From the General & Vice Chairs of Eurpean Microwave Week 2016,
It is our privilege and pleasure to invite you on behalf of the whole the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and EuMW Committee to the 19th European Microwave Week (EuMW); Europe’s premier microwave, RF, radar and wireless event. Our team of around 30 volunteers have been planning this event for that past 3 years to bring you an engaging and rewarding event. The venue is the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, 3rd – 7th October.
About London and ExCeL
A leading global city and the political, economic and cultural capital of the United Kingdom, London is a cultural capital in all senses of the word. Visitors love coming to London because of the wide variety of things to do and places to visit. You can expect all and any passions and interests to be entertained with a range of unique landmarks, museums and monuments in this historic city. London can lay claim to represent the story of modern science as Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Franklin, Babbage and Fleming were all Fellows of the Royal Society. London has the largest number of tourist attractions in Britain and lots of attractions have free entry!
Visit the superb British Museum, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery, walk through Trafalgar Square under the gaze of Lord Nelson atop his column; wander up the Mall to Buckingham Palace or go see a show in London’s famous West End; experience the joys of the ‘queue’ or simply enjoy the great outdoors by walking through Hyde Park or another of London’s numerous parks and green spaces. Any time day or night there is always something to do in London.
Our venue, ExCeL London, is a £500 million international venue offering an incredible 100,000m2 of flexible event space, including London’s International Convention Centre. The ICC includes the UK’s largest auditorium, London’s largest banqueting hall and a stunning, multi-function conference suite with fabulous reception and registration areas. ExCeL London has 7 on-site hotels, ranging from luxury to budget, offering 1,400 rooms between them. In addition, there are over 10,000 hotel rooms within 20 minutes of ExCeL London. The venue has excellent transport links for both national and international visitors with 3 onsite DLR (Docklands Light Railway) stations, easy access to London Underground, onsite parking for 3,700 cars and London City Airport just 5-minutes away. ExCeL is positioned in the heart of London’s ‘events district’, with great hotels, shops, bars and restaurants all ideally located within close proximity of Canary Wharf, The O2 and the Olympic Park.
European Microwave Week 2016 (3rd – 7th October 2016) Overview
Our motto for the week is ‘Microwaves Everywhere’ and this reflects the way microwave technology is fully integrated into our lifestyles, continuously opening up new frontiers that will govern how individuals and objects communicate, sense and move. The ‘Connected Humans’ sector is rapidly developing together with the Internet of Things. Initiated in 1998 by the European Microwave Association, EuMW is the premier microwave event in Europe, bringing together the microwave community from around the world. The week comprises the 46th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) to be held from 4th to 6th October, the 11th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) to be held on 3rd and 4th October, and the 13th European Radar Conference (EuRAD) that will run from 5th to 7th October. Another key element of EuMW is the European Microwave Exhibition, the largest microwave and RF trade show in Europe with 300 international exhibitors. We highly encourage you to visit the exhibitor’s booths and engage with the latest commercial developments on show and hear some of the MicroApps describing the latest products and design techniques.
This year there are 4 special and 3 focus sessions drawing attention to interesting technical topics and links to other microwave communities. There is a session updating delegates on “THz Sensors and Imaging” and one on “Recent Advances in Multipactor” as well as a new, to the conference, topic of Surface Waves. The broad links and connections to this conference from around the world are represented by selected papers from the Asia Pacific Conference, the European EMC Conference and the UK RF and Microwave Society (ARMMS). There is also a special group of papers, “Microwaves in the Americas” highlighting activities from countries in South, Central and North America.
Workshops and Short Courses will be held during the week and complement the three conferences by covering key themes: 5G communications; GaN, CMOS and SiGe technologies and their applications in the mm-wave and THz bands; additive manufacturing; power amplifiers; developments in space based technologies; and automotive, multistatic and space based radar. Thanks to its resounding success since its inception in 2010, The Defence, Security and Space Forum continues to be a major event. It will take place on Wednesday 5th October and focus on defence and security in Complex Urban Environments. An informal cocktail reception will be provided for delegates and speakers after the sessions.
All three conferences feature an excellent programme of technical papers on the latest microwave techniques, but it is worthwhile highlighting some of the invited speakers and topics that will be presented during the opening and closing sessions of each conference. For the EuMC conference, Glyn Thomas, who is Payload Director of Airbus, will give a talk at the opening session entitled ‘Quantum Flexible Payloads for Telecoms Satellites’. The EuMC conference closing session features Mark Pierpoint, VP of Keysight Technologies, who will present a fascinating insight into the world of microwave instrumentation and Nick Ridler from NPL giving a talk on ‘Measurement Calibration at THz Frequency’. Opening the EuMIC conference will be a keynote presentation by internationally renowned and 2016 MTT-S President-Elect, Dylan Williams from NIST describing ‘THz Transistors and Calibration Challenges’ and Liam Devlin from Plextek will present an industry perspective on ‘MMICs – Custom or COTS?’ The inimitable Steve Cripps of Cardiff University, with his entertaining and most likely provocative views on Power Amplifiers, will close EuMIC.
EuRAD 2016 promises to be an exciting three day conference with more than 100 papers covering a diverse range of current topics including; MIMO and networked radar, millimetre wave and THz radar, Electronic Scanned Array Design and Multibeam Antennas and Beamforming Networks. Expert workshops will cover Automotive Radar, Radar Imaging, Radar Performance in Clutter, Bistatic and Multistatic Radar and Digital Beamforming Space Borne Synthetic Aperture Radar. The conference will open with a keynote address by Paul Holbourn, who will present ‘Captor for Typhoon: Past Present and Future’ at the opening session and Hugh Griffiths, who will talk on ‘Early History of Bistatic Radar’ at the closing session.
Several free early career and student based events will occur in parallel with the main conference sessions. The Student Challenge is a poster competition where groups of students develop new ideas based on papers presented at the conference. The Student Design Competition is a design and measurement contest where the students present the performance of their prototypes in a special event held during the week. Prizes will be awarded to the students judged to have made the most significant contribution in both competitions. The Industrial Career Platform will be an opportunity for companies to meet students and young engineers looking for a career in the microwave and RF sector.
There is also an Industry Focussed Panel Discussion on Wednesday 5th October on ‘Solid-State and Vacuum PAs: Latest Industrial Trends and Future Directions’.
The well-established Women in Engineering event, co-sponsored by the IEEE MTT-Society, will include a panel session focused on inspiring women in Engineering, and will end with a tour of one of London’s wonderful attractions.
EuMW 2016 will be promoting several social events including our Monday, 3rd October, EuMIC get-together dinner at the Bridge Restaurant in ExCEL and on Tuesday evening the annual Welcome Reception sponsored by Keysight Technologies. In addition, on Wednesday 5th October, you will be invited to join us for an unforgettable Thames boat cruise to London, including a cocktail reception on board, which will transport you through London as the sun sets on the most fascinating landmarks of the city centre. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience that can be shared with relatives, friends and colleagues!
Finally we invite you to come to EuMW in London and experience a great conference, exhibition and city. The London Team has put together a fantastic program for you and we are eager to make this conference a memorable experience. Our website: www.eumweek.com has the full programme which is packed with sessions, talks, workshops, papers, associated events and exhibition information. Be sure to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ Advanced Registration and get the best options on hotels and airlines. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information about the conference. We’re sure that you will enjoy a EuMW 2016 and we look forward to seeing you there.
Andy Gibson & Rob Sloan
General & Vice Chair of EuMW 2016