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IET Colloquium on Millimetre-wave and Terahertz Engineering & Technology (Cancelled)

There is a growing interest in the millimetre-wave and terahertz regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, driven by applications e.g. point-to-point backhaul networks for 5G, short-range wireless links with ultra-high bandwidth, radar sensors for future vehicles, space deployed radiometers for Earth observation, and security imaging etc.

The technology is advancing rapidly for millimetre-wave and terahertz with many new developments including higher power solid-state sources, more efficient multipliers and room temperature detectors, Quantum Cascade Lasers operating at ever higher temperature, new fabrication techniques e.g. 3D printing, and more traceable electrical measurements.

This seminar will provide the latest insight from leaders in their fields as to the direction the technology and the commercial outlook is likely to take.

The technical talks will centre on

This event will attract all those interested in applications in science, engineering and technology that exploit the microwave, millimetre-wave, terahertz and optical regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Novel Terahertz millimetre wave components and systems
  • Low noise detection and amplification
  • Terahertz electronics
  • Terahertz communications
  • Terahertz sensors
  • Micromachining techniques
  • Millimetre-wave imaging
  • Radio astronomy
  • Security
  • Space exploration.


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Mmwave and THz 2020 programme [PDF, 196KB]



31 Mar 2020

9:00am - 5:00pm

Add to Calendar 03/31/2020 09:00 03/31/2020 17:00 IET Colloquium on Millimetre-wave and Terahertz Engineering & Technology (Cancelled) This seminar will provide the latest insight from leaders in their fields as to the direction the technology and commercial outlook is likely to take. Cambridge St, Birmingham B1 2NP, UK


RF and Microwave TPN


 Dr Alexandros Dimitriadis

Dr Alexandros Dimitriadis

RF Project Manager - SWISSto12 S.A.

Alexandros I. Dimitriadis was born in Larissa, Greece, in 1985.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. In 2014, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, as a Postdoctoral Researcher and since 2015 he is with SWISSto12 S.A. as an RF Project Manager.

His current research interests lie in the fields of passive, waveguide-based RF components such as waveguides, antennas, and filters, with an emphasis on devices that can be fabricated with novel additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. He is also passionate about material characterisation and is currently the Product Manager of the Material Characterisation Kit (MCK), a text fixture capable of measuring dielectric properties of materials between 25 GHz and 1.1 THz as part of a tabletop, VNA-based system.


Professor Andy Sutton BT

Professor Andy Sutton BT

Principal Network Architect at BT - British Telecom

Andy Sutton is Principal Network Architect at BT. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, he is uniquely well placed to offer us his views on the evolution of an industry which has transformed our lives.

Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems (including satellite communications), synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design.

Andy holds the position of Visiting Professor with the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a Chartered Engineer and holds fellowships from the BCS, IET and ITP. 

Professor Michael Lancaster

Professor Michael Lancaster

Head of the Emerging Device Technology Research group, Department of Electronic Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Birmingham - University of Birmingham

Michael J. Lancaster (SM’2004) was born in England in 1958. He was educated at Bath University, UK, where he graduated with a degree in Physics in 1980. His career continued at Bath, where he was awarded a PhD in 1984 for research into non-linear underwater acoustics.

His present personal research interests include microwave filters and antennas, as well as the high-frequency properties and applications of a number of novel and diverse materials. This includes micromachining as applied to terahertz communications devices and systems.

Professor Lancaster is Fellow of the IET and UK Institute of Physics. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. He has served on MTT IMS technical committees. Professor Lancaster has published two books and over 200 papers in refereed journals.

Professor Nick Ridler

Professor Nick Ridler

Head of Science for the Department of Electromagnetic & Electrochemical Technologies - National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Nick Ridler works for the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he is Head of Science for the Department of Electromagnetic & Electrochemical Technologies.

He has more than 35 years’ experience working in industrial, academic and government scientific research establishments.  His main area of interest is in the development of methods for making accurate electrical measurements at very high frequencies. He is a Fellow of the IET and a Past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IET’s RF & Microwave Technology Network.

Dr Zhengrong Tian

Dr Zhengrong Tian

Senior Research Scientist - National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Zhengrong Tian received the M.Sc. degree in electromagnetic theory and microwave techniques from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 1994, and the Ph. D. degree in microwave communications from Middlesex University, Middlesex, U.K. in 2002.

She is currently a Senior Research Scientist with National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, U.K. She is responsible for NPL’s spherical near field antenna test range.

Reasons to attend

  • A unique event, currently, there other full-day briefings in the UK specifically focusing on the Terahertz and Millimetre-wave sectors.
  • An opportunity for greater learning, networking and information sharing, providing an ideal platform for young professionals and PhD students to network with leading industry and academic experts.


IET Birmingham: Austin Court

80 Cambridge Street
B1 2NP
United Kingdom




Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome and introduction
Xiaobang Shang, RF and Microwave TN Committee Member


Invited: Millimetre-wave radio systems for 4G and 5G mobile backhaul
Professor Andy Sutton, BT, UK


Millimetre-wave travelling wave tubes for enabling long-range gb/s wireless links
R Basu, J N Rao, N Rennison, B Rodgers, R Letizia, C Paoloni, Lancaster University, UK


Amateur radio at millimetre frequencies
R Ray, RN Electronics Ltd, UK


Refreshments, posters and networking


Invited: Building a national measurement capability for the millimetre- and submillimetre-wave frequency ranges
Professor Nick Ridler, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK


Invited: Dielectric measurements at millimetre-wave frequencies with the material characterisation kit
Dr Alexandre Dimitriades, SWISSto12


Invited: Antenna measurement at millimetre wave frequencies
Dr Zhengrong Tian, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK


Lunch, posters and networking


Invited: Passive terahertz circuits from different manufacturing technologies
Professor Michael Lancaster, University of Birmingham, UK


Flat plate all-metal corrugated antennas at low THz frequencies
D Kampouridou, A Feresidis, University of Birmingham, UK


Microwave oscillator ultrasound receivers
T S Robbins, J Seddon, E Alles, A E Desjardins, C C Renaud, University College London, UK


Refreshments, posters and networking


Interference issues for millimetre-wave and sub-terahertz automotive radar sensors
A G Stove, University of Birmingham, UK


R4AsH: designing a triple frequency laboratory experiment for characterising the radar signature of falling volcanic ash
D G Macfarlane, D A Robertson, University of St Andrews, UK

Using millimetre wave radar to map Rhône Glacier in Switzerland
W D Harcourt, D A Robertson, D G Macfarlane, University of St Andrews, UK, B R Rea, M Spagnolo University of Aberdeen, UK


Evaluation of a 300 GHz near field antenna measurement system
Chong Li, University of Glasgow, UK


Chair’s final remarks and close

Programme subject to change