Pietro Milillo

Pietro Milillo joined the radar science and engineering section at JPL since March 2016. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering at University of Basilicata, Potenza (Italy) with a thesis on the synergistic use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) constellations for studying natural and anthropogenic phenomena. Pietro started his study in Physics in 2008 at University of Bari (Italy), graduating his BSc (2010) and MSc (2012) in Physics and applied Physics respectively. During the period 2013-2015 he was a visiting student at the California Institute of Technology Seismological laboratory and a Visiting Student Researcher at JPL in the Earth Science and technology division.

  • BSc & MSc in Physics – University of Bari (Bari, Italy)
  • PhD in Environmental Engineering – University of Basilicata (Potenza, Italy)

Research Interests: 

Synthetic aperture radar applications, InSAR, multi-temporal analysis, Cryosphere, Natural Hazards, Earth Science.

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (CA), USA. JRSVP (2013-2015)
  • Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (CA), USA. Visiting student (2013-2015)
  • School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy (2012-2016)
  • Geophysical Application Processing (GAP) Srl (Bari – Italy) (2012)
  • Innova Consorzio per l'informatica e la telematica Srl ( Matera - Italy ) (2010)

Selected Awards: 
  • IEEE grant - IGARSS 2015
  • 2014 NASA Group Achievement Award
  • Award Category: Group Achievement Award
Team Name: Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis(ARIA)Team
  • Citation: For creating a state of the art rapid response processing system for DGPS and imaging radar that is delivering actionable products in response to disasters.
  • 2012 European Geosciences Union Outstanding Student Poster Award
  • 2011 ESA summer code in space (SOCIS, declined)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Milillo, P., Riel, B., Minchew, B., Yun, S. H., Simons, M., & Lundgren, P. (2015). On the Synergistic Use of SAR Constellations’ Data Exploitation for Earth Science and Natural Hazard Response.
  2. Milillo, P., Fielding, E. J., Shulz, W. H., Delbridge, B., & Burgmann, R. (2014). COSMO-SkyMed spotlight interferometry over rural areas: The Slumgullion landslide in Colorado, USA. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of, 7(7), 2919-2926.
  3. Riel, B., Milillo, P., Simons, M., Lundgren, P., Kanamori, H., & Samsonov, S. (2015). The collapse of Bárðarbunga caldera, Iceland. Geophysical Journal International, 202(1), 446-453.
  4. Yun, S. H., Hudnut, K., Owen, S., Webb, F., Simons, M., Sacco, P., ... & Milillo, P. (2015). Rapid Damage Mapping for the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data from COSMO–SkyMed and ALOS-2 Satellites. Seismological Research Letters, 86(6), 1549-1556.
  5. Cigna, F., Lasaponara, R., Masini, N., Milillo, P., & Tapete, D. (2014). Persistent scatterer interferometry processing of COSMO-SkyMed StripMap HIMAGE time series to depict deformation of the historic centre of Rome, Italy. Remote Sensing, 6(12), 12593-12618.
  6. Barnhart, W. D., Murray, J. R., Yun, S. H., Svarc, J. L., Samsonov, S. V., Fielding, E. J. … & Milillo, P. (2015). Geodetic constraints on the 2014 M 6.0 South Napa earthquake. Seismological Research Letters, 86(2A), 335-343.
Pietro Milillo
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818-393-7298