10-15 July 2022 • Denver, Colorado, USA

IEEE AP-S/URSI 2022

10-15 July 2022 • Denver, Colorado, USA

Short Courses

All Short Courses are scheduled for Sunday, July 10th at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Specific room locations will be confirmed closer to the time of the Symposium.

Short Course Registrants and Instructors are invited to a Buffet Lunch at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Capitol Peak Ballroom, which will take place beginning at 12:00 – at the end of the morning Short Courses or just prior to the start of the afternoon Short Courses and Workshops.

SC1: Computational modeling and simulations – 5G and beyond
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Shahid Ahmed, ANSYS

The increased complexities of electrical and electronic equipment due to ultrawideband applications, antenna array for base stations and subsystems for 5G applications, indoor wireless communications for the large environment, and radar applications for autonomous self-driving vehicles, etc. have enabled the designers, engineers, and scientists to verify all the avenues of the electromagnetics before the design phase. With the given design constraints, computational simulations and visualizations have become the choice of virtual prototyping. This workshop will provide the power of industry-leading Electronics Workbench – Ansys HFSS for solving complex and challenging problems.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Shahid Ahmed is a Senior Application Engineer at ANSYS, Inc. His expertise ranges from Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) technology, microwave engineering, and electromagnetics to Multiphysics aspects of electrical and electronics engineering. In his work, Dr. Ahmed considers theoretical as well as experimental aspects and deals with hardware development and measurements as well as computational modeling and simulations. He has helped to solve complex engineering and multi-physics-based problems. Dr. Ahmed has published over forty papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings and has delivered several invited talks at conferences. Also, he has published a book on short pulse electromagnetics entitled “Electromagnetic Pulse Simulations Using Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method”. He is a reviewer for various prominent journals and magazines, SBIR/STTR proposals for the US Department of Energy and has organized workshops. He has been a member of the IEEE for more than ten years. For his achievements in the diversified areas of engineering, he was elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE where he currently holds memberships in the society of the Antennas and Propagation. In honor of his achievements and accomplishments, the IEEE Hampton Roads Section presented him with the 2013 Outstanding Engineer Award.

SC2: Quantum Electromagnetics and Its Applications
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Thomas E. Roth, Dong-Yeop NA, Weng C. Chew, Purdue University, U.S.A.; Zhen Peng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.; Paolo Rocca, Giacomo Olivieri, Andre Massa, University of Trento, Italy

We will give a brief introduction to quantum theory in general, and then introduce the quantization of electromagnetic field, and quantum Maxwell’s equations. We will discuss how dispersion effect can be included into quantum Maxwell’s equations. Then we will talk about quantum numerical mode decomposition, quantum FDTD. We will also discuss how qubits can be modeled, as well as the use of CEM methods in them. In addition, we will study the use of quantum algorithm to solve optimization problems, as well in inverse scattering, antenna array analysis and design.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Thomas E Roth is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. He did his PhD studies in quantum related topics and is well versed in circuit quantum electrodynamics as well as the math and physics of superconducting qubits.

Dr. Dong-Yeop NA is a research scientist at Purdue. He has published some of the key papers in quantum electromagnetics, such as quantum beam splitter, nonlocal dispersion cancellation, and quantum imaging.

Prof. Weng C Chew is a Distinguished Professor at Purdue University. He has over 40 years of experience in electromagnetics.

Prof. Zhen Peng is an Associated Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Paolo Rocca is with ELEDIA@UniTN, University of Trento, Italy, and with LSS, Supelec, France. He is Associate Editor with a number of journals.

Giacomo Oliveri is with the ELEDIA@UniTN, University of Trento, Italy, and French National Centre for Scientific Research. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

SC3: Optimal Inverse Design of Antennas
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 12:00

Presented by: Mats Gustafsson, Lund University and Miloslav Capek, Czech Technical University in Prague

Questions of how good an antenna can be and how to design such antennas are at the core of antenna technology. In this short course, we provide the participants with tools to answer these questions and ultimately design optimal antennas. Optimality is determined from physical bounds which are formulated as optimization problems over the current density. These problems are solved using convex optimization techniques and contribute to a fundamental understanding of the tradeoffs between electrical size, Q-factor, radiation efficiency, gain, and directivity for antennas of arbitrary size and shape. The bounds are compared with classical and optimized antenna designs. Here, we put forward a recently developed technique based on topology optimization in a method of moments setting. This technique is shown to be computationally efficient and able to automatically design antennas with performance close to the physical bounds. Two practical case studies will be completely solved during the course, starting from the definition of relevant metrics to determination of fundamental bounds, and to optimization of the radiator's shape. The participants will be provided with the presented codes and worksheets summarizing the theory.

Presenter Biographies

Mats Gustafsson received the M.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics 1994, the Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetic Theory 2000, was appointed Docent 2005, and Professor of Electromagnetic Theory 2011, all from Lund University, Sweden. He co-founded the company Phase holographic imaging AB in 2004. His research interests are in scattering and antenna theory and inverse scattering and imaging. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 100 conference papers. Prof. Gustafsson received the IEEE Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award 2010, IEEE Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award 2019, and Best Paper Awards at EuCAP 2007 and 2013. He served as an IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer 2013-15.

Miloslav Capek was born in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, in March 1985. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering 2009, the Ph.D. degree in 2014, and was appointed Associate Professor in 2017, all from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. Miloslav is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the Radioengineering Society, a EurAAP delegate (Region 8), and an Associate Editor IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation. He has been a grant holder and member of a research team for several national and international projects, including projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, and European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST ASSIST, COST VISTA). He leads the development of the AToM (Antenna Toolbox for MATLAB) package and serves as a vice-chair of EurAAP “Software and Modeling” working group. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers. His current research interests include the area of electromagnetic theory, electrically small antennas, numerical techniques, and optimization.

SC4: Innovative Applications of Microwave Imaging and Sensing
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 12:00

Presented by: Francesca Vipiana, Jorge A. Tobon V., Politecnico di Torino; Lorenzo Crocco, IREA - Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, CNR - National Research Council of Italy

Microwave imaging technology exploits the differences in dielectric properties of the object under test to reconstruct an image of its inner parts in a contactless and safe way. In recent years, microwave tomography (MWT) has attracted increasing interest as an alternative diagnostic tool for medical imaging and as a quality control method in industrial environments, mainly in the food industry. This interest is primarily due to the low cost, availability and flexibility of microwave technology in alternative or complementing existing techniques. This short course aims to give the students the necessary tools to understand and design MWT systems, select the best application approach and propose new techniques. The course structure covers a general introduction and applicability of the method, the theoretical concepts and an overview of the already existing devices.

Presenter Biographies

Francesca Vipiana (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, in 2000 and 2004, respectively, with doctoral research carried out partly at the European Space Research Technology Center, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. From 2005 to 2008, she was a Research Fellow with the Department of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino. From 2009 to 2012, she was the Head of the Antenna and EMC Laboratory, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Torino. Since 2012, she has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, where she has been an Associate Professor since 2014 and a Full Professor since 2021.

She is currently involved in the analysis, synthesis, and optimization of multiband reconfigurable compact antennas, and the modeling and design of microwave imaging systems, for medical and industrial applications. Her current research interests include numerical techniques based on the integral equation and method of moment approaches, focusing on multiresolution and hierarchical schemes, domain decomposition, preconditioning and fast solution methods, and advanced quadrature integration schemes. She received the Young Scientist Award at the URSI General Assembly in 2005, the First Prize in the Poster Competition at the IEEE Women in Electromagnetics Workshop in 2009, the ISMB Best Paper Award in 2011, and the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2017. She is also on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine.

Jorge A. Tobón Vasquez (Member, IEEE) received the degree in electronics engineering from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, in 2010, the master’s degree in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2010, in a double degree program, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Politecnico di Torino. His main research activities are modeling, designing, and analyzing systems for microwave imaging applications, specifically in the biomedical and food industry fields, and the numerical modeling of complex and non-homogeneous media propagation. He received the “Premio Latmiral,” an award granted by the Italian Society of Electromagnetism (SIEM) in 2018, the URSI General Assembly Scientific Symposium (GASS) Young Scientist Award (YSA) in 2020, and the Sorrentino URSI Italy National Meeting Young Scientist Paper Award in 2020.

Lorenzo Crocco (Senior member, IEEE) is a Research Director with the Institute for the Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, National Research Council of Italy (IREA-CNR). His scientific activities mainly concern electromagnetic scattering, with a focus on diagnostic and therapeutic uses of EM fields, through-the-wall radar and GPR. On these topics, he has published more than 120 papers, given keynote talks and lectures, and led or participated to national and international research projects. He is associate editor for the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (IEEE J-ERM) and has edited a book on Electromagnetic Technologies for Brain Diseases Diagnostics, Monitoring and Therapy. From 2013 he is the Italian representative in the Management Committees of COST actions devoted to medical applications of EM fields (MiMed on microwave imaging and MyWAVE on therapeutic applications of electromagnetic waves). Since 2015, he has been member of the board for the European School of Antennas (ESoA). Since 2017, he is Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Electromagnetic Society (SIEm). In 2018, he received the full professor habilitation in electromagnetic fields, by the Italian Ministry of Research and University. Since 2019, he is a member of the Italian URSI Commission (International Union of Radio Science). In 2019, he has been elected in the Scientific Board of the Engineering Department (DIITET) of CNR. Dr. Crocco has been the recipient of the SIEm "Barzilai" Award for Young Scientists (2004) and YSA at the URSI General Assembly held in New Delhi (India) in 2005. Dr. Crocco is a fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy (TEA) and a URSI Senior Member.

SC5: AI-driven design tools for antennas and arrays
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 12:00

Presented by: Bo Liu, University of Glasgow; Mobayode Olusola Akinsolu, Wrexham Glyndŵr University; Pai-Yen Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago; Giorgia Zucchelli, Mathworks

This short course provides a first-hand practical insight into state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI)-driven antenna design methodologies. The course details AI-driven antenna design concepts and methods, from theory to practice. It also demonstrates how challenging antenna design cases for contemporary applications can be addressed using these concepts and methods via case studies. A practical guide on how antenna designers can engage AI-driven microwave design tools is also covered as a tutorial. Topics include: (1) AI-driven antenna design concepts and methods; (2) challenging antenna cases solved by AI-driven design methods; (3) tutorial on using AI-driven microwave design tools: A simple and novel design process; (4) MATLAB Antenna Toolbox: an interactive AI-driven antenna design environment.

Presenter Biographies

Bo Liu received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium, in 2012. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Humboldt Research Fellow and was working with the Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K. He has authored or co-authored one book and more than 70 articles in renowned international journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He severs as the Associate Editor of Complex and Intelligent Systems (Springer), and guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He is a senior member of IEEE. His research interests lie in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven design methodologies of analog/RF integrated circuits, microwave devices, MEMS, evolutionary computation, and machine learning. In terms of AI-driven antenna design, he is the main designer of the SADEA algorithm series.

Dr. Pai-Yen Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas. He has been involved in multidisciplinary research on applied electromagnetics, high-frequency electronics, and nano-electromagnetism. He was a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, SPIE Rising Researcher Award, IEEE Sensors Council Early Career Award, IEEE Raj Mittra Travel Grant (RMTG) Award, ACES Early Career Award, Donald Harrington Fellowship, and best student paper awards from IEEE flagship conferences. He currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification and IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

Dr. Mobayode O. Akinsolu received the M.Sc. degree with distinction in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Bradford, U.K., in 2014, after his undergraduate studies and compulsory national service in Nigeria. He then worked as a Research Fellow (Industrial Attaché) and a Visiting Researcher at the National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria, and the RFID Research Centre, African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria, respectively, until 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he was a Ph.D. Scholarship Awardee in recognition of a joint project between Wrexham Glyndŵr University, U.K., and the University of Birmingham, U.K. His Ph.D. degree was in applied artificial intelligence and his Ph.D. thesis focused on efficient surrogate model-assisted evolutionary algorithms for electromagnetic design automation with applications. In 2020, he received a commendation from the University of Chester, U.K. (through the partnership with Wrexham Glyndŵr University) for his publication record (over 20 publications) relating to his Ph.D. work. Ever since he has published more works in this area. He is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in electronic and communication engineering at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. He is a Fellow of the HEA, a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the IET, and a registered electrical engineer with the COREN.

Giorgia Zucchelli is the product manager for RF and mixed-signal at MathWorks. Before moving to this role in 2013, she was an application engineer focusing on signal processing and communications systems and specializing in analog simulation. Before joining MathWorks in 2009, Giorgia worked at NXP Semiconductors on mixed-signal verification methodologies and at Philips Research developing system-level models for innovative communications systems. Giorgia has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electronics for telecommunications from the University of Bologna.

SC6: Body-Worn Antennas and RF Circuits for Wireless Power Transmission, Conversion, and Communication for Next Generation Wearable Technology
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 12:00

Presented by: Dieff Vital, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mahmoud Wagih, University of Southampton

With the exponential growth of IoT devices to be connected to the 5G wireless communication networks, the demand for wearable/on-body devices will be unavoidable. This comes 20 years after the earliest works on body-centric antennas & propagation. Research interest continues to grow around the implementation of antennas, RF systems, and flexible large-area RF electronics on regular clothes. The goal will be to provide these devices with battery-free charging options (green solutions) for use in healthcare, childcare, military, sport/fitness, space, etc. The development of these charging structures will require conductive materials that can be easily embroidered or printed on low loss substrates like fabrics. The clothing-integration associated with the charging structures will be lightweight, robust, fully flexible, and comfortable as they will feel like normal clothing. This short course will provide an overview of the wearable technology, the requirements for wireless power transfer and communications, as well as the procedures to manufacture such structures.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Vital has published over 20 journal and conference papers extending from textile-based wireless power transfer and harvesting systems to smart solutions for continuous health monitoring. His research details the optimal embroidery process for high-performance RF structures implemented on clothing items and RFID-type microwave sensors for chronic wound monitoring. He is a co-inventor of three awarded patents and a couple more already disclosed. He is a Bridge-to-the-Faculty fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he is exploring the microwave sensing of the gut microbiome, smart fabric-based modulation for electrochemical sensing, and smart sensing for skin care.

Dr. Wagih has over 60 Journal and Conference publications and 1 patent on novel wearable RF components, antennas, and systems. In addition, he has delivered over 5 invited presentations to over 200 researchers and engineers on RF power transmission and novel connectivity solutions for wearables hosted by the UK E-Textiles Network, EU EnABLES Consortium, and top UK and European universities. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton holding an RAEng Intelligence Community Fellowship.

SC7: Hands On Phased Array Beamforming using Open Source Hardware and Software
Sunday, 10 July, 08:20 - 12:00

Presented by: Jon Kraft, Analog Devices; Mark Thoren, Analog Devices

The fundamentals of phased array beamforming can be difficult to grasp. In this workshop, we will have real hardware using open source software, to allow the engineer to gain an intuitive understanding of phased array concepts. In this workshop, you will “see” the beam and make measurements on that beam. You will see sidelobes being tapered away. You will see grating lobes--as we change the antenna element spacing. And you will understand how the radio and software fit around the beamformer to implement a complete system. And all this is hands on--with you in control of the beamformer and radio.

Presenter Biographies

Mr. Jon Kraft is applications engineer for Analog Devices in Denver Colorado. His R&D efforts mainly focus on X band and satellite (Ku/Ka band) phased array antenna beamformers.

Mr. Mark Thoren is system engineer for Analog Devices in Denver Colorado. His R&D efforts mainly focus on hybrid beamforming and monopulse tracking.

SC8: Surface Electromagnetics in Antenna Engineering: From EBG to Meta-surfaces and Beyond
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Yahya Rahmat-Samii, UCLA; Fan Yang, Tsinghua University

From frequency selective surfaces (FSS) to electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) ground planes, from impedance boundaries to metasurfaces, novel electromagnetic surfaces have been emerging in both microwaves and optics. Many intriguing phenomena occur on these surfaces, and novel devices and applications have been proposed accordingly, which have created an exciting paradigm in electromagnetics, the so-called “Surface Electromagnetics”. This short course will review the development of various electromagnetic surfaces, as well as the state-of-the-art concepts and designs. Detailed presentations will be provided on the unique electromagnetic features of EBG ground planes and advanced metasurfaces. Furthermore, a wealth of antenna examples will be presented to illustrate promising applications of the surface electromagnetics in antenna engineering. The course covers representative materials from recent books by the lecturers, “Surface Electromagnetics: With Applications in Antenna, Microwave and Optical Engineering” (Cambridge University Press 2019) and “Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Antenna Engineering” (Cambridge University Press, 2009”.

Presenter Biographies

Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, a holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, the winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Field Award, and the Former Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA. He was a Senior Research Scientist with the Caltech/NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has authored or coauthored more than 1100 technical journal papers and conference articles and has written over 35 book chapters and seven books. He has more than 20 cover-page IEEE publication articles.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a fellow of IEEE, AMTA, ACES, EMA, and URSI. He was a recipient of the Henry Booker Award from URSI, in 1984, which is given triennially to the most outstanding young radio scientist in North America, the Best Application Paper Prize Award (Wheeler Award) of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 1992 and 1995, the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He received the 2002 Technical Excellence Award from JPL, the 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal presented at the URSI General Assembly, the 2007 IEEE Chen- To Tai Distinguished Educator Award, the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2011 campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Engineers Council in 2015, the John Kraus Antenna Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2016, the ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation S. A. Schelkunoff Best Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2017, and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019. The medals are awarded annually to a group of distinguished U.S. citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions, and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life and are dedicated to creating a better world.

He has had pioneering research contributions in diverse areas of electromagnetics, antennas, measurement and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, human/antenna interactions, RFID and implanted antennas in medical applications, frequency-selective surfaces, electromagnetic band-gap and meta-material structures, applications of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations. His original antenna designs are on many NASA/JPL spacecrafts for planetary, remote sensing, and Cubesat missions. He is the Designer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications. He was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009–2011 President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally.

Dr. Fan Yang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). From 2002 to 2004, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Engineer and Instructor with the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA. In 2004, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, The University of Mississippi as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to an Associate Professor. In 2011, he joined the Electronic Engineering Department, Tsinghua University as a Professor, and served as the Director of the Microwave and Antenna Institute until 2020.

Dr. Yang’s research interests include antennas, surface electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, and applied electromagnetic systems. He has published over 400 journal articles and conference papers, seven book chapters, and six books entitled Surface Electromagnetics (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2019), Reflectarray Antennas: Theory, Designs, and Applications (IEEE-Wiley, 2018), Analysis and Design of Transmitarray Antennas (Morgan & Claypool, 2017), Scattering Analysis of Periodic Structures Using Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method (Morgan & Claypool, 2012), Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Antenna Engineering (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009), and Electromagnetics and Antenna Optimization Using Taguchi’s Method (Morgan & Claypool, 2007).

Dr. Yang served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2010-2013) and an Associate Editor-in-Chief of Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal (2008-2014). He was the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair of 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting. Dr. Yang has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions, including the Young Scientist Award of the 2005 URSI General Assembly and of the 2007 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory, the 2008 Junior Faculty Research Award of the University of Mississippi, the 2009 inaugural IEEE Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is an ACES Fellow and IEEE Fellow, as well as an IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2021.

WS1: Stand on the Antennas and Propagation Standards
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Vikass Monebhurrun, CentraleSupélec, France, Lars Jacob Foged, MVG-World, Vince Rodriguez, AMETEK

There is no fee to attend this workshop, however, advance registration is required to attend.

Participants of the workshop will be enrolled in a drawing, and 3 lucky winners will receive a copy of the recently published IEEE Std 149-2021: IEEE Recommended Practice on Antenna Measurements (US $164 Value)

The terminology standards on antennas (IEEE Std. 145) and radio wave propagation (IEEE Std. 211) are important documents that guarantee the right use of accepted terms in technical papers and reports. IEEE Std. 149 (antenna measurement), IEEE Std. 1720 (near field antenna measurement) & IEEE Std. 1502 (radar cross-section measurement) prove useful when performing antenna measurements. The workshop will provide an overview of these standards that have been developed by the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Standards Committee.

Preseneter Biographies

Dr. Vikass Monebhurrun (SM’07) received the PhD degree in 1994 and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in 2010 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Université Paris-Sud, respectively. His research contributed to the international standardization committees of CENELEC, IEC, and IEEE. He is author and co-author of more than hundred peer-reviewed international conference and journal papers and five book chapters. He is an active contributor to the international standardization committees of IEC 62209, IEC 62232, IEC/IEEE 62704 and IEEE1528. He serves as Associate-Editor for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine since 2015 and Transactions since 2016, and Editor of the IoP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering since 2013. He is the founder of the IEEE RADIO international conference and he served as General Chair for all seven editions since 2012. He is the Chair of the international committees of IEC/IEEE 62704-3 since 2010 and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Standards since 2015. He was recipient of the URSI YSA in 1996, IEEE-SA International Joint Working Group Chair Award in 2017, IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Humanitarian Technical Field Project Award in 2018, International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award in 2018 and IEEE Standards Association International Award in 2019.

Mr. Lars Foged (M’91–SM’00) received his B.S. from Aarhus Teknikum, Denmark in 1988 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, USA in 1990. He was a “graduate trainee” of the European Space Agency, ESTEC and in the following ten years, designed communication and navigation antennas in the satellite industry. He led the antenna design effort on the recently launched GALILEO space segment and performed the multi-physics design of shaped reflectors for the EUTELSAT W satellites, still serving European users. Following his passion to rationalize the multi-disciplinary antenna design process, including measurements and simulations, he joined MVG (formerly SATIMO) in 2001 and founded the Italian branch office. In MVG, he initiated close collaborations with universities and research institutions on measurements with focus on antennas and techniques for analysis/post-processing. He has held different technical leadership positions in MVG and is currently the Scientific Director of the Microwave Vision Group, and Associate Director of Microwave Vision Italy. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal and conference papers on antenna design and measurement topics and received the “Best Technical Paper Award” from AMTA in 2013. He has contributed to five books and standards, and holds four patents.

Dr. Vince Rodriguez (SM’06) attended The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), in Oxford, Mississippi, where he obtained his B.S.E.E. in 1994. Following graduation Dr. Rodriguez joined the department of Electrical Engineering at Ole Miss as a research assistant. During that period, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. (both degrees on Engineering Science with emphasis in Electromagnetics) in 1996 and 1999 respectively. After a short period as visiting professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Rodriguez joined EMC Test Systems (now ETS-Lindgren) as an RF and Electromagnetics engineer in June 2000. In November 2014 Dr. Rodriguez Joined MI Technologies (now NSI-MI Technologies) as a Senior Applications Engineer. In this position Dr. Rodriguez works on the design of antenna, RCS, and radome measurement systems. During his tenure at NSI-MI Dr. Rodriguez was involved in designing several Antenna and RCS anechoic ranges for near to far field, Compact Range and far field measurements. In 2017 Dr. Rodriguez was promoted to staff engineer positioning him as the resident expert at NSI-MI of RF absorber and indoor antenna ranges. He is the author of more than fifty publications including journal and conference papers and book chapters.

SC9: Communications Antenna Systems: Space & Ground Applications
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Sudhakar Rao, Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS); Nacer Chahat, NASA/JPL

This short course will cover latest antenna developments for communication systems used for space and ground applications. It reviews the existing technologies and presents new technologies related to space and ground antennas developed over the past 5 years. It includes high frequency antennas, GPS antennas, multi-band antennas and wide-coverage antennas. CubeSats are enabling space-based Earth and planetary science observations, making space science affordable, accessible, and rapidly deployable for institutions such as NASA as well as other space agencies, universities, and private space enterprises around the world. An overview of CubeSat antennas will be provided with a particular emphasize on deployable mesh reflector antennas and reflect-arrays.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Sudhakar Rao is a Senior Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Redondo Beach, CA responsible for antenna programs for satellites and ground systems. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, Fellow IETE, IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer, associate editor for TAP, AWPL & APM. He is the recipient of IEEE Judith Resnik Technical Field Award, IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key award, Asian American Engineer of the Year award, IEEE Region 6 Engineer of the Year Award, Northrop Grumman President’s award, IETE S.N. Mitra memorial award, Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year Award, Boeing Special Invention Award, Lockheed Martin Innovator Award, IETE Beman Behari Memorial Award among others. Dr. Rao has published more than 220 technical papers, recipient of 56 patents (51 US & 5 European) and developed advanced antenna systems and payloads for more than 80 satellites. He served as the IEEE APS AdCom member, Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE APS Fellow Committee member and more recently IEEE Fellow Committee (2020 & 2021).

Dr. Nacer Chahat is a Senior Antenna/Microwave Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA since 2013. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 technical journal articles and conference papers, has written four book chapters, and also holds seven patents. He wrote the textbook entitled “CubeSat Antenna Designs” published by Wiley describing all of his innovative work on CubeSat antennas developed at JPL.

Dr. Chahat was the recipient of the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Bioelectromegnetics Society, and the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award in 2012. In 2015, he received a French Early Career Award for Researchers (Prix Bretagne Jeune Chercheur) for his significant scientific contribution in his early career. In 2017, he received the IEEE A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award. In 2017, he also received the prestigious Lew Allen Award for Excellence awarded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory “for demonstrated unique talent as a leader in rapid spacecraft antenna development and telecom systems engineering”. He received IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer of the Year award for 2020. He has been elevated as an IEEE Fellow in 2022 at the young age of 34 years!

SC10: Wearable Systems and Antennas for Wireless Communication 5G, IOT and Medical Systems
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Albert Sabban, ORT Braude College

Wearable systems and antennas are used in wireless Communication systems, wearable medical systems, IoT and 5G systems. Communication, medical and cellular industry is in continuous growth in the last few years. Low profile compact antennas are crucial in the development of Communication and Wearable systems. Several small Passive and Active wearable systems and antennas will be presented in the course. Design considerations, computational results, and measured results on the human body of several compact wideband printed antennas with high efficiency will be presented in the course.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Albert Sabban received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees Magna Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University. Dr. Albert Sabban received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He completed his MBA studies in Haifa University. He completed successfully, a system engineer training and course in RAFAEL. He completed successfully, a machine learning training and course in Tel Aviv University. He is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Colleges in Israel. He works as a System engineer, Antennas and RF specialist, and as a consultant in biomedical and Hi-Tech companies. Dr. Albert Sabban was a senior leading R&D Scientist and project leader in RAFAEL and in Hi-Tech companies for more than 32 years. During his work in RAFAEL and other institutes and Hi-Tech companies he gained Experience in system development, project management, sales, marketing, and training. He developed RFIC components on GaAs and silicon substrates. Dr. Albert Sabban developed microwave components by employing MEMS and LTCC technology. In RAFAEL he developed passive and active microwave components such as power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, multipliers, power dividers filters, communication systems and RF-Heads. He developed high power Transmitter at Ku band and Ka band. Dr. He developed wideband microstrip antenna arrays, Dipole antenna arrays, Metamaterials antennas, Fractal antennas, Back- fire antennas, Reflector antennas, and wideband mono pulse antennas. Dr. Albert Sabban conducted research on wearable systems, wearable antennas, and on the interaction between human body and wearable antennas.

SC11: NGD design from metamaterial circuit and applications for development of micro-/mm-wave antenna and communication system
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Blaise Ravelo, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China; Glauco Fontgalland, Federal University of Campina Grande, Applied Electromagnetic and Microwave Lab, Brazil

The last and present decades are quite particular in the NGD research because of tentative work on tremendous applications notably in RF and microwave engineering. However, compared to the other electronic and communication functions as antenna, filter, amplifier, modulator, phase shifter, and oscillator, the NGD function requires more research works especially in academic area to be familiar to all electronic engineers. So far, researchers continue to find the NGD applications especially for the antenna and Rx-Tx system. The negative group delay (NGD) circuit design is one of most intriguing and unfamiliar research ones in the electronic and communication research and engineering. So far, most non-specialist electronic research engineers are still wondering about the existence of NGD circuit. Therefore, many questions are still open about the NGD circuit design. The present workshop is an opportunity to discuss openly about the unfamiliar NGD concept and especially about the design based on metamaterial circuits. In addition, different methods of unfamiliar NGD design engineering will be explored.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Blaise Ravelo is currently a University Full Professor at NUIST, Nanjing, China. His research interests include multiphysics and electronics engineering. He lectures on circuit and system theory, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and applied physics. He is a pioneer of the negative group delay (NGD) concept about t < 0 signal traveling in physical space. This extraordinary concept is potentially useful for anticipating and prediction all kind of information. He was the Research Director of 11 Ph.D. students (ten defended), postdoctorals, research engineers, and master internships. With U.S., Chinese, Indian, European, and African partners, he is actively involved and contributes on several international research projects (ANR, FUI, FP7, INTERREG, H2020, Euripides2, and Eurostars). He is a member of Electronics Letters (IET)’s Editorial Board as a Circuit and System Subject Editor. He is a member of the Scientific Technical Committee of Advanced Electromagnetic Symposium (AES), in 2013, and IMOC2021. He is ranked in Top 2% world’s scientists (2020–2021) by Stanford University, USA (https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3). He has Google Scholar H-index (2022) = 24 and i10-index (2022) = 72. He is a member of research groups such as IEEE, URSI, GDR Ondes, and Radio Society, and (co)authors of more than 360 scientific research papers in new technologies published in international conference and journals. He is regularly invited to review papers submitted for publication to international journals (IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Access, IET CDS, and IET MAP) and books (Wiley and Intech Science).

Dr. Glauco Fontgalland was born in Fortaleza, Brazil, in March 1966. He graduated in electrical engineering from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, Brazil, in 1990. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the UFCG, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics from the Toulouse Institut National Polytechnique, ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France, in 1999, where his thesis work was nominated for the Leopold Escande Award 1999.,From 2010 to 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Electroscience Laboratory, Ohio State University (OSU), USA. He is currently a Full Professor at the UFCG, where he develops research on electromagnetic modeling, EMC, EMI, ESD, RFID, UWB, propagation, and antennas for various applications. He has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences. Dr. Fontgalland is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Micro-ondas e Optoeletrônica (SBMO), Sociedade Brasileira de Eletromagnetismo (SBMag), Sociedade Brasileira de Microeletrôncia (SBMicro), and the Applied Computacional Eletromagnetics Society (ACES). He is past IEEE AP-S Chapter Chair and a member of the 2020 IEEE AP-S Student Design Contest and 2020 IEEE AP-S Field Awards Evaluation. Since 2019, he has been an Associate Editor at the IEEE Latin America Transactions.

WS2: Lockheed Martin Space Systems: Research and Recruiting Workshop
Sunday, 10 July, 13:20 - 17:00

Presented by: Thomas H. Hand, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin Associate Technical Fellow

There is no fee to attend this workshop, however, advance registration is required to attend.

Phased Array Fed Reflectors (PAFRs) are desirable in RF antenna systems because of their high gain, however they require mechanical gimballing to compensate for the limited electronic scan volume that hinders swath. State of the art Electronically Scanned Array (ESA) solutions can address demanding link performance, capacity, and data rates using multiple agile analog beams, but they do so at a premium size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C). Especially for wide field of view (FOV) millimeter Wave (mmW) frequencies which require larger sized ESAs to close the links. This talk will present an innovative phased array architecture leveraging a ring-focused reflector that improves the scan performance of conventional PAFRs, denoted Wide Angle ESA Fed Reflector (WAEFR). This type of reflector architecture provides wide band performance with an electronic scan volume increase of up to 20x over traditional PAFRs and can reduce the size of an active ESA by over 40%.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Thomas H. Hand has 13 years of post-doctorate industry experience in RF and Antenna Engineering. He currently supports a multitude of government programs including ultra wide band phased array technology IRAD and CRAD initiatives within the Lockheed Martin RF Center of Excellence. His broad professional interests include applications of metamaterial technology applied to novel RF devices, advanced low SWaP (size, weight and power) wideband antenna phased array architectures, RF component and antenna design, modeling, and analysis. He is also interested in leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies to realize novel antenna solutions in support of various programs across Lockheed Martin. He is the author/co-author of more than 30 technical publications and conference presentations, including one in the journal of Nature Communications, five issued U.S. Patents, and six pending U.S. Patents.