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Attending European Microwave Week 2014

September 8, 2014

Rome was not built in a day and the same goes for European Microwave Week. Over many years EuMW has evolved into the premier RF and microwave event in Europe and this year every effort has been made to tap into its history, build upon its strengths and drive the event forward.

Bringing industry, academia and commerce together, EuMW 2014 is a six-day event that includes three cutting edge conferences and one exciting trade and technology exhibition featuring leading players from across the globe.

The response to the Call for Papers has been impressive with 1,124 papers, plus 32 workshop and short course proposals submitted to the three conferences from close to 60 countries. The result is an outstanding Technical Programme with 109 technical sessions, 518 oral papers and 144 posters; plus special, focused and panel sessions covering a very broad range of conventional and emerging technical subjects.

The week’s global reach and influence is illustrated by the fact that the opening and closing plenary sessions of each conference will feature keynote lectures delivered by internationally renowned leaders in their respective fields. Allied to the European Microwave Exhibition, exhibitor workshops and seminars on a variety of topics have also been organized.

EuMW 2014 is expected to attract approximately 1,600 conference delegates, 4,000 attendees and more than 240 exhibitors.

The theme for 2014 is Connecting the Future and the EuMW Welcome Reception will continue to connect industry and academia by providing a conducive platform for networking and interaction. On Tuesday 7 October the reception will be held in Hall 8 of Fiera di Roma. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 18:30, where guests will be addressed by the 2014 EuMW Chairmen. Guests will also hear remarks from the 2015 EuMW Chairman for Paris and Platinum Sponsor Keysight Technologies, and enjoy a three course buffet dinner.

The social aspect of EuMW will certainly be active throughout the week. The Gala Dinner scheduled for Wednesday evening will offer a special blend of art, history, music and Italian food. Although convivial interaction is essential to a successful event, the main aim of course, is to ensure that attendees have a productive and informative week. To help visitors achieve these aims the following quick reference guide is designed to complement the Conference Programme and Exhibition Show Guide, where you will find more detailed information.

THE CONFERENCES

There are three focused conferences throughout the week with their own dedicated time slots.

  • The 9th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 October
  • The 44th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) Monday 6 to Thursday 9 October
  • The 10th European Radar Conference (EuRAD) Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 October
  • Workshops and Short Courses – from 5 October
  • In addition, the Defence, Security and Space Forum will take place on Wednesday 8 October

The conferences cover a wide range of subject areas including: microwave, millimetre-wave and submillimetre-wave systems; antennas and propagation; wireless technologies; telecommunication (RF, microwave and optical); ICs, semiconductor materials and packaging; radar architectures, systems and subsystems; and sensors and remote systems.

Registration, sponsored by Rohde & Schwarz, opened online 2nd June 2014 and remains open up to and during the event until 10th October. There will be onsite registration from Saturday 4th October from 16:00 to 19:00 and from 08:00 each morning from Sunday 5th October to Friday 10th October.

The registration area will be located in Conference Hall 10 (Centro Convegni). Attendees who have pre-registered should bring their badge barcode and confirmation to the Fast Track desk onsite to have their barcode scanned and badge printed. For those who have not pre-registered there will be onsite registration terminals located within the registration area, where delegates can enter their details and either pay immediately by credit or debit card or at the cashier desk which provides a printed receipt.

Once in possession of their badges, delegates can collect their delegate bags, sponsored by Copper Mountain Technologies, Infineon and Selex ES. The bags will include a USB stick containing the conference proceedings.

THE EUROPEAN MICROWAVE CONFERENCE

The technical programme extends from Monday to Thursday and features about 80 oral sessions, including focused sessions on hot topics, and three poster sessions, some of them joint with the other conferences. Moreover, 20 satellite workshops distributed between Sunday, Monday and Friday will allow for a comprehensive and strong interactive discussion on specific topics of broad interest.

The conference will formally start with the Opening Session on Tuesday,where two keynote speeches will be delivered by distinguished keynote speakers: Prof. O. Bucci from the University of Naples “Federico II” will elucidate the evolution of Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetic fields, and Philipp Schierstaedt from Infineon will speak on, “RF and RF-Power Devices for Communications and Active Safety Systems.”

As part of the collaboration between the European Microwave Association and the Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC), a special session has been organized where threedistinguished invited speakers will consider technological advancements in the Asia Pacific region.

The Closing Session will include a panel discussion promoted by the European Radio and Microwave Interest Group (EuRaMIG) on: “The Impact on Research Policy and Technical Developments in Europe Due to the Internet-of-Things and Other Technologies Within Horizon 2020.” Finally, the award ceremony for the EuMC Microwave Prize, the two EuMC Young Engineers Prizes, the Student Challenge Prize, and the Student Design Competition Prizes will close the conference.

THE EUROPEAN MICROWAVE INTEGRATED CIRCUITS CONFERENCE

The former GAAS® conference began in Rome in 1990. In 2014, its successor – EuMIC – will celebrate its 9th edition. Jointly organized by GAAS® and EuMA, EuMIC remains the largest scientific event in Europe related to RF microelectronics. With about 170 papers submitted from authors all over the world, the conference is focused on high frequency applications of composite semiconductors, with the emphasis this year on space applications, from active device technologies to monolithic integration techniques.

Modelling topics featured will include device and system, small-signal and large-signal characterization, set-ups and modelling approaches, and THz applications. In the technology sector, papers on wide-bandgap devices and technologies, as well as devices for microwave photonics and space-aspects of IC technologies have become a significant part of the conference programme. Additional topics will include circuit design and applications; millimetre-wave and sub-millimetre-wave devices and circuits; mixed-signal, tunable and reconfigurable ICs; and integrated receivers and transmitters.

Two eminent and internationally recognised plenary keynote speakers launch the opening session: Prof. Piergiorgio Picozza, of the University of Rome Tor Vergata will cover “Microwaves and the Mysteries of the Universe,” and Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio will consider “Microwave Sensors and Technologies for Earth Observation.”

The closing session will include the traditional Foundry Session and two presentations: Franco Ongaro, technical director, ESA/ESTEC, will discuss “Microwave Technologies for Space in Europe,” and Ron Reedy, CTO of Peregrine Semiconductor, will stress a facet of “CMOS Integration: From Technology Breakthroughs to System Applications.” During the Closing Session, the Best Contributed Paper to EuMIC 2014 and the EuMIC Young Engineer Award will be presented along with three GAAS® PhD Student Fellowships.

THE EUROPEAN RADAR CONFERENCE

EuRAD covers all relevant aspects of modern radar technology including components, subsystems, architectures, applications and signal processing. This year 190 papers were submitted, representing 18 percent of all papers submitted to EuMW. In addition, renown researchers in the radar community have organized focused sessions on hot topics such as “Advances in Passive Radar Systems, Clutter Modelling and Interference Suppression in Bistatic Radar Systems” and “Advanced Tomographic SAR Imaging: Processing Techniques and Applications.”

Two special sessions will review: “110 Years of Radar Developments in Europe After Hulsmeyer’s Telemobiloskop” and “Autonomous Driving-Status-Quo and the Next Generation of Automotive Radar.”

The opening session, which forms part of the Defence, Security & Space Forum features two eminent plenary keynote speakers: Hugh Griffiths, Professor at the University College London, will consider: “The Challenge of Spectrum Engineering” and Robin Evans, Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, will discuss “Consumer Radar – Opportunities and Challenges.”

Expert workshops will take place on Sunday and Friday covering advanced areas of radar including: compressive sensing for radar applications; noise radar: monostatic, multistatic and MIMO; forward radar scattering and photonics for radar systems.

THE EXHIBITION

The European Microwave Exhibition, 7 to 9 October, plays a central role in promoting the products and services that are at the forefront of innovation. It is the major platform in Europe for RF and microwave manufacturers to showcase their portfolio of products and latest technology to a global audience. The exhibition offers engineers, in particular, the opportunity to discuss current projects with the experts and find solutions.

Significantly, Keysight Technologies will be exhibiting their wide range of RF and microwave test and measurement products for the first time as a new trading entity. After much anticipation, EuMW will offer visitors thechance to see, first hand, the company’s new set-up, view its current activities and discover its future plans. Keysight will also be sponsoring the coffee breaks where the coffee will be served in mugs sporting the company’s new logo. Alongside Keysight will be all the major manufacturers in the industry, many of which will use the exhibition to launch new products and float future concepts on the show floor.

A trend that has emerged over recent years has been the development of pavilions that provide an identity and platform for smaller companies and distributors to collectively band together and demonstrate the diversity of their country’s industry. This year the number of pavilions has grown to include European representation from past, present and future EuMW host countries including: Germany, France, Holland, Italy and Spain. Demonstrations during the week is truly international – the Chinese pavilion will again be prominent, while manufacturers from the rest of Asia and the U.S. continue to be well represented.

A number of companies will again hold the popular Exhibitor Workshops where experts in their fields will offer live and hands-on demonstrations. The educational/instructional theme will continue on the show floor of Hall 9 with European Microwave Week Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps), which, now in its fourth year, has become a recognized event in itself. The National Instruments (NI) (formerly AWR Corp.), Rohde & Schwarz and Horizon House sponsored seminars will take place in the MicroApps Auditorium for the entire three days of the exhibition.

And there’s more… The exhibition hall will also be the home of the conference Poster Sessions, Coffee Breaks and the Publisher’s Corner. Once again CST is sponsoring a Cyber Café located on the show floor for all delegates, exhibitors and visitors to use, with free Wi-Fi access.

Exhibition Opening Hours

Tuesday 7 October: 09:30 to 17:30 (followed by the Welcome Reception)
Wednesday 8 October: 09:30 – 17:30
Thursday 9 October: 09:30 – 16:30

GETTING TO THE FIERA DI ROMA

Fiera di Roma is located less than 5 kilometres from the Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport of Rome and visitors should use the North Entrance.

By Car

From the GRA (Rome’s orbital) take Exit 30 toward Fiumicino, then follow the signs for Fiera di Roma where there are 5,000 parking spaces.

By Rail

Fiera di Roma is connected to the Rome Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Trastevere stations by the FL1 regional train. FL1 trains run every 15 minutes (30 minutes on Sundays and Holidays).

By EuMW Shuttle Buses

To enable easy access to the venue three free shuttle bus routes have been organised. Route (A) Shuttle buses connecting the Fiera di Roma station of FL1 train to the Fiera di Roma North entrance. Route (B) Shuttle buses from Magliana Station of the Metro B line to Fiera di Roma. Route (C) Shuttle buses from the Holiday Inn Eur Parco De Medici (Headquarter Hotel) and hotels located in the vicinity of Parco dei Medici (Sheraton Golf, Marriott Rome Park Hotel and Ibis Roma Fiera) to the FL1 station Muratella. For more information visit: www.eumweek.com/conferences/How-to-Get-Here.html#sthash.sJd1bVQ4.dpuf.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Horizon House has teamed up with Hotelzon to offer a wide range of accommodations at competitive rates. To make a booking simply visit Hotelzon’s booking page at www.hotelzon.com/en/uk/events-eumw or email sally.garland@hotelzon.co.uk.

SHOPPING & SIGHTSEEING

Rome is a beautiful and exciting city, known for its history, cuisine and fashion. Whether you are looking to relax or sightsee, Rome has so much to offer. There are the famous tourist attractions such as The Vatican and St. Peter’s Square, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, as well as many museums and galleries.

Italy’s capital is also a great place for shopping. The most popular shopping areas include: Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps, Via dei Condotti), Via del Corso, Trastevere (located just over the River Tiber), Viale Marconi and Porta Portese, and Piazza Navona (Via del Governo Vecchio).

There are various tours and excursions organized as part of the EuMW Social Events & Partner Programme. Visit www.rome.info for more information.