EMC EUROPE Workshop 2005:
Electromagnetic Compatibility of Wireless Systems
Rome, Italy, September 17-19, 2005

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the amount of wireless electronic devices that have been introduced in many systems and apparatus. This trend is expected to continue in the future, which will increase the probability that these devices will interact with other systems creating electromagnetic compatibility/electromagnetic interference (EMC/EMI) problems. For these reasons, during EMC EUROPE 2004 in Eindhoven, some researchers decided to organize the first EMC EUROPE Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Wireless Systems in Rome, Italy, September 2005. The aims of this Workshop were:
• to present the latest developments in the EMC aspects of wireless systems;
• to bring together industry, government, users, and academia to share experiences;
• to be brought up to date on current wireless EMC research, standards progress, and future related activities.

Mauro Feliziani, Chairman of EMC EUROPE Workshop 2005 (left), prepares for the opening session with Johan Catrysse, Chairman of the International Steering Committee for EMC EUROPE.


More than 150 technical summaries were submitted for presentation at the Workshop by authors from 24 countries. The origin of the authors was mainly from European countries, but a considerable part of the papers (more than 20% of the total) was from America and Asia. The number of the submitted papers was considerably high for the specific topic of the Workshop. It demonstrates the great interest of the technical community in the electromagnetic compatibility of wireless systems, which is a multidisciplinary topic that requires competences in EMC, electronics, communications, antennas, and propagation. After a technical review of the submitted summaries, 122 papers were selected for inclusion in the two and one-half day technical program of the Workshop.
The EMC Europe Workshop was held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, which is located in the center of Rome, Italy, very close to the Coliseum. An exhibition of industrial products related to EMC and wireless systems was part of the program.

Workshop attendees enjoyed the banquet at the beautiful Palazzo Barberini in Rome.


The Chairman of the Workshop was Professor Mauro Feliziani of the University of L’Aquila, Italy. He was the Chairman of the EMC Europe 2002 Symposium on EMC, in Sorrento, Italy, and is the Secretariat of the International Steering Committee of EMC Europe.
The Local Organizing Committee was composed of P. Bernardi, R. Cicchetti, R. Cusani, M. D’Amore, G. Di Benedetto, F. Maradei, and M.S. Sarto of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, R. De Leo of the University Polytechnic of Marche, Italy, F. Graziosi, A. Orlandi, and F. Santucci of the University of L’Aquila, Italy.

The stunning and historical surroundings of Palazzo Barberini inspired many technical discussions at the banquet following the Workshop.


The International Advisory Committee was composed of F. Canavero of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, J. Catrysse of KHBO, Belgium, C. Christopoulos of the University of Nottingham, UK, P. Corona of the Parthenope University, Italy, P. Degauque of the University of Lille, France, O. Fujiwara of Nitech, Japan, C. Holloway of NIST, USA, H. Garbe of the University of Hannover, Germany, A.C. Marvin of the University of York, UK, G. Peres of EADS, France, W. A. Radasky of Metatech Corporation, USA, A. Ruddle of Mira, UK, H. Singer of TU of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, A. Tsaliovich (USA), J.L. ter Haseborg of TU of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, and A.P.J. van Deursen of TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The exhibition at the Workshop was held in the beautiful cloister of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.”


The Workshop was organized by EMC Europe, which has now organized six editions of the biannual EMC Europe Symposium, by AEIT-ASTRI (Italian Federation of Electrotechnics, Electronics, Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunications – Association for Science and Technologies for Research and Industry), by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and by the University of L’Aquila. The Workshop was Technically Co-sponsored by the IEEE EMC Society and by the IEE.
More than 250 people attended the Workshop. The Technical Program was composed of an opening session, 11 oral sessions, four poster sessions and five tutorials. In the opening session, some historical audiovisual material about the first radio-communication experiences of Guglielmo Marconi from the Celestini Hill to Atlantic Coast were presented by G. Falciasecca (President of the G. Marconi Foundation, University of Bologna, Italy).

Mauro Feliziani of the University of L’Aquila in Italy was pleased with the Workshop’s coverage of the latest developments in the EMC aspects of wireless systems.

 

Professor Marcello D’Amore (standing) of the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” sang during the banquet and was accompanied on the piano by Renzo Vitale (seated).


The content of the oral sessions was based mainly on EMC “hot” topics of radio-communications, transportation systems, measurement and standards as reported in the following areas:
• Future Challenging Research Domains within EMC in Dynamic Wireless Communication Applications
• Coexistence Issues in UWB Systems
• Challenging Research Areas for Future EMC Standards
• Measurements
• Intentional EMI
• Aeronautical Systems
• EMC of Wireless Systems for Road Vehicles and Infrastructure
• Safe Electromagnetic Telecommunications on Vehicles
• Wireless Systems Based on Satellite Links Operating in Complex Environments
• Environment Impact of Wireless Systems
• Biological Impact of Wireless Systems
The poster sessions were based on the following areas:
• Antennas, Shielding and EMC Systems
• EMC Testing
• Communication Systems
• Human Exposure and Biological Effects
The Technical Program was complemented by the following five tutorials:
• EMI Test Receivers: Difference between full compliance and pre-compliance
• Introduction to Signal and Power Integrity in Telecommunication Systems
• Introduction to Advanced Techniques for Improving the Performance of Wireless Communication in the Presence of Noise
• Developments in Broadband Standards in Europe
An exhibition of industrial products was held at the beautiful cloister of the Faculty of Engineering. The exhibitors included:
• Alcatel Alenia Space
• Ansoft Corporation
• AR Worldwide
• CST & Agilent
• ETS-Lindgren
• MPB / PMM
• Rohde & Schwarz Italia
• Schaffner Electrotest Teseo
• Thales Communications
• Vector
• Volta
• WEST Aquila
A rich social program also complemented the workshop. In the full registration fee of about 300 euros were included a cocktail reception, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, and the banquet at the beautiful historical Palazzo Barberini.
In conclusion, the workshop was a success due to the significant relevance of the EMC aspects in wireless systems, for the high quality of its technical content, and the wide participation of its attendees – all in the beautiful frame of the ancient city of Rome. EMC


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