Our scientific committee is composed of 39 experts from around the world that work in industry and academia, with backgrounds that span the many diverse areas of GPR research and usage.
David pioneered the design and development of Ground Penetrating Radar in the UK and has published over 110 technical papers and a number of books on GPR (one awarded the IEE Rayleigh Book Award) as well as contributing to a number of seminal reference books in the field, including a contribution to Skolnik’s Radar Handbook 3rd Edition. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 2010 for his international contribution to GPR and in 2012 was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. After a career in industrial applied research, David joined the University of Manchester, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in October 2014 as a Visiting Professor, and in October 2015 became a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor. David chaired the European Radar Conference in 2016.
David's keynote presentation is titled “Better performance from GPR?”
Evert is Professor of Geophysical Electromagnetic Methods at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft, The Netherlands. He received the M.Sc. degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering, and the Doctorate Degree (cum laude) in Applied Sciences from TU Delft in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He is currently director of Education Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Between 2013-2015 Evert was the editor-in-chief for Geophysics, and the Editor in the SEG Board of Directors. He was General Chair of the 10th International Conference on GPR in 2004 and organised ten international workshops and conference sessions. He was guest editor for 13 special journal issues on GPR and hydrogeophysics. His current research interests are EM interferometry and beyond, hydrogeophysics, advanced imaging and inversion techniques, heterogeneity determination, and soil characterisation. He published over 100 international peer reviewed journal papers on these subjects.
Evert's keynote presentation is titled “Virtual Ground Penetrating Radar Technology”
Xavier received the Ph.D. 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 end 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. Xavier has organized three national workshops on GPR in 2001, 2003 and 2013, co-organized the Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering (NDTCE’09) symposium, and also International Workshop on Advanced GPR (IWAGPR) in 2013 in Nantes. He has more than 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He served as Guest Editor for Special Issues on NDT in Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering and in Journal of Infrastructures and Systems in 2011, in Near Surface Geophysics in 2015, and NDT&E International in 2017.
Xavier's keynote presentation is titled “Recent developments of EM NDT in the radar frequency-band for Civil Engineering materials”