New Scottish technology could end trains' wi-fi 'notspots'
BBC Scotland visited Heriot Watt to interview Prof. George Goussetis and PhD student Sam Rotenberg about their satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) antenna systems spin-off company, Infinect. The team tallked about how they have developed a satellite antenna that could end frustration for millions of rail passengers. It has been designed to provide high speed broadband on the move without the breaks in connection that plague many rail journeys, particularly in rural areas. The full article appears on the BBC Scotland website.
On the 5th of February 2020 an exciting event called Destination Space took place at the museum in Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Florian Vidal and Thomas Strober (REVOLVE Fellows) joined Yifang Wei (TESLA Fellow) to showcase their research.
Dozens of children came to their booth to try pedagogical experiments and learn more about science. Questions were also asked about their PhDs and day-to-day life at work in the University and on secondments.
The kids had a lot of fun playing with the Theremin and were blown away by the optical experiments. It was also the perfect opportunity to introduce basic physical concepts such as waves and light propagation!
PGR research prizes for Microwaves researchers
Penny Kontou received the 1st year PGR research prize for her poster titled Development of Wireless Human Health Monitoring Devices. Photos attached. Penny is a 1st year PhD student under Dr. Dimitris Anagnostou, Mauro Dragone and Souheil Ben-Smida on developing vital sign sensing devices that do not require the use of any wearable sensors. These devices have the potential to transform health care, particularly for the elderly.
Spyridon Daskalakis received the 2nd year PGR research prize nominated by his research Institute. Photos attached. Spyros is a 3rd year Ph.D. research scholar under the supervision of Profs. George Goussetis, Apostolos Georgiadis and Manos Tentzeris. He has 6+ years of experience in designing, fabricating and testing hardware for wireless sensing devices and networks. Specifically, he has focused on ultra low-power, low datarate backscatter communication systems and RF energy harvesting systems for wireless power transfer. More info: www.daskalakispiros.com
DASA Demonstration Day
Our team participated in the DASA Demonstration Day in Birmingham where we setup a practical demonstrator for reconfigurable electromagnetic devices that attracted the interest of attendees and DSTL in a multidisciplinary project that combines electromagnetics (Dr. Anagnostou, Prof. Goussetis) and optics (Prof. Hand). In this photo (from left to right): Qassim Abdullahi; Clement Raguenes (Erasmus exchange student from Rennes); Adrian Dzipalski (Post Doctoral Fellow); Maksim Kuznetcov (PhD students), and Dr. Dimitris Anagnostou.
REVOLVE Fellow attends Alpbach Summer School
How can you know about Earth composition or Earth sub layers activities that provoke earthquakes and continental drift? You can always try to go down a volvano crater like in Journey to the Center of the Earth, however satellite observation would be a much practical solution ! Measuring magnetic and gravitational fields with satellites can give much more information on our Earth that Jules Verne would have dreamt of. Check the maps and data provided by ESA missions such as SWARM for magnetic field or GOCE for the gravitational field to convince yourself.
Earth magnetic and gravitational fields were the topic of Alpbach Summerschool organized by FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) and ESA in which I took part this summer. REVOLVE Fellow Florian joined 60 students from all over Europe to attend this event in the middle of the beautiful Austrian Alps. For more read his blog!
Microwaves student wins prestigious MTT-S graduate fellowship!
Spyridon Nektarios Daskalakis is one of the recipients of MTT-S graduate fellowships for 2019 from IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). Up to twelve $6000 awards are granted each year by the MTT-S globally. The purpose is to recognize and provide financial assistance to graduate students who show promise and interest in pursuing a graduate degree in microwave engineering. The fellowship is determined and budgeted by MTT-S Administrative Committee yearly. The awards were presented at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2019 in Boston.
REVOLVE and EoSA
Florian Vidal, REVOLVE PhD Fellow, recommends that if you are a student studying antennas then a visit to the ESoA (European School of Antennas) is a must! Several times a year, many universities organize antenna courses for PhD students . In May 2019, Florian went on a course organized by Chalmers University in the city of Gothenburg and on the topic of 5G antennas. During that week, technical courses and discussion sessions were organized on how antenna technologies can help to set up 5G networks. The courses were given during the day by people from industry or professors and at the end of the day students were given the opportunity to discuss the ideas that were presented during the day. What is 5G? Imagine 10 to 100 times more datarate and latency of about 1ms… Perfect to watch Netflix in high definition or to play in the highest leagues of League of Legends. ESoA is also a social event where I met other PhDs, professor and people from industry. Networking around a beer or a bowling session is always great! Florian would like to thank Chalmers University, in particular Professor Yian Jiang, for the warm welcome and for the high quality courses that will help him in his future career!
Caltech Space Challenge Week!
Andrea, REVOLVE PhD Fellow participated in Caltech Space Challenge week. The workshop brought 32 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world to gather at Caltech and their task was to design a pre-phase A mission to Enceladus in 5 days. The participants came from different scientific backgrounds, representing engineering, science, business, graphical design, and many others. They were divided in two different groups and they were able to benefit from working under the mentorship of experienced engineers and managers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Caltech (Keck Institute for Space Studies and Galcit) and private industry (Lockheed Martin, The Aerospace Corporation and Northrop Grumman).
Andrea worked in his team as the System Engineer (telecom, thermal and power subsystem dimensioning), and collaborated on the scientific instrumentation study as well as for the mission analysis concept and architecture. The opportunity to work with the other 15 people in his team, each from a different background gave him the opportunity to learn other scientific fields, and provided him with an opportunity to refine the rough work done in 5 days in order to have a more rigorous proposal and the opportunity of a conference paper (to be detailed soon). It is uncommon to have 16 people selected among several applicants working together on a mission concept!
The Workshop gave the team the opportunity to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the guide of A-team and X-team experts for half a day. The rest of the day was dedicated to classes under the mentorship of JPL engineers. During the week they enjoyed several lectures (soon to be online) on space exploration, science objectives and instrumentation. We had an afternoon of mentorship from the former JPL director Charles Elachi. He was also available to answer any technical and non-technical questions about their proposal.
Prof. Anthony Ephremides, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland in College Park ,will be visiting the Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems on 15th February 2019. Prof. Ephremedis will be hosting a talk entitled, 'ON AGE'.
Anthony Ephremides holds the Cynthia Kim Professorship of Information Technology at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland in College Park where he is a Distinguished University Professor and has a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research, of which he was among the founding members in 1986.
To read the abstract and full biography for Prof. Ephremedis please see the EPS seminar page.
Each year, the REVOLVE fellows meet for a training week. This week, the event took place in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. During this week our REVOLVE Fellows had the chance to meet experts from the telecommunication industry (Eutelsat, Thales, LSS, Sofant) and academia (Heriot-Watt, IETR, ESA). The topic discusses was mainly about antenna systems for satellite or user terminals. The Fellows enjoyed a presentation from an expert who gave them advice to patent their designs. Moreover it was the occasion to have a review of our activities and plan for the future (publications, conference, demonstrators...). Some of them are considering (or have already!) submitted patents which shows that the project is progressing well. The REVOLVE Fellows also visited the birth place of Maxwell, the genius behind the equations that rule Electromagnetics. It was interesting to see that he had great achievements not only in electromagnetism but also in mechanics, astrophysics, thermodynamics and poetry! The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation welcomes visitors and you can visit his elegnat Georgian house which displays a growing cllection of heritage material associated with James Clerk Maxwell and his associates. To find our more visit the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation website.
REVOLVE cross-fertilises with QV-LIFT
A joint workshop between the H2020 projects REVOLVE and QV-LIFT took place at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on 4 December 2018. The workshop was attended by partners from both consortia, including from REVOLVE: Thales Alenia Space, Large Space Structures, Prodintec, CNRS and from QV-LIFT: Eutelsat, MBI. The workshop involved a number of presentations from the above mentioned partners as well as an interactive session all focusing on the exploitation of Q/V-band and beyond in future satellite systems. Opportunities that higher mm-wave bands bring to emerging missions were reviewed together with the current technological state of the art and scheduled developments in components such as MMIC components and solid state amplifiers, mm-wave and integrated antennas as well as the management of the feeder link according to the smart gateway concept. Both the QV-LIFT and the REVOLVE projects address technologies at the core of these developments and together with a valuable dissemination opportunity, the workshop presented a platform for ample informal interactions between the two consortia.
REVOLVE in Science Day at George Heriot School
REVOLVE organised a science day for all primary three students at George Heriot School in Edinburgh. The event took place on Tuesday 11 December in the school premises addressing the theme of electricity. REVOLVE brought a number of hands on experiments to illustrate the concept of conductance and how to use play-dough or pencils in circuits. Together REVOLVE illustrated how electricity can be give rise to magnetism and use a home made paper-plate speaker to show a practical application. REVOLVE’s Theremin was also available and attracted the attention of the students.
Infinect and REVOLVE
Infinect, prospective Heriot-Watt spin-out funded by the High Growth Spin-Out Programme run by Scottish Enterprise. This program supports academics to spin out their research and become entrepreneurs, funding only those projects with potential to achieve a £5 million turnover within five years. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, who leads the technical team, said “Infinect’s technology will enable new markets for high data rate satellite communications using proprietary flat antenna”. The team includes, Dr. Callum Norrie, commercial champion who works identifying the potential market and customers for the technology. Mr. Samuel Rotenberg, RF- and Antenna Engineer, Prof. George Goussetis and Dr. Symon Podilchack. We are recruiting!
Microwaves Researcher awarded the Department for Transport T-TRIG 2017 grant
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura has been awarded the Department for Transport T-TRIG 2017 grant which provides seed funding to early-stage technology innovations that have the potential to advance the UK’s transport system. “The project aims to exploit our breakthrough in antenna technology providing a high-performance electrically steerable Flat Panel Antenna (FPA) solution. This technology will release new SOTM markets and position the UK at the forefront of building a better rail system.” said Dr. Mateo-Segura. The project, which kick-off in March 2018 and will run until September 2018, will allow the team to develop a full technical demonstrator of a standalone Ku-band antenna with scanning capability in elevation.
REVOLVE and the Science in the City Festival
REVOLVE had a very successful participation in the Science in the City Festival which took place in Toulouse (9th-14th July 2018) as part of the 8th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). REVOLVE fellows together with volunteers from the three institutions showcased their latest innovations and proposed scientific challenges to visitors in a friendly and interactive Fun Family Day. The presented open session named ‘REVOLVE - Waves: Radio and Space' allowed attendees of all ages to take part in a series of applied engineering experiments ranging from making your own speaker, setting up your own radio link and making music with the wave of a hand through interference of electromagnetic fields. All public actively engaged with the team and had alos the opportunity to see real satellite components. Being the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe, the event offered a unique framework for interaction between engineers and the general public.
Prof. Anthony Ephremides to visit the Microwaves Research Group
Prof. Anthony Ephremides holds the Cynthia Kim Professorship of Information Technology at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland in College Park where he is a Distinguished University Professor and has a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research, of which he was among the founding members in 1986. Prof. Anthony Ephremides,will be visiting the Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems on 15th February 2019 and will be hosting a talk entitled, 'ON AGE'. To read the abstract and full biography for Prof. Ephremedis please see the EPS Seminar page.
REVOLVE and Explorathon 2018
REVOLVE participated in Edinburgh's Explorathon 2018 in collaboration with Leith Labs! The venue this year was the popular Shopping Centre located in Ocean Terminal. One of the activities carried out at the event showed how researchers at the Microwave and Antenna Engineering Group at Heriot-Watt University are working to use traditional electromagnetic concepts to wirelessly transmit power that can recharge electronic devices. This will enable us to charge our devices on the move, become more environmentally friendly reducing the number of batteries in the waste strem, stored power and re-use it. Other activities presented introduced the concept of sound and light waves, which raised a great interest among the kids and, of course, the big ones!
REVOLVE to take part in the Midlothian Science Festival
As part of the Midlothian Science Festival”, the Heriot-Watt team of the REVOLVE project is teaming up with Black Diamond FM for a hands on exploration of Radio waves on Sunday 14 October 2018 between 1-3pm. More information to follow! Feel free to download the poster!!
Microwaves Student Receives First Place in International Symposium
PhD candidate Mr. Cristian Alistarh, jointly supervised by Dr. Symon Podilchak, Prof George Goussetis and Prof. John Thompson (The University of Edinburgh), reached the first place in the student paper competition at the International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM) 2018 for his paper "Spectral Smoothing by Multiple Radar Pattern Multiplication for Improved Accuracy." This work was carried out in collaboration with Samsung Electronics.Congratulations to Cristian! The first place prize was well deserved!
Image: Cristian and Prof. Sujeet Chaudhuri (general chair of ANTHEM 2018)
REVOLVE key speakers at Eucap2018
Eucap 2018 in London UK was the perfect location for the convened session on Antenna Needs and Solutions for Future Space Missions organized by Dr. Ettorre and Dr. Legay. Key players from Europe, USA, Canada and Japan showcased their latest results for Space. It proved to be the perfect time to disseminate the latest achievements of REVOLVE to an audience exceeding the 150 attendees. Indeed there was the need for additional chairs to be brought in to accommodate the never ending new attendees. In the future, we can look to some exciting future collaborations that will generate some great Space solutions. Thank you to the organizers for supporting such a successful convened session…way to go REVOLVE!”
Congratulations also to Dr. Mauro Ettorre, REVOLVE Fellow, who was co-recipient of the 'Best Paper Award in Electromagnetics and Antenna Theory'.
Scientific Workshop on Satellite On The Move User Terminal Antennas at EUCAP 2018
Revolve Fellows together with the European Space Agency organised the Scientific Workshop “Satellite On The Move User Terminal Antennas” as part of the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, 2018 in London. The workshop consisted of a series of academic and industrial colloquia from experts, start-ups and key providers of On-The-Move (OTM) connectivity including:
European Space Agency: “Ground Segment for Satcom on the Move: the customer perspective”
Thales Alenia Space:“Active Antenna for SOTM”
Viasat:“Mobile Satellite Communication Terminals at Ku- and Ka-band at Viasat”
Satixfy:“Integrated solutions for Satcom on the move”
Wave-up: “LC-based reconfigurable metasurface antennas for SOTM user terminals”
Universita della Calabria:“Active antennas for SOTM”
Heriot-Watt University:“Recent Developments at Heriot-Watt: Antenna Technology for future Satcom on the move systems”
The workshop aimed to cover aspects from user terminal requirements (cost, performance), overview of 5G requirements, state of the art on SOTM user terminal antennas, and in general applications to business that are timely demands to the antenna community. With a focus on high growth markets such as aeronautical, maritime, defence, as well as public transit, the workshop allowed for a highly interactive and engaging session for both the invited speakers and the more than 40 participants.
REVOLVE partner was key-note speaker at JCMM2018
Hervé LEGAY was invited to give a key-note presentation at ‘Journées de Caractérisation Microondes et Matériaux’, on the 20th of March, in Sorbonne University, Paris. The topic of the presentation was : “Which materials for future space missions”. The advent of novel materials are essential for the emergence of disruptive antenna concepts for space missions. Approximately an hundred of engineers and scientists, mostly specialized in material engineering, attended the presentation.
REVOLVE teaming up with ESA in European PhD School on Antennas for Space Applications Course
REVOLVE has teamed up with the Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC) for the delivery of the Course on Antennas for Space Applications, organised by the European School of Antennas (ESoA). The course will take place at ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) from 12 to 16 March 2018.
The general objectives of the European School of Antennas are:
• strengthening the European excellence on antennas
• completing the individual PhD curricula of students in Electrical and Information Engineering by offering interaction with the best trainers in Europe
• increasing the link between European Universities and Industries in antenna research and development
• facilitating the interchange of ideas among early stage researchers and teachers, thus increasing the future mobility and synergy
The school is coordinated so that the courses have the same format and apply common basic rules for exams and credits.
The specific objectives of the Course on Antennas for Space Applications:
• provide an overview of design approaches, constraints and technical solutions for Space Antennas addressing both theoretical and technological issues
• focus on main space applications such as telecommunication, earth observation and science, navigation, data transmission antennas
• address radiofrequency, mechanical and thermal design, material technology and test aspects
• provide an insight of satellite and space antenna testing with a visit to ESTEC satellite and antenna test facilities.
More information on the course, on the venue and the registration form can be found on the ESA Conference Website:
Best poster prize for Microwaves PhD student!
Maria Canavate Sanchez won best poster at the ISSS WinterLab Event held at Heriot-Watt University! the event was attended by many staff and students from across a wide range of research areas bringing opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues. Maria was delighted to receive the prize and will enjoy spending her Amazon voucher!
38th Antenna Workshop
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura , Marie-Curie Fellow, attended the 38th Antenna Workshop organised by the Antenna and Sub-Millimetre Wave Section, from the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality (D/TEC-EFA) of the European Space Agency (ESA) with the support of the Application Directorates of ESA. The workshop was held from the 3rd to the 6th of October 2017 at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Dr. Mateo-Segura presented gave an oral presentation on novel circularly polarised lens antennas based on transformation electromagnetics and presented 2 more papers in the shape of posters about microwave dielectric waveplates and bifocal lenses for multibeam antenna applications.
Space Tech's entrepreneur programme
Mr. Samuel Rotenberg, PhD student of Revolve Fellow Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, attended the fully funded 2-day Space Tech Entrepreneur's Programme organised by SETsquared Partnership, 1st-2nd of November 2017. This high-impact, fast-track programme is specially designed for entrepreneurs with an idea for a new technology product or service or founders of existing high-tech companies needing a boost to the next level. Samuel, who has an entrepreneur spirit, learnt the essential elements of starting a business such as getting to problem/solution fit, identifying the market opportunity and building a financial plan. He also had a fantastic opportunity to present our new innovations in relation to downstream space applications.
PhD Viva sucess for Jose!
The defence of the PhD thesis of Jose Antonio Garcia Perez took place on Monday 30 October 2017 with Prof. Giandomenico from the University of Calabria acting as external examiner. The decision was to award the PhD subject to minor corrections. Congratulations and our best wishes to Dr. Garcia Perez!
Microwaves and the Nuffield Research Placement Programme
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura has supervised Miss Yik Yik Maryann Beh, a Nuffield Student from S6 Broughton High School in Edinburgh, through the Nuffield Research Placement programme for two months during summer 2017. The programme is run by the Nuffield Foundation which funds research, analysis, and student programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the United Kingdom. The placements provide the opportunities for individual students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop their skills and confidence in quantitative and scientific methods.
Yik was involved in the development of an FMCW radar system together with a 2nd year student in EECE. During this time, she has gained basic skills of electronics, signal processing, and programming. All these experiences give her already a good taste of what an electrical engineering degree entails. A final event where Yik Yik presented her work was hold at the Royal College of Surgeons celebrated in Edinburgh at the end of the placement.
Midlothian Science Festival is a huge success!
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, DORADA Fellow, has lead the participation on this year’s Midlothian Science Festival in Edinburgh. The Midlothian Science Festival has been running since 2012 and intends to show that Science, Engineering and Technology is a key part of the Midlothian’s cultural identity. It infuses into all areas including their natural and historic environment, food and drink, health care and sporting achievements, and creative arts. The activity showcased at the Dalkeith Library and Arts Centre by the team was designed to inspire and engage visitors of all ages and background in science, engineering and technology. It was full of mind-blowing experiments to raise the aspirations of local children and cultivate the next generation of scientific/engineer explorers!
Thank you to Mr. Pascual Hilario Re, Mr. Adrian Ayastuy Rodriguez, Mr. Rahil Joshi, Mr. Zhou Zhou and Miss Raquel Buitrago Jimenez who volunteer their time to help in running the event.
REVOLVE is presented at the UK's 5G Innovation Centre to a list of industrial attendees
The final year DORADA technical workshop took place on 28 September at the UK’s 5G Innovation Centre. The workshop was co-organised with the Satellite Terminal Working Group Knowledge Transfer Network of Innovate UK with a theme addressing the role of satellite communications in 5G systems. In addition to a presentation on the key outcomes of the DORADA project, the workshop provided a platform for showcasing other EC projects including the Sat5G, QV-LIFT, REVOLVE projects. The workshop generated a vibrant discussion around emerging Hight Throughput Satellites and their role in the global communication ecosystem. It was attended by an audience of industrialists from the space sector including operators, integrators and terminal manufacturers as well as space agencies. The final year DORADA technical workshop took place on 28 September at the UK’s 5G Innovation Centre. The workshop was co-organised with the Satellite Terminal Working Group Knowledge Transfer Network of Innovate UK with a theme addressing the role of satellite communications in 5G systems. In addition to a presentation on the key outcomes of the DORADA project, the workshop provided a platform for showcasing other EC projects including the Sat5G, QV-LIFT, REVOLVE projects. The workshop generated a vibrant discussion around emerging Hight Throughput Satellites and their role in the global communication ecosystem. It was attended by an audience of industrialists from the space sector including operators, integrators and terminal manufacturers as well as space agencies.
Dr Dimitris Anagnostou wins a Distinguished Alumni Award!
Congratulations to Dr Dimitris Anagnostou on on winning the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNM School of Engineering! They are excited to honour Dimitris at the special awards dinner on Thursday, November 2 at the Embassy Suites. More to follow!
Spyridon-Nektarios Daskalakis presents...
PhD student Spyridon-Nektarios Daskalakis has produced a video entitled: 'Wireless Communication with Ambient FM Backscatter Signals - Indoor Demonstration Tag & Reader' as part of his presenattion for the IMS2017 Conference.
Abstract: Nowadays, the explosive growth of Internet-of-Things-related applications has necessitated the design of low-cost and low- /zero-power wireless sensors. Although backscatter radio communication is a mature technology used in RFID applications, ambient backscattering is a novel approach taking advantage of ambient signals to simplify wireless system topologies to just a sensor node and a receiver circuit eliminating the need for a dedicated carrier source. This work introduces a novel wireless tag that utilizes broadcast frequency modulated (FM) signals for backscatter communication. The proposed proof-of-concept tag comprises of an ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) and a radio frequency (RF) front-end for wireless communication. The MCU accumulates data from multiple sensors through an analog-to- digital converter, while it transmits the information back to the receiver through the front-end by means of backscattering. The front-end uses On-Off keying (OOK) modulation and FM0 encoding on ambient FM station signals. The receiver consists of a commercial low-cost software defined radio which downconverts the received signal to baseband and decodes it using a suitable signal processing algorithm. The prototype tag was tested in a real-time indoor laboratory deployment. Operation over a 5 m tag-reader distance was demonstrated by backscattering information at 2 Kbps featuring an energy per packet of 36,9 uJ.
EMP Seminar: Samuel A. Rotenberg
Samuel A. Rotenberg, PhD student at Heriot-Watt University will present his talk 'High efficient rectifier for high power in Wireless Power Transmission' on Thursday 10th August at 2pm in EM 2.33. All are welcome!
Synopsis: This presentation describes a bridge diode rectifier operating at 2.4GHz for use in wireless power transmission systems with motivations to wirelessly charge an electronic device in the radiating near-field. A retrodirective antenna array which provides a high power RF gain has been designed and measured as well as a rectenna to convert RF power to DC. The rectifier of the rectenna offers a full-wave-rectification and exhibits a 76% efficiency for 26dBm and 74% at 27dBm while also providing more than 60% of efficiency from 15dBm to 29dBm of input RF power at 2.4 GHz.
Biography: Samuel A. Rotenberg was born in Paris, France, in 1990. He received his French engineer diploma in numerical system and an MSc diploma in network communication at Heriot Watt university in 2016. in 2015, he received as well a postgraduate degree in Auckland university, New Zealand in robotic, smartphone security and 3D vision. Currently, living Edinburgh U.K, his research interests include retrodirective and rectifier systems focused on wireless power transmission applications, radar for automotive vehicles and analysis and design of waveguide
Paper accepted for the URSI GASS Conference in Montreal
Conference paper “An Efficient Rectifier for an RDA Wireless Power Transmission System Operating at 2.4 GHz” which deals with the design and measurement of a full-bridge rectifier and receiving antenna array operating at 2.4 GHz for wireless power transmission system applications, and with motivations to wirelessly charge an electronic device in the radiating near-field has been accepted for the international conference URSI GASS. This conference will take place in Montreal, Canada, August 19-26, 2017.
The Authors, are Samuel A. Rotenberg, Pascual D. Hilario Re (PhD student), Symon Podilchak and Prof. George Goussetis. For their work, the first author who will present the article for an oral presentation on Friday, August 25, 2017, will receive the young scientist Award.
Microwaves Researcher Jose moving on to a new challenge!
José Antonio García Pérez was born in Murcia, Spain in 1989. He received the MSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, in 2013. Since 2014 he has been doing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. During his PhD at Heriot-Watt, he has been working on novel millimetre wave power combining techniques for power amplifiers and the design of millimetre wave block up-converters. From September 2017, he will be working in Elche, Spain at Tempe S.A. (Inditex group) as an RF engineer for the deployment of RFID technology in all the Inditex group stores.
"Being at Heriot-Watt University during the last 3 years has been an unforgettable experience. Working in such a world recognized institution and as part of its prestigious Microwave Group has given me the opportunity to develop both at personal and professional levels. The work dynamics and the good atmosphere with great colleagues and people make Heriot-Watt a great place to develop your career.
Microwaves student receives Young Scientist Award
An Efficient Rectifier for an RDA Wireless Power Transmission System Operating at 2.4 GHz” which deals with the design and measurement of a full-bridge rectifier and a receiving antenna array operating at 2.4 GHz for wireless power transmission system applications, with motivations to wirelessly charge an electronic device in the radiating near-field has been accepted for the international conference URSI GASS. This conference will take place in Montreal, Canada, August 19-26, 2017. The Authors, Samuel A. Rotenberg; Pascual D. Hilario Re (PhD student); Dr. Symon K. Podilchak; and, Prof. George Goussetis. Samuel, who will present the article for an oral presentation on Friday, August 25, 2017, will receive the young scientist Award.
Antenna Workshop hosted by Catapult
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura was invited to give a talk at the Antenna Workshop hosted by the Catapult (Satellite Applications) in collaboration with the KTN’s Satellite Terminals Working Group (STWG) https://sa.catapult.org.uk/news-events-gallery/events/2nd-antenna-workshop/. Dr. Mateo-Segura discussed the most “Recent developments at Heriot-Watt University in Antenna Technology for future satellite communication systems” highlighting the key findings of several EU and national projects. The workshop aimed to inform delegates on current challenges and share the latest in technological developments. It attracted over 30 satellite operators, terminal manufacturers, antenna suppliers and academics (Delegate list: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/media.sa.catapult/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/11151358/Antenna-Workshop-delegate-list.pdf) and was a great networking opportunity.
Dorada partner attends the Aurora Leadership Development Programme
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura has completed the Aurora Leadership Development Programme 2017 run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The programme consisted of 4 development days, 1 action learning day, self-directed learning and a 5 month mentoring partnership. Dr. Mateo-Segura said: “It is being an absolute great experience, very inspirational, a fantastic opportunity for networking and to understand that you are not alone; that your worries are the worries of others, that your challenges are common and that failing is also a way to succeed much faster.” This women's leadership development initiative aims to encourage women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders and develop leadership skills, and to help institutions maximise the potential of their female staff.
New project with the LRF International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (ICON)
We would like to welcome Mr. Spyros Daskalakis joining the group as a Lloyds Register Foundation doctoral student, as part of the
LRF International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (ICON) (https://www.lrf-icon.com/). The Lloyd's Register Foundation International Consortium of Nanotechnologies aims to develop a global network of nanotechnologies focussed on addressing the challenges raised in the Foresight Review of Nanotechnologies (2014) to enhance safety. The global network will comprise world-leading academics, industrialists and students.
Spyros will be working on his Ph.D. dissertation on ' Additive manufacturing of millimetre wave wireless sensors based on nanoparticle inks for pervasive IoT sensing and 5G communications' under the supervision of Dr. Apostolos Georgiadis. Spyros and Apostolos attended the ICON conference on April 7, 2017 in Athens, where Spyros presented his work proposal.
Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering visit Leonardo's
Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering visited Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh on both 8th and 22nd March 2017 , for a private session which aimed to align their employability skills with the company’s recruitment campaign. As well as learning first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, students in Electrical Engineering enjoyed a private tour around this modern engineering company, learning where and how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products.Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering visited Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh on both 8th and 22nd March 2017 , for a private session which aimed to align their employability skills with the company’s recruitment campaign. As well as learning first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, students in Electrical Engineering enjoyed a private tour around this modern engineering company, learning where and how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products.
“It is very important that our students understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the prospects for career development. Leonardo is a major corporation in Aerospace, Defence and Security, which is just a stone’s throw away from Heriot-Watt and by working together we can support the development of our future engineers.” Dr Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor, Heriot- Watt University
The event took place in parallel to the learning and teaching strategies developed by the RF- and Microwave Engineering group, which aims to involve industry in designing the current curriculum and projects. It also took place in parallel to the learning and teaching strategies developed by the RF- and Microwave Engineering group, which aims to involve industry in designing the current curriculum and projects. Neil Raphael, lead Engineer at Leonardo, hopes to make it an annual event in an effort to accelerate their graduate recruitment process through a plan of action and re-setablishing the collaboration between Leonardo and Heriot-Watt University.
Equate Scotland at Heriot-Watt University
Equate Scotland, Women in Science, Engineering and Technology has been in Heriot-Watt presenting a series of thought-provoking activities and discussions, exploring lawful ways of increasing women’s participation and progression in STEM. The workshop highlighted unconscious bias in a STEM context and the actions required to encourage talented women to join and stay in STEM. Women and girls have the skills and aptitudes needed to thrive in science, technology and engineering, yet remain grossly underrepresented. STEM academia needs these skills, along with the new ideas and problem solving that flourish in diverse workforces. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura who participated in this programme said “You cannot be what you cannot see; girls need to see the roles of women in engineering careers, the picture that we are projecting does not justify the range of disciplines that engineering embrace. We need to get out there and inspire girls by communicating our own vision with the hope to make a better informed decision and bring diversity to this field.”
Microwaves are part of the Big Data Clinic!
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence.
Microwave researcher organises tour for Electrical Engineering Students
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor in the RF- and Microwave Group and Ms. Maria Kelly, Lead RF- Safety Specialist at Leonardo, have organised a private tour session for Heriot Watt’s Electrical Engineering students in 2nd and 3rd year to visit Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh. The students will learn first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, as well as how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products. Dr. Mateo-Segura says, “This initiative aims to provide a nurturing environment where our students can understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the career options available for them” The visits are scheduled for the 8th and 22nd of March at 13.00 and the school will provide a free bus service. If you are interested to join contact Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura
National Student Space Conference
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, attended the “National Student Space Conference” organised by UKSEDS. The conference was a two-day weekend event bringing together industrial and academic experts in the space sector. Delegates are primarily undergraduate and recent graduate engineers and scientists, which makes this event unique. World leading industries from Thales Alenia Space, Airbus, Eumetsat or ESA participated and sponsor the event, all keen to raise awareness of their activities and career opportunities. Dr. Mateo-Segura commented that “The UK space industry is growing by leaps and bounds and the breath of opportunities available is astonishing. You can be working building and operating a spacecraft or developing new technology for use in the next-generation of ground-station systems or upcoming satellite missions”.
Bell Labs Prize competition
A team that includes Microwaves fellow Dr Apostolos Georgiadis and Prof. George Goussetis wins the 3rd place in the 2016 Bell Labs Prize competition. The winners were selected from among seven finalists, who were in turn drawn from a total field of over 250 proposals from 41 countries. According to Bell Labs “prize winners demonstrated game-changing ideas in science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the potential to improve the future of the human experience by ten-fold.” In addition a cash prize of $35K, the team will also be given the opportunity to collaborate with the world-renowned researchers at Nokia Bell Labs on the further development of their ideas.
Microwaves fellow Dr. Symon Podilchak wins the 2016 European Microwave Association Prize for his work on surface wave launchers. The prize recognises the best contributed paper to the European Microwave Conference, Europe’s prime annual event for microwave engineering attended by over 2000 delegates, with a value of €5,000.
Heriot-Watt University reaches out to La Sapienza
On Wednesday 21 September Dr. Symon Podilchak, the DORADA fellow seconded from Heriot-Watt Unviersity to Space Engineering, delivered a research seminar in La Sapienza Univeristy in Rome. The seminar, titled “Recent Developments of Planar Leaky-Wave Antennas Using Surface Waves” highlighted key findings undertaken as part of his involvement in DORADA including his 6-month secondment to Space Engineering. The seminar was well attended by faculty and reseach staff of La Sapienza and initiated collaborative opportunities and was coupled to the 2016 Nanoinnovation event.
H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network
On 16th August 2016 we signed as co-ordinators the H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network project REVOLVE: Radio Technologies for Broadband Connectivity in a Rapidly Evolving Space Ecosystem: Innovating Agility, Throughput, Power, Size and Cost. The project (Grant Agreement number 722840, total value €1.8M) will kickoff on January 2017 and last for 4 years, bringing together a cohort of 7 Early Stage Researchers to investigate antenna and radio solutions for emerging satellite systems. More soon…
ALPHASAT TDP#5 Aldo Paraboni propagation campaign
Prof. Anthony Ephremides, Information Technology at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland in College Park,will be visiting the Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems on 15th February 2019. Prof. Ephremedis will be hosting a talk entitled, 'ON AGE'.
Anthony Ephremides holds the Cynthia Kim Professorship of Information Technology at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland in College Park where he is a Distinguished University Professor and has a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research, of which he was among the founding members in 1986.
To read the abstract and full biography for Prof. Ephremedis please see theOur research group are now operating a 'receive terminal' for the ALPHASAT TDP#5 Aldo Paraboni propagation campaign. Researchers from Heriot-Watt together with a team from NASA have installed a satellite terminal within the university collecting transmissions from a geostationary satellite to assess the atmospheric absorption of the higher frequency waves. If Q-band communications is to be viable then reliable gateway feeds to transfer data need to be established and this is what the Heriot-Watt installation will help to record. Dr George Goussetis, Professor of Antenna and Microwave Engineering in the University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, said, “Using the Q-band frequency for a wide-range of communications will rely on continuous and reliable availability. However the Q-band is a higher frequency than those currently in commercial use and that makes it more susceptible to breaking up due to weather conditions or similar.
“That’s why it is likely that multiple locations are needed to ensure a continuous ‘gateway’ for transmission. This is the start of an experiment to discover just how reliable the Q-band might be and whether it has a commercially viable future for telecommunications companies to use.”
Researchers hope that the experiment will result in higher frequencies (40 GHz, also known as Q-band) being used for future higher capacity satellite communication systems. This in turn may eventually release high bandwidth satellite links and improve broadband communication on planes, trains and other fast-moving platforms.
For more information you can watch this video: ESA-Space in Videos
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor in the RF- and Microwave Group and Ms. Maria Kelly, Lead RF- Safety Specialist at Leonardo, have organised a private tour session for Heriot Watt’s Electrical Engineering students in 2nd and 3rd year to visit Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh. The students will learn first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, as well as how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products. Dr. Mateo-Segura says, “This initiative aims to provide a nurturing environment where our students can understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the career options available for them”