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Denis Barataud (left)and Christian Person (right), EuMW 2019 General Co-Chairs

Welcome to France where the Declaration of the Rights was written in 1789 and welcome to Paris “La Ville Lumière”! It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 22nd European Microwave Week (EuMW) to be held at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, from Sunday, 29 September to Friday, 4 October 2019.

“Universality through microwaves” is our motto this year to express how the microwave technologies are fundamental for all human beings who will have to face the challenge of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their modern way of communicating.

The EuMW was initiated by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) in 1998. EuMW 2019 continues the series of successful microwave events held in Amsterdam, London, Munich, Milan, Manchester, Nuremberg, Paris and Madrid. The week comprises:

  • 49th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) to be held from 1–3 October.
  • 14th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) which will take place from 30 September-1 October.
  • 16th European Radar Conference (EuRAD) which will run from 2–4 October.

Thanks to the excellent work of the 434 reviewers, the 110 members of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) were able to prepare 78 technical regular sessions representing 391 presentations. The programme is complemented by 24 workshops and five short courses covering the most relevant topics ranging from Antenna Booster Technology for IoT Applications to Multibeam Antennas, from Power Amplifiers to Automotive Radar and from Modern Advances in Computational Imaging at Microwave and mmWave Frequencies to High Data Rate Communications. Two other special sessions highlight the research activities in Latin America and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

This year’s programme will boost and intensify the interaction between industry and academia thanks to 32 keynotes presented by internationally recognized industrial experts who will open selected sessions with presentations on challenges and state-of-the-art achievements in their field. Internationally renowned speakers will discuss the latest trends and developments in their keynotes at the conferences plenary sessions.

At the opening session of EuMW 2019, special talks will be dedicated to technical « souvenirs » of 50 years of EuMC from London in 1969 to this year’s edition. Then, Paolo Di Prisco, wireless transport product strategy leader from Nokia in Italy will give a presentation on “Beyond 100 GHz Transport Technology and Applications.” The EuMIC opens with presentations by Prof. Dietmar Kissinger, from Ulm University, Germany, outlining the use of “BiCMOS Integrated Millimeter-Wave Circuits for Short-Range Wireless Communications and Sensing” and by Yves Mancuso, distinguished engineer in Thales Defence Mission Systems, France, on “Trends in Active Antennas and T/R Modules for Radar and Multi-Function Systems.” Natanael Ayllon, head of the RF Equipment and Technologies Section at ESA-ESTEC, The Netherlands, has accepted the invitation to close the EuMIC with a presentation of the “Trends in Microwave Technologies for Space Applications.”

During the EuRAD opening, which is held in conjunction with the DSS Forum, Florent Jangal, radar architect from the French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) will present some research and development activities supported by the Defence Innovation Agency. Then, Thomas Carpentier, Ground MFR product line manager, Thales Land & Air System, France, will present the new SF500 radar for the next-generation of FTI frigates for the French Navy. Dominic Walker, CEO at Aveillant Ltd., Great Britain, will describe the latest advances in holographic radar at the EuRAD closing session. The EuMW will close with a presentation about the “Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity: A Microwave Instrument in Space” by François Deborgies, RF technology advisor at ESA-ESTEC, The Netherlands.

A selection of workshops and short courses presented by internationally recognized lecturers will be offered in addition to the three conferences. The Defence, Security and Space (DSS) Forum continues to be a major event. This year the Forum will focus on “New Radio Architectures and their Evolution for Satellite Constellations.” The DSS Forum organisers have succeeded in attracting high-level speakers to discuss the need of new radio architectures using less power and having lower latency while still being low cost. Keynote speakers will consider the state-of-the-art of leading technologies and systems for satellite constellations, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected functionalities to address future challenges.

For the first time, a new automotive forum is organised to provide an open platform for industrial experts to discuss technical aspects and market issues in the area of microwaves in automotive industry. The forum will focus on hot topics such as system architectures for advanced radar, advanced methods for radar interference suppression, AI in radar signal processing and radar-based generation of digital maps.

Several events will occur in parallel with the conference sessions. The traditional Women in Microwave (WiM) Engineering event, co-sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S, will focus on the topic of instrumentation and metrology, and both women and men are welcome. Attendees will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of inventors of progress and explore a one-of-a-kind repository of scientific knowledge visiting the “Musée des Arts et Métiers-CNAM.” For the third time, 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, since the number of participants is limited.

For the younger generation, the EuMW 2019 will present a very stimulating Student Challenge, completed on site. Another event, the Student Design Competition will comprise three thrusts (PAs and filters) to be prepared in advance. Prototypes will be measured in front of an industrial panel. Two schools dedicated to sofware-defined radio (SDR), with hands-on activities, are proposed with a full day of high level lectures for master students and a half-day on the latest research topics for Ph.Ds. The Career Platform will continue to offer students opportunities for “speed dating” with industrial recruiters.

Another important event of EuMW is the exhibition, the largest traditional RF and microwave trade show in Europe. EuMW 2019 will see an estimated 5,000 visitors, with 1,700 to 2,000 conference delegates and in excess of 300 international exhibitors.

EuMW will offer several social events such as Monday’s EuMIC Get-Together, Tuesday’s Welcome Reception sponsored by Keysight Technologies and the EuRAD lunch on Friday. Enjoy Paris, the City of Lights, its rich and attractive cultural scene with shows and activities, festivals, expositions, new gallery openings, performing arts, art shops and its emblematic museums Le Louvre, Le Musée Rodin and more.