Elena Belcore

Fixed-term assistant professor
Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI)


Research interests

Earth digital twins
Environmental mapping
Land use land cover change
Laser scanning
Multispectral optical sensors
Precision agriculture
Uav photogrammetry
Ultra-high resolution image classification


Elena Belcore is a researcher in Geomatics at the Politecnico of Turin, Italy. In 2016, she earned her M.Sc. degree in Forestry and Environmental Science, further honing her expertise in the field. She then embarked on a career in research and international organizations, starting as a Junior officer at UNESCO-WWAP from 2016 to 2017. During this period, she worked on the collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated water data. In May 2021, defended her PhD in Geomatics at the Politecnico of Turin. Her doctoral research was focused on the classification of land cover in critical areas, using cutting-edge satellite and drone-derived imagery at very high thematic and spatial resolutions. Currently, she continues her research in the field of artificial intelligence for high-resolution environmental monitoring and mapping. Her research activities are diverse, encompassing geomatics for smart and precision agriculture. She specializes in sensor integration for creating digital twins in agriculture, as well as geospatial and multitemporal data collection. Her research interest is the semantic segmentation and classification of very high-resolution drone datasets for environmental monitoring and vegetation cover.

Research topics

  • Geomatics techniques employed in the construction of the geospatial component within Digital Twins for agricultural and environmental monitoring.


ERC sectors

PE10_14 - Earth observations from space/remote sensing
PE6_11 - Machine learning, statistical data processing and applications using signal processing (e.g. speech, image, video)
PE10_4 - Terrestrial ecology, land cover change


Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

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Awards and Honors

  • Premio Giovani SIFET conferred by SIFET (Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria e Topografia), Italy (2018)
  • Best Paper Award GISTAM conferred by International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management (GISTAM) (2022)
  • Premio pubblicazioni BAD (Borsisti, Assegnisti, Dottorandi) dell'Associazione Georisorse e Ambiente (GEAM) conferred by Associazione Georisorse e Ambiente (GEAM) (2022)


  • Effective member - Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria E Topografia, Italia (2019-)


Collegi of the degree programmes



MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Research fields

Supervised PhD students

  • Muhammad Abraiz. Programme in Ingegneria Civile E Ambientale (39th cycle, 2023-in progress)


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