GI Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems
The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Giovanni Ludeno for his outstanding contribution to the development of new radar methodologies for environmental monitoring.
Giovanni Ludeno received his PhD degree in electronic and computer engineering at the Industrial and Information Engineering Department of the Second University of Naples, Italy, in 2015. Since November 2011, he is based at the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) of the National Research Council of Italy, having also worked as a research fellow at the company Vitrociset SpA from October 2012 to January 2014.
His area of expertise regards the field of the applied electromagnetics, with a focus on the development of inversion methodologies for radar data processing. He has been mostly involved in the development and assessment of innovative strategies for the estimation of sea state parameters, such as surface currents and bathymetry, from high resolution marine X-band radar data. These methodologies have been applied in operative scenarios, such as the control of sea state parameters during the removal of the Costa Concordia ship wreck at the Isola del Giglio.
Now, he is also working in the field of inverse electromagnetic scattering for radar data processing, in subsoil investigations from ground-based platforms and from drones. Another of his fields of research regards the use of terahertz waves for material characterisation in several fields ranging from vegetation monitoring to archaeology.
He has participated in several European and Italian research projects, among which the flagship initiative ‘RITMARE: the Italian research for the sea’, PON HABITAT (HArBour traffIc opTimizAtion sysTem), and the H2020 project HEritage Resilience Against CLimate Events on Site (HERACLES).
Ludeno’s research activity highlights his capacity to significantly contribute to the methodological advances in the challenging scientific field of radar data processing for environmental monitoring. He is a worthy recipient of this award.