GI Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems
The 2024 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Livia Lantini for important contributions in the field of ground penetrating radar applications for forestry and environmental engineering.
Livia Lantini’s research has primarily focused on utilising ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology for the health monitoring of trees and the investigation of tree root systems. She has contributed to creating significant advancements in early identification techniques for tree decay control, as well as the assessment of tree root interactions with urbanised areas. Lantini’s contribution to developing new applications of GPR, including new field surveying and data processing methodologies, has prompted research in this sector to step forward and aim at new avenues for further investigation.
The relevance of Lantini’s research has been recognised nationally and internationally. She has been invited to present at prestigious gatherings, such as a meeting at the House of Lords, and give keynotes at events sponsored by recognised international scientific societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering Early Career Talks. In 2020, Lantini was the recipient of the best paper award for the study titled “A Reflectivity-Based GPR Signal Processing Methodology for Mapping Tree Root Systems of Street Trees”, presented by the 2020 43rd International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing.
Lantini has put remarkable efforts into fostering the dissemination of research to diverse audiences. In this respect, it is to highlight her involvement in mentoring and promoting early-career researchers and her contribution to supporting the career development of women in STEM-related research and subject areas at the University of West London, United Kingdom.