved in multiple European research projects such as EXCESS (monitoring, increase energy efficiency) and DreamCloud (improve resource allocation). He is currently coordinating the big data analytics project CATALYST at HLRS in cooperation with the Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE).

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GRAPEVINE has the potential to revolutionize pest prevention and control for vineyards and beyond. The proposed architecture and the elaborate data aggregation and analysis process will pave the way towards having a real impact on top of its current use cases.

J. Casanova-Gascón received his M.Sc. from University of Lleida (Spain) and his Ph.D. from University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2007. In 1993, he joined the faculty of Escuela Politécnica Superior (EPS), in Huesca, and became a member of the Plant Biology and Evolution research team BIOFLORA ( Expert in viticulture, olive and fruit growing. In relation to the subject matter and geographical environment in which the field trials of the GRAPEVINE AC project are being carried out, he has 12 publications indexed since 2010, two monographs entitled ‘Characterization of vine varieties from the province of Huesca’ and ‘The soils of the vineyards of D.O. Somontano’, and a book chapter entitled ‘Dryland ecological viticulture’.

Regarding research projects and transfer tasks related to viticulture, he has been responsible/he has participated in projects for the identification of Murero’s terroirs (Bodega Sommos Garnacha); characterization by means of molecular markers of V.M. of vines in the province of Huesca (IEA); prospecting and characterization of vine varieties in the regions of Ribagorza and Monegros (DPH); study of the Secastilla vineyards (Viñas del Vero, Gonzalez-Byass); characterization of minority vine varieties (COVISA); distribution and characteristics of ‘Parraleta’ variety (DPH); study of the native varieties of D.O. Somontano and A.O.C. Cotes du Frontonnais (DGA); etc. In the field of oenology, he has directed the project ‘Typicity and traceability of wines from the D.O. Somontano and the A.O.C. Cahors: integration in the territory’ and has participated in the modification of the specifications of D.O. Campo de Borja.

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The implementation of GRAPEVINE project, improving predictions by using machine learning models can contribute to the development of a sustainable agriculture, based on environmental benefit, improvement of food safety and consumer protection as well as increasing the profitability of the exploitations.

Juan Taboada, General Coordinator of the weather forecast office of regional government of Galicia (MeteoGalicia – Xunta de Galicia)

Juan Touriño, Full Professor

Universidade da Coruña, Spain

For more than 20 years I have specialized in modeling, both of the marine and atmospheric environments and in recent years I have worked with coupled models for the study of climate and climate change and its impact on fields such as viticulture.N. Lorenzo, J. J. Taboada, J. F. Lorenzo & A. M. Ramos .2013 Influence of climate on grape production and wine quality in the Rıas Baixas, north-western Spain . Reg. Environ. Change vol. 12, pp 887-896.

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The Grapevine project seems particularly interesting to me since it joins two of my fields of specialization (numerical models and viticulture) so I am particularly interested in its results and in helping as far as I can from my membership in the committee. Moreover my organization, MeteoGalicia, has recently participated in a Life project (Viñas Atlánticas) that have some coincidences with grapevine

Juan Touriño leads the Computer Architecture Group at the University of A Coruña (UDC). His main research area is HPC and its convergence with Big Data and cloud computing. As of November 2020 he has published 180 papers on these lines, including major conferences such as SC, ICS, DAC, IPDPS, ICPP, Cluster or CGO. He has participated in 157 national and international R&D projects, contracts and networks (in 70 of them as PI or co-PI), with a strong commitment to technology transfer. Prof. Touriño is co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Torus Software Solutions, a UDC spin-off to commercialize the research results of the group, which has received 18 entrepreneurship awards, including the “Ramón LLull” Spanish National Computer Science Award in 2020.

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HPC is becoming a more and more critical tool for addressing major technological and societal challenges, and GRAPEVINE is an excellent example of it.

PABLO MARTÍN RAMOS, Associate Professor

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Karel Charvat

Project manager, WirelessInfo

Martín-Ramos received his M.Sc. from Columbia University (NY, USA) and his Ph.D. from Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) in 2013. In 2015, he joined the faculty of Escuela Politécnica Superior (EPS), in Huesca, and became a member of the Environmental Sciences Research Institute of the University of Zaragoza (IUCA). He is the author of over 120 scientific papers in JCR-indexed journals. His editorial advisory board activities include the journals Agronomy and AgriEngineering. His current research interests include precision agriculture, water quality and irrigation, the development of advanced materials with applications in hydrogen generation and photocatalysis, the valorization of agroforestry waste and natural products, and the investigation of novel eco-friendly formulations with applications as phytosanitary products.

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The implementation of GRAPEVINE project predictive model, based on Artificial Intelligence and use of Big Data can considerably reduce the number of phytosanitary applications, as well as allowing to focus the treatments in the appropriate moments to reduce the spread of pathogens.

Karel Charvat graduated in theoretical cybernetics. He is a co chair of OGC Agriculture DWG, member of International Society for Precision Agriculture, Research Data Alinace, Club of Ossiach, CAGI, and CSITA. He was in period 2005 – 2007 President of European Federation for Information  Technology in Agriculture Food and  Environment (EFITA). He was organiser on many hackathons, where as most important were INSPIRE Hacks I and II and MEDHackathon. He work on implementation on national INSPIRE Geoportal. Now he is also active in Plan4all association. He has long time experience in ICT for Environment, transport, Agriculture and Precision Farming. Now he is one from promotors of Open and Big Data in Agriculture in Europe. Participation in projects: Wirelessinfo, Premathmod, EMIRES, REGEO, RuralWins, Armonia, aBard, EPRI Start, Ami@netfood, AMI4For, Voice, Naturnet Redime, Mobildat, SpravaDat, Navlog, c@r, Humboldt, WINSOC, Plan4all, Habitats, Plan4business, SmartOpenData, FOODIE, SDI4Apps,  AgriXchange, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, OTN, DataBio, SIEUSOIL, STARGATE, Polirural, AfraCloud, SKIN, ENABLING, Liverur, Innovar.

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GRAPEVINE is interesting for me from the reason, that implement Precision Agriculture methods in domain, which is for me new. I can GRAPEVINE support mainly in  area of Standardisation