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Microwaves and Antenna Engineering Research Group

Pioneering the analysis, design and integration of high frequency electronics devices and systems

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8-12 October 2018, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in associaton with ESoA

Invited speakers

Dr. Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College London, UK 

 Prof. Nuno B. Carvalho, Institute of Telecom., University of Aveiro, Portugal 

 Prof. George Goussetis, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Prof. Apostolos Georgiadis, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Dr. Monica Navarro, Centre Technologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain

Prof. Tim O'Farrell, The University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Symon Podilchak, Heriot-Watt University, UK 

 Prof. John Thompson, The University of Edinburgh, UK

rectenna on paperAlthough energy efficiency and power savings have always been present in the design of wireless communication systems, they have become one of the main drivers for research in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Heterogeneous network devices.The School will first provide an overview of energy harvesting and wireless power transfer techniques for autonomous devices, with the aim of providing an understanding of the hardware technologies and RF aspects involved. This first block includes both theoretical and practical exercises (rectenna design project).



(Image: 24 GHz inkjet-printed series fed dipole array rectenna on paper)

The second part of the course deals with communication and information processing techniques that not only address energy efficiency but also capacity and reliability issues and the concept of joint information and power transfer. The course will also provide a theoretical framework to understand the principles of suitable communication strategies and other relevant aspects of the communication system design in the presence of power-limited/energy-harvesting devices.


The registration fee is €420 and the paymentprocess is handled by the Eventbrite company. To register and pay for the workshop fees (credit card payment only), go to our dedicated Eventbrite site.

Refunds: Please note that 90% of the registration price will be refunded up to and including 30 September 2018. Registration closes at mdnight GMT on the 30 September 2018.

For a full breakdown of the course structure please see the Preliminary programme which is now available to download! Please email Dr. Yuan Ding if you have any questions.

Course Features:

  • Distinguished lecturers in wireless energy harvesting and green communications
  • Theoretical and practical hand-on exercise throughout the course
  • Student design project contest (Student design project contest: Attendees are required to develop a complete rectenna design including an antenna and rectifier circuit, based on a defined set of specifications.The work will be carried out in small groups).
  • Two ECTS credits for the courses and one ECTS credit for the design project.

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Yuan Ding, Heriot-Watt University 

Prof. George Goussetis  Heriot-Watt University

Prof. Apostolos Georgiadis (Honorary Professor) Heriot-Watt University

About Heriot-Watt University:

Heriot-Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the world's first mechanics' institute (Royal Charter granted in 1966) and has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, United Arab Emirates and Putrajaya in Malaysia. Heriot-Watt has been named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked overall in the Top 25% of UK universities and 1st in Scotland for research impact. It has been rated 'silver' in the latest UK Teaching Excellence Framework.