Short Courses and Workshop

All short courses and workshop are half-day sessions, scheduled for July 8th (Sunday)

Morning Short Courses and Instructors:

SC-1 - Ultra-Wideband Antennas: Chi-Chih Chen

SC-2 - THz Technology and Instrumentation: Miguel Navarro-Cia

SC-3 - Gap Waveguides for mmWave Antenna Systems and Electronic Packaging: Ahmed Kishk, Ashraf Uz Zaman, Eva Rajo-Iglesias

SC-4 - Wearable Small Antennas for Wireless Communication and Medical Systems: Albert Sabban

Afternoon Short Courses and Instructors:

SC-5 - Space-Time (ST) Metamaterials: Christophe Caloz

SC-6 - Novel Antennas for Modern Communication Systems: Hisamatsu Nakano

SC-7 - Surface Electromagnetics in Antenna Engineering: From EBG to Meta-surface and Beyond: Yahya Rahmat-Samii, Fan Yang

Short Courses

SC-1 - Ultra-Wideband Antennas

Instructor: Chi-Chih Chen

Abstract: Ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas are desirable for supporting modern software-defined radios and software-defined radars, as well as advanced coding and waveforms. These advanced technologies have been developed for achieving higher data rates, more secured channels, and better accuracy via spectrum agility, spectrum diversity, and wide bandwidth. Using a single UWB antenna in place of multiple co-located narrowband antennas also avoids performance degradations related to absorption and scattering from adjacent antennas, as well as reduces cost, maintenance, inventory, and visibility. Designing an UWB antenna requires careful consideration of radiation mechanisms and performance tradeoffs in order to obtain desired gain, pattern, and impedance performance at all frequencies. This half-day course will cover: definition of UWB antennas, classification of UWB antennas, UWB antenna design guidelines, and design examples of UWB antennas.

By the end of this short course participants will be better able to:


Bio: Chi-Chih Chenreceived his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1993 and 1997, respectively. He has been with The Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory since 1993 and became a Postdoctoral Researcher in 1993, Senior Research Associate in 1999, Research Scientist in 2004, Research Associate Professor at OSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2011. He has also been the Chief Technology Officer of Nikola Labs since 2017. Dr. Chen received Lumley Research Awards (2004, 2010, 2015), Inventors Award (2016), Lumley Interdisciplinary Award (2016), and Inventors Award (2016) from OSU College of Engineering. He also received Distinguished Achievement Award from Antenna Measurement Techniques Association in 2016. Dr. Chen's research areas include ground penetrating radars (GPR), automobile radars, UWB antennas and arrays, small antennas, GPS/GNSS antennas, wearable antennas, wireless energy harvesting and delivery, and sensor networks. He served as Technical Coordinator, President, and Past President of AMTA (2012-2015). He has served on Technical Program Committees of IEEE APS/URSI Symposiums, PAST Symposiums, IGARSS Symposiums, and European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP). He was the Technical Chair of 2006 International GPR Conference for which he has been a member of the International Advisory and Science Committee since. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AMTA; Member of Exploration Geophysicists Society (SEG), Sigma Xi, and Phi-Kappa-Phi.

SC-2 - THz Technology and Instrumentation

Instructor: Miguel Navarro-Cia

Abstract: The terahertz gap (0.3 - 3 THz) remains still an underused electromagnetic spectral band sandwiched between conventional electronics and optics. It holds promise however for many applications ranging from high-speed wireless indoor communication, high-resolution imaging, security screening and molecular spectroscopy.

For all these applications, THz technology needs to be developed to the standards of microwaves and optics. In this quest, engineers need to be well aware of the current technology and the challenges related to THz in order wangle the next generation of THz components and systems.

This Short Course aims to provide an opportunity for attendees to familiarize with THz technology (CW and pulsed) and dig into the reasons why THz technology lags behind. The storyline of the Short Course will build upon the presenter's experience with the commercial instruments ABmm vector network analyser (CW) and TDS Teraview system (pulsed) and with an in-house (University College London) near-field TDS system.

By the end of the Short Course participants will be better able to:


Bio: Miguel Navarro-Cía (S'08-M'10-SM'15) received the MSci and PhD degrees in Telecommunication Engineering, and MRes degree in Introduction to Research in Communications from the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain, in 2006, 2010 and 2007, respectively.

He is a Birmingham Fellow at University of Birmingham. He is also affiliated with Imperial College London and University College London as a Visiting Researcher. Previously, he was a Research & Teaching Assistant at Universidad Pública de Navarra (2010-2011), a Research Associate at Imperial College London (2011-2012) and University College London (2012), and a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London (2012-2015). He worked as a Visiting Researcher at University of Pennsylvania (3 months in 2010), at Imperial College London (13 months between 2008 and 2010), and at Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center (2 months in 2008).

He is the coauthor of 2 chapter books (e.g., 'Principles of THz generation', published by Wiley-IEEE Press in 2015), 90+ journal papers, and over 250 conferences papers. He is an editorial board member for IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, and Hindawi Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, and he is a TPC member for ICMCS'18 and Metamaterials'2018.

His current research interests are THz near-field time-domain microscopy, sub-millimeter-wave antennas, plasmonics, metamaterials, and FSSs. Dr. Navarro-Cía is a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America and a member of The Institute of Physics. He was awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis on Basic Principles and Technologies of Information and Communications, and Applications corresponding to the XXXI Edition of Awards "Telecommunication Engineers" 2010 and the 2012 CST University Publication Awards to the best international journal publication using CST Microwave Studio and was a recipient of the 2011 Junior Research Raj Mittra Travel Grant.

SC-3 - Gap Waveguides for mmWave Antenna Systems and Electronic Packaging

Instructors: Ahmed Kishk, Ashraf Uz Zaman, Eva Rajo-Iglesias

Abstract: There is an emergent need for higher data rate related to the future wireless applications. Given the data rate, capacity and quality of service (QoS) requirements, this can only be possible if the vast unlicensed bandwidth available at mmWave frequencies can be utilized, and all the technical hurdles at mmWave frequencies (above 30GHz) are solved in a cost-effective way. In terms of available bandwidth worldwide, flexible transmission rules, 60GHz is a boon from a system perspective. But RF designers have faced enormous challenges in simulation, design, integration, physical realization, packaging and test of the complete systems. The technical challenges are literally orders of magnitude more complex than 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi systems of today.

In future, the industrial winners will be the companies that can provide the mmWave hardware at the lowest cost. This requires new waveguide and mmWave packaging technologies that are more cost-effective than standard rectangular waveguide technology and is more power-efficient (lower losses) than PCB-based microstrip and coplanar waveguides. The gap waveguide technology has this potential.

Also for medium to high mmWave frequencies, antennas need to be located very close to their on-chip RF active components. Thus, the packaging of the complete RF module also plays a significant role for good performance mmWave modules.

The gap waveguide technology presented in this short course is also a potential candidate, which can be explored and utilized at mmWave frequency range for antenna and RF subsystem design. This short course will cover an overview of the gap waveguide technology, the parallel-plate stopband design, some mmWave antenna designs based on gap waveguide technology and some RF subsystem design such as filters, packaging of RF electronics, etc.

Bios: Ahmed A. Kishk is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at Concordia University. He is a distinguish lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society (2013-2015). He is an AP AdCom member (2013-2015). His research interest includes the areas of Dielectric resonator antennas, microstrip antennas, small antennas, microwave sensors, RFID antennas, Multi-function antennas, microwave circuits, EBG, artificial magnetic conductors, and phased array antennas. He has published over 240-refereed Journal articles and 380 conference papers. He is a coauthor of four books and several book chapters and editor of three books. He offered several short courses in international conferences.

Prof. Kishk received the 1995 and 2006 outstanding paper awards for papers published in the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society Journal. He received the 1997 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from Memphis section of the IEEE. He received the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year on 1998 and 2009, Faculty research award for outstanding performance in research on 2001 and 2005. He received the Award of Distinguished Technical Communication for the entry of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 2001. He received the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Microwave Prize 2004. He received 2013 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.

Ashraf Uz Zaman is an assistant professor in the Division of Antenna Systems at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research interests include millimeter and sub-millimeter technology and systems in general. He has interest in RF passive components such as filters and antennas. He has also keen interest in RF packaging and integration of RF electronics with antennas. His earlier works on Gap waveguide have been considered as pioneering work in that field. Recently, his PhD students have been awarded best paper awards in IEEE AP-S 2017 which was held in San Diego and ISAP 2017 conference in Phuket for their excellent research on the topic of gap waveguide. He has also four granted patents and was a co-founder of a spin-off company called Gapwaves AB in Sweden.

Eva Rajo-Iglesias has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications of the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain since 2004. She was an Affiliate Professor with the Antenna Group, Signals and Systems Department, in Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden from 2009 to 2016. She has co-authored more than 50 papers in JCR international journals and more than 100 papers in international conferences. Her current research interests include microstrip patch antennas and arrays, metamaterials, artificial surfaces and periodic structures, gap waveguide technology, MIMO systems and optimization methods applied to electromagnetism.

Dr. Rajo-Iglesias was the recipient of the Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference Best Paper Award in 2007, the Best Poster Award in the field of Metamaterial Applications in Antennas at the conference Metamaterials 2009, the 2014 Excellence Award to Young Research Staff at the University Carlos III of Madrid and the Third Place Winner of the Bell Labs Prize 2014. She is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and she has served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters in the period 2011-2017.

SC-4 - Wearable Small Antennas for Wireless Communication and Medical Systems

Instructor: Albert Sabban

Abstract: 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 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.


Bio: Albert Sabban works as an Antennas and RF specialist in a biomedical and Hi-Tech company. He is an RF and antennas lecturer in colleges and universities. He received his BSc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sabban was a senior leading R&D Scientist and project leader for more than thirty years in RAFAEL. During his work in RAFAEL and other institutes and companies, Dr. Sabban gained experience in system development, project management and training. He developed RFIC components on GaAs and silicon substrates. Dr. Sabban developed microwave components by employing MEMS and LTCC technology. Dr. Sabban developed high power Transmitters at Ka band. He developed wideband microstrip antenna arrays, wearable antennas for Medical applications, reflector antennas and wideband mono-pulse comparators. Dr. Sabban published four books and two chapters in books about small wearable antennas and microwave technologies. He published around hundred papers about small wearable antennas and microwave technologies.

SC-5 - Space-Time (ST) Metamaterials

Instructor: Christophe Caloz

Abstract: Most electromagnetic media and metamaterials studied to date have been space-varying but time invariant. The simultaneous exploitation of space and time variations in metamaterials represents a formidable theoretical, computational and technological opportunity for the AP-S community. This course offers a very pedagogical introduction to this new area. See contents below.

By the end of this short course participants will:


Bio: Christophe Caloz received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur en Électricité and the Ph.D. degree from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. From 2001 to 2004, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Microwave Electronics Laboratory, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In June 2004, Dr. Caloz joined École Polytechnique of Montréal, where he is now a Full Professor, the holder of a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier-I and the head of the Electromagnetics Research Group. He has authored and co-authored over 700 technical conference, letter and journal papers, 13 books and book chapters, and he holds several patents. His works have generated about 20,000 citations, and he has been a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. Dr. Caloz was a Member of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Technical Committees MTT-15 (Microwave Field Theory) and MTT-25 (RF Nanotechnology), a Speaker of the MTT-15 Speaker Bureau, the Chair of the Commission D (Electronics and Photonics) of the Canadian Union de Radio Science International (URSI) and an MTT-S representative at the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC). In 2009, he co-founded the company ScisWave (now Tembo Networks). Dr. Caloz received several awards, including the UCLA Chancellor's Award for Post-doctoral Research in 2004, the MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2007, the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 2013, the Prix Urgel-Archambault in 2013, the Killam Fellowship in 2016, and many best paper awards with his students at international conferences. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2010, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) since 2014, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering since 2016. He was an Associate Editor of the Transactions on Antennas and Propagation of AP-S in from 2015 to 2017. In 2014, Dr. Caloz was elected as a member of the Administrative Committee of AP-S. He is has been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia, from May 2014 to November 2015. His research interests include all fields of theoretical, computational and technological electromagnetics, with strong emphasis on emergent and multidisciplinary topics, including particularly metamaterials, nanoelectromagnetics, exotic antenna systems and real-time radio.

SC-6 - Novel Antennas for Modern Communication Systems

Instructor: Hisamatsu Nakano

Abstract: With rapid growth in modern communication systems, counter circularly polarized (CP) antennas, hyper-wideband antennas, and reconfigurable antennas have been receiving considerable attention. This short course presents recent progress in these antennas, and is composed of four chapters.


Bio: Hisamatsu Nakano (M'75-SM'87-F'92-LF'11) has been with Hosei University since 1973, where he is now a professor emeritus and a special-appointment researcher at the Electromagnetic Wave Engineering Research Institute attached to the graduate school there. He has published over 300 articles in major journals and 11 books/book-chapters, including "Low-profile Natural and Metamaterial Antennas (IEEE Press, Wiley)." His accomplishments include antenna development for a wide range of applications, such as GPS, mobile phones, space radio, electronic toll collection, RFID, UWB, and radar. Prof. Nakano received the "H. A. Wheeler Award," "Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award," and "Distinguished Achievement Award," in 1994, 2006, and 2016, respectively, from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He was also the recipient of "The Prize for Science and Technology" from Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2010.

SC-7 - Surface Electromagnetics in Antenna Engineering: From EBG to Meta-surface and Beyond

Instructors: Yahya Rahmat-Samii, Fan Yang

Abstract: 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.


Bios: Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Field Award and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii 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. Rahmat-Samii is a Fellow of IEEE, AMTA, ACES, EMS and URSI. He has authored or co-authored over 1000 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and five books. He has over fifteen cover-page IEEE publication papers. In 1984, he received the Henry Booker Award from URSI, which is given triennially to the most outstanding young radio scientist in North America. In 1992 and 1995, he received the Best Application Paper Prize Award (Wheeler Award) of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. In 1999, he received the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000, Prof. Rahmat-Samii received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2001, he became a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2002, he received the Technical Excellence Award from JPL. He received the 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal presented at the URSI General Assembly. He is the recipient of the 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award and the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He is the recipient of the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Engineer's Council. In 2016, he received the John Kraus Antenna Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and the NASA Group Achievement Award. In 2017, he received the ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award and IEEE Antennas and Propagation S. A. Schelkunoff Best Transactions Prize Paper Award.

Prof. Rahmat-Samii 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 structures, applications of the genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimizations, etc., His original antenna designs are on many NASA/JPL spacecrafts for planetary, remote sensing and Cubesat missions (visit Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.

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 1994 to 1999, he was a Research Assistant with the State Key Laboratory of Microwave and Digital Communications, Tsinghua University. From 1999 to 2002, he was a Graduate Student Researcher with the Antenna Laboratory, 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 has served as the Director of the Microwave and Antenna Institute since then.

Dr. Yang's research interests include antennas, periodic structures, computational electromagnetics, and applied electromagnetic systems. He has published over 200 journal articles and conference papers, six book chapters, and three books entitled 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, and the 2011 Recipient of Global Experts Program of China.