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Organized by
IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), Madras Chapter
in association with
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), Madras Chapter
Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore

Friday, May 9, 2014
Dept. of Electronics & Communication Engineering, KCT, Coimbatore 641 049

8:30 8:55 Registration
9:00 12:45 Technical session
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome speech
Dr. Rajeswari Mariappan, HoD, Dept. of ECE, KCT, Coimbatore
9:10 - 9:20 Introduction to IEEE AP-S Madras Chapter activities
Dr. Krishnasamy Selvan, Chair, IEEE AP-S Madras Chapter, and
Professor, SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam
9:20 - 10:05 Recent trends and enabling technologies in RF and microwaves
Dr. K.R. Suresh Nair, CTO, NeST Group, Cochin
10:05 -10:50 Antennas for defense applications
Dr. Dhananjay Jahagirdhar, Scientist F, RCI, DRDO, Hyderabad
10:50 - 11:10 Tea Break
11:15 - 12:00 Antenna tuning
Ms. Sheela M. Krishnaswami, Independent RF consultant, Chennai
12:00 - 12:45 Metamaterials and their applications in electromagnetics
Dr. P.H. Rao, Scientist, SAMEER Centre for Electromagnetics, Chennai
12:45 14:15 Lunch and poster arrangements
14:15 15:15 Poster session

15:15 - 15:45 Tea Break
15:45 - 16:45 Evening session
15:45 - 16:00 General comments on posters
Dr. P.H. Rao, SAMEER Centre for Electromagnetics, Chennai
16:00 - 16:30 A talk and presentation of certificates to authors of selected posters
Dr. N. R. Alamelu, Chair, IEEE Madras Section, and Principal, Sri
Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore
16:30 - 16:45 Concluding comments
Mr. S. Joseph Gladwin, Secretary, IEEE AP-S Madras Chapter, and
Assistant Professor, SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam

Target audience

Faculty handling/ interested in electromagnetics, antennas and microwaves; RF
researchers/ designers from industry; Students doing project in these areas

Registration information

Advance registration is required from all participants. Please complete the registration
form and send it to the address given therein with the required fee on or before
Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

The registration fee is Rs. 500/ - for IEEE members and students and Rs. 750/ - for others.
It needs to be paid by demand draft drawn in favour of HOD ECE payable at

For any queries, please email either of the Seminar coordinators: Ms. A. Amsaveni
(, or Ms. K. Thilagavathi (


Seminar on Antennas and Microwaves and Students Poster Session
May 9, 2014
KCT, Coimbatore

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Abstracts and speaker profiles

Recent Trends and Enabling Technologies in RF and Microwaves
by Dr. K. R. Suresh Nair, CTO, NeST Group, Cochin

This talk will emphasise more on practical aspects of RF and Microwave systems, filled with case
studies. After introducing the basic concepts like Spectrum bands, Return Loss, Insertion Loss, S
Parameters, etc, two real life system designs will be undertaken. The first one will be a near range RF
system; the second one will be long range system. RF over Fiber is a new concept with variety of
applications, and a real life case study will be presented. A variety of devices including power
splitters, phase shifters, antennas, designed for Health care applications, Communication
applications covering 802.11 b,g,n shall be explained. Then talk will conclude with explaining the
physical concepts of Radar principles and a case study will be presented on an atmospheric radar.

Dr. Suresh Nair, alumni of Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay has spent his initial
career with SAMEER, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and later shifted to
NeST, a multi-national private industry as Chief Technology Officer. He has designed developed
many novel products and many are finding excellent market acceptance globally. Dr.Suresh is also
the founder of Innobreeze Technologies, a company concentrating on development of bio-photonics
based healthcare devices. He is also consultant to many other companies. Dr.Suresh has more than
85 publications, 10 patents, co-authored one book and more than 150 technical reports to his credit.
He has been conferred with many awards. He is member in many of the Government Committees,
University boards, Fellow and member in various professional associations. His passion is to mentor
youngsters as entrepreneurs. Dr.Suresh is currently the Chair of IEEE Kochi Subsection.

Antennas for Defense Applications
by Dr. Dhananjay Jahagirdhar, Scientist F, RCI, DRDO, Hyderabad

The antennas are a very basic electromagnetic sensor element in any communication and radar
system. Though it sounds old, antennas continues to be as evolving and engrossing since inception.
The spectrum of applications is very wide. This talk covers certain feature for chosen applications in
defense. The talk will illustrate antennas utilized for ground as well as airborne tracking
applications, secure on-board communications, proximity sensors, GPS applications and radar
seekers. The talk will also project some futuristic trends.

Dr. D. R. Jahagirdar received his B.E. degree in Electronics Engineering in 1990, from Govt. College
of Engineering, Amravati University, Maharashtra, India. He received M.Tech. in Microwave

Engineering in 1992, from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. He was a
Research Assistant at Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy at IIT, Kharagpur. Later, he
joined Antenna Products Division of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, (ECIL) Hyderabad. In 1994,
He received scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK to pursue PhD. He
obtained Ph.D. in 1997 from the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of
Southampton, UK. After returning to India, He joined Research Center Imarat, DRDO, Hyderabad in
May 2000 and continuing there as a scientist. He has won 'Best Paper Award' at the third IEEE High-
Frequency Postgraduate Student Colloquium 1997 at the University of Leeds, UK organized by IEEE
UKRI section. He also received Prof. S.K. Mitra memorial award for 'Best research oriented paper'
from IETE, India in 2002. He has received IETE-IRSI Young Scientist Award at International Radar
Symposium 2005 at Bangalore, India. He received Laboratory scientist of the year award 2007 in
RCI. He received DRDO scientist of the year award in 2010 from Hon Prime-minister of India. He has
designed variety of antennas for missile applications in DRDO. His area of interest is microwave and
millimeter-wave antennas for communications and defense applications. He has 40 publications to
his credits in national and international journals and conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE. He
is also a fellow of IETE. He is past-Chair of IEEE MTT-AP-EMC society, Hyderabad Chapter.

Antenna Tuning
by Ms. Sheela M. Krishnaswami, RF Consultant, Chennai

Antenna tuners are becoming integral part of mobile terminals. The impedance of antenna changes
not only with frequency but also due to effect of users head and hand and the presence of large
conductive surfaces nearby the device. Any impedance mismatch between the RF frontend and
antenna would mean loss in power transmitted and received, resulting in slow download or call
drop. An adaptive antenna tuner senses impedance mismatch and makes the necessary correction in
real time. In this talk an analysis of tuneable impedance networks is presented and the architecture
of an adaptive antenna tuner is outlined.

Ms. Sheela M. Krishnaswami received her B.E. (Honours) in ECE and M.E. in Applied Electronics
from College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras and M.Eng (Research degree) from National University
of Singapore. She has specialized in RF/ Microwave circuits and EMC. In the past 30 years she has
held R&D positions at ISRO Satellite Center, SAMEER, Tait Electronics, NZ, Lucent Technologies, USA
Andrew Corporation, USA and C-DOT Alcatel Lucent Research Center. She has served as Professor-
ECE at Saranathan College of Engineering, Trichy, Mandsaur Institute of Technology, Mandsaur and
Meenakshi College of Engineering, Chennai. She has designed RF/ Microwave circuits for terrestrial
microwave link, satellite transmitter; VHF/ UHF land mobile radio, WCDMA base station and WiMAX
CPE applications. She works as an independent RF consultant now.

Metamaterials and their applications in Electromagnetics
by Dr. P.H. Rao, SAMEER Centre for Electromagnetics, Chennai
The talk will introduce the basic concepts of metamaterials with physical insight into the unusual
properties of these configurations. Loaded distributed transmission line configurations and planar
split ring resonators (SRR) and their complementary structures will be discussed. The equivalent
circuit concepts of planar SRRs and CSRRs will be highlighted. Applications of these special
configurations in realizing dual band and multiband circuits/ radiators, out of band rejections and
band notch characteristics will be discussed. A special approach towards miniaturization of planar
circuits will be introduced. Few practically developed circuits will be demonstrated with measured

Dr. Patnam H. Rao has more than 25 yrs of Research experience in Antennas development. After
working for 2 years in the Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, he joined SAMEER- Centre
for Electromagnetics, Chennai in 1990 and has since been continuing there. During his stay at ISRO
he was involved in the design and development of slotted array antennas for space applications. At
SAMEER he has developed various novel antenna structures and feeding concepts. Raos interests
include microstrip antennas and arrays, reconfigurable antenna configurations, EBG structures for
RF circuit applications, GA based array analysis and diagnostics. He was technical panel member for
the IEEE Applied Electromagnetics Conference held in Kolkata in December 2009, and Tutorial
program co-chair for IEEE AEMC 2013 to be held in Bhubaneswar. Rao is a senior member of IEEE
and has published around 75 papers in IEEE and IEE journals and conferences. His paper on
wideband EBG was awarded IEEE Best paper award at INCEMIC 2008. He has been a reviewer for
various IEEE journals including the Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Antennas and
Propagation Magazine, Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and International
Journal on Antennas and Propagation.