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URSI AP-RASC 2016 will feature a Special Sessions track that will run throughout the conference in parallel to other tracks (including the keynote presentations). In its structure, each Special Session provide for a more in-depth look at the subject matter presented. Special Sessions have the purpose of introducing URSI AP-RASC 2016 participants to relevant 'hot' topics. A wide range of topics are possible, as long as they importantly influence radio science and related research.

Commission A Electromagnetic Metrology, Electromagnetic Measurements, and Standards
Commission B Fields and Waves
Commission C Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing
Commission D Electronics and Photonics
Commission E Electromagnetic Environment and Interference
Commission F Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
Commission G Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
Commission H Waves in Plasmas
Commission J Radio Astronomy
Commission K Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine
Commission A (Electromagnetic Metrology, Electromagnetic Measurements, and Standards)
  S-A1: EM Basic Metrology
• Session Conveners: Tae-Weon Kang (KRISS, Korea) & Shan Yueyan (NMC/ASTAR, Singapore)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Waveguide microcalorimeters for millimeter-wave power standards by Jae-Yong Kwon (KRISS, Korea) et al
  2. Connector conversion techniques for general-purpose connectors in S-parameter calibration by Masahiro Horibe (NMIJ, Japan), Shintaro Nakamura (JQA, Japan), Ryoko Kishikawa (NMIJ, Japan), Keiko Sato (JQA, Japan)
  3. WR-6 Power standard at NIM by XiaoHai Cui (NIM, China) et al
  4. Comparison of Attenuation Measurements between AF Substitution System and VNA by MENG Yu Song (A*STAR, Singapore) et al
  5. Improvement and Validation of Scanning Microwave Microscopy at NMC by Hoh Wing Yew (A*STAR, Singapore) et al

The accomplishment in electromagnetic metrology has been played a key role in development of modern electrical and electronic systems of high reliability. The systems consist of various kinds of devices, components, subsystems. The quantities of basic electromagnetic(EM) metrology for characterizing the systems are power, impedance, noise, RF voltage, antenna characteristics, electric/magnetic field strength, waveform parameters, etc. Prospective authors are invited to submit original works in the areas of innovative measurement techniques as well as conventional measurement standards.

S-A2: Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Metrology
• Session Conveners: Jin-seob Kang (KRISS, Korea) & CUI Xiaohai (NIM, China)

S-A3: Antenna Related Metrology
• Session Conveners: Ki-Chai Kim (YeongNam Univ., Korea) & Satoru Kurokawa (NMIJ, Japan)
Commission B (Fields and Waves)
  S-B1: Electrically Large Antennas
Session Conveners: Shenheng Xu (Tsinghua University, China) and Ilkyu Kim (DTaQ, Korea)

The increasing demand for satellite communication, radiometry/remote sensing, and radar has been accelerating the technological development of antennas.Antennas take a variety of form to achieve a high gain, wide bandwidth, multi-beam and scanning beam. Some of the examples of antennas are reflector antennas, reflectarrays, and phased array antennas. The recent development of these antennas involves in larger aperture size which has an ability to focus energy into a point with a maximum gain. This feature can be advantageously used in the long-range communication and surveillance with high resolution. Among the large aperture antennas, reflector antennas provide the highest gain and widest bandwidth with light-weight and low-cost. Reflectarrays take a form of planar structure which is low-profile, compared to the reflector antenna. The radiation pattern can be shaped by controlling the reflection from the individual radiating element. Phased array antennas are advantageous to provide the versatile scanning performance and multi-beam using the beam-forming network.In this session, recent advancement of these large antennas will be presented, and challenges to implement important features of electrically large antennas that current communication system requires will be discussed.

S-B2: Reconfigurable Antennas and Miniaturized Antennas
Session Convener: Sungjoon Lim (Chung-Ang University, Korea)

Antennas are important components of wireless systems such as communication, radar and wireless power transmission. For next-generation applications, it is required to offer new additional or flexible capabilities to enhance system performance. Reconfigurable antennascan alter their operating frequencies, impedance, polarization and radiation patterns. Thus, reconfigurable antennas’ behavior can adapt with changing system requirements or environmental condition. For instance, reconfigurable antennas for mobile devices can improve a noisy connection or redirect transmitted power to conserve battery life. In radar systems, a phase array using reconfigurable antennas can change not only array factor but also the element factor. This additional capability can provide wider instantaneous frequency bandwidths, wider scanning range, and radiation patterns with more desirable side lobe distributions.In addition, miniaturized antennas have been highly desired for mobile systems and sensor applications. A lot of novel approaches for antenna miniaturization are recently developed. In this session, new research achievements on the reconfigurable antenna and miniaturized antenna techniques will be presented.

S-B3: Groundwave Propagation Modeling, Simulation and Measurement 
• Session Conveners:Il-Suek Koh (Inha University, Korea) and Levent Sevgi (Okan University, Turkey)

Modeling and simulation of groundwave propagation have long been a fundamental research topic in electromagnetics. Some of the challenging features are ground irregularities (non-flat terrain modeling), ground losses (impedance boundary modeling), sea-land transitions (mixed-path modeling) and atmospheric variations (guiding, ducting, anti-guiding modeling). Early analytical models were based on simplified environments. The first exact solution has been proposed by Sommerfeld at 1909 for a radiation of a Hertz dipole over a flat boundary. After that, many analytical approximations have been proposed and verified for a long time. Recently, due to the increase in computer memories and speed, realistic and more accurate methods, based on the numerical analysis have been proposed. For low frequencies, the considered distance can be very large; which is the crucial factor to limit the application of the numerical methods. In this session, therefore, the fundamental theory will be addressed as well as the recently introduced numerical methods, such as parabolic equation method (PEM), finite difference time domain (FDTD), method of moments (MoM) and finite element method (FEM). Validation, verification and calibration (VV&C) of these methods will also be addressed. Also, experimental verifications will be provided for the addressed methods, which can show the capability of the state of the art mathematical/numerical models.

S-B4: Metamaterials & FSS
• Session Convener: Sungtek Kahng (Incheon National University, Korea) and Hismatsu Nakano (Hosei University, Japan)

This session covers a variety of topics of metamaterials and frequency selective surfaces (FSS). From the fundamentals of these artificial materials to the advanced fields of applications, a plenty of intriguing issues will be addressed in terms of theories, design methods, and fabrication processes of the eye-capturing electromagnetic materials. The subjects will deal with DC to daylight, and negative and zero constitutive-parameters, non-linear dispersion diagrams, non-reciprocal field behaviors, and feasible stretches to extreme miniaturization of the physical structures as well. Plus, we will see the evolution of frequency selective surfaces to play a smart role in controlling the absorption of the incoming electromagnetic wave and the pass- and stopbands as thin geometrical shapes. This session will be well worth attending.

• Invited Speakers

  1. Meta-Spiral and Meta-Helical Antennas by Hisamatsu Nakano &Junji Yamauchi (Hosei University, Japan)
  2. MetaSurface-Backed Antennas by SungtekKahng (Incheon National University, Korea)
  3. Non-Reciprocal CRLH Leakywave Antennas byTetsuya Ueda (Kyoto Institute of Technology) & Tatsuo Itoh (UCLA)
  4. Recent Topic of Magnet-less Non-reciprocal Metamaterial, Performance Enhancement and Antenna Application by Toshiro Kodera (Meisei Univ.)
  5. Effective modeling method of Metamaterials in FDTD method by utilizing Surface Impedance Boundary Conditions by Takuji Arima (Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Tech.)
  6. Microwave Analogues of Multi-ordered Metatronic Filters with Waveguide Metamaterials by Yue Li (Tsinghua Univ.)

S-B5: Electromagnetic Field Theory
• Session Convener: Soon-Soo Oh (Chosun University, Korea) and Lotfollah Shafai (University of Manitoba, Canada)

Electromagnetic field theory is a very wide area including polarization, boundary value problems, radiation, diffraction, scattering, and the field transformation. In this session, the technique of field transformation or construction theory is focused. The field region is usually divided into two regions which are the near-field region and far-field region. The most accurate method for determining the field is to measure or calculate it at the specific location of interest, but that is sometimes not possible. The near-to-far-field (NF-FF) transformation based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT) or a spherical wave expansion (SWE) has been intensively researched since the early of 1960s. This transformation has been utilized in the near-field scanning system in which the near-field data is acquired by using the planar scanning, cylindrical scanning, or spherical scanning method. The source reconstruction method (SRM) has been developed since the early of 1990s. Compared with the NF-FF theory, SRM is, firstly, to reconstruct the magnetic or electric source on the artificial surface located near the object under test. A field transformation theory, called Fresnel field method, has been researched recently. The field data is detected at the radiative near-field region. Compared with the previous methods, the field transformation is performed in the multiplication and addition, so the transformation speed is fastest. One is also interested in the field transformation from the far-field to near-field region in order to examine the source examination or to predict the amount of the human exposure to high-power radiation. Another area interested in the electromagnetic field theory is to construct the image at the specific location based on the measured fields, which is called a microwave imaging.

S-B6: Wireless Power Transfer
• Session Conveners: Franklin Bien (UNIST, Korea) aqnd Luca Roselli (University of Perugia, Italy)

Recently, Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology is becoming more and more popular throughout both the academia and industries. Commercial products are launched beyond contactless toothbrushes, now into smart devices wireless chargers. Technologies in both inductive coupling and magnetic resonance type are both being widely investigated. Also with the advent of electric vehicles, high power WPT system in the several kilo-Watts range is being invested for wireless charging, while efforts in eliminating the pantograph of electric trains are reaching Mega-watts range for real-time wireless power feeding.Meanwhile, WPT technology is actively being applied in the medically implanted devices to remove the need for the surgical process that involves simple battery replacement every 5 to 8 years. As the receiver size becomes relatively much smaller compared to the transmitting device outside the human body, efficiency becomes a problem that translates into heat that may cause infection within the human body.WPT is now present everywhere, from inside the body, to smart devices, cars, and even trains with multiple power scale ranging from micro-watts to mega-watts.In the session, various research work around WPT technology will be presented that enhances the efficiency, extending the reach, and reducing the risk for users.

S-B7: Computational Technique and EM Simulation
• Session Conveners:Yong Heui Cho (Mokwon University, Korea) and Do-Hoon Kwon (University of Mass, USA)

Computational electromagnetics focuses on modeling and solving the Maxwell’s equations numerically. Several computational techniques have been proposed to calculate the Maxwell’s equations and apply the solutions to real problems including circuits, antennas, radars, wave propagation, and electromagnetic compatibility. Since the Maxwell’s equations are one of partial differential equations, corresponding formulations can be given by differential, integral, and asymptotic approaches. The famous numerical methods based on the discretization of differential equations are finite-difference time-domain (FDTD), finite element method (FEM), and transmission line matrix (TLM). The integral equation solvers are usually implemented with the method of moments (MoM), boundary element method (BEM), and fast multipole method (FMM). Due to the increase of computing power, parallel computations are additionally adopted for electromagnetic (EM) simulation. The well-known parallel computing techniques are OpenMP, message passing interface (MPI), and GPU acceleration. Computational technique and EM simulation allow us to obtain approximate yet suitable solutions for practical applications, which cannot be analytically calculated.

S-B8: Negative group delay (NGD) devices and its applications
• Session Conveners:Blaise Ravelo (ESIGELEC, France) and Yongchae Jeong (Chonbuk National University, Korea)

In recent years, an NGD function, which can provide signal amplitude envelope advancement through the media rather undergoing delay, has been implemented at microwave frequencies using active/passive circuits. The time advancement property of NGD circuit has also been applied in various applications of microwave circuits and systems such as the realization of non-Foster reactive elements, shortening or reducing delay lines, enhancing the efficiency of feedforward linear amplifiers, improvement of phase shifters accuracy and bandwidth, equalization of electrical interconnect effects for the microwave/mixed-signal integrity improvement, minimizing beam-squint in series-fed antenna arrays and so on.

S-B9: Computational Techniques and EM Field Simulators
• Session Conveners:Shinichiro Ohnuki (Nihon University, Japan) and Lijun Jiang (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

This session focuses on novel computational techniques for electromagnetics including related multiscale and multiphysics problems. Their applications are also highlighted, such as design and simulation of various electromagnetic, optical, and plasmonic devices.

S-B10: Angular momentum radio
• Session Conveners:Bo Thidé (Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden) & Woo-Jin Byun (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea)

This session focuses on the use in radio science, radar, and telecommunications of the topological degrees of freedom offered by the angular momentum carried by the electromagnetic field/photons. Over the past ten years, there has been a surge of activities in these fields and papers on the results from theory, experiments, and implementations will be presented.

S-B11: Complex Materials in Electromagnetic Applications
• Session Convener: Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) and Karu Esselle (Macquarie University, Australia)

The use of complex electronic materials, such as anisotropic materials, iso-refractive materials, metamaterials, graphene, etc. has found increased applications in recent years for a variety of electromagnetic devices and systems. This session highlights novel developments in the theory and applications of such materials. It consists primarily of invited papers, supplemented as needed by contributed works.

S-B12: Novel Mathematical Methods in Electromagnetics
• Session Conveners:Kazuya Kobayashi (Chuo University, Japan) and Yury Shestopalov (University of Gävle, Sweden)

This session will cover recent achievements in the area of advanced analytical and numerical methods as applied to various problems arising in all branches of electromagnetics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas: electromagnetic theory; novel mathematical techniques; analytical regularization methods; canonical problems; numerical methods; scattering and diffraction; radar cross section; high-frequency techniques; guided waves; inverse problems; random media and rough surfaces; waves in complex media; time-domain techniques; nonlinear phenomena; computational electromagnetics.

S-B13: Advances in Super- and High- Resolution Electromagnetic Imaging
• Session Conveners:Lianlin Li (Peking University, China) and Weixiang Jiang (Southeast University, China)

(a)Specialized structure, such as metamaterials, metasurface, random media, super-oscillation lens, and so on (b)Mathematical theory, such as regularization, ill-condition, uniqueness, super-resolution) (c)Computations, such as ptychographical imaging, multiple signal classification [MUSIC], time reversal, compressive sensing [CS], full-wave nonlinear optimization algorithms), (d)Applications, such as biomedical imaging, near-field optical imaging, non-destructive testing/evaluation, microwave/THZ/Optics imaging, through-wall-imaging, subsurface imaging and detection).

S-B14: Multiscale Multiphysics Techniques and Applications
• Session Conveners:Qing Huo Liu (Duke University, Editor in Chief, IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques, USA)

With the ever-increasing requirements for complex system-level design and sensing problems, multiscale and multiphysics computational techniques are becoming indispensable for researchers and engineers in the electromagnetics community. The need for innovations in this area has two aspects. First, sensing and system-level design problems are often multiscale and very challenging to solve with a single methodology, thus they require hybridization of multiple computational techniques. Secondly, electromagnetic phenomena are often coupled, either weakly or strongly, with other physical phenomena such as thermal, mechanical, quantum, materials, and chemistry. Traditional methods for computational electromagnetics are being dramatically improved to tackle the new challenges of multiscale and multiphysics modeling. Consequently, a new IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques was jointly formed in 2015 by the IEEE AP-S, EMC-S, and MTT-S societies. Recognizing the increased importance of multiscale and multiphysics techniques in the AP-RASC, we organize this special session to provide a valuable forum for researchers to report recent progress in multiscale and multiphysics techniques and their emerging applications, and to stimulate collaboration among researchers from different areas. This session will consist of invited and contributed papers.

S-BC: RFID Antennas, Technologies and Applications
• Session Conveners: Youchung Chung (Daegu Univ., Korea) and Cheol Sig Pyo (ETRI, Managing Director )

RFID is one of the fast growing technologies in logistics, tracking, toll/fee collection, animal/human identification and surveillance systems. This special session will focus on the passive and active RFID readers/tags antennas and applications. The topics include, but are not limited to: RFID tag/reader antennas, multi-band antennas, measurement techniques, mobile and handheld reader antennas, optimization of tag antennas and special applications of RFID

Commission C (Radio Comm Systems and Signal Processing)
  S-C1: Coding and modulation techniques
• Session Conveners: TBA

S-C2: Cognitive radio and cooperative communications
• Session Conveners: Won-Cheol Lee (Soongsil University, Korea)

Cognitive radio and cooperative communications have been highlighted and considered as enabling solutions fulfilling the requirements for opportunistic dynamic access of either unutilized licensed or unlicensed spectrum with intelligent negotiation capability. Topics of this special session include, but are not limited to, the following areas: dynamic spectrum access, cooperative communication, cooperative interference management, spectrum sensing, spectrum sharing and coexistence, cooperative cross-layer optimization, game theoretical resource management, applications of cognitive radio and implementation issues.

S-C3: Wireless network
• Session Conveners: Seung-Hoon Hwang (Dongguk University, Korea) & Jangwon Lee (Yonsei University, Korea)

S-C4: Radio localization techniques
• Session Conveners: Dongsoo Han (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea) & Sunwoo Kim (Hanyang University, Korea)

S-C5: Emerging technologies for 5G/6G systems
• Session Conveners: Chanbyung Chae (Yonsei University, Korea)

S-C6: IoT and green communications
• Session Conveners: Byounghyo Shim (Seoul National University, Korea)

S-C7: Massive MIMO and millimeter wave communications
• Session Conveners: Y.-W. Peter Hong (National Tsing Hua Univ., Taiwan) & Hyun Kyu Chung (ETRI, Korea) & Youngchul Sung (KAIST, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Chao-Kai Wen, (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan)
  2. Y.-W. Peter Hong (National Tsing Hua Univ., Taiwan)
  3. Hyun Kyu Chung (ETRI, Korea),
  4. Youngchul Sung (KAIST, Korea)
  5. Jungwoo Lee (SNU, Korea)

S-C8: Satellite and Terrestrial Networks
• Session Conveners: Jihwan Choi (DGIST, Korea)

Seamless interconnection of satellites and terrestrial networks can extend coverage area and enhance total network throughput. This special session invites papers on space and terrestrial communication network technologies, including cross-layer system optimization, co-existence of heterogeneous protocols, applications to wireless power transmission, and so on.

Commission D (Electronics and Photonics)
  S-D1: Microwave photonics
• Session Conveners: Jungwon Kim (KAIST, Korea) & Shilong Pan (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Thas Nirmalathas (Univ of Melbourne, Australia)
  2. Steve Lecomte (CSEM, Switzerland)
  3. Min Xue (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  4. Weiwen Zou (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

The use of optical means for generation, distribution and processing of microwave signals can greatly benefit application areas such as communication networks, sensors, defense systems and instrumentation. This session will focus on the latest developments in the microwave photonics area ranging from the use of femtosecond lasers for microwave generation to energy-efficient microwave photonic network links

S-D2: Ultrafast photonics
• Session Conveners: Fabian Rotermund (Sang Min Lee) (Ajou University, Korea) & Uwe Griebner (Max Born Institute, Germany)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Uwe Griebner (Max Born Institute, Germany)
  2. Young-Jin Kim (Nanyang Technol. Univ., Singapore)
  3. Dong-Il Yeom (Ajou University)
  4. Fengqiu (Frank) Wang (Nanjing Univ., China)
  5. Ju Han Lee(University of Seoul, Korea)
  6. Kwang Hoon Kim (KERI, Korea)

Ultrafast photonics deals with the study of light and light-matter interaction on ultrashort timescales, typically below 1 picosecond. The session will provide a forum to bring together the scientists working in the field of ultrafast optical science, to report on the state-of-the-art technologies and to share future perspectives. Topics in this session include, but are not limited to, the following areas: ultrafast solid-state, fiber and waveguide lasers & amplifiers; novel mode-locking technologies; ultrafast & nonlinear spectroscopy; nonlinear frequency conversion techniques; applications of ultrafast laser sources.

S-D3: Terahertz electronics and photonics
• Session Conveners: Jae-Sung Rieh (Korea University, Korea) & Minoru Fujishima (Hiroshima University, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Thomas Feurer(University of Bern, Switzerland )
  2. Hyunyong Choi(Yonsei University, Korea)
  3. Bumki Min(KAIST, Korea)
  4. Hiroshi Hamada (NTT, Japan)
  5. Minoru Fujishima(Hiroshima University, Japan)
  6. Jae-Sung Rieh(Korea University, Korea)

The terahertz frequency band is where traditional optics and microwave areas cross over. For this reason, this band has not been widely explored compared to the adjacent frequency bands, sometimes being called the terahertz gap. However, terahertz wave that belongs to this band exhibits various interesting characteristics, such as transparency to papers and clothes, while showing high absorption for water-containing materials. Also, its radiation against human beings is not hazardous owing to its non-ionizing property, making it an attractive candidate for imaging of people. This session will cover recent research achievements related to the terahertz band from two perspectives, electronics and photonics, which will provide a valuable space for the two communities to get together and develop better mutual understanding.

S-D4: Microwave and mm-wave integrated circuits
• Session Conveners: Byung-Wook Min (Yonsei University, Korea) & Tiku Yu (National Taipei University, Taiwan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Zuomin-Tsai(National Chung Cheng University)
  2. Sen Wang(National Taipei University of Technology)
  3. Hyunchol Shin(Kwangwoon University, Korea)
  4. Munkyo Seo(Sungkyunkwan University )

Most wireless communication and radar application are using the microwave frequency band. Due to frequency congestion in the microwave frequency band, the millimeter-wave frequency band is now considered for the 5th generation commercial wireless communication, as well as radar applications. For this reason, the circuits for these frequency bands are designed based on integrated circuit (IC) technologies to achieve the dense integration in a small form factor and the low cost with mass production. Therefore this session will cover recent research achievements related to the microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits, which will explain the future of the wireless communication and radar applications.

S-D5: High power RF devices and circuits
• Session Conveners: Youngoo Yang (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea) and Naoki Hara (Fujitsu, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Bumman Kim(POSTECH)
  2. Ho-Young Cha(Hongik University)
  3. Makoto Kasu(Saga University)
  4. Kozo Makiyama(Fujitsu)

For the RF power amplifiers, many device technologies and circuit techniques are still competing for various different applications, such as microwave- and millimeter-wave communication systems, wireless power transfer systems, medical instruments, several military applications, and so on. This session will give you a chance to take a good look at recent advances on device technologies and circuit design techniques which are related to RF power amplifiers.

S-D6: Low-energy wireless sensor electronics
• Session Conveners: Hyunchol Shin (Kwangwoon University, Korea) & Chun Huat Heng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Choon Sik Cho(Korea Aerospace University, Korea)
  2. Minkyu Je(KAIST, Korea)
  3. Baoyong Chi(Tsinghua University)
  4. Kuang-Wei Cheng(National Cheng Kung University)
  5. Chun-Huat Heng(National University of Singapore)

Low energy wireless sensor electronics is an essential part of the upcoming internet-of-things era. As many things turn to be smart and connected in IoT, very low-power and low-energy sensor nodes with wireless link capability are ever more needed. Things need to embed a very accurate versatile stable sensors, and the data read from the sensors should be transmitted to the hub node without noticeable energy overload, and finally, certain amount of data need to be received at the sensor node for adaptive control and networking. This session covers very interesting topics for the low energy wireless sensor nodes. Talks includes a wireless sensor microsystems for biomedical applications, RF transceiver design considerations,wake-up receiver design, energy efficient transmitter design, and power management circuits. It will provide insight and information for the technical trend of the low energy wireless sensor electronics.

S-D7: Photonic/Electromagnetic Metamaterials and Metadevices
• Session Convener: Bumki Min (KAIST, Korea) & Junsuk Rho (Postech, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Jongwon Lee (UNIST, Korea)
  2. Jonghwa Shin (KAIST, Korea),
  3. Kyujung Kim (Pusan National University, Korea)
  4. Min-Kyo Seo (KAIST, Korea)
  5. Atsushi Ishikawa (Okayama University, Japan)
  6. Renmin Ma (Peking University, China)

Photonic/electromagnetic metamaterials are now being conceived of as a platform that can provide various exotic properties over a broadband frequency range. In addition to inheriting these seemingly peculiar properties, photonic/electromagnetic metadevices are currently adding controllability to the existing photonic/electronic metamaterials. This session covers a variety of topics that are related to the basic principles of photonic and electronic metamaterials as well as the applications of photonic and electronic metadevices.

S-DBC1: Optical, Electrical and Optoelectronic Generation and Distribution of Microwave Signal
• Session Conveners: B N Biswas (Sir J. C School of Engineering, India) & Arindum Mukherjee (Central Institute of Technology, India)

Prospective authors are invited to submit original works in the areas of generation, synchronization, distribution and demodulation aspects in the domain of title of the session. All authors are requested to submit their papers written in English that are 2~4 pages in length. Please prepare your paper in PDF format for the submission.

Commission E (Electromagnetic Environment and Interference)
S-E1: Common-Mode Issues Related to Power Electronics
• Session Conveners: Yoshitaka Toyota (Okayama University, Japan) and Wansoo Nah (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)

The use of power converter circuits is increasing rapidly in various applications to save energy, electric vehicles, etc. Simultaneously, electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues due to the fast switching of the power semiconductor devices are becoming more and more serious. Especially, common-mode noise causes EMI issues. Therefore, this session will cover widely the common-mode issues related to power electronics. The topic will include various common-mode issues related to power electronics such as evaluation of conducted common-mode disturbance, noise-source modeling for EMI simulation, influence of noise on power converter circuit, mode conversion with normal mode, and so on.

S-E2: Signal Integrity and EMI of Chip, Package, and PCB
• Session Conveners: Joungho Kim (KAIST, Korea) and Wen-Yan Yin (Zhejiang University, China)

Recently, high performance IC has clock speeds over GHz and data rates over TeraByte/s bandwidth. In addition, these digital IC’s are integrated together with the RF chips and power management IC’s in a tiny System-in-Package solutions.As a result, signal integrity design is becoming the most crucial part of the IC, package and PCB designs to meet the electrical requirements, while special attentions should be paid to signal and power integrity design issues such as eye opening, crosstalk, SSN control, I/O power minimization, ISI, equalization, noise coupling, and shielding. In this session, we will discuss the design methodologies and approaches to solve these signal integrity design issues, in particular for the mixed mode integrated systems for mobile and server platforms.

S-E3: Modeling of Electromagnetic Immunity, EMS, and ESD
• Session Conveners: Jonghoon Kim (KAIST, Korea) and Jingook Kim (UNIST, Korea)

With a boom of mobile and wearable devices, the electromagnetic environment gets harder and tougher recently. All the electronic system should operate without any degradation of performance against various external electromagnetic interference. This session will cover recent researches with respect to modeling and/or analysis of electromagnetic immunity, electromagnetic susceptibility (EMS), and electrostatic discharge (ESD) issues on system-level, PCB-level, package-level, and IC-chip-level. The research results in this session will be helpful to engineers who want to make a robust design.

S-E4: EMC Problems in Mobile Devices
• Session Conveners: Dong Gun Kam (Ajou University, Korea) and Hyun Ho Park (University of Suwon, Korea)

EMC problems in mobile devices are becoming increasingly critical due to the decreasing form factor of the systems. For example, multi-gigabit serial links used for display and camera data transmission may interfere with cellular or wireless receiver antennas. 5G mobile communications are believed to use millimeter-wave frequency bands, where phased-array antennas need to be placed on a small board together with other components. This would be an endless source of EMC problems. This session aims to stimulate the continuing efforts to characterize, understand, quantify and mitigate the EMC problems in mobile devices.

S-E5: EMC and Information Security
• Session Conveners: Jong-Gwan Yook (Yonsei Univserity, Korea) and Yu-ichi Hayashi (Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan)

Modern electronic devices and systems emanate intentional as well as unintentional electromagnetic waves containing sensitive information and these information can be recovered by third party with intelligent algorithms. In this session, some of these technological advances, including decoding of computer peripheral as well as smart devices, will be shared with EMC community.

S-E6: High Power Electromagnetics
• Session Convener: Dave Giri (Pro-Tech, USA)

S-EB: EMC modeling and techniques
• Session Conveners: SungTek Kahng (Incheon University, Korea) and Erping Li (Zhejiang University, China)

In order to understand the cause of electrical noise and digital predicament, and take one step closer to troubleshoot the malfunctioning electronic devices, it is worth scrutinizing the electromagnetic field behaviors of the aforementioned circuitry using trustworthy methods. These methods range from full-wave electromagnetic analysis ones for precise and robust observation to transmission-line and equivalent circuit modelling schemes for quick and physically insightful assessment on EMC problems. This is what the special session 'S-EB' deals with.

Commission F (Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing)
  S-F1: Wave Propagation and Scattering
• Session Conveners: Yisok Oh (Hongik Univ., Korea) and Yang Du (Zhejiang Univ., China)

S-F2: Remote Sensing for Land and Sea
• Session Conveners: Duk-jin, Kim (Seoul National University, Korea) and Kazuo Ouchi (National Defense Academy, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Flooding Area Detection By ALOS-2 Fully Polarimetric Data by Yoshio Yamaguchi (Niigata University, Japan)
  2. Urban growth extraction using Landsat time series data and random forests classifier: a case study of Beijing area by Peijun Li (Peking University, China)
  3. Surface soil moisture monitoring with L-band spaceborne mono-static synthetic aperture data by Seungbum Kim (NASA (JPL), USA)
  4. TBA by Sang-Eun Park (Sejong University, Korea)
  5. A Change detection method in polarimetric SAR imagery by Junjun Yin (Tsinghua University, China)
  6. A long baseline airborne SAR interferometry for tidal flat mapping by Duk-jin Kim (Seoul National University, Korea)

S-F3: Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (precipitation)
• Session Conveners: Sanghun Lim (KICT, Korea) and Tomoo Ushio (Osaka University, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. New products and perspectives from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission by Christian Kummerow (Colorado State University, USA)
  2. Understanding model precipitation microphysics based on observations from TRMM/GPM microwave imagers and precipitation radars by Dong-Bin Shin (Yonsei University, Korea)
  3. RainDrop Size Distribution (DSD) Retrieval from Dual-Polarization Radar Measurements on a Bayesian Scheme by Eiichi Yoshikawa
  4. Development of X-band polarimetric phased array radar system for weather measurement by Kikuchi Hiroshi (Osaka University, Japan)
  5. Development of a high-resolution wind profiler radar using radar imaging techniques by Masayuki K. Yamamoto(National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)
  6. Observations of Precipitation and MIE Scattering Signatures with the CSU-CHILL Dual-wavelength Dual-polarization Weather Radar System by Francesc Junyent

Remote sensing based on satellite, airborne, and ground-based instruments have been actively used to observe and probe the Earth’s atmosphere. This session will cover the scientific and technological advances of relevance to remote measurements of atmosphere. The topic will include various applications in passive and active remote sensing of atmosphere, quantitative precipitation estimation (rain/snow), microphysics of precipitation, and innovative radar technology such as dual polarization, multi-frequency, and PAR system.

S-F4: Advanced Sensor and Radar Technology
• Session Conveners: Min-Ho Ka (Yonsei University, Korea) and Xiongjun Fu (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)

S-F5: Radio Wave Propagation Aspects in Body Area Networks
• Session Conveners: Slawomir J. Ambroziak (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland) and Luis M. Correia (Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) are playing an increasingly important role in the next generation of wireless systems, as they will allow for the integration of the various handheld and wearable devices with the surrounding environment and infrastructure. Thus, an important challenge is to increase the connection reliability of the in-, on- and off-body links. In order to boost the overall system performance, a good and deep understanding of the radio channel in WBANs is required. This has to be made possible by studying propagation channels via measurements, simulations and developing models considering various scenarios (e.g., antenna type and placement, body type, movements, and environments). This session will give the possibility to exchange views on various methodologies of channel modelling, including simulation and measurements, and to discuss approaches to integrate results in order to build flexible channel models for WBANs.

S-F6: Remote Sensing of Precipitation
• Session Conveners: Animesh Maitra (University of Calcutta, India) & Tomoo Ushio (Osaka University, Japan)

Precipitation is a crucial component of the earth's water and energy cycle important for weather, climate and ecological systems. Global missions involving multi-frequency and multi-technique observations are undertaken to measure precipitation on global and regional scales and understand its teleconnections with synoptic atmospheric processes. This session will cover the latest scientific and technical advances in remote sensing to quantify, predict and model the precipitation process. Further advances in understanding the microphysics of precipitation in respect of the roles of cloud and aerosol in evolving the different rain types will also be explored.

Commission G (Ionospheric Radio and Propagation)
  S-G1:GPS/GNSS Monitoring of the Ionosphere
• Session Conveners: Kwan-Dong Park (Inha University, Korea) and Shuanggen Jin (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

S-G2: Ionospheric Density Variability in the Polar Region
• Session Conveners: Session Conveners: Geonhwa Jee (Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea) and Qian Wu (High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)

Ionosphere in the polar region has a key role in receiving energy from the sun via the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. The received energy in the polar region is not restricted to the polar region but it has also profound effects on the global ionosphere and thermosphere. Therefore, it is critical to understand how the polar ionospheric density varies with various geophysical conditions. In this session, we will overview the current observational and numerical modeling efforts to describe the ionospheric density variability in the polar region. Also discussed will be the thermospheric effects on the ionospheric density in the polar region.

S-G3: Radar probing for the Ionospheric variability
• Session Conveners: Session Conveners: Young-Sil Kwak (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) and Yuichi Otsuka (Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya Univ., Japan)

Ionosphere variations cause diffraction of the radio waves that can be responsible for scintillation, fading, and disruption of the propagating signals. As radar is powerful instrument probing the ionospheric parameters, radars have been used to describe the ionospheric variabilities since several decades. In this session, the current radar observational efforts to investigate the ionospheric variabilities in low-, mid- and high-latitude regions will be addressed. We discuss generation mechanisms of the irregularities associated with equatorial spread F (ESF), auroral and equatorial electrojets, sporadic E, medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances and so on. Coupling processes between E and F regions are also interesting. Recently, advanced application of post-beam steering and radar imaging techniques allow showing two-dimensional fine structure of the irregularities. This session welcomes all scientific and technical papers dealing with the ionospheric irregularities at all latitudinal regions.

S-G4: Satellite Probing for the Ionospheric Variability
• Session Conveners: Jaeheung Park (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) and Charles Lin (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)
  2. Koichi Chen (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
  3. Koh-Ichiro Oyama (Kyushu University, Japan)
  4. Kyoung Wook Min (KAIST, Korea)

Ionospheric variability is an important factor affecting radio wave propagation. As satellite observations can cover a wider spatial range over the globe, they have made great contributions to studying the ionospheric variability and dynamics in addition to existing ground-based observations. This session solicits ionospheric studies achieved with satellite observations. Recent advances and overview of forthcoming innovative satellite missions dedicated to the related topic will also be addressed.

S-GH1: ULF/VLF Waves
• Session Conveners: Dong-Hun Lee (Kyung Hee University, Korea) and Kazue Takahashi (Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University, USA)

ULF/VLF waves are generated by various sources in space and play an important role in delivering energy from the outer space to the ionosphere and then to the ground. Owing to relatively low frequency motion, these waves are a unique informant in monitoring space activities over a wide range of temporal scales from a few mHz to ~10kHz. The waves are likely to undergo the effects of reflection, scattering, damping and screening/filtering at the ionosphere, but often coupled closely to the outer space. This session cordially invites wave communities to share their current understanding and stimulating discussion together.

S-GH2: Space Weather Impact and Mitigation Efforts
• Session Conveners: Jun-Chul Mun (Korea Space Weather Center, National Radio Research Agency, Korea), Mamoru Ishii (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan), and Iwona Stanislawska (Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Commission H (Waves in Plasmas)
  S-H1: Theory and Simulation of Waves in Plasma
• Session Conveners: Myoung-Jae Lee (Hanyang University, Korea) and Hae June Lee (Pusan National University, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Chang-mo Yoo (POSTECH, Korea)
  2. Young-Dae Chung (Hanyang University, Korea)
  3. V. S. Mikhailenko (Pusan National University, Korea)
  4. Jae-Min Kwon (NFRI, Korea)

Plasma waves are important issues in the design of nuclear fusion reactor, microwave devices and for the investigation of space plasma and Earth's magnetosphere. Conventional investigation of plasma waves is based on modal theory and experimental observations. However, the rapidly growing computer technology made it possible to simulate complicated plasma waves using high performance computer simulations which help us understand the plasma waves in more complicated system. This session focus on new trend of computational simulation and theory of plasma waves in a tokamak fusion reactor, space plasma, microwave devices, and laser-plasma interactions.

S-H2: Generation and Characteristics of Waves in Space
• Session Conveners: Dae-Young Lee (Chungbuk National University, Korea) and Ensang Lee (Kyung Hee University, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Linear and nonlinear theory of upper-hybrid wave excitation in the Auroral ionosphere by Peter Yoon (University of Maryland, USA)
  2. Generation mechanism on whistler-mode chorus and hiss emissions byYoshiharu Omura (Kyoto University, Japan)
  3. MS/EMIC wave generation and propagation characteristics by Lunjin Chen (University of Texas, Dallas, USA)
  4. Dong-Hun Lee (Kyung Hee University, Korea)
  5. Yan Song (University of Minnesota, USA)
  6. MHD waves in the solar corona by Valery Nakariakov (Warwick University, UK)

Both observations and theories/simulations have long suggested existence and importance of a variety of plasma waves in a wide frequency range in space around the Earth and solar wind. As they play a critical role in determining the plasma state and dynamics in various ways, it is important to understand the generation mechanisms of such waves and related characteristics. Their applications may be extended to other planets, the Sun and astrophysical systems. This special session will review the current status and recent advances of the physics of generation and characteristics of major plasma waves. For this purpose, this session will consist of six invited speakers who are distinguished masters in space plasma waves.

S-H3: Radio Science for Space Weather
• Session Conveners: Mauro Messerotti (INAF-Trieste and University of Trieste, Italy) and Viviane Pierrard (Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Patrick Canu (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
  2. Dale E. Gary (NJIT, USA)
  3. Mauro Messerotti (INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, Italy)
  4. Nat Gopalswamy (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
  5. Ondrej Santolik (Institute of Atmospheric Physics CAS, Czech)
  6. Nicole Vilmer (Observatoire Paris, France)

Radio emissions from heliospheric environments provide effective diagnostics on the plasma at the source and along the propagation path, so that they constitute effective tracers of the perturbation state of the environments and allow the derivation of key parameters like e.g. particle density, magnetic field topology and energetics. Reverse modelling from radio emissions to physical parameters requires the availability of consistent radio physics models and suitable observations. In particular, radio science models need to be transitioned to operational models to be suitable for space weather applications, and this, in turn, requires long-term series of comprehensive radio observations from the ground and from space.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts relevant to one or more of the following topics: heliospheric, interplanetary, planetary, solar, magnetospheric, and ionospheric radio physics.

S-HG1: Effects of Wave-Particle Interactions in Earth's Magnetosphere and Upper Atmosphere
• Session Conveners: Wen Li (University of California-Los Angeles, USA), Ondrej Santolik (The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Rep.), and Iwona Stanislawska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Whistler-mode waves observed from the Van Allen Probes by Craig Kletzing (University of Iowa, USA)
  2. Nonlinear wave-particle interactions in the radiation belts by Yoshiharu Omura (Kyoto University, Japan)
  3. Role of magnetosonic waves in Earth's magnetosphere by Lunjin Chen (University of Texas, Dallas, USA)
  4. Effect of EMIC waves in Earth's inner magnetosphere by Maria Usanova (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  5. Role of ULF waves in Earth's inner magnetosphere by Qiugang Zong (Peking University, China)
  6. ULF modulation of relativistic electron precipitation by Scot Elkington (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  7. Van Allen Probes observations of EMIC waves and associated particles by Dae-Young Lee (Chungbuk National University, Korea)
  8. Simulation of radiation belt electron dynamics in Earth's inner magnetosphere by Qianli Ma (University of California, USA)
  9. Recent progress on the PLASMON project by Janos Lichtenberger (EÖTVÖS University, Hungary)
  10. Recent progress in the ERG projectby Yoshizumi Miyoshi (Nagoya University, Japan)
  11. Is the ionospheric vertical sounding still actual and useful? Problems and perspectives by Bruno Zolesi (IstitutoNazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy)
  12. Challenges of space borne radio diagnostics by Hanna Rothkaehl (Space Research Center Polish, Poland)

Wave-particle interactions are fundamental physical processes in acceleration, loss and transport of energetic particles in Earth’s magnetosphere and upper atmosphere. Various magnetospheric waves have been identified as the key drivers of causing energetic particle dynamics including ULF, EMIC, magnetosonic wave, chorus, plasmaspheric hiss, etc. We welcome both theoretical and observational studies addressing the role of these various waves in causing particle acceleration, transport, and loss in Earth’s magnetosphere and particle precipitation into the upper atmosphere, as well as presentations describing new spacecraft missions. This session is especially timely for the unprecedented high-quality data from multiple satellite missions, ground-based observations, and the recently developed comprehensive ring current and radiation belt models.

S-H4: Waves in Nuclear Fusion Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Accelerator
• Session Conveners: Hee-Yong Suk (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea) and Young-soon Bae (National Fusion Research Institute, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Physics of lower hybrid current drive and heating in fusion plasmas: Theory and Experiment by Paul Bonoli (MIT, USA)
  2. RF powers in KSTAR tokamak for high pressure plasmas by Sonjong Wang (National Fusion Research Institute, Korea)
  3. Propagation and absorption of electron cyclotron waves in the Large Helical Device by Shin Kubo (National Institute of Fusion Science, Japan)
  4. High power RF system for long pulse operation in EAST by Xinjun Zhang (Institute of Plasma Physics, China)
  5. Recent progress on laser wakefield acceleration experiments using 200 TW laser system at Shanghai Jiao Tong Universityby Nasr Hafz (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  6. A qusai-monoenergetic proton beam from a structured foil irradiated by an intense laser by Kitae Lee (KAERI, Korea)
  7. Selectively Enhanced Pumping of Coherent, Ultraintense THz Radiation from Laser-plasma Interaction by Min Sup Hur (UNIST, Korea)
  8. Development of plasma sources for laser wakefield acceleration by Hyyong Suk (GIST, Korea)

In nuclear fusion plasmas, radio frequency waves are widely used for plasma heating and non-inductive current drive. The wave energy is transferred to the plasma particles through the collisional and collisionless process. The variety of wave modes in the magnetized plasma allows many different radio frequency heating and current drive schemes. Plasma waves are also crucially important for laser-plasma accelerators, where ultra-strong electric fields generated by laser-driven plasma waves are used for high-energy particle acceleration. In this session, some key issues in generation and applications of the plasma waves for nuclear fusion and laser-plasma acceleration will be covered.

S-H5: Coherent Radiation Sources
• Session Conveners: EunMi Choi (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea) and Heather Song (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, USA)

• Invited Speakers

  1. FEL by Kyu-Ha Jang (KAERI, Korea)
  2. Experimental observation of sub-terahertz backward-wave amplification in a multi-level microfabricated slow-wave circuit by Chan-Wook Baik (SAIT, Korea)
  3. Development of Magnetrons for Industrial and Medical Applications by Jung-il Kim (KERI, Korea)
  4. Energy-recovered THz FW vacuum-electronics by EunMi Choi (UNIST, Korea)
  5. mmW folded waveguide amplifier by Kwang-Ho Jang (Kwangwoon University, Korea)

The generation of coherent electromagnetic energy is crucial for scientific, commercial, and military applications including industrial and plasma heating, radar, communications, accelerators, and spectroscopy. The new generation of coherent radiation sources improved over the years and opened up new performance levels, a whole new range of applications, and new device structures. The session will cover intensive research activities aimed at developing innovative concepts, enhanced design capabilities, and new fabrication techniques addressing all aspects of coherent radiation sources spanning the spectrum from free electron laser (FEL) to linear vacuum beam devices including backward-wave oscillator (BWO) and klystron based amplifier.

Commission J (Radio Astronomy)
  S-J1: New technology in Very Long Baseline Interferometry and Single Dishes
• Session Conveners: Do Young Byun (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) Z.-Q. Shen (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Science, China)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Multi-Frequency VLBI Receiver by Seog-Tae Han (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Insitute, Korea)
  2. Source Frequency Phase Referencing by Maria Rioja (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Australia)
  3. Greenland Telescope Project by Makoto Inoue (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)
  4. Simultaneous multi frequency mm-VLBI on global baselines: the extended KVN by Richard Dodson (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Australia)

High spatial resolution of a radio telescope is essential to study small scale structures of astronomical objects. Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) is a very powerful tool because it enables us to achieve very high ( ~ 1 milli-arcsec) spatial resolution by connecting single-dish radio telescopes very far away each others. Using VLBI technique, we can also determine the position of objects with very high accuracy(< 1 milli-arcsec). This session focus on recent techniques and progress in VLBI system and single-dish radio telescope.

S-J2: Science and Technology of the Square Kilometer Array
• Session Conveners: Bong-Won Sohn (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) Hideyuki Kobayashi (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Science with the Square Kilometre Array by Jeff Wagg (Square Kilometre Array Office, U.K.)
  2. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope by Di Li (National Astronomical Observatories of China, China)
  3. Recent SKA-related activities in Japan by Takuya Akahori (Kagoshima University, Japan)
  4. Recent SKA related activities in Korea by Bong Won Sohn (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Insitute, Korea)
  5. Radio Astrometry towards the Nearby Universe with the Square Kilometre Array by Hiroshi Imai (Kagoshima University, Japan)
  6. The suitability of Cloud, Massive and Moderate computing environments for SKA scale data by Richard Dodson (University of Western Australia, Australia)
  7. UAV-Aided Calibration for Commissioning of Phased Array Radio Telescopes by Stefan J. Wijnholds (ASTRON, Netherlands)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international project to build a radio telescope tens of times more sensitive and hundreds of times faster at mapping the sky than today’s best radio astronomy facilities. Progress in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project over the last few years and months has been enormous, taking us ever closer to the start of construction, scheduled for 2018. The high-level Project timeline provides a good idea of what has been accomplished and the main milestones that have been completed so far by the SKA Organisation. This progress is generating a growing interest in the world’s largest radio telescope, from regional and national governments – both those already formally engaged and those considering joining the project – the science and engineering community worldwide, industry, local people in the host countries, the media, and the public at large. The talks in this session will provide overview of regional activities related to SKA project.

S-J3: Science and Technology of Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array
• Session Conveners: Jongsoo Kim (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) Satoru Iguchi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Overview of ALMA science progress, by John Carpenter (Joint Astronomical Observatory, Chile)
  2. ALMA Future Development Programs 2020-2030 by Daisuke Iono (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)
  3. Future ALMA Correlator and Spectrometer by Jan Wagner (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)
  4. Multi-bem Receiver for future ALMA by Jung-Won Lee (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)
  5. ALMA Band 1 Development by Ted Huang (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is the largest ground-based radio telescope and has been constructed in the Atacama Desert in Chile at an altitude of about 5,000 m, as an international collaboration project involving East Asia, Europe, and North America in cooperation with Chile. The ALMA has now been operated for science for more than four years. In this session, there will be talk on not only the scientific achievements obtained so far with the ALMA, but also new science cases. There will also be a few talks on the on-going ALMA development projects in the East Asia region.

S-JDE4: Digital Technology for Radio Astronomy
• Session Conveners: Se-Jin Oh (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) and Homin Jiang (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. John Bunton (Australia Telescope National Facility, Australia)
  2. Oyama Tomoaki(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)
  3. Ren-Jie Zhu(Shanghai Astronomical Observatory)
  4. Se-Jin Oh (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
  5. Homin Jiang (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)
  6. Dave DeBoer ( University of California, USA )

Digital technology parts such as the wideband sampler, recorder, and optical network technology is widely developed and used in recent radio astronomical field. To understand the digital technology used in radio astronomy, this session focused on the new technology of wideband for digital-backend system in Asia Pacific area. This session invites the digital engineers of radio astronomy as well as radio astronomical scientist to share their advanced know-how and to discuss their technology together.

S-J5: Receivers for Radio Astronomy
• Session Conveners: Jungwon Lee (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) and Sheng-Cai Shi (Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

• Invited Speakers

  1. ASTE-related sciences and instrumentation by Kotaro Kohno (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  2. MKIDs developed for TeSIA by Jing Li (Purple Mountain Observatory, China)
  3. JCMT future instrumentation in perspective by Jessica Dempsey (East Asian Observatory, USA)
  4. Instrumentation for Greenland Telescope project by Ming-Tan Chen (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  5. MMIC development for ALMA Band 1 project by Chau-Ching Chiong (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  6. Silicon platelets stacking technology for developing multi-pixel submillimeter-wave heterodyne receivers by Choonsup Lee (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)

Since the beginning of radio astronomy, receiver technology has been challenged to have better sensitivity and stability to meet requirements for specific science objectives. This session covers recent receiver development projects using heterodyne and direct detector technology including related technological researches and applications of centimeter, millimeter, submillimeter wavelengths and Terahertz frequency. In addition, this session will be held jointly with the 17th Workshop on Submillimeter-wave Receiver Technologies in East Asia.

S-J6: Science and Technology for Solar and Heliophysics
• Session Conveners: Kyungsuk Cho (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea) and Yihua Yan (National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Solar radio observations with the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA) by Dale Gary (NJIT, USA)
  2. Solar Observation with ALMA by Masumi Shimojo (NAOJ, Japan)
  3. Mingantu Ultrawide Spectral Radioheliograph (MUSER) by Wei Wang (NAOC, China)
  4. Nobeyama radioheliograph data and its implications for solar dynamo by Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy (NASA, USA)
  5. Solar Observation with LOFAR by Hamish A. S. Reid (University of Glasgow, UK)
  6. Current trends in solar radio physics by Valery Nakariakov (Warwick university, UK)

To understand the nature of the field of solar and heliosphere, solar and space physics research seek to working on solar electromagnetic and radiative processes of solar activities as well as their evolution and interaction with planets. Radio observations provide important diagnostics complementary to EUV, soft X-rays, hard X-rays, and gamma-rays. Recent progress of the advanced radio instruments and sciences that can lead understanding the solar and heliosphere is the most important topics of this session. The current status and future plans of new radio instrument and science for solar and heliosphere physics are also reviewed and discussed.

Commission K (Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine)
  S-K1: Biological Effects of EMF
• Session Conveners: Young-Hwan Ahn (Ajou Univ., School of Medicine, Korea) and Xu Zhengping (Zhejiang Univ., School of Medicine, China)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Yun-Sil Lee (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
  2. Mina Ha (Dankook University, Korea)
  3. Young Hwan Ahn (Ajou University, Korea)
  4. Zhengping Yu (Third Military Medical University, China)
  5. Zhengping Xu (Zhejiang University, China)

S-K2: Exposure assessment and EMF standards
• Session Conveners: Niels Kuster (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Soichi Watanabe (NICT, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Niels Kuster (ITI’S, Switzerland)
  2. L. Hamada (NICT, Japan)
  3. Yoon-Myoung Gimm (Dankook University, Korea)
  4. Hwang (ETRI/KAIST, Korea)
  5. J. Keshvari (Microsoft/IEC TC106 MT1, Finland)
  6. Ken Joyner (Samsung, Australia)
  7. T. Iyama (NTT DoCoMo, Japan)
  8. Stuart Henderson (ARPANSA, Australia)
  9. Tony Wu (China Academy of Telecommunication Research, China)
  10. Sergey Perov (FSBSI Research Institute of occupational health, Russia)
  11. Nina Rubtsova (FSBSI Research Institute of occupational health, Russia)
  12. M. Douglas (ITI’S/IEEE ICES TC34 SC1, Switzerland)
  13. M Wood (Telstra/IEC TC106 MT3, Australia)

Exposure assessmentand EMF standards are based on the EMF dosimetry. The recent advances in the EMF dosimetry are one of the most important topics in this session. Exposure assessment has become great concerns, especially, for sensitive area and occupational environment, which are reviewed by some invited speakers from EMF authorities. EMF standards for the compliance procedures of EMF applications are also another important issue in this session. The recent activities and future tasks are also reviewed and discussed by the representatives from IEC and IEEE

S-K3: Numerical Dosimetry (EMF Dosimetry)
• Session Conveners: Masao Taki (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan) and Ae-Kyoung Lee (ETRI, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Joe Wiart (Telecom Paristech, France)
  2. Ilkka Laakso (Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Finland)
  3. Chanho Jeong (LG Electronics, Korea)

S-K4: EMFs for new technologies (SS)
• Session Conveners: Teruo Onishi (NTT Docomo, Japan) and In-Kui Cho (ETRI, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Takashi Hikage (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  2. Kanako Wake (NICT, Japan)
  3. Kei Satoh (NTT Docomo, Japan)
  4. Seungyoung Ahn (KAIST, Korea)
  5. Jungick Moon (ETRI, Korea)
  6. Franklin Bien (UNIST, Korea)

S-K5: Biomedical Applications of EM Wave
• Session Conveners: Jeong-Ki Pack (Chungnam National University, Korea) and Jianqing Wang (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Kazuyuki Saito (Chiba University, Japan)
  2. Hidenao Ando (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)
  3. Kohei Nomura (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)
  4. Juneseok Lee (Hanyang University, Korea)
  5. Hee-Jo Lee (Daegu University, Korea)
  6. Woo-Geun Kang (Chungnam National University, Korea)

S-KE: EMC in Biomedical Applications
• Session Conveners: Jun-Gyu Yang (National Radio Research Agency, Korea) and Eisuke Hanada (Saga University, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Nam Kim (chungbuk university, Korea)
  2. Hong-Sik Keum (Korea Radio Promotion Association, Korea)
  3. Byung-guk Lee
  4. Takato Kudou (Oita University, Japan)
  5. Eisuke Hanada (Saga University, Japan)
  6. Naoyuki Oda (Allied Telesis K.K., Japan)
  7. Daisuke Anzai (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)

S-K6: Dosimetry for WBAN antennas and devices (SS)
• Session Conveners: Ping Jack Soh (Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia) and Koichi Ito (Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University, Japan)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Teruo Onishi (NTT Docomo, Japan)
  2. Niels Kuster (ITI’S, Switzerland)
  3. Jaehoon Choi (Hanyang University Antenna and RF devices Lab, Korea)
  4. Mohamad Kamal A Rahim (Department of Communication Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia)

The emergence of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN) for various applications in healthcare and medical monitoring, emergency response, search and rescue, military, etc. have triggered an extensive research effort into utilizing conformal material alternatives towards realizing a fully-worn system setup. However, placement of such radiating structures in close-proximity to the human user poses various challenges, especially when a reliable link is needed for a biomedical monitoring system. The performance parameters of antennas and electronic devices are expected to be affected by coupling and absorption by the human body. Arguably the most crucial parameter for these WBAN antennas and devices is its on-body operational safety level, defined as its Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).  Previous SAR literature mainly reported antennas and communication devices made from conventional printed circuit boards (PCB) operating near the human head or hands. Other suggested SAR reduction techniques are such as by using ferrites, electromagnetic band gap structures (EBG), and resistive sheets. Several recent reports, meanwhile, evaluated antenna SARs radiating inwards/towards parts of the human body. They include SAR changes in the human eye, in a fetus in a pregnant woman and in body tissues. The objective of this special convened session is to present state-of-the art research related to SAR for WBAN antennas and devices. This topic is already of increasing importance, which also fits the focus areas of the Asia Pacific Radio Science Conference (AP-RASC) and URSI Commission K.

S-K7: EM Biomedical imaging
• Session Conveners: Puyan Mojabi (Univ. of Manitoba, Canada) and Soon-Ik Jeon (ETRI, Korea)

• Invited Speakers

  1. Sherif Sherif (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  2. Vladimir Okhmatovski (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  3. Shoogo Ueno (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  4. Frank Prato (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
  5. Puyan Mojabi (University of Manitoba, Canada)

S-K8: Stochastic methods and techniques in radio science
• Session Conveners: Joe Wiart (Orange Lab. France Telecom, France) and Tongning Wu (China Academy of Telecommunication Research of Ministry, Industry and Information Technology, China)