2017 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  1. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Thomas Eibert, Technische Universität München

    Thomas F. Eibert received the Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in electrical engineering from Fachhochschule Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany, the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, and the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, in 1989, 1992, and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 1998, he was with the Radiation Laboratory, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. From 1998 to 2002, he was with Deutsche Telekom, Darmstadt, Germany. From 2002 to 2005, he was with the Institute for High-Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques of FGAN e.V., Wachtberg, Germany, where he was the Head of the Department of Antennas and Scattering. From 2005 to 2008, he was a Professor of Radio Frequency Technology with the Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2008, he has been a Professor of High-Frequency Engineering with the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany. His current research interests include numerical electromagnetics, wave propagation, measurement and field transformation techniques for antennas and scattering, and all kinds of antenna and microwave circuit technologies for sensors and communications.

  2. Towards Flexible Antenna Measurements and Field Transformations in Arbitrary Environments

    Due to the continuously increasing use of electromagnetic services for communications and sensor functionalities, the accurate and reliable characterization of antennas by measurements becomes increasingly important. Traditionally, antenna measurements have been performed in very specialized measurement chambers, which are very expensive and not very flexible in use. The antennas must be brought into the chamber and the measurements must be performed with great care. Due to reduced size requirements for the chamber, near-field measurements with subsequent near-field far-field transformations have become standard over the past years. A particular requirement of near-field measurements is the need to measure amplitude and phase in very many measurement locations, in the ideal case on a closed surface around the test object, where phase coherence must be maintained among all measurement values. Classical near-field far-field transformation approaches were also designed for very specialized and inflexible measurement configurations, such as for spherical measurements with equidistant sampling or for measurement planes with equidistant sampling. In recent years, more flexible near-field far-field transformation approaches have been established which allow for much more flexibility and which give more insight into the radiation mechanisms of the test antennas at the same time. With such novel transformation capabilities, completely new measurement scenarios can be thought of, where it seems possible that we have very flexible and portable measurement solutions in a couple of years, which “can come” to the antenna, where ever it is, and not vice versa.
    Starting from basic considerations of antenna measurements, the presentation will introduce a very flexible and powerful near-field far-field transformation approach, which is able to transform measured fields in arbitrary locations and measured with more or less arbitrary probes. Based on these considerations, the capabilities of this approach will be demonstrated for a variety of near-field measurements, where far-field results and diagnostic capabilities will be discussed. Due to their increasing importance, measurement scenarios for automobiles will be considered, where the automobile is e.g. located on a metallic ground plane. Since the measurement of coherent phases can be problematic in many applications, the possibility of phaseless measurements with subsequent near-field far-field transformation will be considered and approaches towards near-field measurements and transformations in fully reflective environments will also be discussed. The presentation will close by looking into concepts of drone based near-field measurements and transformations.

  3. Prof. Dr. Arokiaswami Alphones, Nanyang Technological University

    A Alphones received his B.Tech. from Madras Institute of Technology in 1982, M.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1984 and Ph.D. degree in Optically Controlled Millimeter wave Circuits from Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan) in 1992. He was a JSPS visiting fellow from 1996-97 at Japan. During 1997-2001, he was with Centre for Wireless Communications, National University of Singapore involved in the research on optically controlled passive/active devices. Since 2001 he is Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has 30 years of research experience. He has published and presented over 260 technical papers in peer reviewed International Journals/ Conferences. His current interests are electro-magnetic analysis on planar RF circuits and integrated optics, microwave photonics, metamaterial based leaky wave antennas and wireless power transfer technologies. He was involved many IEEE flagship conferences held in Singapore and General Chair of APMC 2009, MWP 2011 and TENCON 2016. He was the chairman of IEEE Singapore section during 2015-2016 and a senior member of IEEE. He is also the panel member of IEEE Conference Quality Committee.

    Wireless Power Transfer Technology

    Abstract: Wireless power transfer (WPT) technology is recently undergoing intense investigations in both academia and industry. WPT refers to the transmission of electrical energy without a direct physical cable connection, which in turn, useful to electrify a number of electrical loads where the use of cables is hazardous, inconvenient, or impossible. There have been many types of wireless energy transfer technologies including laser, photoelectric, radio waves, microwaves, capacitive coupling and inductive coupling. Out of these, inductive coupling techniques based on the resonance principle has gain an increased attention, as it is capable of delivering power with acceptable efficiency up to sub-centimeter distances. WPT has been exploited in a wide range of applications such as biomedical implants, electric vehicles, sensor networks and industrial automations. This talk will cover the overview on WPT and key performance indicators for this technology.

  4. Prof.Dr. Yifan Chen, Waikato University, New ZealandDr. Yifan Chen is a Professor of Engineering and the Associate Dean External Engagement for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. From 2012 to 2016, he was a Professor and the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, appointed through the Recruitment Program of Global Experts (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”). In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor with Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer with the University of Greenwich and Newcastle University, U.K. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Project Officer and then a Research Fellow with Singapore-University of Washington Alliance in bioengineering, supported by Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the University of Washington at Seattle, USA. He received the B.Eng. (Hons I) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.Professor Chen’s current research interests include electromagnetic medical imaging and diagnosis, transient communication with application to healthcare, touchable communication and computation with application to targeted drug delivery and contrast-enhanced medical imaging, fundamentals and applications of nanoscale and molecular communications, and channel modelling for next-generation wireless systems and networks. He is the Coordinator of the European FP7 “CoNHealth” project on intelligent medical ICT, an elected Working Group Co-leader of the European COST Action TD1301 “MiMed” project on microwave medical imaging, an Advisory Committee Member of the European Horizon 2020 “CIRCLE” project on molecular communications, a Voting Member of the IEEE Standards Development Working Group 1906.1 on nanoscale and molecular communications, an Editor for IEEE ComSoc Best Readings in Nanoscale Communication Networks and IEEE Access Special Section in Nano-antennas, Nano-transceivers, and Nano-networks/Communications, and a Vice Chair of the IEEE Nano-scale, Molecular and Quantum Networking Emerging Technical Subcommittee. He also served as a Tutorial and Special Session Chair of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES), a Technical Program Chair of the 2017 IEEE Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems Symposium (EDAPS), a Technical Program Chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems (ISPACS), a General Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICCS), a Technical Symposium Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC), and a Technical Program Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China (ICCE China). He is a Fellow of IET and a Senior Member of IEEE.

    “From Biologically Inspired ICT to ICT Inspired Biomedicine”

    Abstract – Nature’s blueprints have inspired exciting new fields of science such as bio-inspired computing and communication, creating problem-solving and information transmission techniques using insights from natural systems. The emerging molecular communication paradigm mimics existing communication mechanisms among microorganisms and utilizes biological molecules both as carriers and as information. On the other hand, we can ‘look the other way’ by exploiting communication and computing strategies for biomedicine. C ommunication-inspired bio-delivery models drug transport as an information sending and receiving process, which allows for the utilization of classical communication models, techniques, and protocols to design optimally targeted therapies. Furthermore, computing-inspired cancer detection can be viewed as a form of natural computing; it is nanomachine-oriented, externally controllable and trackable. Such a perspective can lay a foundation for the application of numerous computational techniques in the quest to design optimal cancer detection procedures. In this talk I will review the latest advancement in the exciting field of communication- and computing-inspired biomedicine.

  5. Dr.-Ing. Wahju Sediono,  International Islamic University Malaysia

    Wahju Sediono received Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1997, and the Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering and information technology from Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany, in 2003. He is Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, the International Islamic University, Malaysia. Previously, he worked with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Jakarta (until 2010), and was involved in the development of the first Indonesian FMCW maritime radar with Radar and Communication Systems (RCS) in Jakarta. His research interests include signal and image processing, intelligent radar and navigation systems, biomedical instrumentation and finite element method. Dr. Sediono is a member of VDI and senior member of IEEE.


    At present, radar has become a standard system on all commercial vessels, and is widely used in the leisure maritime sector. Especially in the area with high dense vessel traffic, radar retains its primary role in collision avoidance. The use of radar as primary navigational aid as well as safety tool is still an essential part of safe watch-keeping.

    There are two types of radars: pulse and continuous wave radar. In a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar system, the radar device continuously transmits electromagnetic signals whose frequencies are modulated to detect targets in the surrounding area. Compared to more common conventional pulse radar, FMCW radar uses low power to transmit its signals. By applying the Fourier transform, radar echoes coming from targets at a particular direction are projected onto a radial path on the display screen. When the radar antenna performed one full cycle rotation and received all radar echoes from every direction, we will obtain a complete two dimensional radar image.

    A skilled radar operator can visually recognize certain targets (e.g. suspicious moving targets) among other objects within the radar image. However, this visual method will work only in good weather conditions in which the effects of clutters are negligible small. In other situations, where the clutter effects cannot be neglected anymore, it is very difficult –if it is not impossible– for human eyes to detect and recognize real targets from the noisy radar image. In fact, very similar situations are often encountered when the FMCW radar is operated as marine radar during a sea voyage. In such a situation, only an experienced radar operator can perform the recognition task without great difficulties. Thus, in either situation, automatic target recognition is very useful for the operation of an FMCW radar. This feature can significantly improve the performance of an FMCW radar and hence increase the safety of a sea voyage.