Keynote Speakers

Biography

Pr. Yahia Antar obtained BSc degree from University of Alexandria (BSC) and MSc, PhD from University of Manitoba. He worked at CRC and NRC in Ottawa before joining Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where he has held the position of professor since 1990.

Pr. Antar is a Fellow of IEEE a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC). He serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE AWPL. He served on NSERC grants selection and strategic grants committees, Ontario Early Research Awards (ERA) panels, and on review panels for the National Science Foundation.

In May 2002, Pr. Antar was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering which was renewed in 2009. In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada "Excellence in Research" Prize and in 2012 the Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award. He served on the URSI Board as Vice President, and on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administration Committee. On 31 January 2011, Pr. Antar was appointed Member of the Canadian Defence Science Advisory Board (DSAB). In October 2012 he received from the Governor General of Canada, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contribution to Canada.

Talk

Microwave Antennas for Wireless Communications and for sensors: Some Recent Advances and Future Trends in Research.

Abstract

Wireless technology is now affecting our lives in many aspects and the trend is expected to continue. This trend is exemplified by the massive investment in future endeavours, such as 5G technology. Many in IEEE believe 5G will become the cornerstone of future wireless networks, enabling fundamentally new applications.These include the internet of things (IOT), with its anticipated billions of devices laden with embedded sensors. A common denominator in many of the new wireless applications is the antenna systems,which form the "eyes and ears" of many sensors. New developments for advancing the state of the art in antenna technology and associated microwave and millimeter wave circuits to meet future challenges will be needed.

This talk will address some current and new emerging directions of research in antenna systems. This also includes new fundamental approaches for antenna analysis, the near fields and electromagnetic energy around antenna systems, and possible implications on future antenna systems design, in what is expected to be an increasingly crowded electromagnetic environment. The talk will also briefly address the importance and impact of this research on current and future engineering education.

Pr. Antar Yahia

Biography

Ammar Kouki (SM'88-M'92-SM'01) received the B.S. (Hons.) and M.S. degrees in engineering science from Pennsylvania State University, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Founding Director of the LTCC@ETS Laboratory at Ecole de technologie superieure, Montreal, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of modeling, simulation and design of active and passive microwave and mm-wave devices and circuits, computed-aided techniques and tools, intelligent and efficient RF front-ends, 3-D circuits in LTCC, applied computational electromagnetics and antennas radio-wave propagation modeling. His research work has led directly to the creation of three start-ups (EMWorks, AmpliX and ISR technologies) and has in addition netted over 250 publications as well as 8 granted patents.

Talk

Leveraging LTCC Technology for Energy Efficient and Intelligent 3D RF and Optoelectronic Applications.

Abstract

Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) technology is an inherently high-performance, low-loss 3D circuit fabrication technology suitable for microwaves and mm-waves. As such, it offers circuit designers possibilities not available in more conventional fabrication technologies. This talk will present an overview of novel usages of LTCC technology as an enabler for intelligent and power efficient RF and mm-wave circuits and will cover the following applications:

1- MEMS and microfluidic impedance tuners in LTCC for tunable RF circuits

2- Embedded 3D vector measurements in LTCC using non-directional coupling for self-measurement of RF circuits

3- Vertical LTCC-integrated waveguides for mm-wave applications

4- Energy harvesting from power amplifiers using 3D LTCC structures

5- Advanced 3D packaging and ceramic interposers for ultra-high speed optoelectronic transceivers

Pr. Ammar Kouki

Biography

Maurizio Bozzi received the Ph.D. degree in electronics and computer science from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2000. He held research positions with various universities worldwide (including the TechnischeUniversitat Darmstadt, Germany, the Universitat de Valencia, Spain, and the EcolePolytechnique de Montreal, Canada). He was a Guest Professor at Tianjin University, China (2015-2017) and a Visiting Professor at Gdansk University of Technology, Poland (2017-2018). Currently he is a Professor at the University of Pavia.

His main research interests concern the computational electromagnetics, the substrate integrated waveguide technology, and the use of novel materials and fabrication technologies for microwave circuits.

Prof. Bozzi is an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society(2017-2019), and he was a member of the General Assembly of the European Microwave Association (2014-2016).He was an associate editor for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, the IET Electronics Letters, and the IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation. He was the General Chair of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series-Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP 2017), of the inaugural edition of the IEEE International Conference on Numerical Electromagnetic Modeling and Optimization (NEMO2014), and of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Millimeter Wave Integration Technologies in 2011.

Maurizio Bozzi is a Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2018). Moreover, he received several awards, including the 2015 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation and the 2014 Premium Award for the Best Paper in Electronics Letters.

Talk

Engineering the Resonant Cavity Modes in Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) Technology.

Abstract

The substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) technology has become very popular for a variety of applications, thanks to its good performance, easy fabrication, low cost, and complete shielding, which make it a perfect candidate for the development of wireless systems and sensors for the fifth generation of mobile communication (5G).

In many applications, the SIW cavity is the key element for the development of several components: in fact, cavity filters, cavity-backed antennas, oscillators, and some sensors implement the SIW cavity as their basic element. Besides the classical SIW cavity, a variety of different solutions have been proposed, ranging from different shapes, folded and half-mode/quarter-mode cavities, partially air-filled cavities and many others. Understanding and engineering the resonant mode pattern of the SIW cavity is the starting point to improve the performance of these devices.

This presentation will provide an overview of the modified versions of resonant SIW cavities, starting from the operation principles and showing several applications and design cases.

Pr. Maurizio Bozzi

Biography

Jan Machac, Senior Member IEEE, is a professor at the Department of Electromagnetic Field, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. His main scientific interests are: investigation of planar passive elements and subsystems of microwave technology, planar antennas, planar microwave filters, propagation of electromagnetic waves in periodic structures, metamaterials. Prof. Machac is an author or co-author of more than 250 publications in scientific journals and scientific international and national conferences.

Jan Machac is:

Member of the MTT Society AdCom Membership and Geographic Activities Committee

MTT-S Region 8 Coordinator Memberofthe IEEE MTT-S Int. MicrowaveSymp. TPRC, since 2008.

Member of the TPC of the European Microwave Conference, 1995-1997, and since 2013.

Reviewer of: IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techn., IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, Electronics Letters, IET Microwave Antennas & Propagation.

Talk

Substrate Integrated Waveguide – Base for Leaky Wave Antennas.

Abstract

When Antennas designed on the substrate integrated waveguide have a planar structure, and can be easily fabricated by a standard PCB technology, so they are suitable for cheap mass production. The lecture presents the results of an investigation of leaky wave antennas designed on a substrate integrated waveguide. The interest is given to three antenna types: an antenna radiating from a wide longitudinal slot etched in the top waveguide wall, a SIW CRLH leaky wave antenna, and a dual band SIW CRLH leaky wave antenna. These two latter antennas radiate through meander slots etched in the top metallization which serve as series capacitors added to design the CRLH transmission line.

Pr. Jan Machac

Pr. Philippe EUDELINE

Biography

Philippe EUDELINE is born in Honfleur (France), in January 13th, 1956. He is graduated from the Engineering School ENSEA (Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications). He started his carrier with Thomson-CSF Microwave Links Division as a microwave engineer developing sub-assemblies such as solid state transmitter, local oscillators. Since 2000, he is appointed as Technology & Innovation & Director of the Microwave Department at Thales Land and Air System Company. He has in charge of research and development of advanced technologies for microwave equipment for RADAR applications. He is deeply involved in European contracts for future hardware technologies development. He wrote tens of technical papers and owned several patents.

He is also associated professor at the French University of Rouen and at ESIGELEC Engineering School teaching microwave and radar technologies and techniques. He is past chairman of French IEEE MTT Chapter.

Talk

Radar Architectures and Performances evolutions based on Microwave Technologies improvements.

Abstract

The first equipment capable to detect moving object has been developed by Mr. Christian Hulsmeyer and the first patent who describe that equipment has been written in 1904. Since that time tremendous technological evolutions have been implemented in the equipment's and current Radar are capable to detect very small and fast targets in very harsh environments. During this presentation, I will come back to the main technological evolutions which have changed the architecture and performances of the RADAR than give a status of current Radar products and propose some trends for next generation of detection equipment.

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