Special Issue "Advanced Techniques for Ground Penetrating Radar Imaging"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: antenna measurement; antenna diagnostics; inverse scattering; microwave imaging; ground-penetrating radar; indoor locations systems
Interests: inverse scattering; microwave imaging; ground penetrating radar; antenna measurement; unmanned aerial vehicles; positioning and geo-referring systems
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has become one of the key technologies in subsurface sensing and, in general, in nondestructive testing (NDT), since it is able to detect both metallic and nonmetallic targets. Furthermore, it can also provide images from the underground, thus improving detection capabilities. GPR for NDT has been successfully introduced in a wide range of sectors, such as mining and geology (detection of cavities, mineral deposits), glaciology (measurement of ice thickness), civil engineering and civil works (detection of cracks and defects in infrastructure), archaeology, and security and defense (detection of buried landmines and improvised explosive devices).
In recent decades, improvements in georeferring and positioning systems have enabled the introduction of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques in GPR systems, yielding GPR–SAR systems capable of providing high-resolution microwave images. In parallel, the radiofrequency front-end of GPR systems has been optimized in terms of compactness (e.g., smaller Tx/Rx antennas) and cost. These advances, combined with improvements in autonomous platforms, such as unmanned terrestrial and aerial vehicles, have fostered new fields of application for GPR, where fast and reliable detection capabilities are demanded. In addition, processing techniques have been improved, taking advantage of the research conducted in related fields like inverse scattering and imaging. As a result, novel and robust algorithms have been developed for clutter reduction, automatic target recognition, and efficient processing of large sets of measurements to enable real-time imaging, among others.
This Special Issue is intended to provide an overview of the state of the art in GPR imaging, focusing on the latest advances from both hardware and software perspectives. Review papers on GPR imaging are also welcome. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Advances in GPR RF front-end: antenna design, antenna arrays, radar devices;
- Novel GPR architectures;
- Synthetic aperture radar techniques for GPR;
- Clutter mitigation algorithms;
- Motion compensation and autofocus techniques for GPR;
- Soil composition estimation;
- Multilayered techniques for GPR imaging (e.g., based on Green’s function of layered media);
- Compressed sensing techniques applied to GPR;
- Artificial Intelligence techniques for GPR images (e.g., automatic target recognition for landmine and IEDs detection).
Dr. Yuri Álvarez López
Ms. María García Fernández
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- ground penetrating radar
- synthetic aperture radar
- clutter removal
- motion compensation
- soil composition
- multilayer media
- compressive sensing
- subsurface imaging
- landmine detection
- through-the-wall imaging