Seminar Announcement: Prof. Danilo ERRICOLO (UIC) @ Trento

Benchmarking computational electromagnetics with exact analytical solutions of canonical electromagnetic scattering problems

Speaker: Prof. Danilo ERRICOLO (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A.)

Date: 11 September 2017 @ 16:00

Location: Room OFEK – Polo Scientifico F. Ferrari – Povo


Solutions of canonical electromagnetic scattering problems may be used to benchmark computational electromagnetics methods. While the list of known exact analytical solutions is limited, this list extends significantly beyond classical solutions for the scattering from metallic bodies such as the sphere, the 2D metallic wedge, and the infinite circular cylinder. In fact, recently developed exact solutions exist for geometries involving cavities, sharp edges, apertures, and propagation across different media. Unfortunately, many articles discussing computational electromagnetics solutions frequently propose validations or benchmarks with geometries as simple as a sphere and then jump into comparisons with very complex objects such as a numerical model of an airplane. In such cases, validations with simpler, but yet challenging benchmarks should provide additional evidence of their accuracy. In many cases, comparisons with exact solutions for benchmarking purposes are quite straightforward to implement.


Short Bio

Danilo Erricolo received the Laurea degree of Doctor (summa cum laude) in electronics engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, IL, USA, in 1998. In 2009, he was an Air Force Faculty Fellow with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, USA. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIC, where he is also the Director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor of bioengineering. He developed a 2-D simulator for the propagation of the electromagnetic field in urban environments that could consider base-stations located below or above the average rooftop height, thanks to introduction of uniform theory of diffraction double wedge diffraction coefficients. He contributed to the development of many exact solutions of canonical scattering problems, which advance the understanding of scattering from analytically treatable geometries and provide benchmarks for computational electromagnetics software. As part of these studies, he wrote software for the computation of Mathieu functions that has applications beyond the field of electrical engineering. He also developed an acceleration method for series expansions containing Mathieu, prolate, and oblate spheroidal functions, which impacts all applications of these functions, such as in porous media flow. He contributed to the validation of the incremental theory of diffraction by developing comparisons with exact canonical solutions and experiments. He also applied his research to medical applications, specifically in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He co-authored the first papers on RF tomography for applications to subsurface sensing and is currently engaged with its extension to other environments. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 publications in refereed journals and international conferences. His current research interests include electromagnetic propagation and scattering, highfrequency techniques, wireless communications, electromagnetic compatibility, the computation of special functions, and magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Erricolo is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and was an elected full member of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commissions B, C, and E. He served as the Chair from 2009 to 2011, the Vice Chair from 2006 to 2008, and the Secretary of the USNC-URSI Commission E on Electromagnetic Environment and Interference from 2004 to 2005. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the Chair of the USNC-URSI E. K. Smith Student Paper Competition. He also served as the Vice-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the XXIX URSI General Assembly, held in Chicago, in 2008. He serves as a member at Large of USNC-URSI from 2012 to 2017, a committee of the U.S. National Academies. He was the General Chairman of the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting, held in Chicago, in 2012. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Chair of the Chicago Joint Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Since 2005, he has been serving the IEEE AP-S Future Symposia Committee, and since 2006, he has been serving as a USNC-URSI Representative on the AP-S/USNC-URSI Joint Meetings Committee. He was an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE AP-S from 2012 to 2014 and served as the Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the IEEE AP-S from 2015 to 2016. He has served on more than 40 conference Technical Program Committees, chaired over 60 conference sessions, and organized more than 20 special sessions at international scientific conferences. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2002 to 2014, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION from 2013 to 2016, and Radio Science from 2014 to 2016. In 2006, he was the Guest Editor of the “Special Issue on RF Effects on Digital Systems” of the Electromagnetics Journal, and in 2012, he was a Lead Guest Editor of the “Special Issue on Propagation Models and Inversion Approaches for Subsurface and Through Wall Imaging” of the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. Since Aug. 2016 he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

Notes: Additional information can be found at

Contact: Prof. Giacomo Oliveri (

Seminar Announcement: Prof. Yiannis Vardaxoglou (Loughborough University) @ Turin

Meta-Atoms for 3D Printing Metamaterials

Prof. Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Fellow IEEE

Head of the Wireless Communications Research Group

Loughborough University, UK


Date: Thursday 14/09/2017 at 3.00 pm

Venue: Room “Nyquist” (DET meeting room, Cittadella Politecnica, 4th floor)


In this seminar, Prof. Vardaxoglou will introduce the concept and uses of MeTa-Atoms (MTAs) in electromagnetic and egineered metamaterials. MTAs are meso scale inclusions in a host material. These meta-atoms could be varied in constitution and geometry to augment a variety of artificial and novel magneto-dielectric properties. Various 3D-printed multi-layered metamaterials with different periodicities fo dielectric or metallic inclusions will be shown. The effect of the periodicity (space between adjacent elements) on the effective metamaterials properties is examined by placing the 3D-printed samples in a waveguide simulator or on a resonator measuring system. Some of these structures have already been applied in engineering applications such as antennas, microwave lenses and electronic devices.


Yiannis Vardaxoglou is the Head of the Wireless Communications Research Group (WiCR) researching wide- ranging topics applicable to cutting-edge wireless communications technology. His research focuses primarily on metamaterial structures for electronic devices, antennas in microwave and mm-wave engineering. He has authored 300 publications and several book chapters and a pioneering book on Frequency Selective Surfaces. WiCR collaborates with many internationally leading universities and companies and is home to the internationally renowned Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC).

For any further information please contact prof. Paola Pirinoli (e-mail:

Seminar Announcement: Prof. Fan YANG (Tsinghua University) @ Turin

The IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter is pleased to announce that Prof. Fan YANG from the Tsinghua University, China, will give a seminar titled “Surface Electromagnetics: From EBG to Metasurface and Beyond” at the Politecnico di Torino.

Where:Room “Nyquist” (DET meeting room, Cittadella Politecnica, 4th floor)

When: 11 September 2017 – 10.00

From frequency selective surfaces (FSS) to electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) ground planes, from impedance boundaries to Huygens metasurfaces, novel electromagnetic surfaces have been emerging in both microwaves and optics. Many intriguing phenomena occur on these surfaces, and novel devices and applications have been proposed accordingly, which have created an exciting paradigm in electromagnetics, so called “surface electromagnetics”. This seminar will review the development of electromagnetic surfaces, as well as the state-of-the art concepts and designs. Detailed presentations will be provided on their unique electromagnetic features. Furthermore, a wealth of antenna examples will be presented to illustrate promising applications of the surface electromagnetics in antenna engineering.

Prof. Fan Yang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, and the Ph.D. degree from University of California at Los Angeles. Currently, he is a Professor at Tsinghua University and serves as the Director of the Microwave and Antenna Institute. Dr. Yang’s research interests include antennas, surface electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, and applied electromagnetic systems. He has published four books, six book chapters, and over 300 journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Yang serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagation, Associate Editor-in-Chief for Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal, and TPC chair of 2014 IEEE AP-S International Symposium.

Contact Point: Prof. Paola PIRINOLI (

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Announcement: Dr. Karu ESSELLE

The IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter is pleased to announce that Prof. Karu ESSELLE (IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer) from Macquarie University, Sidney, will give a Distinguished Lecturer seminar titled “Many names, many advantages – Are resonant cavity antennas the killer planar space-saving approach to get 15-25 dBi gain?” at the Politecnico di Torino.

Where: Maxwell room, Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, Torino, Italy.

When: Friday, September 8 2017, h. 10:00-12:00

Additional Details: please see

Contact Point: Prof. Ladislau MATEKOVITS (




Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to submit your contribution to the 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP 2017), which will be held in Pavia, Italy, on 20-22 September 2017 (

IMWS-AMP 2017 conference represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners of different background (materials scientists, chemical experts, physicists, microwave engineers and process technologists), to share the most recent advances in new materials and manufacturing processes, which represent the key for the development of future RF, microwave, mm-wave and THz devices, circuits and systems.

IMWS-AMP 2017 is organized by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) with the technical co-sponsorship of the European Microwave Association (EuMA). The conference will feature an exciting technical program, an industry exhibit, and invited talks by worldwide recognized experts in materials and manufacturing processes.

Several special sessions will be organized. A partial list is available in the conference website

I am pleased to announce that the paper submission deadline has been extended to 15 May 2017, to accommodate several requests received from prospective authors and session organizers.





Notification of acceptance:   10 June 2017

Final paper submission:   1 July 2017

Conference date:   20-22 September  2017




Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Announcement: Dr. Sudhakar RAO

The IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter is pleased to announce a Distinguished Lecturer seminar. Dr. S. Rao (IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer) from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems will give a seminar titled “Advanced Antenna Systems for Satellite Communication Payloads at the ELEDIA Research Center (ELEDIA@UniTN, University of Trento, Trento, Italy).

Where: Room “Ofek”, Povo 1 Building, Università di Trento, Via Sommarive 5, I-38123 Trento

When: Wednesday, May 5 2017, h. 11:00-12:00

Additional Details: please see

Contact Point: Prof. Giacomo OLIVERI (

IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Student Awards are open!!

The IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter is pleased to announce that up to three €250 Master Thesis awards (one per reference Society) and up to three €350 PhD Thesis awards (one per reference Society) will be awarded to encourage students to pursue careers in the areas of interest of the Antennas and Propagation, Electron Devices, and Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies. The awards are intended to support students involved in theses directed by a faculty member at their institution who is also a member of the IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter.

Interested applicants are encouraged to download the call and the application form. All applications must be sent to

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016 


BodyNets 2016 Call for Papers

You are cordially invited to participate in the 11th International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets 2016) to be held in Turin, Italy during December 15-16, 2016.

BodyNets 2016 aims to provide a world-leading and unique opportunity for bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to plan, analyze, design, build, deploy and experiment with/on Body Area Networks (BANs).

Sponsored by EAI and CREATE-NET, BodyNets 2016 will feature the state-of-the-art keynote speeches, parallel technical sessions, focused special tracks and entertaining social functions.

Here are several important notes and annoucements:

The technical program will consist of five Main Tracks

1. Wearable Computing

2. Embedded Devices and Medical Applications

3. Communications and Networking

4. Systems and Applications – Ambient Intelligence

5. Antenna Applications and Propagation

Each track has regular and short paper presentations.

The program will also consist of the following Special Tracks:

*    ST1: Antennas and Propagation in Body Area Networks (APBN)

*    ST2: Body Area NanoNETworks: Electromagnetic, Materials and Communications (BANN-EMC)

*    ST3: Cloud-assisted Body Area Networks (CBAN)

*    ST4: Human Body Communications (HBCM)

*    ST5: Millimeter-Wave Body Area Networks (MilliBAN)

*    ST6: Privacy, Security and Trust in Body Area Networks (PSTB)

*    ST7: Sensors and Algorithms for Human Motion Analysis and Classification (SAHM)

*    ST8: Ultra Wideband for Body Area Networking (UWBAN)

Additionally Special Tracks will be proposed. For further information see Call for Special Track Papers.

All accepted conference papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings (ACM Digital Library).

The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Outstanding articles will be encouraged to submit their manuscript to a Special Section in IEEE ACCESS, a multidisciplinary open access journal published by IEEE.

The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organisation devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT.

We are looking forward to see you in Torino for BODYNETS 2016!

Ladislau Matekovits
General Chair BodyNets 2016

PhD Course by Prof. Yang Hao (QMUL, UK)

The IEEE AP/ED/MTT Chapter is pleased to announce the PhD Course “Metamaterials and Material-by-Design for Electromagnetic Applications” by Prof. Yang HAO (Queen Mary University of London, UK), which will be held at the ELEDIA Research Center, Polo F. Ferrari, Via Sommarive 5, 38123 Trento, from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21, July 2016.

More information can be found here.

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Announcement: Prof. Y. Antar

antarThe IEEE AP/ED/MTT North Italy Chapter is pleased to announce a Distinguished Lecturer seminar. Prof. Y. Antar (IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE Fellow) from the Canada Research in Electromagnetic Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada& Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada will give a seminar titled “Some Recent advances in Antennas Near Field Theory and possible Impact on Future Electromagnetic Applications” at the University of Siena.

Where: Aula Videoconferenze, Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena, Via Roma 56, 53100, Siena

When: Monday, June 13, 14:30-15:30

Additional Details: please see detailed info

Contact Point: Prof. Stefano MACI (