As part of the microwave industry, we all have a “Passion for Microwaves,” which is the theme for this year’s European Microwave Week (EuMW). The co-chairs and organizer of EuMW 2018 welcome you to Madrid, the economic and cultural centre of Spain and the third largest city in the European Union. This is the 21st EuMW, and takes place at IFEMA Feria de Madrid from Sunday 23 to Friday 28 September. After the very successful 2017 event in Nuremberg, the EuMW comes to the lively, cosmopolitan and friendly city of Madrid. This conference event was started by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) in 1998, and is made up of the 48th European Microwave Conference (EuMC), taking place from 25 to 27 September, the 13th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC), taking place from 24 to 25 September, and the 15th European Radar Conference (EuRAD), running from 26 to 28 September. The three conferences are accompanied by the three-day trade show covering RF and microwave technology that attracts about 300 exhibitors and is the largest in Europe.
Over 430 reviewers and the 110 members of the Technical Program Committee selected an excellent program comprising of 521 presentations. The program also includes six special sessions. We are proud to host in particular the special session celebrating the 20th anniversary of EuMW, which encompasses presentations by our esteemed colleagues who launched this successful event as envisioned by a recently established EuMA back in 1998. Two other special sessions will highlight the research activities in Latin America and 5G technology in the Asia-Pacific Region. Two more special sessions present the latest research on additive manufacturing and high frequency flexible bendable electronics for wireless communication systems. Finally, a special session is devoted to radar projects at the European Defense Agency.
The regular program is organized in 87 oral sessions and five interactive sessions. The program is complemented by 33 workshops and eight short courses, covering the most relevant topics ranging from mmWave circuits to 5G, from power amplifiers to automotive radar and from THz technology to SATCOM, from Sunday 23 to Friday 28 September.
This year’s Defence, Security and Space Forum (DSS) is devoted to “Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) into Defence and Security Scenarios.” The DSS Forum organizers have succeeded in attracting high-level speakers to discuss the need from a defense and security perspective of integrating UAVs into current air traffic control and air defense systems, together with related technological challenges and solutions.
Internationally renowned speakers will discuss the latest trends and developments in their keynotes at the conferences’ plenary sessions. At the opening session of the EuMW, Enrique Blanco, Telefónica Global CTIO, will outline how the 5G technologies will impact future communication networks. The EuMIC opens with presentations by Chuck Campbell, engineering senior fellow with the Infrastructure and Defense Products Division of Qorvo, U.S., on the progress and problems of GaN MMIC design, and by Sebastián Gómez-Díaz, from University of California, Davis, U.S., on THz nanoplasmonics with 2D materials. Bill Deal, distinguished engineer in the RF and Mixed Signal Department of Northrop Grumman, U.S., will close the EuMIC with a review on THz transistors and their applications. During the EuRAD opening, which is held in conjunction with the DSS Forum, M. Carmen Barbero, head of Naval Radar Programs, Indra Sistemas, Spain, will present the new radar generation for the F-110 frigate integrated masts, and Stefano Pirandola, from York Centre for Quantum Technologies, U.K., will discuss quantum radar. Domingo Castro, Rafael Casado and Jacobo Martínez-Villa, from Indra Sistemas, Spain, will present the S3T Spanish ESA (European Space Agency) Radar facility for space debris at the EuRAD closing session. The EuMW will close with a presentation by Giuliano Gatti, space segment manager of ESA Galileo Satellite Navigation Program.
The traditional Women in Microwave Engineering (WiM) event, co-sponsored by the IEEE MTT-Society, will focus on communications technology for space exploration, and both women and men are welcome. Attendees will visit one of the following two centers located near Madrid: the NASA-MDSCC (Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex) or the ESA-ESAC (European Space Astronomy Centre). Besides visiting the center, presentations will be given by scientists working at MDSCC or ESAC. As initiated during EuMW 2017, the WiM attendees will have the opportunity to interact with high school students who are invited to participate in this event. Early registration is encouraged, as the number of participants is limited.
EuMW 2018 will host several events especially for younger engineers. These include the very stimulating and successful Student Challenge, which will have the same format as in previous years. The Student Design Competition comprises two tasks to be prepared in advance. It will also feature a design task to be carried out on-site. This will take place in the form of a hands-on design experience event. The latter is also part of the Student and the Doctoral School, which both start with a high-level, half-day lecture program. The Career Platform will continue the successful format of previous years. Finally, two sessions devoted to young professionals are offered.
The week would not be the “Week” without its traditional social events. These include Monday’s EuMIC Get-Together, which this year will be held at a beautiful restaurant located in the heart of Madrid’s modern downtown, Tuesday’s Welcome Reception, sponsored by Keysight Technologies, which will also be held off-site at the Palacio del Negralejo and the EuRAD Lunch on Friday. In addition, a private visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, one of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art, together with the Prado and the Reina Sofía national galleries, followed by a cocktail dinner, has been organized for Wednesday evening.
The Week’s program will let you enjoy Europe’s microwave event in 2018 and will give you plenty of opportunities to satisfy your professional “Passion for Microwaves.” Do not forget to explore the friendly city of Madrid, where everyone feels at home. Madrid’s rich artistic and natural heritage, cutting edge transport network, quality accommodation, fine cuisine and the passion locals show when enjoying their city’s day and nightlife make it one of the most attractive cities in the world. If time permits, we invite you to visit some of the many nearby landmarks, from Alcalá de Henares, where Miguel de Cervantes, the well-known author of Don Quijote de la Mancha, was born 471 years ago, to Segovia, Toledo and more.