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LAPC 2017

The Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference

13 - 14 November 2017 | Loughborough, UK

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Marcio Aquino (photo)  

Marcio Aquino

Marcio is a Geodesist with a PhD in Space Geodesy and has carried out research on Global Navigation Satellites Systems (GNSS) for many years.

He currently leads research on mitigation of ionospheric effects on GNSS at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) of the University of Nottingham. His main insterests involve system vulnerability to ionospheric disturbances and corresponding countermeasures.

The study of ionospheric variability and scintillation detection/mitigation are currently strong research interests, in particular related to impact on high accuracy GNSS positioning. 

Goutam Chattopadhyay (photo)  

Goutam Chattopadhya

Goutam Chattopadhyay (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999.

He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. He has received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Brian Collins (photo)  

Brian Collins

Brian Collins graduated from University College London in 1962 and for much of his career was Technical Director at CSA Ltd, a UK company designing and manufacturing a wide variety of antennas operating at frequencies from 100kHz – 40GHz.

He left CSA in 2003 and after working part-time for Antenova for 10 years now operates his own consultancy company, working on antennas and radio systems.

Brian is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the antenna group at QMUL. He has travelled widely both during his career, and has written more than 70 papers and book chapters on a wide variety of practical antenna topics.

Stephen Harman (photo)  

Dr Stephen Harman

Fellow, Radar & Electronic Warfare, QinetiQ

Stephen has worked at QinetiQ (and its predecessors) for over 25 years, specialising in advanced radar system design. His current role at QinetiQ is the professional lead for radar.

In addition to model based research activities, he has invented, designed and lead teams to develop radars spanning from concept systems to products.
His interests are novel radar architectures, radar waveform design, advanced radar signal processing and radar system management.

He has authored over 100 papers and patents, has chaired the Defence Security and Space Forum in 2016, was the technical lead for the European radar conference in 2011, and has helped organise EuMW and Waveform diversity conferences.

Yi Huang (photo)  

Prof Yi Huang

Prof Yi Huang received BSc in Physics (Wuhan, China), MSc (Eng) in Microwave Engineering (Nanjing, China), and DPhil in Communications from the University of Oxford, UK in 1994.

He has been conducting research in the areas of radio communications, applied electromagnetics, radar and antennas since 1987. His experience includes 3 years spent with NRIET (China) as a Radar Engineer and various periods with the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and Essex 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 as a Lecturer in 1995, where he is now a Chair in Wireless Engineering, Deputy Head of Department, Head of High-Frequency Engineering Research Group and MSc Programme Director.

Talini Pinto Jayawardena (photo)  

Talini Pinto Jayawardena

Talini Pinto Jayawardena is a Research Associate at the University of Bath working in partnership with Spirent Communications under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Her current work is on modelling ionospheric scintillation/space weather threats to GNSS that will enable GNSS system testing under realistic ionospheric conditions.

Talini attained her PhD from the University of Bath in 2015, where her research was focused on plasmaspheric imaging for space weather studies; particularly, the development of space-borne GPS instrumentation for plasmaspheric tomography.

She has a background in electronic engineering, graduating from the University of Bath in 2010 with a degree in Electronics with Space Science & Technology MEng (Hons).

Lluis Jofre (photo)  

Lluis Jofre

IEEE Fellow. M.Sc. (Ing), 1978, and Ph.D. (Doctor Ing.), 1982, degrees in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications Eng.), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. 1981- 82 visiting researcher, at the Ecole Superieure d’Eléctricité, Paris, France. Associate Professor (1982) and Full professor (1989) at the Communications Department of the Telecommunication Engineering School (UPC).

1986-1987, visiting Fulbright Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. 2000-01 visiting Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Director of the UPC-Telefonica Chair on Information Society Future Trends, member of the Catalan Studies Institute.

His research interests on radio communications and electromagnetic imaging include antennas, electromagnetic scattering and imaging, and system miniaturisation for wireless and sensing industrial and bio applications from microwave to THz frequencies. He has published more than 200 scientific and technical papers, reports and chapters in specialised volumes.

Andrea Neto (photo)  

Andrea Neto

Andrea Neto received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electronic engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in electromagnetics from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2000. Part of his Ph.D. was developed at the European Space Agency Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where he worked for the antenna section for over two years.

In 2000-2001, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, working for the Sub-mm wave Advanced Technology Group. From 2002 to January 2010, he was Senior Antenna Scientist at TNO Defence, Security and Safety, The Hague, The Netherlands.

In February 2010 he has been appointed Full Professor of Applied Electromagnetism at the EEMCS Department, of the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. His research interests are in the analysis and design of antennas, with emphasis on arrays, dielectric lens antennas, wideband antennas, EBG structures and THz antennas.

Prof. Neto was co-recipient of the H.A. Wheeler award for the best applications paper of the year 2008 in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He was co-recipient of the best innovative paper prize at the 30th ESA Antenna Workshop in 2008. He was co-recipient of the best antenna theory paper prize at the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) in 2010.

In August 2011 he was awarded a 5 years starting grant from the European Research Council for Advanced THz antennas. He presently serves as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and propagation and for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL).

Zhirun Hu (photo)  

Zhirun Hu

Zhirun Hu received his BEng in Communication Engineering from Nanjing, China in 1982. Maser in Business Administration and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queens’ University, Belfast, UK in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

He joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College of Swansea as a senior research assistant in computational semiconductor device modelling in 1991. He was with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Queens’ University, Belfast, as a research fellow in Si MMIC design and characterization in 1994. In 1996, he joined GEC Marconi as a microwave technologist.He was a lecturer with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Kig’s College London from 1998 to 2003.

He is now a reader with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Manchester. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.


  Darren Cadman (photo)  

Darren Cadman

Darren graduation from Leeds University in 2003 with a PhD in microwave engineering having studied the optical control of microstrip filters and periodic structures.

Following this, he spent 3 years working for Filtronic Compound Semiconductors before starting work at Loughborough University managing a portfolio of projects across the UK for the Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre.

2 Years ago he was a part of the bid writing team that were successfully awarded the £5 million grant from the EPSRC to develop 3D metamaterials using additive manufacturing processes.

He is now Project Engineer overseeing the technical aspects of this multidisciplinary and multi-institutional project.

Matthew Angling (photo)  

Matthew Angling

Professor Angling has over 20 years experience of radio propagation and space weather research. His activities have included research on the impact of the environment on radio systems, ionospheric measurements, and the development of propagation products based on assimilative models of the ionosphere.

He has extensive experience of using GPS systems for ionospheric studies and has also investigated their use for the detection of anomalous tropospheric propagation. Dr. Angling has led programmes to capture user requirements for operational, real-time space weather products and to subsequently develop web based tools using service orientated architectures.

Currently, he is working on a CubeSat programme that aims to characterise the wideband trans-ionospheric radio channel.

Andrew Hume (photo)  

Andrew Hume

Andrew has worked for QinetiQ and its predecessors for over 25 years. His career has primarily focussed on land based radar systems for military applications.

He has seen several research projects through from concept to demonstration and then from demonstration to delivery.

His research interests have been based around radar networks and the detection and tracking of difficult air targets. He is the technical lead for radar and EW research and innovation and as such oversees a wide range of technical projects.

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