Each year, LAPC convenes four special sessions for invited guest speakers based on the current 'hot-topics'. For LAPC 2013, the Chairs have chosen the following topics.
- Space Antennas.
- Latest development in antenna measurements, modelling and simulations.
- Emerging technologies in antennas
- Radio Propagation, systems and wireless networks
- Thomas Bell, Anritsu, USA
- Professor José Encinar, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
- Dr Stuart Gregson, Nearfield Systems Inc., USA
- Professor Yi Huang, Liverpool University, UK
- Professor Joshua Le-Wei Li, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
- Dr Tian Loh, National Physics Laboratory, UK
- Professor Stefano Maci, University of Siena, Italy
- Dr Cyril Mangenot, ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands
- Javier Rodriguez Miranda, Astrium GmbH, Germany
- Professor Raj Mittra, Pennsylvania State University, USA
- Jon Pinto, BAE Systems, UK
- Professor Antti Räisänen, Aalto University, Finland
- Simon Stirland, EADS Astrium, UK
- Professor Jie Zhang, Sheffield University, UK
The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Dr. Mittra joined Penn State in 1996. He is the Director of the Electromagnetic Communication Laboratory. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Past-President of AP-S, and he has served as the Editor of the Transactions of the Antennas and Propagation Society. He has been a Visiting Professor at Oxford University and the Technical University of Denmark. He is the President of RM Associates, which is a consulting organization that provides services to industrial and governmental organizations. He has published over 700 journal papers and more than 35 books or book chapters. He also has three patents in communication antennas. Read more..
Dr Tian Hong Loh
National Physical Laboratory, UK
Dr Tian Hong Loh received a BEng degree (first class) from Nottingham Trent University in 1999, and a PhD degree from the University of Warwick in 2005, both in electrical and electronic engineering. From 1999 to 2000, he was an Electrical Engineer with Sharp-Roxy Inc, Batu Pahat, Malaysia. He joined the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 2005 as a Higher Research Scientist, and since 2009 has been a Senior Research Scientist. He is involved in fundamental research and develops measurement technologies in support of the electronics and communications industry. Since 2011, he has been appointed as RF and Microwave technical theme leader, involved in physical programme formulation and strategy development. He has also been involved in bidding for and delivering several European Space Agency (ESA), UK National Measurement Office (NMO), UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB), NPL Strategic Research (SR), NPL Strategic Exploratory Research (SR), and NPL-EPSRC Industrial CASE projects.
Tian Hong is leading work at NPL on applied and computational electromagnetic metrology research in support of the electronics and communications industry. His current research interests include metamaterials, computational electromagnetics, small antennas, smart antennas, electromagnetic compatibility, body-centric and in-vehicle wireless sensor network communications.
Tian Hong has a wide range of skills and technical expertise in various areas in microwave antennas and electromagnetic measurements and analysis. He holds three patents and has authored or co-authored over 60 refereed publications and conference contributions on applied and computational electromagnetics. He has also acted on the technical programme committee for several international conferences and as technical reviewer for several international journals and new book proposals on these subjects.
Tian Hong is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Dr Stuart Gregson
Nearfield Systems Inc.,USA
Dr. Stuart Gregson has been working in the field of antenna design and antenna measurement primarily for the space and aerospace industries and is currently with Nearfield Systems Inc. working as their European regional sales manager and as a senior applications engineer. Dr. Gregson is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. He received his BSc degree in Physics in 1994 and his MSc degree in Microwave Solid State Physics in 1995 both from the University of Portsmouth. He received his PhD degree in 2003 from Queen Mary, University of London with near-field antenna measurements and statistical pattern recognition as his main subject areas. He has special experience with near-field antenna measurements, finite array mutual coupling, computational electromagnetics, installed antenna performance prediction, and has published more than fifty peer reviewed research papers on these topics and regularly organizes, and contributes to, industrial courses on near-field testing.
At the end of 2007 he was the lead author of a highly praised research text entitled Principles of Planar Near-Field Antenna Measurements, published in the IET Electromagnetic Waves Series. Together with co-author Greg Hindman, he received the 2008 Best Technical Paper Award from AMTA. He is a member of the IET Antennas and Propagation Technical and Professional Network Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), a technical reviewer for IET Electronics Letters, a technical reviewer for IET Microwaves Antennas & Propagation (MAP) Journal and a member of the AMTA Technical Review Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Physics, a member of the European Physical Society, a Senior Member of the AMTA, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; and is a chartered Physicist and Engineer.
Professor José A. Encinar
Technical University of Madrid, Spain
José A. Encinar (S’81-M’86-SM’09-FM’10) received the Electrical Engineer and Ph.D. degrees, both from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), in 1979 and 1985, respectively. Since January 1980 has been with the Applied Electromagnetism and Microwaves Group at UPM, as a Teaching and Research Assistant from 1980 to 1982, as an Assistant Professor from 1983 to 1986, and as Associate Professor from 1986 to 1991. From February to October of 1987 he stayed at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, as a Post-doctoral Fellow of the NATO Science Program. Since 1991 he is a Professor of the Electromagnetism and Circuit Theory Department at UPM. He was with the Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Acoustics at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland in 1996, and with the Instituteof Electronics, Communication and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast, U.K. in 2006 and 2011, as a Visiting Professor. His research interests include numerical techniques for the analysis of multi-layer periodic structures, design of frequency selective surfaces, printed arrays and reflectarrays.
Prof. Encinar has published more than one hundred and fifty journal and conference papers, and he is holder of five patents on array and reflectarray antennas. He was a co-recipient of the 2005 H. A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award and the 2007 S. A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award, given by IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He has been a member of the Technical Programme Comity of several International Conferences (European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, ESA Antenna Workshops, Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference). He is an IEEE Fellow member.
Professor Antti V. Räisänen
Aalto University, Finland
Antti V. Räisänen received the Doctor of Science (Tech.) degree in electrical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) (now Aalto University), Espoo, Finland, in 1981. In 1989, he became a Professor Chair of Radio Engineering with TKK, after holding the same position pro tem in 1985 and 1987–1989. He has been a Visiting Scientist and Professor with the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory (FCRAO) and University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1978–1979, 1980, 1981), Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden (1983), University of California at Berkeley (1984–1985), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (1992–1993), and the Paris Observatory and University of Paris 6, Paris, France (2001–2002).
He currently supervises research in millimeter-wave components, antennas, receivers, microwave measurements, etc. with the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Department of Radio Science and Engineering and Millimetre Wave Laboratory of Finland—ESA External Laboratory (MilliLab). The Centre of Smart Radios and Wireless Research (SMARAD), which he leads at Aalto University, obtained the national status of Center of Excellence (CoE) in Research for 2002–2007 and 2008–2013. He is currently Head of the Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University. In 1997, he was elected the Vice-Rector of TKK (1997–2000). He has authored or coauthored some 500 scientific or technical papers and six books, e.g., Radio Engineering for Wireless Communication and Sensor Applications (Artech House, 2003).
Professor Stefano Maci
University of Siena, Italy
Stefano MACI is a Full Professor of Antennas at the University of Siena, and Director of the PhD School of Information Engineering and Science (which presently includes about 60 PhD students). His present research interests are focused on high-frequency and beam representation methods, computational electromagnetics, large phased arrays, planar antennas, reflector antennas and feeds, metamaterials and metasurfaces.
In 2004 he founded the European School of Antennas (ESoA), a post graduate school that presently comprises 30 courses on Antennas, Propagation, Electromagnetic Theory, and Computational Electromagnetics and 150 teachers coming from 15 countries.
Stefano Maci is presently Director of ESoA, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EuRAAP), a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the URSI Commission B, a member elected of the AdCom of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, a member of the Governing Board of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Project “NewFocus”, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), a member of the Antennas and Propagation Executive Board of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, UK).
His research activity is documented in 10 book chapters, 110 papers published in international journals, (among which 76 on IEEE journals), and about 300 papers in proceedings of international conferences. His h index is 25, with more than 2000 citations (source Google Scholar).
Dr Cyril Mangenot
European Space Research and Technology Centre, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands
Cyril Mangenot received the Master in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. degrees from Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He did his DEA (Extensive Study Diploma) on modelling of printed patch antenna on cylindrical launcher structure with Matra Marconi Space (now Astrium SAS) and his Ph.D on power synthesis of shaped beam antenna patterns in partnership with Alcatel Espace (now Thales Alenia Space). From 1989 to 2002 he was with ALCATEL SPACE, first as an antenna engineer for Spaceborne radars then as Head of the Antenna studies section in the Antenna Department. Since 2002 he has been with the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands as Head of Antenna and sub-millimetre wave section in the Electromagnetics and Space Environment Division. His research interests are mainly in the field of array and multibeam antennas for satellite applications. He has co-authored 6 patents. He developed teaching experience with several contributions in high school and organised the 1st course on “antennas for space applications” as part of the European School of Antennas in 2006. He is a member of EurAAP and of the EuCAP steering committee as well as reviewer for IEEE Transactions on antennas and Propagation.
BAE Systems, UK
Jon Pinto currently manages the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group within BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre at Great Baddow near Chelmsford in the UK. This 15 strong team undertakes research and development of novel antenna concepts for a range of developmental and in-service military platforms for land, sea, air and space environments. Antennas under development vary from electrically small structures, to wide-band multi-function phased arrays, and satellite based array‑fed reflectors for global telecommunications links. Jon also has interests in EMC prediction, radar signature management, and underpinning technologies such as EM code development, frequency selective surfaces, meta-materials, and high performance computing. The group operates dedicated near and far-field antenna test facilities, these being used to characterize a diverse range of antennas from those used with missile seekers to air traffic control primary and secondary surveillance radars.
Jon was formerly the Engineering Group Leader for BAE Systems’ ATC Stealth Material Solutions Group, based in Towcester in Northamptonshire, UK. His interests were in the measurement and prediction of Radar Cross Section and the design of Radar Absorbent Materials.
Jon joined BAE Systems in 2000, having previously worked for the UK’s Ministry of Defence undertaking research into camouflage schemes for combat clothing and land vehicles.
Professor Joshua Le-Wei Li,
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Joshua Le-Wei Li (S'91-M'92-SM'96-F'05) received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from Xuzhou Normal University (XNU), Xuzhou, China, in 1984; M.Eng.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP), Xinxiang, China, in 1987; and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 1992, respectively.
In July-November 1992, he was a Research Fellow with Department of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University, sponsored by Department of Physics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. In November 1992-January 2011, he was with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore where he was a Professor and the Director of NUS Centre for Microwave and Radio Frequency. In 1999-2004, he was seconded with High Performance Computations on Engineered Systems (HPCES) Programme of Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) as a SMA Faculty Fellow. In May-July 2002, he was a Visiting Scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA; in October 2007, an Invited Professor with University of Paris VI, France; and in January and June 2008, an Invited Visiting Professor with Institute for Transmission, Waves and Photonics at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
He was selected in 2009 by Chinese 1000-Talent Scheme (Qian-Ren Ji-Hua) as a QRJH Chair (National) Professor at the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China where he is presently appointed as the Founding Director of Institute of Electromagnetics, Director of Centre for Space Polar Energy Microwave Power Transmission, and also Vice Chairman of University Academic Committee, all from UESTC. His current research interests include electromagnetic theory (e.g., dyadic Green's functions), computational electromagnetics (e.g., pre-corrected fast Fourier transform - P-FFT method and adaptive integral method -AIM), radio wave propagation and scattering in various media (e.g., chiral media, anisotropic media, bi-anisotropic media and metamaterials), microwave propagation and scattering in tropical environment, and analysis and design of various antennas (e.g., loop and wire antennas and microstrip antennas). In these areas, he has (co-)authored 4 books , 48 book chapters, over 320 international refereed journal papers, 49 regional refereed journal papers, and over 370 international conference papers.
Professor Yi Huang
The University of Liverpool, UK
Yi Huang (S’91–M’00–SM’06) received the B.Sc.degree in physics from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, the M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in microwave engineering from the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET), Nanjing, China, and the D.Phil. degree in communications from the
University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., in 1994. He has been conducting research in the areas of radio communications, applied electromagnetics, radars, and antennas for the past 25 years. His experience includes three years spent with NRIET (China) as a Radar Engineer and various periods with the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and Essex, in the U.K., as a member of research staff. He worked as a Research Fellow at British Telecom Labs in 1994, and then joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, U.K., as a Faculty in 1995, where he is now Professor of Wireless Engineering, the Head of High Frequency Engineering Research Group and M.Sc. Program Director.
He has published over 200 refereed papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings, and is the principal author of the popular book Antennas: from Theory to Practice (Wiley, 2008). He has received many research grants from research councils, government agencies, charity, EU, and industry, acted as a consultant to various companies, and served on a number of national and international technical committees and been an Editor, Associate Editor, or Guest Editor of four of international journals. Dr. Huang has been a keynote/invited speaker and organizer of many conferences and workshops (e.g., IEEE iWAT 2010, WiCom 2010, and Oxford International Engineering Programs). He is at present the Editor-in-Chief of Wireless Engineering and Technology, Leader of Focus Area D of European COST-IC0603 (Antennas and Sensors), Executive Committee Member of the IET Electromagnetics PN, and a Fellow of IET.
Professor Jie Zhang
The University of Sheffield, UK
He received his MEng and PhD degrees from the Department of Automatic Control and Electronic Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. From the beginning of 1997 to the end of 2001, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London (UCL), Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London, the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, and a Software Engineer with Aircom.
From Jan. 2002 to Jan. 2011, he was with the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire (UoB), UK, first as a Senior Lecturer, then becoming Reader in Wireless Communications and Professor of Wireless Communications and Networks in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Jie Zhang joined the Communications Group, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield to take a Chair in Wireless Systems, in Jan. 2011.
His research interests cover radio propagation, indoor-outdoor radio network planning and optimisation, femtocell, self-organising network (SON), smart building, smart city and smart grids etc. Since 2003, as the Principal Investigator, he has been awarded 17 projects worth over £4.0 million (his share). These projects are centred on new radio propagation models, UMTS/HSPA /LTE/WiMAX simulation, planning and optimization, indoor radio network design and femtocells.
Since 2006, he has published over 100 papers in referred journals and conferences. He is a lead author of the first technical book on femtocell – “Femtocells: Technologies and Deployment” (Wiley, Jan. 2010). He is an Area Editor of Computer Communications (Elsevier) and an Associate Editor of Telecommunication Systems (Springer).
EADS Astrium GmbH, Germany
He received BSc and MSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Alcala University in Madrid, in 2005 and 2007 respectively. In 2005 he visited the University of Rome-Torvergata to write his Bachelor Thesis about propagation modeling of Earth-Space links. In 2007 he joined the High Frequency Technologies group at the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne where he researched in the field of beamforming of smart antennas for MIMO wireless access. In 2009 he joined the EMC group at EADS-Cassidian in Madrid where he worked in EMC compliant aircraft design and antenna interference mitigation areas.
From October 2012 he is part of the RF-engineering group at Antenna Measurement technologies center at EADS-Astrium in Munich where he works in design of Compensated Compact Ranges used for satellite antenna and payload testing. Javier’s skills and competencies include technical expertise in electromagnetic measurement, RF-instrumentation and numerical simulation techniques.