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Attending European Microwave Week 2018

August 14, 2018

European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2018 is being held in the exciting city of Madrid, Spain for the first time ever. Bringing industry and academia together, EuMW is a six day event, including three cutting edge conferences, workshops and an energetic trade exhibition featuring leading players from across the globe. EuMW 2018 provides access to the very latest products, research and initiatives in the microwave sector. It also offers you the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with those driving the future of microwave technology.

CONFERENCES

The conference event is made up of the 48th European Microwave Conference taking place from 25 to 27 September, the 13th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference taking place from 24 to 25 September and the 15th European Radar Conference running from 26 to 28 September. The conferences encompass a wide range of topics including:

  • Microwave, mmWave and sub-mmWave systems
  • Antennas and propagation
  • Wireless technologies
  • Telecommunication
    (RF, microwave and optical)
  • ICs, semiconductor materials and packaging
  • Radar architectures, systems and subsystems
  • Sensors and remote systems
  • Test and measurement

European Microwave Conference (EuMC) 25-27 September

In its 48th year, the European Microwave Conference (EuMC) comes again to Spain, after 25 years. The last Spanish edition of the EuMC was held in Madrid in 1993, and in that time the flagship conference of the current EuMW was not associated to the European Radar Conference (EuRAD) and to the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC). In its present format, the EuMC is able to reach a wider audience, since its traditional and widespread set of covered topics (mainly focused on microwave and wireless components, systems and technologies) is enriched with radar technologies and microwave integrated circuits (in this edition through four joint sessions with EuMIC and nine with EuRAD).

The simultaneous celebration of the three conferences during the same week, plus the high number of technical workshops, short courses, associated events, as well as the industry exhibition, will contribute to the continuous success that EuMW, and particularly EuMC, experiences yearly. The entire team of the EuMW 2018, and particularly the EuMC 2018 team, with the help of the Technical Program Committee members and paper reviewers, have done a great job in creating a coherent, balanced and complete program for this year’s conference, with special emphasis on the latest trends in microwave, mmWave, THz and wireless technologies. In summary, 355 papers grouped in 51 technical sessions or presented in the four interactive forums, nine industrial session keynotes, 28 workshops and eight short courses have been accepted in the present edition of EuMC. Moreover, five special sessions will be held in the following selected domains: “20th Anniversary of the European Microwave Week,” “Microwave Research in Latin America,” “5G Technology in Asia-Pacific,” “Additive Manufacturing” and “High Frequency Flexible Bendable Electronics for Wireless Communication Systems.”

Conference delegates are also encouraged to attend the opening and closing sessions of EuMC (which are also the main plenary sessions of the whole EuMW) on Tuesday and Thursday where prominent speakers have been invited. Enrique Blanco, Global CTIO of Telefónica, Spain, will give a plenary talk on Tuesday, 25 September on 5G networks and communication systems. Giuliano Gatti, Galileo Space Segment Manager at European Space Agency (ESA), will contribute with a presentation about the Galileo global satellite navigation system during the closing session to be held on Thursday, 27 September. EuMC 2018 will close with the traditional awards ceremony, when the best paper prizes will be announced. Hopefully after the Week, you experience a higher motivation and passion for microwaves.

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European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) 24-25 September

This is the 13th European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference, EuMIC 2018. EuMIC arrives to Spain after a long journey that started in Rome in 1990, organized by the GAAS® Association, and continued, after 2004, in the framework of the EuMW.

The scientific conference is composed of 12 regular EuMIC sessions and three EuMC/EuMIC joint sessions covering topics from device to system level. mmWave technologies have gained an important presence in this edition, reflecting their role in paving the way for 5G and beyond. Device modeling is also present with four regular sessions, showing how a classic topic remains a challenge for our community. The five sessions on amplifiers will focus on system level issues. The interactive poster session has been organized jointly with the EuMC and will be held on Tuesday, enjoying the lively atmosphere of the exhibition. There are also short courses and workshops.

EuMIC has included three relevant industrial keynotes thanks to the kind participation of prominent speakers from Cree, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Televés. Invited manufacturers will take the floor during the traditional “Foundry Session,” hosted by the GAAS® Association. The EuMIC opening and closing plenary sessions will feature three invited speakers, world-class in their fields. During the opening ceremony Charles F. Campbell, engineering senior fellow with the Infrastructure and Defense Products Division of Qorvo, U.S., will present a realistic perspective of the present challenges that GaN monolithic designs faces. In addition, J. Sebastián Gómez Díaz, assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of California, Davis, U.S., will address the use of graphene and other 2D materials as a powerful, reconfigurable, CMOS compatible and miniaturized on-chip platform for THz device fabrication.

During the closing session William R. Deal, distinguished engineer in Northrop Grumman’s RF and Mixed Signal Department, U.S., will talk about the status of transistor-based electronics operating above 100 GHz and will describe recent progress in communications and sensors at these frequencies. Also during the closing ceremony, the best contributed paper to EuMIC 2018 and the Young Engineer Prize will be awarded by the EuMIC Technical Program Committee and the EuMW Steering Committee. Three GAAS® Association PhD student fellowships will also be celebrated.

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European Radar Conference (EuRAD) 26-28 September 

This is the 15th edition of the European Radar Conference, after walking a path of continuous growth, both in absolute terms and its weight and significance within the EuMW. Top professionals will present their latest research and development, and discuss the present status and future trends in the fields of radar technology, system design and performance, radar components, radar propagation and target modeling, advanced signal processing techniques, as well as the most innovative radar architectures, concepts and applications. In the opening session on Wednesday, M. Carmen Barbero, from Indra Sistemas, will present their radar global concept for the next generation of F110 frigates for the Spanish Navy, in which advanced concepts such as full digital implementation using software-defined radio concepts and multiple function front-end sharing are included. Next, Dr. Stefano Pirandola, from the University of York, will present a more long-term vision of their technologies, exploring the capabilities of the quantum radar concept. For the closing session, keynote speakers, Domingo Castro, Rafael Casado and Jacobo Martínez-Villa, from Indra Sistemas, Spain, will describe the new radar facility for space debris surveillance that is starting to be installed in Spain.

This year, 156 papers were submitted to the conference, and after a rigorous selection process, the 93 accepted papers were organized into 22 oral sessions and two interactive sessions, some of them shared with EuMC. Prominent industrial keynotes speakers will open four of these sessions, showing the latest industry approaches to the addressed technologies. A special session about radar projects in the European Defense Agency (EDA) has been organized by Dr. Roland Krebs, project officer, RF Sensor Technologies at EDA, to present their framework of R&T collaboration. The most relevant outcomes of recent rojects in the frame of the RF Sensor Technologies CapTech will be presented by top level speakers, representing the European cooperation in this domain. An attractive topical workshops program will be running alongside the conference program.

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Defence, Security and Space (DSS) Forum 26 September

The Defence, Security and Space Forum is jointly organized by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave Journal, to complement EuMW’s activity in the defence, security and space sector. This year, local input has been welcomed from: Fundación Círculo (Circle of Technologies for Defence and Security Foundation), TEDAE (Spanish Association of Technological Defence, Aeronautics and Space Companies) and UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Each year the DSS Forum focuses on a hot topic that is engaging industry, academia and organizations/agencies to develop, test and implement leading edge technology. This year’s topic is “Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) into Defence and Security Scenarios.” The popularity of UAVs is growing due to a reduction in costs and the increasing capabilities and benefits provided by such systems.

Currently, the estimated number of existing UAVs is believed to be a few million, with that figure estimated to grow exponentially in coming years. From a defense and security perspective, there is the need to provide UAVs with innovative technologies enhancing performances for safe and secure systems, and to defend against threats posed by terrorists and insurgents utilizing UAVs to achieve their own objectives. Microwave technologies are essential to meeting these challenges, by providing UAVs with new and more advanced sensors and communications equipment. However, going forward, the development of such systems also anticipates the use of new technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, which will result in a high level of autonomy that using the data obtained by the sensors will provide the ability to learn from the environment and their own errors, eventually facilitating autonomous decision making in a constantly evolving environment.

Keynote speakers will consider the state of the art of leading technologies and systems for unmanned operations, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected capabilities and functionalities to address future conflicts. The efforts made by the main players in the sector will be analyzed and their views on new trends and technological developments will be offered.

The industry session will reflect the effort and investment that is being made to innovate, develop and bring UAV technologies to market. Specific areas of activity include radar systems being developed for UAV security—detection, identification and denial and obstacle detection for autonomous flying and crash avoidance. From an industry perspective, the emphasis will be on development at system and sub-system level, with particular focus on sub-system integration, not forgetting the significant role that test and measurement has to play in moving the sector forward. At the end of the day, the Executive Forum will present the points of view of the different established and regulatory bodies that allow coexistence between the different aerial platforms and describe the activity of the different players already established and emerging in the field.

REGISTRATION

Delegates can register for one, two or all three of the conferences. Registration at one conference does not allow any access to other conference sessions. Those who wish to register for two or more conferences will receive a discount on these registrations.

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

The interactive poster papers will be presented on electronic screens, which are located in the conference area on Monday and Friday, and in the exhibition as signposted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

EXHIBITION

The exhibition area will be located in Hall 9 (North Entrance) and comprised of more than 250 companies and organizations showing off their latest technologies and products. The exhibition area will also host the MicroApps Sessions and Exhibitor Workshops. The MicroApps will be three days of sessions given by various experts from exhibiting companies. The Exhibitor Workshops will be made up of instructional presentations, such as amplifier and filter design, in addition to the basics of making RF and mmWave measurements. As a registered delegate you will have full access to the exhibition area so be sure to take time and see what new products and technologies the industry is offering.

The exhibition opening hours are:

Tuesday, 25 September 9:30-18:00
(followed by the Welcome Reception)
Wednesday, 26 September 9:30-17:30
Thursday, 27 September 9:30-16:30

EVENTS

EuMIC Get-Together
Date: Monday, 24 September
Duration: 20:00-22:00
Location: Larumbe, La Terraza, 4th Floor, Centro Comercial ABC Serrano, Serrano 61
Cost: Free to EuMIC delegates

Following the tradition of the EuMIC, delegates are invited to enjoy an informal dinner that will be offered by a first-class catering service in a unique location—Edificio ABC Serrano. A 19th century building located in the heart of Madrid, facing Serrano Street and Paseo de la Castellana, Edificio ABC Serrano is an unrivalled setting to have a good time with colleagues and friends, and taste the excellent Spanish cuisine.

Welcome Reception
Date: Tuesday, 25 September
Duration: 18:30-21:30
Location: Palacio del Negralejo, Ctra. San Fernando a Mejorada, km 3, 28522 Rivas-Vaciamadrid
Cost: Free to conference delegates & invited exhibitors 

All registered conference delegates, as well as invited representatives from companies participating in the exhibition, are invited to the EuMW 2018 Welcome Reception, sponsored by Keysight Technologies, Horizon House Publications and EuMA. Delegates will need to bring their badge and exhibitors their invite along with them to gain entrance. The evening will begin with drinks at 18:30 followed by the General Chairs’ handover from EuMW 2018, Madrid to EuMW 2019, Paris as well as an address from the Platinum Sponsor, Keysight Technologies. The open-buffet dinner will be served at 19:00. Bus transportation to and from Palacio del Negralejo will be provided.

Private Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Cocktail Dinner
Date:
Wednesday, 26 September
Duration: 19:30-21:00
Location: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8
Cost:
45 for delegates, 60 for exhibitors

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, has been organized, followed by a cocktail dinner. With over 1,600 paintings and sculptures, the Thyssen-Bornemisza was once the second largest private collection in the world, after the British Royal Collection. The Museum now houses the core of the collection and fills the historical gaps in its counterparts’ collections. Guides will be available through the different rooms of this magnificent museum. This unique experience will be complemented with a cocktail dinner. Subsidized tickets, €45 for delegates and €60 for exhibitors, are limited, so register as soon as possible.

Young Professionals Meet-Up
Date:
Thursday, 27 September
Duration: 19:30-22:00
Location: A downtown Cafeteria, TBA
Cost: Free to all YPs

EuRAD Lunch
Date: Friday, 28 September
Duration: 12:30-13:50
Location: Retiro Toom, IFEMA
Cost: Free to EuRAD delegates and Friday WS/SC delegates

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Horizon House has teamed up with Connex Hotels and Events, the official hotel booking supplier, to offer you the ability to reserve your accommodation for EuMW 2018 at the most competitive rates available. Visit connexhotelsandevents.com/eumw-2018-madrid.html or email sally@connexhotelsandevents.com to make your accommodations. You will find a wide range of offerings to suit every budget.

GETTING TO IFEMA-FERIA DE MADRID CONVENTION CENTRE

The city of Madrid is located in the geographic center of Spain and it is well connected to the European motorway, rail and flight networks. IFEMA-Feria de Madrid Convention Centre can be accessed through a variety of transportation means. Madrid-Barajas Airport is located only 10 minutes from the exhibition complex, and just 15 km from the city centre which it is connected by Metro (airport stations T-1, T-2, T-3 and T-4).

Access to Feria de Madrid is possible from anywhere in the city by means of Feria de Madrid station on Line 8, whose exit is at the South Entrance of the complex. Line 8 also connects the venue with the different terminals of Barajas International Airport. A wide bus network provides access to Feria de Madrid from different points in the city: Route 112-Feria de Madrid-B° Aeropuerto. Route 122-Avda. de América-Feria de Madrid. Route 828 Universidad Autónoma-Alcobendas-Canillejas-Feria de Madrid.

In order to facilitate the delegate transportation to and from IFEMA, a shuttle bus route has been organized from local hotels as well as from the South Entrance (metro) to the North (EuMW) Entrance. For the complete time tables, please check the EuMW website.

ENJOY MADRID

The first historical record of Madrid dates back to the year 865, when Emir Muhammad I commissioned the construction of a fortress in the village of Mayrit, on the banks of the river Manzanares. Mayrit means “plenty of waterways,” and belonged to the Islamic world until 1083, when Alfonso VI of Castile took over the city.

Today, Madrid is a dynamic business center that goes hand-in-hand with its vibrant atmosphere, tourist appeal and passionate cultural and recreational life. While visiting, discover its historical sites, iconic museums and spectacular range of restaurants, plus enjoy its endless nightlife and the flood of designs, fashion and trends you will find in the shops of one of Europe’s leading capitals. A great city that boasts a rich treasure of art, culture and natural environments, set in a region packed with history and modernity. Visit esmadrid.com/en for information on top attractions and tips for your stay.