Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the design fundamentals of reconfigurable antennas and arrays.
The course covers application oriented topics by motivating design drivers with specific case studies and showing some examples of current research developments. Background information will be also provided on basic array theory, semiconductor technology and integration aspects.
The course incudes two hands-on sessions on reconfigurable antennas and on phased arrays. A case study on automotive radars will allow attendees to have an industrial perspective of reconfigurable arrays. The course will be concluded by a lab visit and by a live demo.
The course is organized by the European School of Antennas in collaboration with the School of Advanced Professional Studies (Ulm University) and within the framework of the EuMA Courses on Microwaves (EuCoM).
For more information please read the course brochure or the detailed course program
General informationDoctoral Course
Ulm University, Germany
August 31 – September 4 2015
Course schedule: 25hrs of teaching - 6hrs of laboratory - 4hrs of personal exercises
Availability: 20 students
- Antenna basic theory
- Familiarity with RF Systems, Microwave Circuits and RFIC
• Non- profit institution : €450*
• Profit institution: €890* (discounted double industrial registration fee: €1500)
* €10 discount for IEEE, IET and EuMA members
Additional Info: the course gives 1.5 ECTS credits
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July, 7 2015 - New scholarship available!
We are pleased to announce a * new scholarship * for the participation to the Doctoral Course on “Reconfigurable antennas and arrays”. The * new scholarship * is offered by the European Microwave Association (EuMA).
August, 8 2015 - So far, only 3 places left!
Due the high demand, we had to increase the maximum
number of participants from 20 to 30 students and only * 3 places * are still available. Do not miss the opportunity to join us in Ulm. Please be aware that the next session of the course will be planned on 2017.
-Applications and design drivers
antenna design and applications for low and high frequencies -State of the
art and challenges -Examples of research on mm-wave reconfiguration
to components and analysis for reconfigurable antennas
-Introduction to Components and Analysis for Reconfigurable Antennas
-Introduction to components
-Performance parameters for components
-Microwave circuit and antenna analysis
-System level behavioural models
-Balanced to unbalanced converter technology
concepts and architectures
-Basic phased array theory (active impedance, scan blindness,
-Phased array architectures (e.g. phase shifter, DBFN,
introduction and design flow
-Types of Reconfiguration Devices and Technology
-MMIC in antenna applications: system aspects and
-Introduction to MMIC, design process and strategies
-DC bias and other considerations
to semiconductor technologies and devices
-Reconfigurable Si-Ge MMIC design
-MMIC building blocks, including active and passive
blocks needed for on-chip re-configurability
-MMIC functional blocks
-Integrated front ends
-Packaging and integration
-Antenna types and feeds for highly integrated packages
-Integration of devices into antennas, including
surface mount, MMIC, LTCC
-Interconnects and assembling issues
-Packaging and thermal management
Case study: automotive radars. Antennas and system concepts
DESIGN EXAMPLE #1
Design of a reconfigurable active reflectarray in Ka band (EU FLEXWIN project)
DESIGN EXAMPLE #2
Keysight ADS hands on lab session- Design of a 30 GHz low-noise amplifier in Si/SiGe BiCMOS
Lab visit and live demo- Demonstration of the Ka-band active reflectarray module (EU FLEXWIN project) in the lab
Industrial endorsements:The course is endorsed by:
Course registration is now open!Please fill in the course preliminary registration form to start the registration process. The preliminary registration form is available as a Google Form or as a PDF form. Please note that the web application form is designed with Google Form which might be not reachable from some companies or universities. In alternative you can use the PDF application form which can be found at the end of this page.
Student grant information:
Grants will be offered only to 4 PhD students from no-profit institutions.
Students applying for a grant, should send by e-mail a motivation letter (one page) explaining the reasons why they request one of the grants which are available for free course participation (only the registration fee is free, not travelling or accommodation expenses!)
The motivation letter should be signed also by the PhD supervisor.
School of Advanced
D- 89081 Ulm Germany
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