Queen Mary University of London, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (London, UK)

Queen Mary, University of London, the Antenna and Electromagnetics Laboratory, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, forms one of the three research laboratories within the Communications Research Group at QMUL. The Laboratory since its establishment in 1968, has enjoyed a distinguished reputation for innovation about 40 years. Notable achievements of the Laboratory have included the study of high-performance feeds (especially corrugated horns and array feeds), synthesis of contoured beams by reflector shaping, reflector systems with pattern reconfigurability for spacecraft and satellite sensors, and most recently quasi-optically fed active integrated antennas, electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) antennas, quasi-optical system design and sensors technology for wearable computing systems. Much of the Lab's theoretical work involves large scale numerical modelling, which has recently been aimed at EBG structures and metamaterials. Many methods of analysis have been used and developed, including Physical Optics, Geometric Optics, Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD)/Unified Theory of Diffraction (UTD), Method of Moments, Modal Matching, Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) and numerical optimisation. There are a wide range of EM modelling tools available including CST-Microwave Studio, Ansoft HFSS, Agilent ADS and FEKO from EM Software & Systems GmbH. An in-house conformal FDTD has been developed for modelling dispersive material properties, on-body radio propagation and antennas. The main simulation tools used in this project will be Ansoft HFSS, ADS, COMSOL and CST Microwave Studio.

Yang Hao is Professor of Antennas and Electromagnetics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Over the years, he developed several fully integrated antenna solutions based on novel artificial materials to reduce mutual RF interference, weight, cost and system complexity for security, aerospace and healthcare. He developed, with leading UK industries, novel and emergent gradient index materials to reduce mass, footprint and profile of low frequency and broadband antennas. He coined the term ‘Body-centric wireless communications’, i.e. networking among wearable and implantable wireless sensors on the human body. He was the first to characterize and include the human body as a communication medium between on-body sensors using surface and creeping waves. He contributed to the industrial development of the first wireless sensors for healthcare monitoring for the industry.

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