About the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre specialises in the analysis, design and measurement of antennas and associated devices for wireless communications and medical applications. With more than 20 years of applied research experience and it has built an international reputation for innovative futuristic concepts and solutions to contemporary industrial challenges.

Best Paper Award at ISAP

Dr. Adam Narbudowicz and Prof Max Ammann of the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, recently received a Best Paper Award during the International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP), which was held in Phuket, Thailand on 30th October – 2nd November 2017. The paper “Compact Antenna for Digital Beamforming with Software Defined Radios” was an outcome of a fruitful collaboration between researchers from DIT and [external]Gdansk University of Technology in Poland: Dr Lukasz Kulas, Dr Krzysztof Nyka, Marek Plotka and Mateusz Rzymowski.

The International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP) is considered the most renowned antenna and propagation conference in Asia and one of the most renown worldwide.

The work of Dr Narbudowicz is supported by a new [external]EDGE research funding scheme, which awarded Dr Narbudowicz with 220.000 Euro funding for the project "Wireless-SPIne – Wireless Security and Privacy for INtErnet of things". The project will study new techniques to enhance the much-needed security of wireless Internet of Thing devices, especially those operating from small nodes. The project will be conducted as part of [external] CONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications and in close collaboration with Prof Nicola Marchetti and Dr Arman Farhang from Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Adam Narbudowicz receiving the best paper award from Prof Stefano Maci

Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propagation

The Centre for Wireless Innovation, ECIT Institute, Queen’s University, Belfast and the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology co-hosted a workshop on wearable and implantable antennas and propagation. The workshop took place in the ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Belfast, UK on 16th March 2017.
Keynote speakers included Professor Koichi Ito, Life Fellow IEEE, Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor at the Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University and Professor Yang Hao, Fellow IEEE, Professor in Antennas and Electromagnetics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Prof. Yang Hao, Prof. Koichi Ito, Prof. Max Ammann and Dr. Garret Conway

Event website: [external]Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propagation

Download Flyer: Workshop Flyer [pdf]

Visiting MSc student from the University "La Sapienza" in Rome, Italy

Ms Fiaschetti carried out a 3 month research project as part of her second level degree in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy. The project was entitled “Development of Multimodality Complex Anthropomorphic Breast Phantoms for Verification of Systems Accuracy and Reproducibility” and was carried out in both the Antenna & Frequency Research Centre and the Focas Institute. As part of this project Ms Fiaschetti developed a range of tissue mimicking materials which replicated breast tissue, primarily for microwave imaging but also tweaked them for a range of conventional multimodality imaging techniques.
Following the development of these materials she characterised each of these materials in terms of their dielectric, acoustic, Magnetic Resonance relaxation and linear X-ray attenuation properties, to determine their suitability for the different conventional imaging techniques. She developed two types of 3D anthropomorphic breast phantoms, one with a simple mammary fat and fibroglandular interface and the other with a more representative complex fat and fibroglandular interface. Once these 3D anthropomorphic breast phantoms were built Ms Fiaschetti worked with the medical physicist in the local hospital in order to obtain images and 3D datasets of both phantoms with Ultrasound Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, X-ray mammography and X-ray Computerised Tomography.

Ms Fiaschetti and Dr. Giuseppe Ruvio

20th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions

Dr. Adam Narbudowicz and Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan

The year 2016 marks 20th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, an EU initiative to fund cutting-edge international research. The action, named after the ingenious Polish scientist who worked in France, supports early-career investigators who lead trans-national projects at two different universities, located in two different countries.

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre at DIT is proud to host Dr. Adam Narbudowicz, one of the awardees of the actions grant. Dr. Narbudowicz, also of polish origin, conducts research at both DIT’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, aiming to provide enabling technologies for future wireless Internet of Things applications. He was recently joined by Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the grant scheme, which took place in the old library of the Trinity College Dublin. This gave opportunity for a talk with the minister, in which Dr. Narbudowicz shared some of his insights and ideas on the future of wireless communication in Ireland.

Inventor of the Month Winner

AHFR researcher Dr. Adam Narbudowicz was announced the winner of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) [external]Inventor of the Month Competition for March.
Adam was involved in developing a low cost continuous radar system that measures the rotating speed of moving or stationary targets, enabling devices with hidden components to be serviced without being disassembled. The technology can be incorporated into radar systems or tracking devices.

Collaboration with RWTH Aachen

Prof Dirk Heberling, Dr Adam Narbudowicz and Prof Max Ammann at RTWH Aachen
DIT’s Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR) has a long standing and a successful collaborative partnership with the Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik (IHF) at RWTH Aachen University which is ranked 145 in the QS World’s Top Universities.
This partnership was developed to a new level in January 2016 where Prof Max Ammann and Prof Dirk Heberling, Head of the IHF, oversaw joint discussions on closer collaboration across a range of project areas, which will benefit both institutions. The agreement secures access to the advanced measurement facilities at RWTH by AHFR. This includes a unique [external]compact antenna anechoic chamber, capable of standard far-field antenna measurement (2 - 75 GHz) but also near-field measurements from (800 MHz - 12 GHz) and radar cross-section measurements. The chamber (in the far-field configuration) has a quiet zone of 1.2 m diameter, with amplitude variation below 0.4 dB. Since such measurement facilities and corresponding expertise are not available at any Irish university, this strategic collaboration helps to position AHFR and DIT among leading researchers in antenna and microwave engineering research in Ireland.
The collaboration builds on an ongoing joint research project, funded by the [external]Irish Research Council with support from Marie Curie Actions. Dr. Adam Narbudowicz is currently involved in a two-year secondment at RWTH Aachen, where he is developing circularly polarized and pattern reconfigurable antennas for future telecommunication systems. The work has also seen PhD students from RWTH Aachen attend courses provided in DIT as part of the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative (TGI).

Best Student Paper Award at the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference 2015

Kansheng Yang, a PhD student at the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR), School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, was awarded an IET Best Student Paper Award at the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference 2015, for his paper “A Back-to-Back Beam Switching Microstrip Patch Antenna", Kansheng Yang, Xiulong Baoand Max Ammann (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland). Kansheng is part of the CTVR/CONNECT Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund under Grant Number 13/RC/2077.

IET Best Student Paper Award at the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference 2015 for Kansheng Yang

TGI Antenna Design & Technology Course 2015

AHFR are hosting a 4-day course on Antenna Design & Technology as part of the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative. The course will run Tuesday 2nd June to Friday 5th June 2015.

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St, Room 403
Course Tutors: Dr Steven Best and Prof William Scanlon

Antennas Design and Technology Course Schedule [pdf].

The Telecommunications Graduate Initiative (TGI) has the primary aim of making Ireland the best European location for research in the broad domain of telecommunications including physical transportation of data, networking protocols/architectures and telecommunications service delivery. Work in these disciplines is underpinned by advanced mathematical techniques and generic skills targeting research methods and innovation.

Research in ICT is the primary focus of research activity at the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering at DIT. The ICT area has been identified as a strategically important research strength for DIT. There are currently twelve permanent academic staff engaged in ICT research. There are three substantial signature ICT research areas, Wireless Communications Systems; Antennas & High Frequencies and Photonics. Each of these signature areas is underpinned by a group led by one or more Principal Investigators with the support of other academic staff, several post-docs, dedicated accommodation, doctoral graduate students, access to funding and proven substantial outcomes in publication and/or intellectual property and commercialization metrics. There is also a range of other ICT related research areas including liquid crystal switching for optical networks, MIMO systems, high speed transmission over powerlines and wireless channels and distributed systems.

Measurement Meets Simulation

CST and Rohde & Schwarz would like to invite you to a free joint workshop titled “Measurement Meets Simulation".

The workshop will include both presentations and hands on sessions where attendees will get to use CST STUDIO SUITE® 2014 software solutions and Rohde & Schwarz, test and measurement equipment.

This workshop aims to give engineers an insight into on how to achieve accurate simulations and show best practice guidelines to getting better measurements. Rohde & Schwarz will be demonstrating their new platforms ZNB and ZNC.

Participants will have ample opportunities to discuss technical questions with CST and Rohde & Schwarz staff.
Register online

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
Date: 9 Jul 2014
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Registration and Coffee: 9:30 am

Provisional Agenda (10:00 am - 16:30 pm)

Morning
•Antenna Simulations and Numerical Modelling (CST)
•Getting it right from the start - why is calibration so important in measurements? (Rohde & Schwarz)
•Comparing Simulation and Measurements, reaching that perfect agreement (CST)
•Good connector care - looking after your connectors (Rohde & Schwarz)

Afternoon
•Antenna Desing: CST modelling "hands on" session
•Practical session: Using the Rohde & Schwarz ZNB and ZNC series to measure the antennas designed

Please feel free to invite your colleagues, but everyone attending must pre-register.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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