Short Description(基本介绍)

Dr. George Grekousis is an Associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He studied in Greece and the USA and he teaches GIS and spatial analysis courses since 2008. His interdisciplinary research focuses on Spatial Analysis, Geodemographics, and Artificial Intelligence. In specific, he couples geographical modelling and machine learning with social data to study changes in the social and demographic landscapes for better spatial planning and decision making towards sustainable future. Dr. Grekousis has been awarded with several grants from well-known international bodies and his research has been published in several SSCI journals including, Computers Environment and Urban Systems, PLOS One, Applied Geography. ?He has also authored one book and one book chapter and his has presented his research in more than twenty international scientific conferences. He has been also reviewer (current and former) in the following journals: ?GIScience and Remote Sensing / Computers, Environment and Urban Systems / CITIES / Journal of Geography and Geology / Journal of Geographical Sciences / Science of the Total Environment / International Journal of Digital Earth / International Journal of Health Geographics.


Join us

Currently my lab is seeking for postgraduate students interested in high-impact large-scale interdisciplinary studies in a) urban analysis and b) geodemographical analysis, using machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence. If you have a research idea feel free to contact me.


Academic Background(学历背景)

11/2011 - 08/2013



Postdoctoral Research Associate.?State University of New York. Department of Environmental Research Engineering.

12/2001 - 10/2005



Ph.D. in Geography.?Department of Geography and Regional Planning.?National Technical University of Athens Greece.

09/2001 - 02/2003 ???

Master of Science in Geoinformatics. Department of Geography and Regional Planning. National Technical University of Athens Greece.?

09/1994 - 02/2001 ?????

Diploma in Engineering. Department of Geography and Regional Planning. National Technical University of Athens Greece.

Working Experience(工作经历)


Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece


Lecturer, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Greece


Consultant in Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works.


Project Manager, Geoinformation SA.


Military Service in Greek Army




Professional Memberships(社会任职)

American Association of Geographers (Member ID:90064501)

Regional Science Association (International

European Working Group for Location Analysis


Lecture and Courses(教授课程

Urban Geography,

Human Geography,

Urban Systems and Engineering,

Literature review and Thesis writing


Publication List?(论著专利)


Books (and chapters in books)

  1. Grekousis G., Lagos A., 2011. Principles of Surveying and Geoinformation. Synchroni Ekdotiki, Athens. (in Greek).

    Link in Greek:

  2. Grekousis G., Koutsopoulos K., 2005. ?Artificial Neural networks. In “Spatial Analysis, theory, methods and techniques.’ Ed Koutsopolous K. Vol II. Dihnekes. Athens (in Greek).



  1. Grekousis G. ?2018. Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning in Urban Geography: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Computer Environment and Urban Systems

  2. Grekousis G., Gialis S. ?2018. More flexible yet less developed? Spatio-temporal analysis of labor flexibilization and gross domestic product in crisis-hit European Union regions. Social Indicators Research; paper)

  3. Grekousis G.* 2018. Further widening or bridging the gap? A cross-regional study of unemployment across the EU amid crisis. Sustainability, 10(6) 1702; doi: 10.3390/su10061702 (Original paper)

  4. Grekousis G., Mountrakis G., Kavouras M. 2016. Linking MODIS-derived forest and cropland land cover 2011 estimations to socioeconomic and environmental indicators for the European Union’s 28 countries. GIScience and Remote Sensing 53(1):122-146. .2015.1118977?(Original paper)

  5. Grekousis G., Mountrakis G., Kavouras M. 2015. An overview of 21 global and 43 regional land cover mapping products. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36:21,5309-5353. ? (Review paper)

  6. Grekousis G., Mountrakis G. 2015. Sustainable Development under Population Pressure: Lessons from Developed Land Consumption in the Conterminous US. Plos ONE 25 March 2015. DOI: paper)

  7. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2014. Analysing high-risk emergency areas with GIS and neural networks: The case of Athens Greece. Professional Geographer, 66:1, 124-137 DOI:10.1080/ 00330124 .2013.765300. (Original paper) ?

  8. Grekousis G,?2013. ?Giving fuzziness to spatial clusters: A simple index for choosing the optimal number of clusters. International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools. 22, 1350009. DOI: 10.1142/S0218213013500097. (Original paper)

  9. Grekousis G., Manetos P., Photis Y. 2013. Modeling urban evolution using neural networks, fuzzy logic and GIS: The case of the Athens metropolitan area. Cities, 30,193-203. (Original paper)

  10. Grekousis G., Hatzichristos T. 2013. Fuzzy clustering analysis in geomarketing research. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 40: 95-116 doi: 10.1068/b37137. (Original paper)?

  11. Grekousis G., Hatzichristos T. 2012. Comparison of two fuzzy algorithms in geodemographic segmentation analysis:The Fuzzy C-Means and Gustafsone Kessel methods. Applied Geography 34: 125-136 doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.004. (Original paper)

  12. Photis Y. Grekousis G. 2012. Locational Planning for Emergency Management and Response: An Artificial Intelligence Approach. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning 7(3): 372-384 DOI. 10.2495/SDP-V7-N3-372-384. (Original paper)

  13. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2011. A fuzzy index for detecting spatiotemporal outliers. Geoinformatica DOI 10.1007/s10707-011-0145-4 (2011 impact factor 1.143). (Original paper)

  14. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2005, G.I.S and Artificial Intelligence for locating emergency service units. Technical Chronicles ?(in Greek) (ΙΙ) Vol 1-2 pp 49-60, 2005. (Original paper)

  15. Grekousis G., Photis Y., Koutsopoulos?K. ??2004. Spatiotemporal analysis of demand in stochastic locational planning problems through the application of an Artificial Neural Network.??Aeihoros, ?(in Greek) (3), Issue?2, pp. 40-61, 2004.?(Original paper)


    Published proceedings (Fully Refereed)?

  1. Grekousis G., Kavouras M., Mountrakis G. 2015. Land cover dynamics and accounts for European Union 2011-2011. 3rd International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment. Cyprus-Pafos, 16-19 March 2015. Proc. of SPIE Vol. 9535, 953507, doi: 10.1117/12.2192554

  2. Grekousis G., Photis Y. ?2006. Spatio-temporal point pattern analysis using genetic algorithms. European Regional Science Association. Volos 30Aug-3Sep 2006 ? ersa2006/papers/910.pdf

  3. Grekousis G., Photis Y. ?2005. Assessing demand in stochastic location planning problems: An artificial intelligence approach for emergency service systems. Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management CUPUM05. London 29June–1 July. Proceedings ?http://128.40.111. 250/cupum/searchpapers/ detail.asp?pID=373


    International conferences

  1. Grekousis G., Manetos P., Arvanitidis P. Does Airbnb affect commercial land use patterns? First evidence from residential areas in the city of Hong Kong. Geomapplica International Conference, Greece, Syros 25-29 June 2018.

  2. Grekousis G. The implications of economic crisis to unemployment. A regional spatio-temporal analysis for the European Union. American Association of Geographers, annual meeting, USA, New Orleans 10-14 ?April 2018.

  3. Grekousis G., Mountrakis G., ?Kavouras M. 2015. Assessing land cover dynamics in Europe using MODIS data. American Association of Geographers, annual meeting, USA, Chicago 21-25 ?April 2015.

  4. Grekousis G., Kavouras M., Mountrakis G. 2014. Assessing land cover dynamics in Europe using MODIS data. 8th Conference of HellasGIS. Greece, Athens 11-12 ?December 2014.

  5. Grekousis G., Mountrakis G. 2013. Socio-economic characteristics of high/low developed land consumption areas in the conterminous U.S. 2013 Spring Land Use Land Cover NASA science team meeting, Rockville, Maryland USA, 2-4 April 2013.

  6. Alevizaki X., Grekousis G. 2010. Spatial analysis of crime in the city of Volos. 6th Hellas GI conference. 2-3 December 2010.

  7. Graikousis G. 2010. A Geographical Information System with GPS for Managing Emergency Areas. MRSS 6th International Remote Sensing and GIS Conference, 28th-29th April 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  8. Grekousis G., Chatzichristos T. 2008. INSIDER. A geodemographic tool for Athens. 5th Conference of HellasGIS. Athens 4-5 ?December 2008.

  9. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2008. ?A spatio genetic algorithm for detecting moving objects in spatio-temporal point patterns. ??55th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International. New York-USA. Nov 19-22,2008. ?

  10. Grekousis G., Chatzichristos T. ?2007. Intelligent ?Geodemographic System ?for ??Athens- Greece (poster presentation). ESRI International User Conference, June 18-22, 2007 San Diego California–USA.

  11. Grekousis G. ?2005. A spatio temporal analysis in locational planning problems. ?1st conference of new researchers. Volos-Greece 12-14 May, 2005.

  12. Grekousis G., Fotis Y., Koutsopoulos K. 2004. Solving stochastic location problems by artificial intelligence: Definition of an algorithm for spatio temporal analysis and forecast demand point patterns. Meeting of new researchers in geographic information science. Athens. 16 Jan 2004.

  13. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2004. A genetic algorithm for spatio-temporal point pattern analysis (Poster Presentation). Ph.d. Research Conference ITC. Enchede, The Netherlands 27 October 2004.

  14. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2003. Solving stochastic locational planning problems: Definition of a computational algorithm in a spatiotemporal methodological framework. 50th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International. Philadelphia-USA. Nov 20-22,2003. ?

  15. Grekousis G., Manetos P.2003. Modelling urban evolution by identifying spatio-temporal ?patterns ?and applying methods of artificial intelligence. Case Study: Athens, Greece. Third Euroconference: The European City in Transition. The City and the Region. Weimar-Germany 14-15 Nov 2003. ??

  16. Grekousis G., Photis Y. 2001. Assessing Demand in Stochastic Locational Planning Problems: A neural networks approach. XIII Euro Working Group on Locational Analysis- EWGLA Meeting, Volos, Greece, December ?2001.

  17. Grekousis G., ?Manetos P., Photis Y. 2001. ?Spatial analysis and evolution of metropolitan areas by the utilization of artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic. ?11th Meeting of Greek Users ?of ?GIS November 2001.

  18. Photis Y., Grekousis G. 2000. Location analysis of emergency service systems: A neural networks approach. XII Euro Working Group on Locational Analysis- EWGLA Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, December 2000.



  1. Cincinnati Scores Slightly Better Than National Average on Sustainable Use of Land. UrbanCincy, May 4, 2015.

  2. SUNY-ESF professors research energy efficiency patterns in counties across the country. Daily Orange Newspaper, April 6, 2015

  3. Study maps development one U.S. county at a time. Science Daily, March 25, 2015. (SienceDaily?is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites).?

  4. More cement changes Attica, Newspaper ?Ta Nea? p18,19. ??December 6 2003.

  5. Explosive increase in the demand of real estate until 2010, Flash.gr29/10/2002

  6. Oases and Jungles in Attica 2010, Newspaper ??Ethnos? Economy p ?4-5 , March 31 2002.

  7. In which regions is expected built-up explosion until 2010, Magazine “Real Estate & Development” 16, ?p. 62-67 , September 2001

  8. Centrifugal explosion bursts out in Attica, Newspaper ?Η Kathimerini?. p 1,3 ????January 26 2001. ?





Startup research grant. 3700-18821113. Sun Yat-sen University. ??


Spatial Impacts ?of Multimodal Corridor Development: Italy-Greece-Turkey.” University of Thessaly.


Research Program 65/1599 “Karatheodoris, NTUA 2007: Experience of space in real time and virtual place.”


“Building an intelligent geodemographic system” GeoInformation SA. Operational Program "Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship" (OPCE Ι)?funded from the European Regional Development Fund and Greek National funds.


“I-STONE: Re-engineering of natural stone production chain through knowledge based processes, eco – innovation and new organizational paradigms.” National Technical University of Athens


“E-Class, Spatial Analysis and GIS”. National Technical University of Athens



Fellowships and Awards

  1. Siemens - State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Program: Fellowship of Excellence for Post Doctoral Studies.

  2. NASA – State University of New York. SUNY Research Foundation. Program for New Investigators.

  3. Main researcher Grant (NNX08AR11G).

  4. 2007 Travel expenses from ESRI Hellas for poster presentation ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, USA.

  5. European Regional Development Fund and Greek National funds. Program: Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Grant (OPCE Ι).? Grant HERONP-26 25162/ERE/2519/.

  6. Fellowship for PhD studies. Heraklitus Grant: Research grants with priority to basic research, co-funded from European Social Fund (75%) and Greek National Fund (25%). Period of funding: 9/2003-9/2005.

  7. Scholarship for master studies. Master of science in Geoinformation. Sate Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

  8. Scholarship from Bahaus University, Germany for presenting a paper in the “Third Euroconference : The European City in Transition. The City and the Region.” Weimar-Germany 14-15 Nov 2003. ??

  9. November 2001. Best poster in the “11th ?Meeting of Greek ESRI Users ?of ?G.I.S” Athens, Greece