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The IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program

2024 - 2026
Chow-Yen-Desmond Sim
Chow-Yen-Desmond Sim

Chow-Yen-Desmond Sim
Department of Electrical Engineering, Feng Chia University
No. 100, Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen, Taichung 40724, Taiwan

Chow-Yen-Desmond Sim is a distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Feng Chia University (FCU). He co-founded the Antennas and Microwave Circuits Innovation Research Center at FCU, and has been serving as the Director since 2016. He has published over 200 refereed papers in leading international journals and authored four books, including Microwave and Millimeter-wave Antenna Design for 5G Smartphone Applications (John Wiley, Jan 2023). His research interests include laptop antennas, vehicular antennas, reconfigurable antennas, array antennas, and practical RFID/NFC antenna designs and applications. His expertise extends to 5G Sub-7GHz/mmWave MIMO antenna designs for 5G smartphones.

Prof Sim’s involvement with IEEE societies includes serving as the Chapter Chair of the IEEE AP-Society, Taipei Chapter (Jan 2016 to Dec 2017), and as the founding Chapter Chair of the IEEE Council of RFID, Taipei Chapter (Oct 2017 to Dec 2020). He is the recipient of the IEEE AP-S Outstanding Reviewer Award (IEEE TAP) for eight consecutive years (2014 to 2021). In July 2018, he also received the Outstanding Associate Editor Award from the IEEE AWPL. He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Access (Aug 2016 to Jan 2021) and IEEE AWPL (Aug 2017 to Sep 2023). Currently, he holds the position of Associate Editor for the IEEE OJAP and IEEE JRFID. He is now a Fellow of IET, and a senior member of IEEE.

Titles of talks:

  • The Fascinating Journey of Laptop Antenna Design: From Single-Band WLAN to Multiband Wi-Fi 6E/7 Band
  • Sub-7GHz MIMO Antenna Designs for 5G Smartphone Applications
  • Millimeter-wave MIMO Antenna Designs for 5G Smartphone Applications
  • The Future Prospects of 6G Communication Technology (for general audience)
  • RFID and NFC Antennas for Wireless Applications
Professor Qammer H. Abbasi
Professor Qammer H. Abbasi

Professor Qammer H. Abbasi
James Watt School of Engineering
622, James Watt South Building,
University Avenue, G12 8QQ, University of Glasgow,
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Qammer H. Abbasi is a Professor of Applied Electromagnetics & Sensing with the James Watt School of Engineering, executive director for Communication Sensing and Imaging Hub and School theme lead for Connecting People priority at University of Glasgow, UK. He has grant portfolio of £12m+ and contributed to 450+ leading international technical journal and peer reviewed conference papers (including nature portfolio) and 11 books and received several recognitions for his research including URSI Young Scientist Awards 2019, UK exceptional talent endorsement by Royal Academy of Engineering, Sensor Young Scientist Award 2021, World Class Professor by Indonesian Ministry 2022, National talent pool award by Pakistan, International Young Scientist Award by NSFC China, University Research Excellence Award, Research Culture award commendation 2021 and University Wide Teaching Excellence Award 2022 at Glasgow, 11 best paper awards, Best chapter award 2021 as chair from IEEE APS and IEEE MTT both, Named one of the top 100 influential voices in 5G as per the June 2022 report "Who is Who in 5G?" by Analytica as few examples. In addition, his work received media coverage by Analog IC tips, Microwaves & RF newsletters, Vertical news, BBC news, Scotland TV, Fiercewireless, and many other media houses around the world.

Prof. Abbasi is Fellow of European Alliance of Innovation, Industrial Fellow for Royal Academy of Engineering (2022-2023), Fellow of Royal society of Arts, Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Senior member of IEEE. He is an Associate editor for IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, IEEE Sensors, IEEE Internet of Things, IEEE open journal of Antenna and Propagation and Scientific reports. He is/was a committee member for IEEE APS Young professional, Sub-committee chair for IEEE YP Ambassador program, IEEE 1906.1.1 standard on nano communication, IEEE APS/SC WG P145, IET Antenna & Propagation and healthcare network and Union of Radio Science Commission B UK representative. Prof. Abbasi has been a member of the technical program committees of several IEEE flagship conferences and technical reviewer for several IEEE and top notch journals and acted as TPC chair and executive chair for 4th, 5th and 6th international UCET conference 2019, 2020, 2021 in addition to EAI Bodynets 2021 General Chair, local organising chair IEEE WCNC2023, EUCAP 2024 and ICC2026. His research interests include antennas for 5G/6G, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, nano-scale EM communication, wearable and implantable sensors, Joint Sensing and Communication and Terahertz.

Titles of talks:

  • A next wave of Wireless Communication is Here: How 6G will Evolve and its Enablers?
  • Reconfigurable intelligent Surfaces and their applications in real life
  • Nano-scale Electromagnetic based Communication for Future Healthcare
  • Contactless Sustainable Healthcare for all using radio frequency sensing
  • How to get maximum from the supervision for both supervisor and supervisee (for general audience)
Dr Zhen Peng
Dr Zhen Peng

Dr Zhen Peng
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
306 N Wright St, Urbana, IL 61801

Zhen Peng is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE ILLINOIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. degree in electromagnetics and microwave engineering from the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China, in 2008. From 2008 to 2013, he was with the ElectroScience Laboratory, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, from 2008 to 2009, and then as a Senior Research Associate, from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2019, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, NM, USA.

His research interests are in the areas of computational, statistical, and applied electromagnetics. The goal is to simulate classical and quantum electrodynamic physics with intelligent algorithms on state-of-the-art computers, where virtual experiments can be performed for the prediction, discovery, and design of complex systems at unprecedented scales. The applications of his research work include advanced antennas, radio frequency integrated circuits, electromagnetic interference and compatibility, signal and power integrity, and wireless communication.

Dr. Peng is a recipient of the 2022 16th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation Best Electromagnetics Paper Award, 2021 30th Conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems (EPEPS) Best Conference Paper Award, 2019 IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium Best Paper Award, 2019 EPEPS Best Conference Paper Award, 2018 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2018 Best Transaction Paper Award - IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 2017 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Young Engineer Award, 2016 UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s Distinguished Researcher Award, 2015 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Early Career Award, 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award, multiple Young Scientist Awards and the advisor of Best Student Paper Awards from various conferences.

Titles of talks:

  • Physics-oriented Statistical Wave Analysis Integrating Order and Chaos
  • Domain Decomposition Methodology for Solving Maxwell’s Equations at Scale
  • Empowering Smart Radio Environments with Quantum Computing and Optimization
Dr. Sima Noghanian
Dr. Sima Noghanian

Dr. Sima Noghanian
CommScope Ruckess Networks
Sunnyvale, California, USA

Sima Noghanian is currently a Distinguished Hardware Engineer at CommScope Ruckus Networks. She is also an Antenna/RF consultant with Neuspera Medical Inc. Dr. Noghanian received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada which she took at the University of Waterloo in 2002. She was an Assistant Professor at the Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2002, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada (2003 – 2008). She was an Assistant/Associate Professor and the Director of the Applied Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of North Dakota, USA (2008 – 2018). She served as the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of North Dakota (2014 – 2016). She was a visiting professor at San Diego State University (2018). She was an Electromagnetic Application Engineer with PADT Inc. (2019-2020) and a Principal Antenna Design Engineering at Wafer LLC (2020 – 2021).

Dr. Noghanian is a senior member of IEEE, a fellow of ACES, and a senior member of URSI Commissions B and K. Dr. Noghanian currently serves as the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation (OJAP), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IET Microwave, Antennas and Propagation, Elsevier International Journal of Electronics and Communications, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal, and Frontiers in Antennas and Propagation. She was an associate editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2016 – 2022). She is a member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society AdCom (2023 – 2025). She served on the Fields Award Committee and New Technology Directions Committee (2021 – 2023). She is the USNC-URSI Commission K Chair (2024 – 2026).

Her research interests include antenna design and modeling, wearable and implanted antennas, 3D printed antennas, wireless power transfer, microwave imaging, and wireless channel modeling. She is the author of Microwave Tomography Book and has over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Titles of talks:

  • Empowering Connectivity: Wearable Antennas for WiFi and 5G Applications
  • Seamless Power: Implanted Antennas for Biomedical Wireless Power Transfer
  • Paths to Discovery: Navigating Between Academia and Industry - A Personal Journey (for general audience)
  • Biofriendly Antennas: Antennas made of Recyclable Materials (for general audience)
Prof. Konstantinos (Costas) Sarris
Prof. Konstantinos (Costas) Sarris

Prof. Konstantinos (Costas) Sarris
The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
10 King’s College Rd., Toronto, ON, M5S 3G4 Canada

Costas Sarris received the Diploma in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1997, and the M.Sc. degree in applied mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, both in 2002.

He is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. His research area is computational electromagnetics, with an emphasis on time-domain modeling, adaptive mesh refinement, enhanced stability, and higher order methods. He also works on physics-based wireless propagation models (with full-wave, asymptotic, and hybrid techniques), uncertainty quantification, and scientific machine learning.

Dr. Sarris was a recipient of the 2021 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, the IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2013 and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government in 2007. He was the TPC Chair of the 2015 IEEE AP-S International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and the CNC/USNC Joint Meeting, the 2019 and 2023 MTT-S Numerical Electromagnetics, Multiphysics and Optimization (NEMO) Conference, the TPC Vice-Chair of the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, and the Chair of the MTT-S Technical Committee on Field Theory and Numerical Electromagnetics (2018–2020). Since 2019, he has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE JOURNAL ON MULTISCALE AND MULTIPHYSICS COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES. He was a Guest Editor of the IEEE Microwave Magazine’s Special Issue on machine learning for microwave engineering (October 2021), and an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES (2009–2013) and the IEEE MICROWAVE AND WIRELESS COMPONENTS LETTERS (2007–2009).

Prof. Sarris has received multiple teaching awards for his work on undergraduate electromagnetic courses, including the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Teaching Award in 2021.

Titles of talks:

  • The transformative impact of machine learning enabled computational electromagnetics on the future of wireless (general audience)
  • Scientific machine learning for electromagnetic field computations
  • From propagation models to physics-based digital twins of emerging wireless communication systems
  • Realistic propagation models for RIS-enabled communication channels
  • Efficient FDTD-based modeling of finite periodic structures
2023 - 2025
Maokun LI
Maokun LI

Maokun LI
Department of Electronic Engineering
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Maokun LI is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received his B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2002, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2007, respectively. After graduation, he joined Schlumberger-Doll Research as a research scientist. In June 2014, he joined the department of electronic engineering at Tsinghua University. His research interests include fast algorithms in computational electromagnetics and electromagnetic inverse problems.

He served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is also a member of the AP-S membership and benefits committee. He received the 2017 IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Innovative Conference Paper Award, the 2019 PIERS Young Scientist Award, 2021 Instructor Award for Excellent Ph.D. Thesis by China Education Society of Electronics.

Titles of talks:

  • Electromagnetic sensing and imaging (for general audience)
  • Application of deep learning techniques to computational electromagnetics
  • Physics-embedded deep learning techniques for EM modeling and data inversion
  • Multiphysics imaging for human thorax
  • Nonlinear multiphysics joint inversion for geophysical and biomedical imaging
  • A Model-based inversion algorithm for electromagnetic data
Mohammad S. Sharawi
Mohammad S. Sharawi

Mohammad S. Sharawi
Polytechnique Montreal (University of Montreal)
2500 Chemin de Polytechnique Montréal, Québec, H3T1J4, Canada

Prof Mohammad S. Sharawi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is also a member of the Poly-Grames Research Center at Polytechnique. He was with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, between 2009-2018. He founded and directed the Antennas and Microwave Structure Design Laboratory (AMSDL) at KFUPM. He was a visiting Professor at the Intelligent Radio (iRadio) Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during the Summer-Fall of 2014.

Prof. Sharawi’s areas of research include Multiband Printed Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) Antenna systems, Reconfigurable and Active integrated Antennas, Applied Electromagnetics, Shared-aperture structures and multi-function systems and antennas, Millimeter-wave MIMO antennas, encapsulated Dielectric Antennas, and on package antennas. He has more than 350 papers published in refereed journals and international conferences, 11 book chapters, one single authored book entitled “Printed MIMO Antenna Engineering,” Artech House, 2014, and the lead author of the recent book “Design and Applications of Active Integrated Antennas,” Artech house, 2018. He has 28 issued/granted and 8 pending patents in the United States Patent Office (USPO). He is serving/served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE AWPL, IEEE OJAP, and IET MAP. He is an Area Editor (Antennas and Microwave Devices and Systems) for Wiley Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (MOP). He served on the Technical and organizational program committees of several international conferences such as EuCAP, APS, IMWS-5G, APCAP, iWAT among many others. Prof. Sharawi is a member of the IEEE Member benefits committee, and the person managing the APS Student travel grant. He is serving as the EuRAAP delegate for north America. He is also the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Montréal chapter chair.

Titles of talks:

  • The Dawn of Multi-Function, Multi-Standard Shared Aperture Antenna Systems
  • Active Integrated Antennas: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Advances in Antenna Systems for Future Wireless Terminals
Yihong Qi
Yihong Qi

Yihong Qi
President and Chief scientist
General Test Systems, Inc.

Dr Yihong Qi is an engineer, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is President and Chief scientist of General Test Systems, Inc., Shenzhen, China. He is founder of Pontosense Inc., Mercku Inc. Canada and Link-E, Zhuhai, China. He is an Honorary Professor at Xidian University and Southwest Jiaotong University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the EMC Laboratory, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA; Western University, Ontario, Canada; Dalian Maritime University, China.

Dr Qi is an inventor of more than 500 published and pending patents. He has published more than130 academic papers. From 1995 to 2010, he was with Research in Motion (Blackberry), Waterloo, ON, where he was the Director of Advanced Electromagnetic Research. He was founding Chairman of the IEEE EMC society TC-12. He is associate editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal and IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility.

Dr Qi was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE EMC Society. He has received an IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. His inventions won 2019, 2020 CES innovation awards, 2021 CES Network Product award, 2022 CES Wellbeing Product award, Red Dot award, IEEE HI-TC industrial award among other awards. He is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association.

Titles of talks:

  • Quality Wideband Linear Array
  • Over the Air Measurement
  • WISe: Wireless Intelligent Sensing
Yi Huang
Yi Huang

Yi Huang
Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics
University of Liverpool, UK

Prof Yi Huang has been conducting research in the areas of antennas, wireless communications, applied electromagnetics, radar, measurements, and EMC since 1987. More recently, he is working on antenna developments using liquid and new materials, wireless energy harvesting and power transfer. His experience includes 3 years spent with NRIET (China) as a Radar Engineer and various periods with the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and Essex in the UK 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 & Electronics, the University of Liverpool, UK as a Faculty in 1995, where he is now a full Professor in Wireless Engineering and the Head of High-Frequency Engineering Group.

Prof Huang has published over 500 refereed papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings and authored four books, including Antennas: from Theory to Practice (John Wiley, 2008, 2021). He has received many patents, and research grants from research councils, government agencies, charities, EU, and industry, and is a recipient of over 10 awards (e.g. BAE Systems Chairman’s Award 2017, IET, and Best Paper Awards). He has served on a number of national and international technical committees and has been an Editor, Associate Editor, or Guest Editor of five international journals. In addition, he has been a keynote/invited speaker and organiser of many conferences and workshops (e.g. IEEE iWAT2010, LAPC2012, and EuCAP2018). He is at present an Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, UK and Ireland Rep to the European Association of Antenna and Propagation (EurAAP), a Fellow of IET, and a Fellow of IEEE.

Titles of talks:

  • Wireless Energy Harvesting and Power Transfer (general)
  • Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Harvesting using New Materials.
  • Liquid antennas for radio communications.
  • Wireless Charging for Medical, EV, and IoT Applications.
Ahmad Hoorfar
Ahmad Hoorfar

Ahmad Hoorfar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA

Prof Ahmad Hoorfar is a professor and graduate chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the director of the Antenna Research Laboratory at Villanova University. He received his B.S. in electronics engineering from the University of Tehran and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research contributions over the last thirty-five years cover areas in electromagnetic field theory, numerical modeling and novel designs of multifunction printed and low-profile antennas, metamaterial media and surfaces, inverse scattering, microwave sensing and imaging, and stochastic optimization methods. He has been a pioneer in the development and application of evolutionary and global optimization algorithms in electromagnetics, development of electromagnetic-based techniques for through-the-wall radar imaging (TWRI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR), compressive sensing applied to GPR and TWRI, and the use of the mathematical concept of space-filling curves in design of electrically small antennas, RFID tags, artificial magnetic conductors, and metasurfaces.

Dr. Hoorfar is a life Fellow member of IEEE, a member of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission B, and a member of the Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts. He was the recipient of Villanova University’s Outstanding Faculty Research Scholar Award in 2007, and the recipient of the Philadelphia section ‘IEEE chapter of the year award' for his leadership in chairing the AP/MTT joint chapter in 1995. He was the general chair of the 12th and 13th Benjamin Franklin Symposia in Microwave and Antenna Technology held in 1994 and 1995, and co-organizer of the 22nd Antenna Measurement Technique Association (AMTA) Symposium in 2000, as well as a member of the organizing committee of the 2003 and 2018 IEEE International Microwave Symposia in Philadelphia. He has served on the review board of various IEEE and other technical publications and has also been on the technical program committees of numerous international symposia and conferences, including IEEE AP-S, IEEE MTT, IEEE Aerospace, IEEE Radio and Wireless, IEEE Radar Conference, International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and Progress in Electromagnetic Research symposia. Dr. Hoorfar spent his sabbatical leaves in 2002 and 2009 at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, where he contributed to the development of a general optimization code for design of feed horns for NASA’s deep space communication network.

Titles of talks:

  • Seeing Through Walls: An Electromagnetic Perspective (for general audience)
  • Nature-inspired Optimization Techniques in Electromagnetics
  • Electrodynamics of Space-filling Curves and their Antenna and Metamaterial Applications
  • Real-Time and Sparse-Reconstructed Radar Imaging Through Stratified Media
  • Advances in Inverse Profiling of Subsurface Dielectric Objects Using Stochastic Optimization Techniques
2022 - 2024
Reyhan Baktur
Reyhan Baktur

Dr Reyhan Baktur
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
150 EL 4120 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT84322-4120

Reyhan Baktur is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Utah State University (USU). Her research interests include antennas and microwave engineering with a focus on antenna design for CubeSats; optically transparent antennas; multifunctional integrated antennas, sensors, and microwave circuits.

She is affiliated with the Center for Space Engineering at USU, the Space Dynamics Laboratory (the university affiliated research center), and collaborates with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Baktur is an AdCom member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and is active in US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science, serving as the Vice Chair for Commission B, and the Inaugural Chair for the Women in Radio Science.

She is passionate and committed to electromagnetic education and student recruiting by introducing CubeSat projects in undergraduate classrooms. She is the recipient of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s (APS) the Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2013 and has been actively serving IEEE APS student paper competition and student design contest.

Titles of talks:

  • CubeSat Antennas and Link Budget Analysis
  • Integrated Solar-Pannel Antennas
  • Introduction to CubeSats (for general audience)
  • Optically Transparent Antennas
  • Low-Cost and Effective Electromagnetics and Antennas Class Projects
Debatosh Guha
Debatosh Guha

Professor Debatosh Guha
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics
University of Calcutta, 92, A. P. C. Road
Kolkata 700009, India

Debatosh Guha is a Professor in Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, India. He has also closely worked with several wireless industries and R&D Laboratories at home and abroad. He has authored and coauthored over 200 technical papers in the leading journals and conferences along with a reference book published by Wiley, UK in 2011. His research contributions have been featured in the recent editions of most of the text and handbooks on Antennas.

Dr. Guha is Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellow. He has been a Fellow of IEEE since 2017, received the IEEE AP-S Raj Mittra Travel Grant award in 2012, and was a recipient of the 1996 URSI Young Scientist Award. He also received the 2016 Ramlal Wadhwa Arad from the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India. He a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, India, and the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology. He is full member of Sigma Xi. He was appointed as a HAL Chair Professor (visiting) at the Indian Institutes of Technology Kharagpur in 2015 and the Director of the Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN) at the University of Calcutta in 2017.

Dr. Guha has served IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2014-2019) and IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (since 2016) as an Associate Editor, and also IEEE APS Field Award Committee (2017-2019) and IEEE Technical Committee on Antenna Measurement (2021) as a member.

Titles of talks:

  • Is antenna made of mathematics?- Search for a missing link between Maxwell’s theory and Practice
  • Uniformly Low Cross-Polar Design of Planar Antenna and Arrays: Advances in Engineering and New Insights
  • Mysteries in Dielectric Resonator Modes and Some Techniques for Advanced Antenna Designs
  • Metallodielectric Composite Resonant Structures - A new Paradigm in Antenna Design
Yongxin Guo
Yongxin Guo

Professor Yongxin Guo
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore
4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117583

Yongxin Guo received the B.Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from City University of Hong Kong, all in electronic engineering, in 1992, 1995 and 2001, respectively.

Dr Guo is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). Concurrently, He is Director of the Center for Peak of Excellence on Smart Medical Technology at NUS Suzhou Research Institute and Co-Director of the Center for Smart Sensing and Artificial Intelligence, NUS Chongqing Research Institute. He has authored or co-authored over 500 international journal and conference papers and 4 book chapters. He holds over 40 granted/filed patents in USA, China and Singapore. His current research interests include RF sensing, antennas and electromagnetics in medicine; wireless power for biomedical applications and internet of things; wideband and small antennas for wireless communications; and RF and microwave circuits and MMIC modelling and design. He has graduated 18 PhD students at NUS.

Dr Guo is an IEEE Fellow. He is serving as Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwave in Medicine and Biology for the term of 2020-2023. He served as the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee for IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2019-2020). Dr Guo was the Chair for IEEE AP-S Technical Committee on Antenna Measurement in 2018-2020. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine (2018-2020), IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwave in Medicine and Biology (2017 – 2020), Electronics Letters (2015-2019), IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2013-2018), and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation (2014-2017). He has served as General Chair/Co-Chair for a number of international conferences. He was the recipient of 2020 IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters Tatsuo Itoh Prize of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Titles of talks:

  • Antennas in Medicine: Miniaturization, Bandwidth Enhancement, and Multi-Polarization
  • Efficient Wireless Power Transfer for IoTs and Biomedical Applications
  • Wideband Millimeter-Wave Antennas for Emerging Wireless Communication
  • Novel Antennas Using Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
Atif Shamim
Atif Shamim

Dr Atif Shamim
IMPACT Lab, Electrical Engineering
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Atif Shamim received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Carleton University, Canada in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He was an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholar at Carleton University from 2007 till 2009 and an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in 2009-2010 at Royal Military College Canada and KAUST. In August 2010, he joined the Electrical Engineering Program at KAUST, where he is currently an Associate Professor and principal investigator of IMPACT Lab. He was an invited researcher at the VTT Micro-Modules Research Center (Oulu, Finland) in 2006. His research work has won best paper awards in IEEE IMS 2016, IEEE MECAP 2016, IEEE EuWiT 2008, first prize in IEEE IMS 2019 3MT competition and finalist/honorable mention prizes in IEEE APS Design Competition 2020, IEEE APS 2005, IEEE IMS 2014, IEEE IMS 2017 (3MT competition), R. W. P. King IEEE Award for journal papers in IEEE TAP 2017 and 2020. He was given the Ottawa Centre of Research Innovation (OCRI) Researcher of the Year Award in 2008 in Canada. His work on Wireless Dosimeter won the ITAC SMC Award at Canadian Microelectronics TEXPO in 2007. Prof Shamim has also won numerous business-related awards, including 1st prize in Canada’s national business plan competition and was awarded OCRI Entrepreneur of the year award in 2010. He has won the Kings Prize for the best innovation of the year (2018) for his work on sensors for the oil industry. He is an author of 1 Book, 3 Book Chapters and more than 250 publications, an inventor on 35 patents and has given more than 70 invited talks at various international forums. His research interests are in innovative antenna designs and their integration strategies with circuits and sensors for flexible and wearable wireless sensing systems through a combination of CMOS and additive manufacturing technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Member of IEEE APS Measurements Committee and IEEE MTT Microwave Control Techniques Committee, founded the first IEEE AP/MTT chapter in Saudi Arabia (2013) and served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2013-2019), as a Guest Editor for IEEE AWPL Special issue (2019), and is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

Titles of talks:

  • On-Chip Antennas: The Last Barrier to True RF System-on-Chip
  • 3D Quasi-Isotropic Antenna-on-Package Design
  • Magnetically Controlled Reconfigurable Antenna Design
  • (Suitable for General Audience): Flexible, Wearable, Disposable Wireless Communication and Sensing Systems Through Additive Manufacturing
Giovanni Toso
Giovanni Toso

Dr Giovanni Toso
Antenna and Sub-Millimeter Wave Section
Radio Frequency Payloads & Technology Division
European Space Agency, ESA ESTEC
Keplerlaan 1, PB 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Giovanni Toso received the Laurea Degree (cum laude), the Ph.D. and the Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992, 1995 and 1999. In 1996 he was visiting scientist at the Laboratoire d'Optique Electromagnétique, Marseille (France). In 1999 he was a visiting scientist at the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles, received a scholarship from Alenia Spazio (Rome, Italy) and has been appointed researcher in a Radio Astronomy Observatory of the Italian National Council of Researches (CNR). Since 2000 he is with the Antenna and Submillimeter Waves Section of the European Space Agency, ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. He has been initiating several R&D activities on satellite antennas based on arrays, reflectarrays, discrete lenses and reflectors. In particular, in the field of onboard satellite antennas, he has been coordinating activities on multi-beam antennas (active and passive). In the field of terminal antennas for telecom applications, he has supported the developments of reconfigurable antennas with electronic, mechanical and hybrid scanning; some of these antennas are now available in the market. He has been supporting the development of the software tool QUPES by TICRA, now used worldwide, for the analysis and design of periodic and quasi-periodic surfaces such as reflectarrays, frequency selective surfaces, transmitarrays and polarizers. He has co-authored more than 400 papers published in peer reviewed professional journals and international conferences’ proceedings, and holds more than 20 international patents. In 2009 together with S. Selleri they co-edited the Special Issue on Active Antennas for Satellite Applications for the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. In 2014 he has been guest editor, together with R. Mailloux, of the Special Issue on “Innovative Phased array antennas based on non-regular lattices and overlapped subarrays” published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and, for the same society, has been an Associate Editor (2013-2016). Since the first edition in 2006 he has supported the European School of Antennas (ESoA) course on Satellite Antennas. Since 2010, with P. Angeletti, he has been instructing short courses on Multibeam Antennas and Beamforming Networks during international conferences (IEEE APS, IEEE IMS, IEEE IWCS, EUCAP, EuMW) attended by more than 850 participants. In 2018, he was chairman of the 39th ESA Antenna Workshop on “Multi-beam and Reconfigurable Antennas”. In the same year he together with A. Skrivervik and out of 101 teachers received the 2018 ESoA Best Teacher Award. G. He is organising the ESoA course on Active Antennas.

Titles of talks:

  • Multibeam Antennas for Satellite, MIMO and 5G communications (for general audience)
  • Active Antennas with reduced complexity (for general audience)
  • Two- and three-dimensional discrete lens antennas

The IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturer Program Handbook

The IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) provides experts, the Distinguished Lecturers (DLs), who are financially supported to visit active AP-S Chapters around the world and give lectures on topics of interest and importance to the AP community.

Each active Chapter can request a maximum of two DL visits per year. One of the two visits may be from a former DL. A third DL per year may be obtained when a Chapter organizes a workshop and requests a DL for it. If a DL visits a particular Chapter, and then also visits one or more nearby chapters as part of the same trip, the visit will normally count towards the DL allotment of the Chapter that originally invited the DL, and not towards the other nearby Chapters.

A visit request by a Chapter must be approved by the Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) prior to the Chapter making an official commitment to a DL. Permission for additional DL visits to a Chapter is contingent on funds, and needs approval by the DLP Chair and the AP-S Treasurer.

Normally DLs visit AP-S Chapters, but Sections or Councils may also be visited with permission of the DLP Chair, who should receive some assurance that a reasonable number of AP-S members will be present at the meeting. A DL visit to a Student Branch Chapter of AP-S requires special approval by the DLP Chair. Such visits will be allowed if there is evidence of significant potential attendance, as well as approval of the local AP-S Chapter, if one exists in the local area.

Distinguished Lecturer (DL) travel funding scheme was significantly changed in 2018 to make it farer for all chapters, chapter members and distinguished lecturers from all parts of the world, including remote parts in large IEEE Regions such as Region 8, 9 and 10. In the new scheme, the AP-S Society will normally reimburse travel expenses incurred by a Distinguished Lecturer up to $1,250 (USD) for each chapter visited and lectured. One exception is when travel from the lecturer’s home location to the first lecture venue, or between two consequent lecture venues, exceeds 7 hours of flying time in the fastest route available. In that case, expenses for travelling to the chapter(s) that require such long-distance travel are reimbursable up to $2,500. Note that, as before, the amount is per chapter visited and not per lecture given. There is no limit on the number of chapters that may be visited during each trip, but approval from the DL Program Committee (DLPC) Chair must be obtained (prior to travel) for each chapter to be visited. In fact, multi-chapter tours are strongly encouraged for better use of society funds.

It is allowed for a DL to combine a Chapter visit with a visit to another organization or event (such as a company, a conference, etc.), but only the part of the trip that relates to the Chapter visit will be funded by the Distinguished Lecturer Program.

The Chair appoints DLs upon advice from the Distinguished Lecturer Committee that selects the DLs among the candidates, who may be invited by the Committee, nominated by someone, or self-nominated. The Chapters are strongly encouraged to use this program as a means to make their local AP community aware of the most recent scientific and technological trends.

Every year The Chair announces a call for nomination of candidates to be considered as Distinguished Lecturers, and the selection process.

 Requesting A Distinguished Lecture.

The AP Society DL Program, commended by the IEEE Society Review Panel in 2018, is one of the most flexible in IEEE and it gives the freedom for chapter executives to request a DL at any time in the year. Each AP chapter is eligible to request up to two lectures each year as the primary inviter. All distinguished lectures should be free of charge to all members of the Society, and preferably to all IEEE members. The process is to request a lecture is outlined below:

  1. Chapter executives discuss the possibility of hosting a lecture with a DL and agree on tentative dates.
  2. Either the Chapter Chair/delegate or the DL requests the lecture tour by filing out the cells in Columns A to L in the spreadsheet (entitled “DL Program Request Form and Report”) that can be downloaded from the AP Society website Distinguished Lecture Program Section and emailing it to the DL Program Committee (DLPC) Chair. Status Code in Column A should be 1. Date and Venue can be tentative and Time and Venue Details can be left blank.
  3. The DLPC Chair approves the request by email and cc the Society Treasurer or decline the request with reasons.
  4. As soon as approved, the requester shall share the DLPC Cahir’s approval email with all other parties involved
  5. The Chapter Chair/delegate shall create a vTools event in the web for the lecture, and send at least one IEEE eNotice to all chapter members to announce the lecture. All eNotices, flyers and webpages should clearly indicate that the lecture is sponsored by IEEE AP Society Distinguished Lecturer Program. Then, the Chapter Chair/delegate emails the DL the URL of the vTools event.
  6. Where possible, the DL attempts to give multiple lectures in different chapters in the same tour, especially when international travel is involved, for best use of society funds.
  7. Within two weeks from the lecture, the Chapter Chair/delegate shall complete the Blue columns (O to AA) of the spreadsheet and email it to the DLPC Chair and to the DL. The DL updates the Green columns (A to N) and email the spreadsheet to the DLPC Chair, and cc the Chapter Chair/delegate. All cells from A to AA should be complete to meet the reporting requirement.
  8. Future lecture approvals to the same chapter are subject to receiving the completed spreadsheet by the DL Program Chair in time.
  9. The DL shall submit an Expense Report to the Society Treasurer within 60 days from travel, to claim the expenses, following guidelines in the DL Program Handbook and IEEE Travel Policy.

 Tips for Distinguished Lecturer Nomination.

New DLs are selected in accordance with very specific selection criteria. Each member of the selection panel provides numerical marks for each applicant for each criterion and the final selection is based entirely on merit. Please note that the criteria here are significantly different to many other awards, including IEEE Fellow recognition and AP-S Field Awards, thus the nominators should pay careful attention to the criteria in the Call for IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturers.

Some applicants have informed me that preparing a 10-minute video clip for submission is the most challenging part of the application preparation and, having done it myself previously, I agree. Allow time for this and start preparing well before the deadline. The objective here is to impress the selection panel with your communication and presentation skills. You can also make use of this video to prove that your lecture is interesting and relevant to the wider AP community. Avoid focusing on yourself for extended periods when making the video, rather focus on your content as much as possible. I have seen video clips that do not contain the face of the lecturer at all but are still very strong in proving the point and getting the message across to the audience. Use an appropriate pointing device when required. A recording of a lecture given to an audience is often not suitable for this purpose. It is advisable to make a clip solely for this purpose, using whatever hardware you have access to. Expensive hardware is not required.

As always, your feedback on the Distinguished Lecturer Program is welcome by me and the Committee.

Levent Sevgi
Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair
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Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair

Professor Levent Sevgi,
Department of Electric – Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences Istanbul ATLAS University

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Past Chairs:

Kwai Man Luk
Peter de Maagt
Danilo Erricolo
David Jackson
Dan Schaubert
Prabhakar Pathak
Karu Esselle

Past Distinguished Lecturer Appointments