It will be a busy summer for events featuring EDA and EM simulation software providers as several IEEE organizations host their annual technical conferences addressing antenna propagation, radio science and electromagnetic compliance (EMC). The first event taking place June 6-11 in Memphis, Tennessee is the  2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science. The second event, the IEEE EMC will take place August 3-8 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both events offer leading papers in antenna design, measurement/simulation and radio technology.  

The 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting are cosponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI) Commissions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and K. The joint meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetics, and radio science.

The event takes place at the Memphis Cook Convention Center with excellent accommodations for meeting rooms and a large exhibition hall. The convention center looks out on the Mississippi River on one side and is immediately adjacent to the Main Street Trolley Line, giving direct access to downtown Memphis and world famous Beale Street. Just south of the Convention Center, Main Street is now an idyllic pedestrian mall, no automobile traffic allowed. A sky bridge provides convenient access to the Sheraton Hotel. An important part of the convention center is the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts…comedy, classical music, gospel music, and of course, Elvis.

The societies have put together an excellent technical program with 200 oral and poster sessions including special sessions. Full day and half day short courses are scheduled for Sunday, July 6. The student design contest and the student paper competition finals will be held during the conference. Be sure to stop by the exhibits area to meet with various vendors and learn about the hardware and software products they have to offer. New this year is the University Exhibits, with tabletops that highlight research projects at various universities and provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the state of the art research at leading universities in the field of antennas and propagation.


The field of interest of Antenna Propogation Society (AP-S) includes: antennas, including analysis, design, development, measurement, and testing; radiation, propagation, and the interaction of electromagnetic waves with discrete and continuous media; and applications and systems pertinent to antennas, propagation, and sensing, such as applied optics, millimeter- and sub-millimeter-wave techniques, antenna signal processing and control, radio astronomy, and propagation and radiation aspects of terrestrial and space-based communication, including wireless, mobile, satellite, and telecommunications.

Every year, they team up with URSI, the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale), a non-governmental and non-profit organization under the International Council for Science, is responsible for stimulating and coordinating, on an international basis, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science. Radio science encompasses the knowledge and study of all aspects of electromagnetic fields and waves. The organization’s charter includes encouraging the adoption of common methods of measurement, and standardization of the measuring instruments used in the scientific aspects of telecommunications using electromagnetic waves, guided and unguided;  the generation, emission, radiation, propagation, reception, and detection of fields and waves, and the processing of the signals embedded in them.

In August the action moves to Raleigh with the IEEE 2014 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility which is a solely sponsored event by the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC-S).

The Symposium Organizing Committee has planned and designed the 2014 EMC Symposium with the goal of ensuring the most enriching technical and professional networking opportunities possible through multiple exhibits, technical programs, companion programs, and social events,  offering three days of top-rated, peer-reviewed technical papers presented by experts in multi-track sessions and two days of practical workshops and tutorials, plus experiments and demonstrations presented by industry professionals. Also included are collateral industry meetings and a full exhibit hall to learn about the latest offerings in EMC products and services. In addition to the number of regular sessions, special sessions and workshop/tutorial sessions on ‘standard EMC’ and Signal and Power Integrity, there will be papers on emerging wireless technology, nanotechnology, information security and many more topics! There is certainly something new for everyone, regardless of your interests, within the broad EMC world. Evenings will feature live entertainment, and a distinct ‘taste’ of the South while you mingle and chat with friends and colleagues.