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Attending European Microwave Week 2015

August 7, 2015

The gourmet capital of the world, Paris is renowned for its delicious food and fine wines. In early September the city will also serve up a mouth-watering array of technology and innovation as the Palais des Congrès plays host to the 18th European Microwave Week. The event has been organized to satisfy the appetite of its global attendees and visitors eager to learn about and discuss new developments, view the latest products and take the opportunity for professional and personal networking. Not forgetting, too, the opportunity to taste the delights of a sophisticated, vibrant and diverse city.

But, just what is on the European Microwave Week menu this year? The offering is quite substantial, covering six days and containing three cutting edge conferences and one extensive trade and technology exhibition featuring leading players from across the globe.

Around 1,000 papers were submitted for review to the three conferences from more than 50 countries. The technical programme includes 86 technical sessions, 424 oral papers and 96 posters, five special sessions and seven focused sessions. The global reach and influence of EuMW is illustrated by the fact that the opening and closing plenary sessions of each of the three conferences will feature keynote lectures delivered by internationally renowned leaders in their respective fields.

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Firmly established as the premier RF and microwave event in Europe, EuMW 2015 is expected to attract in the region of 1,600 conference delegates, around 3,500 attendees, with the exhibition featuring over 265 exhibiting companies, spread over about 9,460 square metres (gross).

A vital ingredient of European Microwave Week is its endeavour to create a structure and atmosphere that encourages industry and academia to network and interact – not only during the conference sessions, workshops and on the show floor, but also socially in the form of the ever popular EuMW Welcome Reception. On Tuesday, 8 September, the reception will be held in Espace Maillot, Level 2 of the Palais des Congrès. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 18:30, when guests will be addressed by the 2015 EuMW chairman, who will hand over to the 2016 EuMW chairman for London, followed by Platinum Sponsor Keysight Technologies, after which a three course seated buffet for 1,000 people will be served.

Although convivial interaction is essential to a successful event, the main aim 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

Each with their own dedicated time slots throughout the week, the three focused conferences are the

  • 45thEuropean Microwave Conference(EuMC) – 7 to 10 September
  • 10th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) – 7 and 8 September
  • 12th European Radar Conference (EuRAD) – 9 to 11 September
  • Workshops and short courses – from 6 to 11 September
  • Defence, Security and Space Forumon Wednesday, 9 September

Rohde & Schwarz sponsored online registration that opened on 25 May and remains open to and during the event, until 11 September. Onsite registration will be available from 16.00 to 19.00 on Saturday, 5 September and from 7.30 each morning from Sunday, 6 September to Friday, 11 September. The registration area will be located on Level 1 of the Palais des Congrès de Paris.

All those who have pre-registered should bring their badge barcode and confirmation with them to the conference where they can print out their badge by scanning their barcode at the Fast Track desk onsite.

For those who have not pre-registered, onsite registration terminals will be located within the registration area, where delegates can enter their details and pay immediately by swiping their credit or debit cards through the card readers attached to the terminals. Alternatively, there is a cashier desk for those who require a printed receipt.

Once in possession of their badges, delegates can collect their delegate bags, sponsored by Infineon Technologies, from collection points in the registration area. The bags will include a USB stick, sponsored by UMS, that contains the conference proceedings.

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THE EUROPEAN MICROWAVE CONFERENCE

EuMC is Europe’s leading forum for presenting the current status and future trends in the field of microwave, millimeter wave and terahertz systems and technologies. These high frequency related topics, from materials technologies to integrated circuits, systems and applications are addressed in all respects: theory, simulation, design and measurement.

The EuMC TPC received 640 submissions; 56 percent were selected to build a very high quality and strong conference programme, which consists of workshops and short courses on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday,  and regular, special and focused sessions, mainly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The EuMC opening session will be held on Tuesday at 10:50.

EuMC shares nine sessions with EuMIC, in the fields of active devices, circuits and subsystems. It also shares 11 sessions with EuRAD in the fields of millimeter wave, THz technologies and systems, and antennas and propagation.

Focused sessions have been selected in the following domains: advances in THz and opto-nanoelectronics, advances in scanning probe microwave and millimeter wave microscopy, microwaves in agriculture environment and earth observation (MAGEO) and modal analysis of electromagnetic structures.

Three special sessions have been selected based on subjects of specific interest to the microwave community. These are: system modelling and optimization, additive manufacturing techniques for RF modules and autonomous driving in a worldwide changing society – between silver agers and Y-generation. Also, as a result of an agreement between EuMA and the organizers of the Asian Pacific Microwave Conference, a special session is devoted to enabling the exchange of speakers between the two conferences.

The closing session on Thursday at 16:10 will include three distinguished keynote speakers and the award ceremonies, when the EuMC Microwave and the EuMC Young Engineer prizes will be presented.

EUROPEAN MICROWAVE INTEGRATED CIRCUITS CONFERENCE

Jointly organized by the GAAS® Association and EuMA, the aim of the conference is to promote the discussion of recent developments and trends and to encourage the exchange of scientific and technical information covering a broad range of high frequency related topics, from materials and technologies to integrated circuits and applications.

The EuMIC opening plenary session will feature two keynote speeches by world leaders in their fields. Andreia Cathelin from STMicroelectronics will present the planar UTBB FD-SOI technology for highly energy efficient devices, while Thomas Roedle from NXP Semiconductors will focus on GaN technology, modelling and applications.

The closing session will include the traditional foundry session, gathering key representatives from RF and microwave semiconductor foundries, as well as speeches given by two eminent plenary keynote speakers. The session will also feature a panel discussion on: “The Impact of Advanced GaN and Silicon Technologies for Military and Space Applications.”

During the closing session, the prize for the best contributed paper to EuMIC 2015 will be awarded and the EuMIC Young Engineer Award will be presented to a young engineer or researcher who authored an outstanding paper presented at the EuMIC Conference. Three GAAS® Ph.D. student fellowships will also be celebrated.

On Monday, 7 September, all EuMIC delegates are invited to the EuMIC Cocktail Reception that will take place in the lounge area on Level 1 of the Palais des Congrès at 18:30.

THE EUROPEAN RADAR CONFERENCE

This conference is the major European event addressing the present status and future trends in radar technology, system design and applications and covers a wide variety of topics, from radar components and systems, radar echo modelling, advanced signal processing techniques, the most innovative radar architectures and concepts and the latest applications.

This year, 190 papers were submitted, with the accepted papers organized into 16 oral sessions and one poster session. Three focused sessions proposed by renowned experts on very innovative and interesting fields will deal with: 3D SAR imaging of complex environments, measurement and processing techniques for system diagnostic and calibration, and advanced modeling, processing and inversion applied to ground penetrating radar. There is also one special session addressing advances in T/R modules for AESA applications. These sessions are complemented by expert workshops and short courses, presented on Wednesday and Friday, covering advanced radar concepts, techniques and applications.

The opening session will be on Wednesday at 10:50 and will include two keynote presentations. Marc Lesturgie, from Sondra-Supélec, will consider recent and important innovations in his talk on “Breakthroughs and New Concepts in SAR and Radar,” and Fabio Rocca, from Politecnico di Milano will give a presentation on “Geosynchronous Synthetic Aperture Radars: Systems and Applications,” introducing the potential, risks and applications of a multi-sensor geosynchronous spaceborne SAR mission.

During the closing session, to be held on Friday at 13:50, Albert Huizing, from TNO, will give a presentation entitled “Radar Horizon 2030: Challenges and Emerging Technologies,” addressing some of the future challenges for radar and presenting the state of the art and new developments in signal processing techniques.

On Friday, 11 September, all EuRAD delegates are invited to the EuRAD lunch that will take place at 12:30 in Room Maillot on Level 2 of the Palais des Congrès.

THE EXHIBITION

Central to the week both chronologically and metaphorically, the European Microwave Exhibition will be housed in four connected halls – Passy, Neuilly, Ternes and Paris – which together form one continuous, uninterrupted exhibition space. Taking place from Tuesday, 8 September to Thursday, 10 September, and larger than in 2014, it will be the hub of activity generated by the multitude of companies eager to display and demonstrate their latest introductions.

The exhibition is free to attend and will feature companies large and small, established and emerging. Of course, European companies are to the fore, taking advantage of France’s central location and easy access. Local French companies are supporting the event, and the Spanish Pavilion continues to be popular. As always, the U.S. and Asia are well represented with the Chinese Pavilion expanding in 2015, demonstrating the country’s continued emergence as a force in the RF and microwave sector.

The exhibition is a vibrant shop window for companies wanting to reach the international audience which EuMW attracts. It has also become an event that leading manufacturers often choose to launch new products onto the European and global market. To find out which companies will be exhibiting at the Palais des Congrès see the latest exhibitor list.

The established and popular exhibitor workshops offered by leaders in their respective fields, including Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, National Instruments and Anritsu will offer attendees the opportunity to see live demonstrations and gain hands-on experience.

The educational/instructional theme will continue on the show floor with the fifth European Microwave Week Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps). The National Instruments, Rohde & Schwarz and Horizon House sponsored free-to-attend seminars will take place in the MicroApps auditorium for the entire three days of the exhibition. Designed to provide engineers with insight into products and techniques that will aid them in their everyday work, EuMW exhibitors will present 20 minute technical presentations describing state-of-the-art applications, products, design techniques and processes of interest to the RF and microwave community.

The exhibition space will also be the home of the conference poster sessions, coffee breaks sponsored by Copper Mountain 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, as well as free Wi-Fi access to email for delegates in all conference areas.

Exhibition
Opening Hours

  • Tuesday, 8 September: 9.30 to 18.00 (followed by the Welcome Reception)
  • Wednesday, 9 September: 9:30 to 17.30
  • Thursday, 10 September: 9:30 to 16.30

GETTING TO THE PALAIS DES CONGRÈS

Paris is easily reached by plane, train or car. It is served by two international airports and a very convenient railway system. Shuttle buses run from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports to the city centre.

By Plane

Paris has two international airports. Most international flights use the larger Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, 30 km northeast of Paris. The other one is Orly Airport, 18 km south of the city. Both are well connected by public transport to central Paris.

From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport: RER B, stop at Chatelet Les Halles then take RER A to Charles de Gaulle/Etoile then line 1 of the metro to Porte Maillot/Palais des Congrès.

By Air France or ADP shuttle bus: take line 2 (buses go directly to Porte Maillot/Palais des Congrès or to the Opéra in the city centre). Departure is every 15 minutes from 05:45 to 23:00 with an approximate journey time of one hour.

From Orly Airport: Take the high speed shuttle (Orlyval) to Antony RER B, stop at Chatelet Les Halles then take RER A to Charles de Gaulle/Etoile then line 1 of the metro to Porte Maillot/Palais des Congrès. The approximate journey time is one hour.

By the Cars Air France: go to Terminus Etoile, then take line 1 of the metro to Porte Maillot/Palais des Congrès. Departure is every 30 minutes from 06:00 to 23:00, with an approximate journey time of 40 minutes to one hour. By taxi the approximate journey time to central Paris is 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the traffic.

By Car

Porte Maillot is reached via the inner/outer ring road, taking Boulevard Periphérique Ouest (West Beltway) exit. There is direct access to the underground parking at the Palais des Congrès via Porte Maillot, which is open 24 hours a day.

Public Transport

Train: Line C of the RER Commuter trains provides direct access to Porte Maillot station.

Metro: The metro is probably the best way to travel within the city. The Palais des Congrès is above the Porte Maillot metro station. It runs from 05:30 to 01:00. Keep your ticket until you leave the metro as you may need to show it/have it with you at some exit doors. Line 1 of the metro (La Défense-Château de Vincennes) crosses the city from east to west and provides direct access to the Palais des Congrès Porte Maillot station.

Bus: Slower than the metro at certain hours of the day depending on traffic. However, the bus services are frequent during the day but are less regular after 20:00 on some routes. Lines to Porte Maillot: 82 (Luxembourg-Neuilly), 73 (Concorde-La Défense), and PC1, PC2, PC3 (beltway lines).

Public Transport Tickets: Paris public transport is operated by the RATP and includes the metro subway system, RER trains, buses, night buses, Montmartre bus and the Montmartre funicular railway, all of which accept the same tickets and passes. You can purchase individual tickets, or a Paris Visite Metro Pass, available for two, three or five consecutive days of unlimited travel. They also include special offers and discounts of up to 35 percent at a variety of attractions in the Paris area. Tickets for public transport are available at subway stations, some bus terminals and registered retailers, displaying the RATP sign.

Taxi: There are approximately 500 taxi ranks on the city’s major avenues and boulevards. There is an initial fee for each ride. The average fare from the city centre to the Palais des Congrès is €15.00. For the return journey, there is a taxi station located on the Avenue de la Grande Armée, right next to the Palais des Congrès: +33 (0)1 45 72 61 84.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

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

SHOPPING & SIGHTSEEING

Paris has so much to offer visitors. Some of the most famous Parisian landmarks include Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, along with the Tuileries Gardens, the Champs-Élysées, the Invalides museum, the Panthéon church, the Palais Garnier, the Sainte-Chapelle palace chapel and the Église de la Madeleine.

The Louvre is one of the most famous museums featuring the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue. Other museums include Musée Picasso, Musée Rodin, Musée du Montparnasse, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Musée Cluny, Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly. For cultural entertainment, opera houses include Opéra Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, along with theatres such as Bobino, Théâtre Mogador and the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse.

For shopping, few places in the world can beat the size and range of shops along the boulevard Haussmann. Other good shopping areas include the rue de Rivoli, on the Left Bank and the Madeleine.

There are various tours and excursions organized as part of the EuMW Social Events & Partner Programme or visit www.en.parisinfo.com.