Biographies of the guest editors
Nicola Masini works at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) since 1994, where he became a Senior Researcher in 2003 at the Institute of Archaeological and Architectural Heritage (IBAM). In 2002 he became a Lecturer of Science for Architectural Restoration at the University of Potenza and Matera and in 2005 became responsible for a CNR Research Commitment “Diagnostic Methodologies for Preservation of Architectural and Archaeological Heritage”. He has been director of an International Mission of Archaeogeophysics and Science for Conservation in Peru since 2008. His dominant scientific interest throughout his career has been the application and development of methodologies for the conservation of cultural heritage and the archaeological research. He pursues this major interest through the following lines of enquiry 1) remote sensing for archaeology and cultural heritage management by means of, 2) non-invasive diagnostics and geophysics for conservation and restoration of historical monuments and artefacts. He is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Geophysics and Engineering. He guest-edited special issues for the Journal of Cultural Heritage, Near Surface Geophysics, Journal of Geophysics Engineering and Advances in Geoscience. He chaired the 1st International EARSeL Workshop on “Advances of Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” in Rome, Italy in 2008. He has been the convener of several scientific sessions in the field of non-invasive diagnostics, geophysics and remote sensing for cultural heritage within the EGU assembly and SPIE. He has co-authored 150 peer-reviewed articles.
Francesco Soldovieri received a Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Salerno in 1992 and his PhD in electronic engineering
from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 1996. Since 2001 he has been a Research Scientist at the Institute for the Electromagnetic
Sensing of the Environment of the Italian National Research Council (IREA-CNR). He was the winner of a national competition and has been Senior Research Scientist at IREA since 2006. He has been a member of scientific committees
and technical review panels of the International Conferences on Ground-Penetrating Radar in 2004, 2006 and 2008, the International Workshops on Advanced Ground-Penetrating Radar in 2003 and 2005 and for IGARSS in 2008 and 2009. Dr Soldovieri was the General Chair of the International Workshop on Advanced Ground-Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR) 2007 and the General Co-Chair of the XIII International Conference on Ground-Penetrating Radar 2010. He has been convener of special
sessions at PIERS (2005) and the EGU General Assembly (2008, 2009 and 2010). He is the secretary on “Subsurface Prospecting and Archaeology” topics within the Division of Geoscience Instrumentation and Data Systems of European Geophysical Union (EGU). He has been a guest editor for special issues on several journals and in particular of the Special Issue on GPR – Tomography, Imaging and Modelling (December 2008) in Near Surface Geophysics. He has been involved in many national and international projects and is now the Scientific/Technical Coordinator of the project “Integrated System for Transport Infrastructures Surveillance and Monitoring by Electromagnetic Sensing” (total cost € 4,000,000) accepted for funding under the thematic “Security” of the European 7th Framework Programme. He is co-author of more than 100 papers on national and international journals, three book chapters and more than 130 conference proceedings at international conferences.
He was awarded the 1999 Honourable Mention for the H.A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. His main scientific interests include electromagnetic diagnostics, inverse scattering, GPR and through wall imaging applications, antenna diagnostics and characterization,
security applications and sea state monitoring by radar images.