Northern Canada AP/MTT Joint Chapter

February 15th, 2012

Welcome to the IEEE Northern Canada AP/MTT Jt. Chapter website!

The Antennas and Propagation Society and the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society are two predominant societies in the IEEE with thousands of members, massive international conferences, and numerous publications. This website will contain information on upcoming chapter activities, information about our two parent chapters, and resources for graduate and undergraduate students. Below is a map of the NCS governing area.


March 2nd, 2020

The IEEE Northern Canada Section Antennas & Propagation Society and the Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (IEEE NCS APS/MTTS) joint chapter would like to invite you to attend the next installment of our invited talks.  Professor Markus Gardill, University of Würzburg, Germany, will be giving a presentation titled “Automotive Radar – A Signal Processing Perspective on Current Technology and Future Systems

Where: ETLC Solarium, University of Alberta
When: 3-March-2020, 12:00PM to 01:00PM

A small memorial will take place before the talk to honour the tragic loss of our friends and colleagues Professor Mojgan Daneshmand (co-founder and co-chair of this Chapter) and Professor Pedram Mousavi (vice-chair).

Where: ETLC Solarium, University of Alberta
When: 3-March-2020, 11:30PM to 12:00PM


Radar systems are a key technology of modern vehicle safety & comfort systems. Without doubt it will only be the symbiosis of Radar, Lidar and camera-based sensor systems which can enable advanced autonomous driving functions soon. This presentation will introduce the topic with a review on the fundamentals of FMCW radar and then dive into the details of fast-chirp FMCW processing. Starting with the fundamentals of target range and velocity estimation based on the radar data matrix, the spatial dimension available using modern single-input multiple-output (SIMO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar systems will be introduced and radar processing based on the radar data cube is discussed. Of interest is the topic of angular resolution – one of the key drawbacks which e.g. render Lidar systems superior to radar in some situations. Consequently, traditional and modern methods for direction of arrival estimation in FMCW radar systems are presented. The talk concludes with an outlook on future system aspects such as application of neural networks or over-the-air de-ramping.

About the Speaker:

Markus Gardill is professor for Satellite Communication Systems at the chair of computer science VII – robotics and telematics at the university of Würzburg.
He received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in systems of information and multimedia technology/electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2010 and 2015, respectively, where he was a research assistant, teaching fellow, and later head of the team for radio communication technology.

Between 2015 and 2020 he was R&D engineer and research cluster owner for optical and imaging metrology systems at Robert Bosch GmbH. Later he joined InnoSenT GmbH as head of the group radar signal processing & tracking, developing together with his team new generations of automotive radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems and autnomous driving.

His main research interest include radar and communication systems, antenna (array) design, and signal processing algorithms.
His particular interest is space-time processing such as e.g. beamforming and direction-of-arrival estimation, together with cognitive and adaptive systems. He has a special focus on combining the domains of signal processing and microwave/electromagnetics to develop new approaches on antenna array implementation and array signal processing. His further research activities include distributed coherent/non-coherent networks for advanced detection and perception, machine-learning techniques for spatial signal processing, highly-flexible software defined radio/radar systems, and communication systems for NewSpace.

Markus Gardill is member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S).
He served as co-chair of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee Digital Signal Processing (MTT-9), regularly acts as reviewer and TPRC member for several journals and conferences, and currently serves as associate editor of the Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He is a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (DML) for the DML term 2018-2020 with a presentation on signal processing and system aspects of automotive radar systems.





February 25th, 2020

The nation is united in grief over the tragedy of the Ukraine International Airlines disaster on January 8, 2020. Our University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and our small community of researchers in the Electromagnetics Group are gutted by the loss of so many of our own, including our dearest colleagues, Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand and Dr. Pedram Mousavi, and their two daughters. For those of us who worked and interacted closely with them, it will take time to come to terms with the senseless loss of two brilliant minds, but also kind-hearted friends. They were loving, generous, compassionate, and cheerful, comforting, and hopeful. As academics, they embodied qualities that the rest of us continue to aspire to: they were highly competent, well-respected in our field, and they developed a close-knit group of graduate students and alumni that they loved, and who loved them, as their own family. Dr. Daneshmand was the co-founder of the IEEE Northern Canada Section’s joint chapter of the AP-S and MTT-S societies, and was personally invested in the cause of creating awareness and interest in AP and MTT activities on the U of A Campus. That our Chapter won the MTT-S Outstanding Chapter Award not once, but twice, was a great source of pride for her. Dr. Mousavi was ever-ready to contribute his time, resources, and large network of contacts towards improving our Chapter activities and was installed as Vice-Chair of the Chapter only days before the tragedy occurred. Moving forward, the mission of the Chapter and its Officers will be to carry on Dr. Daneshmand’s and Dr. Mousavi’s legacies of service to the AP-S and MTT-S. May their souls rest in peace.

September 12th, 2018

The IEEE Northern Canada Section Antennas & Propagation Society and the Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (IEEE NCS APS/MTTS) joint chapter would like to invite you to attend the next installment of our invited talks.  Professor Fan YANG, Tsinghua University, China, will be giving a presentation titled “ Surface Electromagnetics: Physics Exploration and Engineering Applications

Where: ICE 7-395, University of Alberta
When: 25-September-2018, 12:00PM to 01:00PM


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 practical examples will be presented to illustrate promising applications of the surface electromagnetics in microwaves and optics.

About the Speaker:

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 five books, six book chapters, and over 300 journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Yang served 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. He was elected to ACES Fellow in 2018. He is an IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-2020.





August 14th, 2018

The IEEE Northern Canada Section Antennas and Propagation Society and the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Joint Chapter (IEEE NCS AP-S/MTT-S) is pleased to announce another Distinguished Microwave Lecturer seminar. Professor Naoki Shinohara, from Kyoto University, Japan, will be giving a presentation titled “Current Research and Development of Wireless Power Transfer via Radio Waves”.


DICE 8-207, University of Alberta


27-August-2018 12:00PM to 1:00PM


Theory, technologies, applications, and current R&D status of the wireless power transfer (WPT) will be presented. The talk will cover both the far-field WPT via radio waves, especially beam-type and ubiquitous-type WPT, and energy harvesting from broadcasting waves. The research of the WPT was started from the far-field WPT via radio waves, in particular the microwaves in 1960s. In recent years this became a hot topic again due to the rapid growth of wireless devices. Theory and technologies of antenna and circuits will be presented in case of beam-type and ubiquitous-type WPT. The industrial applications and current R&D status of the WPT via radio waves will be also presented.


Naoki Shinohara received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering, the M.E. and Ph.D (Eng.) degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. He was a research associate in the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University from 1996. He was a research associate of the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University by recognizing the Radio Atmospheric Science Center from 2000, and there he was an associate professor since 2001. he was an associate professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University by recognizing the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere since 2004. From 2010, he has been a professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. He has been engaged in research on Solar Power Station/Satellite and Microwave Power Transmission system. He is IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 26 (Wireless Power Transfer and Conversion) chair, IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter TPC member, IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference advisory committee member, URSI Commission D vice chair, international journal of Wireless Power Transfer (Cambridge Press) executive editor, technical committee member and 1st chair of IEICE Wireless Power Transfer, Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications president, Space Solar Power Systems Society board member, Wireless Power Transfer Consortium for Practical Applications (WiPoT) chair, and Wireless Power Management Consortium (WPMc) chair.

October 31st, 2017

The IEEE Northern Canada Section Antennas & Propagation Society and the Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (IEEE NCS APS/MTTS) joint chapter would like to invite you to attend the next installment of our invited talks.  Dr. Nectaria Diamanti, R&D Applications Scientist, Sensors & Software Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada, will be giving a presentation titled “Engineering Applications Research at Sensors & Software Inc.”


ICE 7-395, University of Alberta


01-November-2017, 12:15 to 01:00 PM


Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a well-established method of investigation applied to various geophysical, geological and engineering problems, ranging from environmental monitoring and non-destructive testing to archaeological prospection and remote sensing. The expertise of Sensors & Software Inc. includes the development and application of ground penetrating radar (GPR). We design, develop, manufacture, sell and rent GPR instrumentation and software. As part of our growth, apart from continuous research we perform internally, we also participate in and/or supports research projects performed by external researchers at universities, government institutions and industry. This talk will give a general background and describe research projects we are involved in.


Nectaria Diamanti works at Sensors & Software Inc., Canada in the area of ground penetrating radar (GPR) R&D and applications. She received her B.Sc. in Geology and M.Sc. in Geophysics both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She then obtained the Ph.D. degree in Engineering & Electronics from The University of Edinburgh, U.K. Her main research activity involves application of geophysical techniques and especially GPR to geophysical / engineering problems. Her areas of research include: numerical modelling using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique, application of numerical modelling to GPR.

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