University lecturer wins award for outstanding young scientists in Europe

Dr Fabio Tosti

An academic at the University of West London has won a prestigious international award for his research on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), which marks him out as one of the most promising young scientists currently working in Europe.

Dr Fabio Tosti, who works at the University’s School for Computing and Engineering, was one of the winners of the ‘Outstanding Early Career Scientists’ award at a ceremony of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), in Vienna, Austria.

His work on GPR has garnered international interest for its potential to improve safety on roads, railways and at airports by reducing the frequency of accidents. Dr Tosti’s research could also be harnessed to improve the monitoring of trees and plants in natural environments – an application which he called ‘one of the new frontiers.’

Dr Tosti delivered a medal lecturer to an expert audience of around 70 geoscientists, researchers and practitioners, The applications of GPR to transport engineering: Recent advances and new perspectives,’ which stimulated a high level of interest among members of the audience.

Dr Tosti, who received the award from the EGU’s President of the Geosciences Instrumentation & Data Systems, said: ‘I was very proud to receive this award and top see that there is interest in this important field of research.

‘The University of West London has been very important in allowing me to develop my research and I am very grateful to Professor Amir Alani for giving me the opportunity - and also his trust - to allow me to contribute to this area. Being part of his team at the University is great and it has helped develop my reputation overseas.

He added: ‘It was very nice to make my wife proud and it meant a lot that my former academic supervisor from Italy introduced my lecturer.’

Professor Amir Alani, said: ‘Congratulations to Dr Tosti on wining this award, which shows the University is producing internationally recognised research, which is high-impact and has real public value. This could be a starting point for valuable collaborations with other universities.’`

Dr Tosti with Francesco Soldovieri, President of the Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems group

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