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 RecentAdvances 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

Dr. Fadhel Ghannouchi holds a BSc from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and an MSc and PhD from the University of Montreal. His academic career began at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, before founding AmpliX Inc. in 1998. His management and business career continued as a senior scientific advisor for Mitec Telecom Inc. Dr. Ghannouchi came to the University of Calgary in 2005, where he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of iRadio Lab.

Dr. Ghannouchi has over 700 refereed journal and conference publications, 6 books, 25 patents (5 pending) and is the co-founder of four university spun-off companies. He pioneered more than five technologies adopted by the microwave and wireless industry. He trained 120 Masters and PhD students and PDF researchers. He has been granted and awarded over $20 million to conduct research and development activities, with $12 million in grants and contracts since 2006. He has received multiple honors and accolades as well, including the ASTech award for Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology in 2014, the Fellowship of Royal Society of Canada in 2010 and the Alberta Ingenuity Fund Research Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2009.

Talk

Radio-over-Fiber (RoF) an Enabling Technology for Broadband Communication Networks.

Abstract

The first equipment capable to detect moving object has been developed by Mr. Christian Hülsmeyer 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.

Pr. Fadhel GHANNOUCHI

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 Supérieure 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

TThe next generation of broadband wireless and satellite communication networks will embrace artificial intelligence (AI) and adopt cognitive Software Defined Radio (SDR) radio and cognitive network architectures allowing seamless and intelligent networking and communication between different users and different services and operators. This trend call for the integration and adoption of Radio-Frequency (RF), millimeter-wave and optical technologies to develop the required reconfigurable and broadband front-end modules (FEM) capable of delivering multi-Gbps data rate, with low energy consumption. This talk will layout the advantage to use RoF technology in the next generation of broadband wireless and satellite communication networks and discuss the technical challenges that lay ahead for the adoption and integration of such technology in fronthaul broadband wireless networks and future multi-satellite communications. Examples of development and implementation of RoF technology in designing RF and mm-wave FEMs for wireless and satellite application will be discussed.

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