Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Chair of the Action

Lara Pajewski received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering cum laude from Roma Tre University of Rome, Italy, and the PhD in Applied Electromagnetics and Electrophysics Sciences from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. From 2004 to 2008 she worked in the Applied Electronics Department of Roma Tre University as a Technician, in the Laboratory of Applied Electromagnetics; from 2008 to 2016 she worked in the Engineering Department of Roma Tre University as a Researcher in Electromagnetic Fields. Since November 2016, she is a Professor of Electromagnetic Fields in Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications. She was recruited in this position via a special procedure for winners of high-level EU projects (chiamata diretta).


She is the Chair, Grant Holder scientific representative and administrator of the COST Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar,” launched in April 2013 and involving three hundreds experts from academia and industry, from 28 COST Countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom) and from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Jordan, Israel, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Ukraine, and United States of America (


Her main research interests are in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology and methodology and applications, integration of GPR with complementary non-destructive testing methods, and full-wave electromagnetic modelling of complex scenarios. She is also interested in electromagnetic pollution and radiation protection.


She is the author/co-author of 67 scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and more than 200 papers on conference proceedings. She is co-author of a book on safety issues in near-surface geophysical prospecting, editor/guest editor of 14 books and 8 journal special issues. Since 2011, she is the Western-Europe Editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal “Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation.”


Lara Pajewski is very active in the organization of international scientific events and has participated to several scientific committees. In 2013-2017, she organized and chaired 14 international meetings of the COST Action TU1208, held in various European countries. In the framework of the COST Action TU1208, she also organized 16 international Training Schools on GPR, attended by more than 420 Trainees in total, and a successful series of dissemination events called “GPR Road Show” where stakeholders, private companies, professionals and interested citizens could find out what is GPR and learn about its applications in civil engineering and beyond.

In 2014, she was co-Chair of the 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2014). Since 2011, she convenes the GI3.1 Session “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar” at the annual European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU-GA); as of 2018, she convenes also the EGU-GA GI0.1 Open Session on “Geosciences Instrumentation and Methods” (including Christiaan Huygens Medal Lecture, which is the general session of the GI - Geosciences Instrumentation & Data Systems EGU Division. She organised and chaired sessions and workshops on GPR in many other international conferences, such as the European Radar Conference (EuRAD), the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Conference (ACES) and the MetroArcheo Conference - Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.


Lara Pajewski has often been involved in international award committees. She was coordinator and member of the GPR 2014 Early-Stage Researcher Award Committee. From 2014 to 2017, she was a member of the EGU Christiaan Huygens Medal Committee and from 2017 she is the Chair of the same committee. She is the Award Chair for the 2017 edition of the MetroArcheo Conference.

At Sapienza University, Lara Pajewski holds the "Antennas" course for the Laurea in Information Engineering (Bachelor's Degree) and the “Ground Penetrating Radar” course for the Laurea Magistrale in Electronic Engineering (Master Degree). At Roma Tre University, she held for many years the “Laboratory of Microwaves and Antennas” course for the Laurea in Electronic Engineering (Bachelor's Degree) and the “Electromagnetic Instrumentation" course for the Laurea Magistrale in Communication and Information Technology Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and “Bioengineering (Master’s Degrees).

She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, European Geosciences Union, Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), and Italian Society of Electromagnetics (SIEM).



Prof. Lara Pajewski

Sapienza University of Rome

Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications

via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy

Tel. +39 06 4458 5358


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For information concerning the COST Action TU1208, please take contact with the Chair of the Action, Dr. Lara Pajewski - This website is supported by COST, European COoperation in Science and Technology - COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme Horizon2020.

TU1208 Members are deeply grateful to COST for funding and supporting the COST Action TU1208.