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Microwaves and Antenna Engineering Research Group

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

Although 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).
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 topics of the course have been:
Day 1: School overview, antenna introduction and student project description
Day 2: Energy harvesting and wireless power transfer technology 
Day 3: Green and low energy communications
Day 4: Wireless Information and Power Transfer
Day 5: Student Project Presentations and Assessment
The course lasted 5 days and the schedule comprised 30 hours including theoretical lectures (20 hours), guided design project (8 hours), and final exam (2 hours).
 

Tab. 1List of the Course Teachers.

Name

Organization

Title

Apostolos Georgiadis

Apostolos Georgiadis

Apostolos Georgiadis

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Prof.

George Goussetis

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Prof.

Yuan Ding

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Dr.

Dimitris Anagnostou

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Dr.

Symon Podilchak

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

Dr.

Nuno Carvalho

Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Prof.

John Thompson

The University of Edinburgh (UK)

Prof.

Monica Navarro

Centre Technologic de Telecommunications de Catalunya (Spain)

Dr.

Timothy O’Farrell

The University of Sheffield (UK)

Prof.

Bruno Clerckx

Imperial College London (UK)

Dr.

 

Lecture Program

The lectures of the ESoA Course on “Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer for RFIDs and Wireless Sensor Networks” took place from Monday 8th Oct. to Friday 12th Oct. 2018 according to the following schedule:

Day 1   Introduction      

Monday, 8th Oct. 2018

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Welcome Reception

9:30 - 10:00

Prof. George Goussetis, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Opening and the Overview of the School

10:00 - 11:00

Dr. Dimitris Anagnostou, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Basics of Antennas

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Prof. Apostolos Georgiadis, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Rectenna Design

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 17:00

·      Antenna Simulation Demonstration

·      Rectifier Simulation Demonstration

·      Antenna Measurement Demonstration

·      Student Hand-on Simulation Project

Coffee Break at 15:30

Day 2   Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer Technology      

Tuesday, 9th Oct. 2018

9:00 - 10:45

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

Title: Backscatter Circuits, A Renew Paradigm for IoT Sensors – Design Strategies

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:45

Dr. Symon Podilchak, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Time Reversal Techniques by Retrodirective Antenna Arrays for Wireless Power Transfer

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:00

Visiting James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

18:30

Dinner

Day 3   Green and Low Energy Wireless Communications      

Wednesday, 10th Oct. 2018

9:00 - 10:45

Prof. John Thompson, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Title: Overview of Green Wireless Communications Research

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:45

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

Title: Basics of Communication - Information Theory

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:30

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

Title: Energy Efficiency Evaluation Framework for Ultra-Dense Cellular Networks

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:15

Prof. Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College London, UK

Title: Signal Theory and Design for Wireless Transmission of Information and Power

Day 4   Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer Technology

Thursday, 11th Oct. 2018

9:00 - 10:00

Dr. Yuan Ding, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Introduction to RFID Technology

10:00 - 10:20

Coffee Break

10:20 - 11:20

Prof. Apostolos Georgiadis, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Title: Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer for RFID and Wireless Sensors: From Circuit Optimization and Signal Design to Ambient RF Backscattering

11:20 - 12:20

Rectenna Hand-on Demonstration

12:20 - 14:00

Lunch Break and Networking

14:00 - 17:00

·      Student Hand-on Simulation Project

·      Student Hand-on Rectenna Measurement

Coffee Break at 15:30

Day 5     Student project presentation and assessment

Friday, 12th Oct. 2018

9:00 - 12:00

Student Project Preparation and Report

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Student Project Presentation

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 - 14:15

Student Project Assessment and Closing Remarks

The first four days of lessons focused more on theoretical and experimental aspects with some session dedicated to student hand-on project. On Friday morning, the final exam and project presentation has been held.

Participants and Institutions

The course has been held in Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus in the UK. The lesson room was largest meeting room (EM 2.33) in the Institute. The room has been equipped with a large screen for slide projections, whiteboards, and microphones. A picture of the venue and lectures are shown in Fig. 1.     

 

ESoAROOM

Fig 1. A total of 12 attendees from 8 different Institutions attended the course.

Social Dinner

The official course dinner – included in the registration fees - was held on Tuesday 9th Oct. at the ‘The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’ restaurant. The restaurant is located at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH21JX in Edinburgh city centre. This choice has been made to facilitate the society discussion among lecturers and attendees, and also give attendees an opportunity to explore the beautiful city. The dinner was traditional Scottish style with Whisky available. One photo of the social dinner is reported in Fig. 2, 

Eosa dinner

Fig 2. Social Dinner 

Course Management 

The course was advertised and managed on this website , with the course programme, lecturers, registration, and other related information described clearly. 

Project Exercises: In order to practice on the antenna and rectify circuit design, the students were assigned with simulation project. They were given freedom to choose different types of antennas and rectify circuits. The goal was to get familiar with the required simulation software, including CST microwave studio and ADS. The outcome of the research projects were presented on Friday.

Exams: An optional (mandatory only for students who needed an attendance certificate) final exam has been planned for all attendees. The exam had been taken place on the last day of the course. Each exam question has been composed by the course lecturers in advance, and they were well related to the contents presented during the course. The results of the exam have been made available afterwards. Three £50 Amazon Vouchers had been awarded to the top three attendees.

Students’ Course Evaluation: After the exam time, an evaluation form has been delivered to all the course attendees for yielding a suitable feedback. The rating system is from 1 to 5, 1 being the worst note and 5 being the best. 

AcknowledgementsThis course was supported by ESoA.

 

 

ESoA logo

 

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

Invited speakers

                                                                                                                             Dr. Dimitris Anagnostou, Heriot-Watt University, UK

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.

REGISTRATION

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 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.