In July 2016, leading researchers from across Canada and around the world converged on Montreal’s Intercontinental Hotel for IEEE’s 17th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM). This conference was open to researchers from all over the world. Through our partnership with IEEE, the CPEIA was proud to take part and organize workshops on printable, flexible and wearable electronics for antennas.
What happens at ANTEM? Researchers from industry and academia gather to discuss state-of-the-art research on antennas, propagation, and electromagnetic engineering and the prospects for development in this evolving area, as well as on related fields of application.
For the benefit of CPEIA Members, we present this Research Review at no cost through the CPEIA Knowledge Base. This summarizes presentations at ANTEM, and the first report of its kind to sample the current state of antenna research in Canada and the capabilities of the next-generation of antenna technologies. As a value add, we also include related papers by colleagues from the U.S. and Australia.
It should come as little surprise that many Canadian research groups are active in the space, considering that Canada has always had deep expertise in this critical technology area. Take, for example, the work at the Communications Research Centre and the National Research Council of Canada on frequency selective surfaces that can block specific transmissions such as Wi-Fi. Or the consumer-accessible printed digital TV antenna, co-developed by CRC and NRC and made freely available to attendees at CPES2016 in April 2016 in Toronto.
Antennas are a vital component of the technology that impacts our lives on a daily basis, from your smartphone to the medical diagnostic equipment that could save your life. As we move into the age of smart packaging, smart fabrics and the embedded functionality of the Internet of Things, new requirements for data collection and wireless sensor networks demand a new generation of antenna technologies that are low-power, reliable and economical. Canada is certainly at the forefront of this research.
With this paper, CPEIA members will be able to establish links with these research groups to develop and commercialize new designs. If you wish to be formally introduced to any of these teams, please contact Mark Majewski, President and CEO of the CPEIA, who organized the workshop and met with these research teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613-795-8181.
SUMMARY of CONTENTS
Flexible Printed Organic Photovoltaic Antennas
Mina Danesh, Wibicom Inc.
Design of a Dual-band 13/24 GHz Frequency Selective Surface Using Meandered Loop Elements
M.R. Chaharmir and J. Ethier, Canada’s Communications Research Centre
Design of Dual-Band Frequency Selective Surfaces to Block Wi-Fi Using Printable Electronics Technology
M.R. Chaharmir, J. Ethier, D. Lee and J. Shaker, Canada’s Communications Research Centre
Screen Printing RF Antennas
Gaozhi (George) Xiao, Zhiyi Zhang, Stephen Lang and Ye Tao, the National Research Council of Canada
Investigation of Antenna Array Configurations for Microwave Radar Breast Screening
Pragyan Hazarika, Adam Santorelli and Milica Popovic, McGill University
Flexible Printed Square Loop Antennas for Wearable Applications
Haitham Abu Damis, Rashid Mirzavand, Hyun-Joong Chung and Pedram Mousavi, University of Alberta
Generic Antenna Design using Metasurfaces
Mohamed El Badawe and Omar M. Ramahi, University of Waterloo
An On-Body Conformal Printed Array Antenna at mmWave Frequencies for Healthcare Applications
Saeed I. Latif, David A. Nelson and Vinhson La, University of South Alabama
Textile-Based Wideband Flexible Wearable Dielectric Resonator Antennas for WLAN-Band
Muhammad M. Tahseen and Ahmed A. Kishk, Concordia University
Progress in Conductive Polymer Antennas Based on Free-Standing Polypyrrole and PEDOT PSS
Shengjian Jammy Chen, Christophe Fumeaux and Pejman Talemi, University of Adelaide
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