Short Courses

  • SC6: Antennas for 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Beyond– System aspects and design

    Presented by John Sanford, University of California San Diego; and Claes Beckman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    Sunday, December 5, 08:20 - 17:40
    Virtual Room A


    This short course gives the participants an overview of the application, implementation, and design of base station antennas for 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and beyond. The course explains underlying theoretical and practical implementation aspects of base station antennas in both cellular communication networks and Wi-Fi, and discusses also their requirements and design. In particular the course is aimed at microwave-, RF- and antenna engineers working in the wireless area: However, it may also be useful for researchers looking for relevant research topics, and system engineers working on 5G and Wi-Fi 6 needing a deeper understanding of the antenna as a component of their system.

    Course Outline

    • Introduction to BTS antennas
    • Diversity, MIMO and massive MIMO
    • Advanced Antenna Systems, AAS, for 5G, mmWave and fixed wireless access
    • Antennas for Wi-Fi, small cells and mesh
    • Lens antennas and their application in cellular and Wi-Fi

    In the first part the fundamental parameters of a base station antenna are discussed in the context of radio network design. In particular we discuss parameters such as gain, radiation patterns, frequency bands and beam forming and put them in the context of cell planning, propagation and capacity.

    Thereafter, we give an overview of the underlying theory of diversity, MIMO and massive MIMO antenna systems. In particular we look in detail at the implementation of multiple antenna systems and the various transmission modes into the 3GPP standard.

    In the following parts we discuss the design of advanced antenna systems (AAS) for low-, mid- and millimeter wave bands as well as antenna designs for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

    We then continue to discuss the design of antennas for Wi-Fi, small cells and mesh networks.

    The final part of the course deals lens antennas of various kinds (both Luneburger and Butler type), their design and application in both cellular and Wi-Fi networks

  • SC3: Quantum Maxwell’s Equations and Quantum Electromagnetics

    Presented by Weng Cho Chew; Dong-Yeop Na; and Thomas E. Roth, Purdue University
    Sunday, December 5, 08:20 - 12:00
    Peony Junior Ballroom 4411


    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.

  • SC7: Recent Antenna Developments for Space, Deep-Space, and Ground Applications

    Presented by Sudhakar Rao, Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS), USA; and Nacer Chahat, NASA/JPL
    Sunday, December 5, 08:20 - 12:00
    Virtual Room B


    This short course will cover latest antenna developments for satellite, deep-space and ground applications. It reviews the existing technologies and provides new technologies related to space, deep-space and ground antennas developed over the past 3 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.

    Course Outline

    1. Satellite antennas & current limitations.
    2. Latest developments in satellite antennas.
    3. Deep-space communication antennas.
    4. Deployable antennas
    5. CubeSats
    6. Recent developments related to ground antenna
    7. System aspects
    8. Qualification Tests
  • SC10: Surface Electromagnetics in Antenna Engineering From EBG to Meta-surfaces and Beyond

    Presented by Yahya Rahmat-Samii, University of California, Los Angeles; and Fan Yang, Tsinghua University
    Sunday, December 5, 08:20 - 12:00
    Peony Junior Ballroom 4412


    From frequency selective surfaces (FSS) to electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) ground planes, from impedance boundaries to Huygens 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”.

    Course Outline

    1. Introduction of Surface Electromagnetics
    2. Properties of EBG Surface
    3. EBG-based Antennas
    4. Phase Limits of Transmission Surfaces
    5. Reconfigurable Reflectarrays and Transmitarrays for Beam Scanning Applications
    6. Surface EM in Optic and THz regimes
  • SC2: Natural and Metamaterial Beam-steering Antennas

    Presented by Hisamatsu Nakano, Hosei University
    Sunday, December 5, 14:00 - 17:40
    Peony Junior Ballroom 4411


    In conjunction with the development of conventional natural antennas, the emergence of metamaterials has enabled the development of innovative metamaterial antennas (metaantennas) and broadened the range of antenna applications. These natural and metaantennas can be applied to modern wireless communications between vehicles and base-stations, vehicles and satellites, ships and base-stations, and so forth. This short course presents recent progress in natural and metaantennas, with a focus on beam steering. The course is composed of three chapters. Chapter 1 starts with the definition of natural and metamaterial antennas, followed by an overview of antenna analysis methods. Some formulations that are useful for antenna design are discussed. Chapter 2 presents five antennas that radiate a linearly polarized (LP) beam and have beam-steering capability. Firstly, beam steering for three natural antennas (four-leaf, disc-Ts, and BOR-based antennas) is discussed, where LP radiation is generated by a resonant current. Secondly, the discussion focuses on beam steering for two antennas (natural rhombic grid array and bent c-type metaline antennas), where the LP beam is generated by a traveling current i.e., a non-resonant current. Chapter 3 achieves beam steering for six circularly polarized (CP) antennas: (i) a natural loop grid array; (ii) a metaspiral, a four-metaline, a bent p-type metaline, and a multi-metaloop; and (iii) a patch-metaline. The currents on the antenna conductors in (i) and (ii) flow in a traveling wave fashion. In (iii), standing- and traveling-wave currents flow on the antenna conductors. Note that the antenna height of the metamaterial antennas presented in this short course is extremely small: on the order of 1/100 wavelength at the operating frequency.

    Course Outline

    1. Chapter 1. Definition of antennas, antenna analysis methods, and some formulations.
    2. Chapter 2. LP beam-steering antennas
      • 2.1 Four-leaf antenna
      • 2.2 Disc-Ts antenna
      • 2.3 BOR-based antenna
      • 2.4 Rhombic grid array antenna
      • 2.5 Bent c-type metaline antenna
    3. Chapter 3. CP beam-steering antenna
      • 3.1 Loop grid array antenna
      • 3.2 Metaspiral antenna
      • 3.3 Four-metaline antenna
      • 3.4 Bent p-type metaline antenna
      • 3.5 Multi-metaloop antenna
      • 3.6 Patch-metaline antenna
  • WS2: Artificial Intelligence inspiring the electromagnetic wave

    Presented by Li Er-Ping, Zhejiang University; and Joungho Kim, KAIST
    Sunday, December 5, 08:20 - 12:00
    Melati Junior Ballroom

    Topic Description

    The workshop will present the latest development of AL technology in electromagnetic wave and electromagnetic coupling with neuron-science, such as new electromagnetic challenges in AI chips, Neuromorphic Chips, heterogeneous package integration. The workshop consists of 4 speeches.

    WS-2-1: Reinforcement Learning Based Semiconductor, and Package Designs for Signal Integrity and Power Integrity
    Speaker: Prof. Joungho Kim, IEEE Fellow, KAIST

    WS-2-2: Machine Learning Approaches and Data Driven Methods for the Electromagnetic Modeling
    Speaker: Prof. Li-Jun Jiang, IEEE Fellow, University of Hong Kong

    10:00-10:20: Break

    WS-2-3: Deep Learning for EMC
    Speaker: Prof. Jun Fan, IEEE Fellow, Missouri University of Science and Technology

    WS-2-4: Electromagnetic Wave in Neuromorphic Chips
    Speaker: Prof. Li Er-Ping, IEEE Fellow, Zhejiang University

  • WS1: Recent development of mm-Wave antenna in MIMO Radar systems

    Presented by Ziqiang Tong, Rogers Corp.
    Sunday, December 5, 14:00 - 17:40
    Melati Junior Ballroom

    Topic Description

    The idea of the workshop is to invite worldwide research institutes, Universities, and companies to present their latest work on mmW antenna development. The topics in the workshop are all related to the new antenna development and its applications in MIMO Radar system. The topics may cover following area but not limited by those fields: new antenna proposal and its system implementation, new facilities of simulation tools and measurement tools, MIMO design in mmW Radar system, etc. The workshop consists of 8 speeches.

    WS-1-1: Recent Development of Beam-Scanning Antenna Technologies and Implementations for Automotive Radar Systems in Millimeter-Wave Band and Above
    Speaker: Prof. Kunio Sakakibara, Nagoya Institute of Technology

    WS-1-2: Design Concepts for High Resolution mm-Wave MIMO Radar
    Speaker: André Dürr, Ulm University

    WS-1-3: Development of a Novel Circular Polarized Horn Antenna for the Automotive Radar Frequency Band
    Speaker: Adam Weber, PSW automotive engineering GmbH

    WS-1-4: Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging (FOWLP) AiP for 77GHz MIMO Radar Applications
    Speaker: Dr. Mei Sun, IME A-Star

    15:40-16:00: Break

    WS-1-5: Fan-Out Wafer-Level Packaged (FOWLP) mmWave Antennas Featuring Wide-Angle Beam Scanning for Automotive Applications
    Speaker: Dr. Jae-Yeong Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology

    WS-1-6: Advances in Metallized Polymer mmW Waveguide Antenna Design
    Speaker: Dr. Francesco Merli, Huber & Suhner

    WS-1-7: Hollow Waveguide-Based MIMO Antenna for Automotive Radar
    Speaker 1: Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bertuch, Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
    Speaker 2: Dr. Andreas Löffler, Continental, Autonomous Mobility and Safety

    WS-1-8: Compact Slot Antenna Array for Automotive Radar Applications
    Speaker: Dr. Niels Koch, Audi AG

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