Ground Penetrating Radar

The first peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to GPR

Open access, open science

ISSN 2533-3100

Editorial Board

Topical Editors

Dr Xavier Dérobert (Topic: Applications of GPR in civil engineering; September 2017-Today)

Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux (IFSTTAR) | Email:  | Website:

Dr Xavier Dérobert was born in Lyon, France, in 1963. He received the PhD degree in electromagnetism from Lille University, Lille, France, in 1995, and a French Research Habilitation (DSc) from the University of Nantes, France, in 2003.

In 1987, he became a State Engineer in civil engineering and joined IFSTTAR, Nantes, as a Research Scientist. He was the Director of the “Assessment and Imaging” Laboratory from 2010 to 2014. His research interests include the development of methodologies using radar techniques on civil infrastructures and subsurface geophysics, and particularly the electromagnetic characterization of bituminous and concrete mixing. Dr. Dérobert has organized three national workshops on GPR in 2001, 2003 and 2013, moreover he coorganized in Nantes the 'Non Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering' (NDTCE’09) symposium in 2009 and the 'International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar' (IWAGPR) in 2013. He was an active Management Committee  Member of COST Action TU1208.

He has published more than 150 papers on peer-refereed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He served as Guest Editor for Special Issues on non-destructive testing techniques on the Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering and Journal of Infrastructures and Systems in 2011, and on Near Surface Geophysics in 2015.

Dr Simona Fontul (Topics: GPR assessment of roads and railwaysSeptember 2017-Today)

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil - LNEC

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Dr Simona Fontul was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1971. She  graduated in 1994 in civil engineering, with a specialisation on roads, railways and bridges, and she obtained a MSc degree in transport infrastructure management in 1997, both from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 2005 she obtained a PhD degree in civil engineering, in the field of urbanism, planning and transportation, from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Currently, she is a researcher in the Transportation Department of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), Lisbon, Portugal, and an invited assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is an expert in functional and structural evaluation of transport infrastructures, by using Ground Penetrating Radar and other non-destructive testing methods; in particular, she mainly investigates the inspection of roads, airfields and railways. She was an active Management Committee Substitute Member of COST Action TU1208.

Dr Fontul is the author of more than 140 publications, including book chapters, journal articles, papers on conference proceedings, and technical reports. She serves as a reviewer  several international scientific journals.

Dr Raffaele Persico (Topics: GPR for archaeology and cultural-heritage diagnostics - Inversion techniques for GPR; September 2017-Today)

Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council, Lecce, Italy

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Dr Raffaele Persico was born in Naples, Italy, in 1969. He received a  PhD in information engineering in 1999 from the Second University of Naples. He was initially a researcher at the “COnsorzio di RIcerca su Sistemi di Telerilevamento Avanzato” (CO.RI.S.T.A.), he then joined the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment of the National Research Council (IREA-CNR), and since 2007 he is a researcher at the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council (IBAM-CNR). He has worked extensively on GPR and further electromagnetic topics related to cultural heritage,  on inverse scattering problems, and also on the hardware development of GPR systems. He was an active Working Group Member of COST Action TU1208.

Dr Persico has authored or co-authored about 200 papers, two books, several book chapters  and two Italian patents. He is currently the President of the Italian Association of  GPR (Associazione Italiana del Georadar, and he was the Chair of the 13th International Conference on Ground penetrating Radar in 2010. He has served as a guest editor of special issues on Near Surface Geophysics, Remote Sensing, Radio Science, and Bollettino Italiano di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata.

Prof. Dragan Poljak (Topic: Analytical and numerical methods for electromagnetic modelling and simulation of GPR; December 2019-Today)

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB), University of Split, Split, Croatia

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Prof. Dragan Poljak is a Full Professor of Electromagnetic fields. He received a PhD in Electrical engineering in 1996 from the Universoty of Split, Croatia. His research interests include the development of frequency and time domain computational methods for the solution of forward scattering and radiation problems, in particular he focuses on the electromagnetic modelling of wire antenna structures, electromagnetic compatibility challenges, bioelectromagnetics and environmental aspects of electromagnetic fields. 

To date Prof. Poljak has published more than 160 journal and 250 conference papers, and he has authored several books published by Wiley, New Jersey, Elsevier, St Louis, and other editorial houses. He is a Senior member of IEEE, a member of the Editorial Boards of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, and IET Sci. Measurements & Technology. He was awarded by several prizes for his achievements, such as National Prize for Science (2004), Croatian sect. of IEEE annual Award (2016) and Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE EMC Society (2019). Since 2013 Prof. Poljak has been a member of the board of the Croatian Science Foundation. He is currently involved in ITER physics EUROfusion collaborations and in the Croatian center for excellence in research for technological sciences. He is active in few Working Groups of IEEE/Internat. Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) Tech. Comm. 95 SC6 EMF Dosimetry Modeling. Prof. Poljak was an active Management Committee  Member of COST Action TU1208.

Prof. Aleksandar Ristić (Topic: GPR detection and localization of utilities in urban areas; September 2017-Today)

Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

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Prof. Aleksandar Ristić was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 1975. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and geo-informatics in 2009 at the Faculty of technical sciences of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. He started to work at the Faculty of technical sciences in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and Control engineering. His courses include underground utility detection by GPR and electromagnetic location (EML), geosensor networks, and control systems in geomatics. These courses are given in the framework of the Geodesy and Geomatics study programme, and within some other study programmes as well.

Prof. Ristić has been leading a number of projects directly related to GPR applications and runs the laboratory for sub-terrestrial remote sensing (NDT). His current research interests include the development of innovative inspection procedures for GPR surveying of underground utilities in urban areas and quantitative estimation of electromagnetic and physical properties from GPR data with the development of advanced GPR data processing techniques.

Prof. Ristić was a co-founder of the Geospatial Technologies and Systems Centre at the Faculty of technical sciences, in 2004. He authored and co-authored more than 80 papers in journals, scientific conference proceedings, and technical reports. Also, he serves as a reviewer for several international scientific journals. Prof. Ristić participated in international projects (EUPOS INTERREG IIIc, COST Action TU1208). He was an active Management Committee Substitute Member of COST Action TU1208. In 2017 he co-organized in Novi Sad, Serbia, the GPR Roadshow "European experiences, standards and recommendations in application of GPR."

Prof. Mercedes Solla (Topics: GPR assessment of bridges - Applications of GPR in forensics & security; September 2017-Today)

Defense University Centre of the Spanish Naval Academy, Vigo, Spain
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Dr Mercedes Solla was born in Pontevedra, Spain, in 1982. She received the PhD degree from the University of Vigo, Spain, in 2010, in the field of geodesic and geophysics.

She is an associate professor of mechanical engineering in the Defense University Center (Spanish Naval Academy) and researcher in the Applied Geotechnologies research group at the University of Vigo. She was an active Management Committee Substitute  Member of COST Action TU1208. Her research interests include the use of GPR for subsurface prospection,  the applications of GPR in civil engineering and the use of electromagnetic modelling for advanced data interpretation. In 2009 and 2012, she was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment of The University of Edinburgh, collaborating with the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center (EPCC) (UK), and in 2015 she was a visiting researcher at the Transportation Department of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) (PT). Dr. Solla has coorganized in Spain the national congress on defense and security R&D in 2015.

She has more than 150 publications on peer-refereed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports (with more than 40 scientific papers on prestigious international journals included in the JCR database), and she is co-inventor of a patent. She served as guest editor for GPR Special Issues on Remote Sensing in 2014 and 2017.


Prof. Lara Pajewski

Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Sapienza University of Rome,  Rome, Italy  | Email: | Website:,

For more information on Prof. Lara Pajewski, please visit this page.

Join the Editorial Board or guest edit a special issue!

We are looking forward to welcoming new Topical Editors in the Editorial Board.  Moreover, we accept Special Issues proposals. If you wish to join the Editorial Board or guest edit a Special Issue, please send us an email with your CV, list of publications and information concerning your previous editorial experiences at

Guest Editors who cooperated with our journal:

  1. Prof. Marian Marciniak (National Institute of Telecommunications of Poland, Warsaw, Poland)  - Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2018 (Special Issue "Short Term Scientific Missions carried out in COST Action TU1208")
  2. Dr Isabel Rodriguez Abad (Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain) - Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2018 (Special Issue "Short Term Scientific Missions carried out in COST Action TU1208").
  3. Prof. Dragan Poljak (University of Split, Split, Croatia) - Currently working at a Special Issue stemming from a GPR workshop held in Split, Croatia, in September 2018.
  4. Dr Alessandro Fedeli (University of Genoa, Italy) - Currently working at a Special Issue stemming from 2019 EGU GA Session GI4.1
  5. Dr Milan Vrtunski (University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)- Currently working at a Special Issue stemming from 2019 EGU GA Session GI4.1

For information concerning COST Action TU1208 and TU1208 GPR Association, please take contact with the Chair of the Action and President of the Association, Prof. Lara Pajewski. From 4 April 2013 to 3 October 2017, this website was 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 COST Action TU1208. As of 4 October 2017, this website is supported by TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit association stemming from COST Action TU1208.