Reconfigurable & Multiple Beam Antenna Technology

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Dec 13, 2014 | Ahmedabad | Paid International Workshop

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Organized by IEEE AP-S / MTT-S Joint Chapter, Gujarat Section, Ahmedabad

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

This workshop will address the technological aspects of reconfigurable and multiple beam antennas. Reconfigurable antennas alternatively known as flexible antennas employing digital beam forming technology is becoming very popular in the field of communication payloads and radar systems to provide dynamism in the system. Similarly, multiple beam antenna technology is becoming the backbone of the High Through-put Satellite (HTS) applications to overcome the spectrum scarcity. Advanced antenna system designs for contoured beams, multiple beams and reconfigurable beams will be dealt during the workshop. Shaped reflector antenna designs, multi-aperture reflector antennas for multiple beams, multi-band reflector antennas, reconfigurable antennas, phased array systems, and lens antennas will be discussed in detail. Flexible antenna using Digital beam forming technology will be discussed during the workshop. The eminent speakers having vast experience in these technologies will deliver the expert talks during this workshop.

Workshop Details

Who should attend? Practicing Engineers, designers in the field of Antennas for space borne, airborne applications and Radars. Post graduate students, faculty members of Universities/Engineering Institutes carrying research in the field of antennas.
Why you should attend? This workshop will facilitate the participants to get the insight of advances in the antenna technology of reconfigurable and multiple beam applications. This workshop will facilitate professionals to interact with experts in the field.
Registration Fees Rs. 2000/= For non-IEEE membersRs. 1500/= For IEEE membersFee includes Lunch, Refreshment, study material and a certificate of participation.


Payment Send your registration form in the prescribed format with a Registration fee payable by DD/ Cheque in favour of ‘IEEE AP/MTT Joint Chapter, Gujarat Section’ payable at Ahmedabad.

Address for Correspondence

Shri Rajeev JyotiChair-IEEE AP/MTT Joint Chapter, Gujarat Section,Group Director, Antenna Systems Group, SAC-ISRO, Ahmedabad-380015



Last Date for Registration

December, 01, 2014


Dr. K. Sudhakar Rao, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems,USA

Sudhakar K. Rao received B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communications from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Warangal in 1974, M.Tech in Radar Systems Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1976, and Ph. D in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1980. During the period 1976-1977 he worked as a Technical officer at Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Hyderabad on large reflector antennas for LOS and TRPO microwave links and during the period 1980-1981 he worked in the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment, Bangalore as a Senior Scientist and developed phased array antennas for airborne applications. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Trondheim, Norway during 1981-1982 and then as a research associate at University of Manitoba during 1982-1983. During 1983-1996, he worked at Spar Aerospace Limited, Montreal, Canada, as Staff Scientist and developed advanced antennas for satellite communications.

From 1996-2003 he worked as Chief Scientist/Technical Fellow at Boeing Satellite Systems and developed multiple beam antennas and reconfigurable beam payloads for commercial and military applications. During the period 2003-2010, he worked as a Corporate Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and developed antenna payloads for fixed satellite, broadcast satellite and personal communication satellite services. He is currently a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA working on advanced antenna systems for space and aircraft applications. He authored over 160 technical papers and has 41 U.S patents. He co-edited three text book volumes on “Handbook of Reflector Antennas and Feed Systems” that are published in June 2013 by the Artech House. Dr. Rao became an IEEE Fellow in 2006 and a Fellow of IETE in 2009. He received several awards and recognitions that include 2002 Boeing’s Special Invention Award for series of patents on satellite antenna payloads, 2003 Boeings’ technical achievement award, Lockheed Martin’s Inventor of Technology award in 2005 & 2007, IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award in 2006, Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year in 2008, and Asian American Engineer of the year award in 2008. He received IEEE Judith Resnik Technical Field Award in 2009 for pioneering work in aerospace engineering.


Dr. Paolo Focadi, JPL/NASA, USA

Dr. Paolo Focardi is a Senior RF Engineer in the Spacecraft Antennas Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his Master in Electronic Engineering and his PhD in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1998 and 2002 respectively. He’s been at JPL since 1999 and has been involved with several flight projects including SRTM, JUNO, AQUARIUS, SMAP, COWVR and NISAR with a wide range of responsibilities. Between 1999 and 2000 Paolo supported the SRTM mission working for the Italian Space Agency.

He was a visiting scientist both at JPL and JSC before and during the mission. In 2001 he visited again JPL and led the research and development of a comprehensive and accurate electromagnetic model of THz detectors and RF circuits up to 2.5 THz. Between 2002 and 2004 he was a JPL Post-doc and kept working with THz detectors improving his RF model. He also collaborated with UCSB at the development of a new THz detector which eventually was proven to work in 2013. He was hired at JPL in 2004 and has been responsible for the development of the RF front end for the “Remote Sensing of Human Vital Signs” project which eventually led to the creation of a start-up company of which he’s a co-founder. In 2009 he was promoted Senior RF Engineer and since then he’s been involved with several other flight projects. He designed the Feed Horn Assembly for SMAP and was responsible for the radiation pattern calculations of the instrument antenna including the effect of the entire spacecraft. He’s currently leading the RF design of the instrument antenna for COWVR and of the feed assembly for NISAR.


Dr. A.K.Singh ,LRDE, Bangalore

Dr Singh obtained his Ph.d. Degree in 1991 in Electronics Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, Varansi. He joined Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) , Bangalore in 1991 and presently heading the R&D group involved in the design and development of 3D low level active aperture radar and antenna/array antenna systems. He has served as a Chairman of technical program committee of International Radar Symposium- IRSI-2007. He has been on program committees of various International conferences.

He has authored more than 90 research papers in different international/ national journals and symposiums. He has 3 copyrights and 3 patents to his credit. He has been awarded Meritorious Invention Award of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) in 1997, DRDO National Science Day Commendation in 2005, DRDO Technology Group Award in 2006, DRDO Performance Excellence Award in 2008, IETE –IRSI Award in 2009 and DRDO prestigious AGNI Award for excellence in 2011. He is a member of Society of Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of IETE.


Dr. Giovanni Toso, ESTEC, Netherlands

Dr Giovanni Toso received the Laurea Degree (summa cum laude) and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy. In 1996, he was visiting scientist at the Laboratoire d’Optique Electromagnetique, University of Aiz-Marseille Ill, Marseille, France. From 1997 to 1999, he was a Post Doctoral student at the University of Florence. In 1999, he was a visiting scientist at University of California, Los Angeles. In the same year he received a scholarship from Thales Alenia space (Rome) and he has been appointed researcher in a Radioastronomy Observatory of the Italian National Council of Researches (CNR). Since 2000 he is with the Antenna and Sub millimetre Section of the European Space and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency,Noordwijk, The Netherlands. He has been initiating and contributing to several R&D activities on satellite antennas based on arrays, reflect arrays, constrained lenses and reflectors. Dr Toso has co-authored more than 50 technical papers published in peer reviewed technical journals, more than 200 papers in international conferences and more than 10 international patents. In 2009 he has been co-editor of the Special Issue on Active Antennas for Satellite Applications in the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. Dr Toso is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.


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