Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Short-Term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are important means to develop linkages and scientific collaborations between participating institutions involved in the Action. Scientists have the possibility to visit an institution in another participating COST Country, or in an approved COST Near Neighbour Country (NNC), or else in an approved COST International Partner Country (IPC), in order to foster collaboration, undertake joint research, share knowledge, techniques, equipment and infrastructures.

infrastructures. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action. STSMs are particularly intended for Early-Career Investigators (ECI), i.e., young researchers who have the PhD degree since no more than 8 years when they start being involved in the Action. The Action shall take care to ensure that the distribution of beneficiaries of the STSM scheme is gender-balanced. Applications from Inclusiveness Countries are strongly encouraged.

 

Duration of a standard STSM can be from 1 week (5 days) to 3 months (90 days). An ECI may extend the duration of the STSM beyond the 90 days (the maximum duration for extended STSMs is 180 days). STSMs need to be carried out in their entirety within a single grant period (TU1208 is now in its fourth grant period, ending on April 30, 2017; the fifth Grant Period will run from May 1 to October 3, 2017).

 

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. The e-COST system will generate a pdf application. This document has to be sent via email to the Action Chair, the STSM Manager and the COST Science Officer, along with the following documents: letter of support from the Home Institution, invitation letter from the Host Institution, curriculum vitae and list of publications of the applicant, detailled work plan, and motivation letter. The criteria used for assessment of applications are: 1. the relevance of the project according to the objectives of the COST Action TU1208; 2. the quality of the application; 3. the curriculum vitae of the applicant.

 

A STSM applicant must be engaged in a research programme as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity. This institution is considered as the Home Institution; it can be a public or private entity.

 

Within 1 month after the end of the STSM, the visiting scientist has to submit a scientific report to the Action Chair, the STSM Manager and the COST Science Officer, along with a letter prepared by the host scientist (confirming that the STSM was successfully carried out). A template for the preparation of the scientific report will be provided by the STSM Manager.

 

More information about the STSM networking tool can be found in the COST Vademecum. The STSMs Manager for COST Action TU1208 is Prof. Marian Marciniak, National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw, PL.

 

All STSMs during Grant Period 4 shall be strictly focused on achieving the Action's objectives and finalizing the undertaken initiatives

 

In the right column of this webpage, the list of completed STSMs is reported. Some statistics are presented below, whereas here it is possible to download a series of books where STSM scientific reports have been published.

 

Completed STSMs

1. Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

STSM Title: Electromagnetic modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar responses to complex targets

Dates: from 21-10-2013 to 20-12-2013

Location: University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Host: Antonios Giannopoulos, UK

 

2. Iraklis Giannakis, UK (ECI)

STSM Title: Numerical modelling of Ground-Penetrating Radar antennas

Dates: from 15-1-2014 to 21-3-2014

Location: Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

 

3. Sonia Santos Assunçao, ES (ECI)

STSM Title: The preservation of the Tholos Tomb of Acharnon

Dates: from 15-1-2014 to 15-2-2014

Location: GEOSERVICE, Athens, Greece

Host: Klisthenis Dimitriadis, EL

 

4. Philippe De Smedt, BE (ECI)

STSM Title: Reconstructing prehistoric environments at Stonehenge with multiple electromagnetic survey methods

Dates: from 1-2-2014 to 31-3-2014

Location: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, Vienna, Austria

Host: Wolfgang Neubauer, AT

 

5. Loredana Matera, IT (ECI)

STSM Title: Tests, comparison and improvement plans for an innovative reconfigurable stepped-frequency GPR

Dates: from 1-6-2014 to 30-6-2014

Location: 3d radar, Trondheim, Norway

Host: Jacopo Sala, NO

 

6. Nicolas Pinel, BE (ECI)

STSM Title: Modelling the effect of soil roughness on the inversion of UWB off-ground monostatic GPR signal

Dates: from 17-10-2014 to 24-10-2014

Location: Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Host: Sébastien Lambot, BE

 

7. Nicolas Pinel, BE (ECI)

STSM Title: Measurement of the effect of soil roughness on the inversion of UWB off-ground monostatic GPR signal

Dates: from 16-2-2015 to 20-2-2015

Location: Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Host: Sébastien Lambot, BE

 

8. Mehdi Sbartai, FR (ECI)

STSM Title: Full Waveform inversion of civil engineering objects

Dates: from 23-2-2015 to 27-2-2015

Location: Research Center Jülich, Jülich, Germany

Host: Jan van der Kruk, DE

 

9. Hovik Baghdasaryan, ARM

STSM Title: Application of the Method of Single Expression and Beam-Propagation Method to GPR

Dates: from 16-2-2015 to 27-2-2015

Location: Instytut Łączności - Państwowy Instytut Badawczy (National Institute of Telecommunications), Warsaw, Poland

Host: Marian Marciniak, PL

(Inclusiveness)

 

10. Simone Meschino, DE (ECI)

STSM Title: Application of a SAP-DoA Method to GPR data, for the Localisation of Scatterers in Concrete

Dates: from 3-4-2015 to 10-4-2015

Location: Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

 

11. Igor Prokopovich, RUS (PhD Stud)

STSM Title: Two-way WKB Approximation and Wave-Parabolic Equation applied to GPR

Dates: from 24-4-2015 to 7-5-2015

Location: Instytut Łączności - Państwowy Instytut Badawczy (National Institute of Telecommunications), Warsaw, Poland

Host: Marian Marciniak, PL

(Inclusiveness)

 

12. Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

STSM Title: Comparative study of GPR international standards and guidelines

Dates: from 11-5-2015 to 26-5-2015

Location: Instytut Łączności - Państwowy Instytut Badawczy (National Institute of Telecommunications), Warsaw, Poland

Host: Marian Marciniak, PL

(Inclusiveness)

 

13. Mercedes Solla, ES (ECI)

STSM Title: Non-destructive tests for railway evaluation: Detection of fouling and joint interpretation of GPR and track geometric parameters

Dates: from 1-6-2015 to 30-6-2015

Location: National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal

Host: Simona Fontul, PT (Inclusiveness)

 

14. Raffaele Persico, IT

STSM Title: Use of GPR and standard geophysical methods to explore the subsurface

Dates: from 14-7-2015 to 24-7-2015

Location:

Host: Sebastiano D’Amico, Malta

(Inclusiveness)

 

15. Luca Bianchini Ciampoli, IT (PhD Stud)

STSM Title: GPR inspections in tunnels for effective construction and maintenance of transport infrastructures

Dates: from 8-9-2015 to 5-12-2015

Location: University of West London, London, United Kingdom

Host: Amir Alani, UK

 

16. Isabel Rodriguez-Abad, ES (ECI)

STSM Title: Processing algorithms to assess waterfront location in building materials by GPR

Dates: from 6-11-2015 to 22-11-2015

Location:

Host: Jean-Paul Balayssac, FR

 

17. Hamza Reci, AL (NNC)

STSM Title: Moisture evaluation of wood material using GPR

Dates: from 9-11-2015 to 9-12-2015

Location: I2M laboratory Department of Civil Engineering (I2M-GCE), University of Bordeaux, France

Host: Mehdi Sbartai, FR (ECI)

 

18. Vânia Marecos, PT (ECI, Inclusiveness)

STSM Title: Calibration methods for air coupled antennas

Dates: from 29-11-2015 to 12-12-2015

Location: University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Host: Mercedes Solla, ES (ECI)

 

19. Simone Meschino, DE (ECI)

STSM Title: A study of the accuracy of the SAP-DoA location technique applied to GPR data and comparison with the standard hyperbola approach

Dates: from 4-1-2016 to 8-1-2016

Location: Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, Italy (ECI)

 

20. Vega Pérez-Gracia, ES

STSM Title: An educational package to teach GPR in University (undergraduate students)

Dates: from 22-2-2016 to 26-2-2016

Location: Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, Italy (ECI)

 

21. Patrizio Simeoni, IE (ECI, Stakeholder)

STSM Title: GPR in civil engineering: disseminating information to stakeholders and end users

Dates: from 31-03-2016 to 04-04-2016

Location: Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

 

22. Alessio Ventura, IT

STSM Title: Comparison of finite-difference and finite-integration methods in the time-domain for the simulation of GPR and other electromagnetic applications

Dates: from 18-04-2016 to 22-04-2016

Location: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Host: Antonis Giannopoulos, UK

 

23. Viviana Sossa, ES

STSM Title: GPR applications in civil engineering: Collaborating with a company and preparing material for the education pack

Dates: from 25-04-2016 to 29-04-2016

Location: Murphy Surveys, Dublin, Ireland

Host: Sonia Santos Assunçao, IE (ECI)

 

24. Alexei Popov, RUS

STSM Title: Coupled WKB approach applied to Ground Penetrating Radar

Dates: from 25-04-2016 to 30-04-2016

Location: National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw, Poland

Host: Marian Marciniak, PL (Inclusiveness)

 

25. Tamara Knyazyan, ARM

STSM Title: Enhancement of GPR-ground matching by chirped multilayer structure: numerical modelling by the method of single expression

Dates: from 01-08-2016 to 19-08-2016

Location: National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw, Poland

Host: Marian Marciniak, PL (Inclusiveness)

 

26. Alessandro Fedeli, IT (ECI)

STSM Title: Testing of a new lightweight radar system for tomographical reconstruction of circular structures

Dates: from 12-09-2016 to 23-09-2016

Location: Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, BE

Host: Sébastien Lambot, BE

 

27 and 28. Xavier Derobert (FR) and Simona Fontul (PT, Inclusiveness) – Joint STSM

Development of a guideline for the detection of buried utilities and voids in urban areas, using Ground Penetrating Radar

Dates: from 17-10-2016 to 21-10-2016

Location: Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Host: Lara Pajewski, IT (ECI)

 

 

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.