Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr. Howard Benn (Samsung Electronics R&D Institute, UK)

Dr. Howard Benn (Samsung Electronics R&D Institute, UK)

Professor Howard Benn started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector (Plessey) back in 1982 and completed his PhD at Bradford University in 1989.  He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007.  He has been a board member of ETSI since 2008, and is currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology, and a member of a number of advisory boards for UK universities and research programs. Prof. Benn is currently Vice President for Communications Research at Samsung Electronics R&D Institute, UK. He manages a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, and GSMA. His team are also very active in the EU Horizon 2020 program with a focus on 5G Public Private Partnership activities. Prof. Benn sits on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK, and acts as an advisor to the UK government on international free trade agreements. He was recently appointed Visiting Professor to the University of Bristol.

Title of Talk: From 5G mmWave to 6G THz

This talk will focus on sub-THz developments. The talk will discuss available spectrum and key challenges for 6G THz as well as outlining some of the research that Dr. Benn’s team have been working on in developing integrated radio front ends at 140 GHz.

 

Dr. Geoffroy Lerosey (Greenerwave)

Dr. Geoffroy Lerosey (Greenerwave)

Dr. Geoffroy Lerosey is co-founder and inventor of the concepts behind Greenerwave together with Mathias Fink.  He is on leave from academia to bring his scientific expertise and fully support the company’s development.  Dr. Geoffroy was appointed by the CNRS Organisation in 2008 and created a research group at the Institut Langevin (CNRS & ESPCI Paris).  Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked mainly on metamaterials and plasmonics.  Dr. Geoffroy’s research areas are in metamaterials and metasurfaces, time reversal and signal processing, subwavelength imaging and focusing techniques, wavefront shaping in optics, RF, photonic and phononic crystals, reverberating, and locally resonant media, across domains of wave physics from acoustics to optics.  Dr Geoffroy has received more than 80 invitations to international conferences and given invited seminars in many universities worldwide. He has supervised 10 PhD students, 6 postdocs and 20 Master students. His research has led to 100 scientific articles, 15 patents and 2 startups.

Title of Talk: A wave physics approach to electronically steerable antennas: Tunable leaky cavity antennas

In this presentation, Dr. Geoffroy Lerosey will introduce the concept of a leaky reconfigurable cavity antenna that stems from a radically different approach to beamforming.  The proposed approach uses a thin leaky cavity that, when excited by one or several feeds, can establish any desired wavefield corresponding to any desired radiation pattern.  To achieve this, the cavity is reconfigured in real time by an electronically reconfigurable metasurface.  The latter controls the reflections of the waves inside the cavity, acting as a software-controlled set of boundary conditions

 

Prof. Dimitra Psychogiou (University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute)

Prof. Dimitra Psychogiou (UCC, Tyndall)

Dimitra Psychogiou is Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Cork and Head of the Advanced RF Technology Group at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland since 2020.  Prior to joining UCC, Prof. Psychogiou was Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she led the research of the Adaptive Microwave Lab.  Prof. Psychogiou is recipient of the 2021 SFI Research Professorship Award, the 2020 NSF CAREER Award, the 2020 URSI Young Scientist Award, and the Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award from UC Boulder.  Prof. Psychogiou serves as Chair of the Microwave Controls Techniques Committee (MTT-13) and as Secretary of USNC-URSI Commission D.  She is currently Associate Editor of the IEEE MICROWAVE AND WIRELESS COMPONENTS LETTERS (MWCL) and the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies (IJMWT) and serves on the Technical Review Board for various IEEE and EuMA conferences and journals.

Title of Talk: Reconfigurable RF filtering Technologies: A Step Towards Efficient Spectrum Access & Multi-standard Communications.

In this presentation, Prof. Psychogiou will provide an overview of emerging RF filtering technologies as key enabling elements for efficient spectrum utilization and low SWaP-C communication systems.  Specifically, the talk will focus on new RF design methods, RF tuning techniques and integration concepts that facilitate the realization of RF filters with multiple levels of transfer function adaptivity (bandwidth, center frequency, type), multi-band operability and multi-octave spectrum sensing.

 

Prof. Anja Skrivervik (EPFL)

Prof. Anja Skrivervik (EPFL)

Prof. Anja Skrivervik is Professeur Titulaire at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she is the head of the Microwave and Antenna Group.  Prior to joining EPFL, Prof. Skrivervik worked with the University of Rennes as an invited Research Fellow and spent two years in industry.  Her research activities include electrically small antennas, antennas in biological media, periodic structures, reflect- and transmitarrays, and numerical techniques for electromagnetics.  Prof. Skrivervik is author or co-author of more than 200 peer reviewed scientific publications.  Her teaching activities include courses on microwaves and antennas, and she teaches at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.  She was director of the EE section form 1996-2000, and is currently director of the EE doctoral school at EPFL.  Prof. Skrivervik is a very active collaborator on European projects.  She was chairperson of the Swiss URSI until 2012, is a Board member of the European School on Antennas and is regularly asked to review research programs and centers in Europe.  She is a member of the board of directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) since 2017.  She has been the general Chair of the LAPC 2015 conference, Vice-Chair and TPC-Chair of EuCAP 2016 conference and financial chair of EuCAP 2017 to EuCAP 2022.

Title of Talk: Implanted Antennas: Key Performance Indicators and Efficiency

Professor Skrivervik’s talk will provide insights into the main fundamental difference between classic electrically small antennas and implantable antennas.  Some canonical cases will be studied to understand the loss mechanisms, and propose some physical bound on the efficiency of implantable antennas.  Based on these results, design rules will be proposed and illustrated using several realistic examples.  Finally, the issues linked to the measurement of implantable antennas will be presented.

 

Prof. Yang Hao (Queen Mary University of London)

Prof. Yang Hao (QMUL)

Yang Hao is Professor of Antennas and Electromagnetics at Queen Mary, University of London. He is active in a number of research areas, including computational electromagnetics, microwave metamaterials and transformation optics, antennas and radio propagation for body centric wireless networks, active antennas for millimeter/sub-millimeter applications and photonic integrated antennas.  Prof. Hao published two books on Antennas and Radio Propagation for Body-Centric Wireless Communications, and FDTD modelling of Metamaterials: Theory and Applications, respectively.  He has co-authored more than 200 journal papers and is a frequent keynote speaker for many international conferences. Prof. Hao was an Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS.  He received IET AF Harvey Research Prize, BAE Chairman’s Silver Award and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.  Prof. Hao was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2020, a Fellow of the IET in 2010 and a Fellow of the IEEE in 2013.

Title of Talk: Software Defined Materials: A New Platform for Innovative Antenna Engineering

In this talk, Professor Hao will introduce a new concept as “software defined materials (SDMs)”, of which properties can be modified by simply uploading and updating computer software. The impact of SDMs is significant and it leads to tight integration of sensing, communication, and computation, as well as sustainable development of future electronic systems. Fundamental to this development is a new discovery based on metamaterials, machine learning and topological optimisation of tunable materials at microwave and millimetre wave frequencies. Professor Hao will present recent results from material processing, characterisation to device demonstration. In particular, antenna and large intelligent surface applications based on SDM framework will be presented and discussed.

 

Dr. Marta Martinez-Vazquez (Renesas)

Dr. Marta Martinez-Vazquez (Renesas)

Dr. Marta Martínez-Vázquez is a senior marketing and applications engineer for automotive radar and RF at Renesas Electronics since 2021.  Prior to joining Renesas Electronics, she has been with IMST GmbH (Germany), working on antennas and RF frontends for different applications.  She is currently an Associate Editor of the IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation Journal.  She has served as a Feature Editor of the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Magazine, as Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Magazine and of the Radioengineering Journal.  Dr. Martínez-Vázquez is a member of the IEEE AP-S Education Committee and the IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturers Committee.  She is a former vice-chair of the European Association of Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE AP-S.  She has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AP-S.  She has been the chair of the COST IC1102 Action “Versatile, Integrated and Signal-aware Technologies for Antennas (VISTA) and the vice-chair of the COST IC0603 Action “Antenna Sensors and Systems for Information Society Technologies.”  She has over 130 publications, including books, book chapters, journal and conference papers and patents.  Dr. Martínez-Vázquez has been awarded the 2004 Best Ph.D. award of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the 2013 IEEE AP-S Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award.

Title of Talk: Radar Frontends for ADAS/AD

Road traffic safety has been made a priority in Europe, with the objective of fulfilling Vision 0: 0 traffic deaths by 2050.  From this year on, features like emergency-braking systems will be compulsory for all new vehicles in the European Union.  Also, new tests have been added to the European New Car Assessment Programme.  For their part, car manufacturers are focusing on high levels of autonomous driving, with the aim set on levels 4 and higher.  This environment has facilitated the rapid development of sensors for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), which will provide the vehicle with highly accurate information about its surroundings required for safe, autonomous operation.  So far, video and Lidar have been preferred due to their high accuracy, while radar was limited to some applications like adaptive cruise control.  Yet future systems will increase the use of radar, as it helps overcome the limitations of the other sensors in low light and bad weather conditions.

In this talk, Dr. Marta Martinez-Vazquez will analyse the trends for future automotive radar systems, including high-definition imaging and new sensor architectures. The focus will be set on the requirements for next generation, highly integrated MMIC radar transceivers, to deliver the best trade-offs in terms of performance, resolution, versatility, safety and reliability and system efficiency. Also, we will see how this reflects on the design of the RF frontend and the whole radar module.

 

Confirmed Industry Speaker

Dr. Argy Petros (ThinkWireless, a Taoglas company, USA)

Dr. Argy Petros

Argy Petros received the B.S.E.E, M.S., and Ph. D. degrees from Virginia Tech in 1987, 1990, and 1994, respectively. From 1993 to 1998 he worked at Motorola Inc. in Plantation, FL and Boynton Beach, FL, where he designed antennas, RF circuits, and performed propagation measurements. From 1998 to 2003, he worked at XM Satellite Radio where he designed antennas, low noise amplifiers and conducted propagation measurements. In April 2003, he founded Think Wireless, Inc., a in Coconut Creek, FL which was acquired by Taoglas in December of 2018. He is responsible for Taoglas mobile antenna division and his group is the leading provider of heavy-duty truck antennas in North America. Dr. Petros has been awarded 27 U.S. utility patents, published numerous technical articles, and one book chapter. He was inducted in the Space technology hall of fame in 2001. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

Title of Talk: Novel Foam-filled Compact Flat Multiband MIMO Antenna (LTE, WiFi, and GNSS)

In this talk, Dr. Petros will present a novel, foam-filled, low-profile multiband MIMO antenna. The bands included are LTE, WiFi, and GNSS. Technical challenges of building this antenna are addressed, such as the correct mixing of two liquids, accuracy of the amount of liquid in the antenna enclosure, maintaining good bandwidth and efficiency, correct mechanical design for uniform foam distribution. The final design results in a rugged, waterproof antenna that operates efficiently in all types of environments.

 

 

 

Confirmed Invited Oral Sessions

  • MultiBeam MIMO Antennas and Beamforming Arrays
  • Microwave, Millimeter-wave and THz Imaging
  • Wireless Power Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer
  • Electromagnetics in Medical Applications
  • Antennas for 5G and 6G Applications
  • Metasurface Antennas