Action TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Training School on Microwave Imaging and Diagnostics

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, March 24-28, 2014

The COST Action TU1208 co-organised, jointly with Action TD1301 "Development of a European-based Collaborative Network to Accelerate Technological, Clinical and Commercialisation Progress in the Area of Medical Microwave Imaging" and with the European School of Antennas, a Training School on "Microwave Imaging and Diagnostics: Theory, Techniques, Applications."

The exploitation of electromagnetic field data as a sensing tool paves the way to a number of interesting engineering applications including Ground Penetrating Radar testing of civil engineering works, antenna testing and characterisation, biomedical diagnostics, humanitarian demining, archeological prospection, through‐the‐wall imaging, and many others. The COST-ESoA Training School, after reviewing fundamental equations and main difficulties of inverse problems in high‐frequency electromagnetics, focused on classical and recently introduced solution procedures and algorithms, discussing capabilities, limitations, and perspectives of both approximate and 'exact' reconstruction methods. Applicative examples, including exercises and lessons regarding specific applications, with a particular focus on the topics of the co‐organising COST Actions (Ground Penetrating Radar and Medical Microwave Imaging), corroborated the developed concepts. The Course included 32.5 hours of classes (27 hours of lessons, 3.5 hours of software exercises and 2 hours of final exam), spanning over 5 days.

 

Madonna di Campiglio is a charming and elegant village nestling at an altitude of 1550 metres in the stupendous valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. It is Italy’s number one ski resort as well as one of the most important resorts in the Alps.

 

Coordinators of the Training School were Prof. Andrea Massa (ELEDIA Research Center, University of Trento, IT, MC Member of COST Action TU1208 representing Italy) and Prof. Tommaso Isernia (LEMMA Research Group, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, IT, WG Member of COST Action TU1208).

 

Teachers of the Training School were Dr. Lorenzo Crocco (National Research Council, IT, COST TU1208 WG Member and P4.2 Co-Leader, COST TD1301 MC and WG Member), Prof. Tommaso Isernia, Prof. Fernando Las-Heras (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES), Dr. Dominique Lesselier (SUPELEC, FR, COST TU1208 WG Member), Prof. Joe Lo-Vetri (University of Manitoba, Canada), Prof. Andrea Massa, Prof. Giuseppe Schettini (Roma Tre University, IT, COST TU1208 WG Member), and Prof. Alessandro Toscano (Roma Tre University, IT).

 

- Trainees attending the school in Madonna di Campiglio -

 

 

Class Scheduling

 

Monday, 24 March 2014 - Introduction and basic theory

Time

Teacher

Activity

09:15 - 09:30

 

Welcome

09:30 - 11:00

A. Massa

Introduction to inverse scattering problems and formulation

11:00 - 11:15

 

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:45

A. Massa

Mathematical issues of inverse scattering problems

12:45 - 14:30

 

Lunch

14:30 - 16:30

T. Isernia

Inverse source problems: radiated field properties, basic limitations and regularisation techniques

16:30 - 16:45

 

Coffee break

16:45 - 18:15

T. Isernia

Inverse source problems: applications to antenna characterisation, diagnostics and synthesis

 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - Qualitative imaging methods

Time

Teacher

Activity

08:30 - 09:30

L. Crocco

Qualitative imaging problems: introduction

09:30 - 10:30

D. Lesselier

Qualitative imaging problems: part 1

10:30 - 10:45

 

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:45

L. Crocco

Qualitative imaging problems: part 2

12:45 - 14:30

 

Lunch

14:30 - 16:30

D. Lesselier

Qualitative imaging problems: part 3

16:30 - 16:45

 

Coffee break

16:45 - 18:45

Tutor (Dr. Morabito)

Software exercise

 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - Quantitative imaging: approximated and complete methods

Time

Teacher

Activity

8:30 - 10:00

T. Isernia

Quantitative imaging problems: introduction

10:00 - 10:30

J. Lo-Vetri

Quantitative imaging problems: part 1

10:30 - 10:45

 

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:45

J. Lo-Vetri

Quantitative imaging problems: part 2

12:45 - 14:30

 

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

A. Massa

Quantitative imaging problems: part 3

16:00 - 16:15

 

Coffee break

16:15 - 17:15

A. Massa

Quantitative imaging problems: part 4

17:15 - 18:45

Tutors

(Dr. Olivieri/Rocca)

Software exercise

20:30

 

Common dinner

 

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - Imaging applications

Time

Teacher

Activity

Till 14:30

 

Free time

14:30 - 16:30

F. Las-Heras

Case Study 1: antenna diagnostics

16:30 - 16:45

 

Coffee break

16:45 - 18:45

L. Crocco

Case Study 2: bio applications and COST Action TD1301

Friday, 28 March 2014 - Imaging applications, further issues and advanced topics

Time

Teacher

Activity

8:30 - 10:30

G. Schettini

A. Toscano

Case Study 3: Ground Penetrating Radar applications and COST Action TU1208

10:30 - 10:45

 

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:45

TBD

Concluding remarks and future trends

12:45 - 14:30

 

Lunch

14:30 - 16:30

All

Final exam/test

Training School Grants

for PhD Students & ESR

The COST Action TU1208 offered 6 grants of 650,00 EUR to PhD Students and Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) willing to attend the Training School on Microwave Imaging and Diagnostics.

 

COST Training School grants represent a contribution to cover travel, meal and accommodation expenses.

 

The deadline for submitting grant applications was February 15, 2014. Only Members of the COST Action TU1208 could apply.

 

The Trainees whose application has been granted are:

  • Adabi Saba, Italy
  • De Coster Alberic, Belgium
  • Giannakis Iraklis, United Kingdom
  • Larumbe Belen, Spain
  • Mangini Fabio, Italy
  • Mertens Laurence, Belgium

 

After the School, the granted Trainees coordinated between themselves to write a joint report, presenting in detail the new imaging techniques they learnt during the School.

 

 

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.