Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Buried Landmines for Humanitarian Purposes

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering


The objective of this project is to use ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to improve the detectors used in humanitarian demining operations. Currently demining operator encounter a very high number of false positives due to metallic clutter, but due to the nature of the landmine problem every positive indication has to be carefully examined. This project aims to improve the classification of buried targets through the use of GPR technology, reducing the amount of time spent investigating metallic clutter and other false positives.

This project will look at advanced technologies such as resistive film antennas, optimised antenna designs and active balun arrangements to improve the transmitted signal. This will all be underpinned by advanced 3D modelling and simulation. The project will also look at the development of new radar electronics for signal generation and acquisition using novel devices from semiconductor companies delivering the state-of-the-art in single chip integration. Finally the project will consider the problem of radar signal inversion, classification and feedback to the operator.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509565/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1792700 Studentship EP/N509565/1 14/09/2016 31/03/2021 Wouter Van Verre
Description This research has contributed to the development of low-cost landmine detectors for use in humanitarian demining projects. Buried landmines have a large societal impact because of the impact on their victims, often leading to amputations. Furthermore they impede economic recovery in post-conflict zones. By contributing to research into better equipment at lower cost, this project aims to improve demining speeds and lower costs, improving the quality of life of people living mine-affected areas.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics
Impact Types Societal

Description Find a Better Way Funding Topup
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation Find a Better Way 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 09/2019
Description President's Doctoral Scholarship
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 09/2019
Description Open Days and UCAS Vist Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Recurring UCAS visit days over the course of a year with approximately 50 prospective undergraduates and their parents visiting the research lab to see a presentation and demonstration on the landmine detection research.
For two years I also participated during the UCAS lunches, to discuss my research area with prospective students.

I also participated in approximately four Open Days during this time period, where I answered questions about my research area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
Description Platform for Investigation at the Museum for Science and Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 9th February I helped to organise an event at the Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Platform for Investigation series.
This event was completely focused on the landmine detection problem, and the research being done by myself and the other people on this project.

The event lasted approximately 5 hours and was visited by over 1,000 visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
Description Postgraduate Research Summer Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented a poster at the Postgraduate Research Summer Showcase in 2017, for which I won an award for the best poster in FSE.
This event is open to all members of the Unversity and the general public.

In 2018 I presented an interactive Poster (iPoster) at the Postgraduate Research Summer Showcase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018