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Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau


Submission Deadline Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Come and discover why so many visitors fall in love with the city every year. Two major airports serve the metropolitan area, including Midway International Airport and OHare International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world. During the month of July, the weather is warm and humid, with a daily average of 75.5 F (24.2 C). The joint meeting will host a reception on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the Art Institute of Chicago, the United States second largest art museum. The reception will be in the stunning Modern Wing, designed by Pulitzer-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. The Modern Wing houses the museums modern European paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography. The social program will include activities for family members of all ages.

The 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting will be held the week of July 8 -14, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, USA at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers located in downtown Chicago. The symposium and meeting are co-sponsored by the IEEE Antennas

and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC/URSI) Commissions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and K. The joint meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in the areas of antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science. For more information, visit the meeting website at

Meeting Dates: July 8 -14, 2012

Technical sessions will be held over a five-day period from July 9 through July 13, and workshops and short courses will occur on July 8 and July 14.

Meeting Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the USA. Founded in 1833, Chicago is as a major hub for industry, telecommunications, and infrastructure. Chicagos great magic lies in its mix: sophisticated yet friendly, bustling city streets adjacent to long stretches of green parks and sparkling blue Lake Michigan, and a stunning year-round array of things to see and do unique in all the world. Chicago is more walkable than most global cities, and visitors of all ages enjoy the proximity of such attractions as Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago and other treasures. The citys performance art scene delivers theatre, music and dance in historic venues. And, of course, an endless assortment of restaurants, shopping and nightlife are all at your fingertips, ready to match every taste, budget and mood.

Meeting Facility: Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers is the premier convention and business hotel in the Midwest. With over 15 years of award-winning service, it offers 1,209 guest rooms and state-of-the-art meeting space. The hotel, overlooking the Chicago River, is ideally located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is within walking distance of Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the Loop business district, the Art Institute, and much more.

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Instructions for URSI Authors

Paper Submission
Authors are invited to submit contributions for review and consideration for presentation at the symposium on topics of interest to AP-S and URSI. Topics and submission requirements are listed below, including requirements for the AP-S student paper competition. Papers will be presented in either oral or poster sessions. Assignment to oral or poster sessions will be based solely on a papers topic. All paper submissions are due no later than Tuesday, January 17, 2012. This is a firm deadline. Papers will not be accepted after this date.

URSI abstract submissions must consist of at least 250 words and must be limited to one page, including figures. The text must be single-spaced with a minimum font size of 11 points. Any font may be used, but a font from the Times or Arial/ Helvetica family is preferred. All fonts must be embedded in the submitted PDF document. The title should be centered 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the top of the page. The authors (or authors) name and complete organizational affiliation should start two lines below the title. If there are multiple authors, the presenters name should be indicated with an asterisk. The text should start three lines below the last line of the organizational affiliation(s). The top and bottom margins should be 2.5 cm (1 inch), and the left-hand and right-hand margins should be at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). Paragraphs should be separated with one blank line. Do not include a list of references. However, a few open-literature references may be included parenthetically, for example: (R. L. Lewis and J. R. Johler, Radio Sci., 2, 75-81, 1976). Acknowledgment of financial support is not appropriate. The Commission and session topic for the abstract must be identified at the time of submission.

AP-S Student Paper Competition


General Submission Information
All paper and abstract submissions must be received in PDF format via the symposium website on or before Tuesday, January 17, 2012. This is a firm deadline. Papers will not be accepted after this date. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be accepted. Please consult the symposium website for the latest instructions, templates, and format examples. Only the author who submits the paper will receive an acknowledgement of the submission. Please do not include page numbers on submitted documents. All papers must be written in clear, idiomatic English. Please note that AP-S reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Address all AP-S and URSI technical program correspondence, including inquiries concerning papers, abstracts, sessions, and copyright forms, to Susan Hagness, Nader Behdad, and Anthony Grbic, via email at

Eligible entries in the Student Paper Competition must have only one student author, and that student must be the first author. Each additional co-author must submit a signed letter indicating that his/her contribution is primarily advisory. Letters must be in PDF format and must be uploaded to the symposiums student paper website in the indicated area at the time the paper is submitted. All Student Paper Competition entries will be evaluated using a double-blind review process. Detailed instructions are available at the symposium website. For additional information, please contact Lorena I. Basilio at

AP-S Student Design Contest

Students are invited to join the 3rd annual IEEE AP-S Student Design Challenge. In this competition, teams of students design and build an antenna or electromagnetic system to solve a specific problem. The top three teams will receive up to $2,500 in travel funds to attend the international symposium to demonstrate their working systems. From these top teams, first, second, and third place winners will be announced at the 2012 IEEE AP-S Awards Banquet at the Symposium and will receive cash prizes of $1500, $750, and $250, respectively. Further details, including submission deadlines, will be announced in Fall 2011 by e-mail, in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, and on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society website at

Special Sessions
Requests to organize special sessions should be submitted to Jamesina Simpson at no later than October 14, 2011. Each proposal should include the title of the special session, a brief description of the topic, and justification for its designation as a special session. All proposals should be submitted in PDF format. Special sessions will be selected and finalized by the end of November 2011. At that time, additional instructions will be provided to the organizers of the special sessions chosen for inclusion in the symposium and/or the meeting. The associated papers or abstracts will be due Tuesday, January 17, 2012. A list of special sessions will be posted at the symposium website in December 2011.

Instructions for AP-S Authors

All AP-S summary papers for the 2012 symposium must be submitted in the IEEE standard two-column format. Templates for Microsoft Word (.doc) and LaTeX2e are available at the symposium website. Papers cannot exceed two pages in length, including text, references, and figures. The introduction of the paper should clearly indicate the unique aspects of the submission and how it relates to previous work. A signed IEEE copyright form must accompany all AP-S submissions. Papers submitted without copyright forms will be rejected. Instructions for electronically signing and submitting copyright forms are available at the symposium website.

Industrial, academic, and book exhibits will be open July 9-11, 2012. Exhibitor registration and information can be found at the symposium website. For further information please contact Frank Krozel at

Short Courses/Workshops
Individuals who wish to organize a short course or workshop should contact Eva Rajo Iglesias at by November 15, 2011.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. A daptive, active, and smart antennas Antenna feeds and matching A ntenna near fields and mutual coupling Antenna theory and design Biomedical applications Broadband antennas and systems Dielectric resonator antennas E lectromagnetic bandgap materials Electromagnetic education E lectromagnetic properties of materials Electromagnetic theory E M measurements and measurement techniques FDTD methods FEM methods Frequency-selective surfaces H igh frequency and asymptotic methods I ndoor, urban, terrestrial, and ionospheric propagation Integral equation methods Inverse scattering and imaging Metamaterials M icrostrip antennas, arrays, and circuits M IMO implementations and applications Mobile and PCS antennas Multi-frequency antennas Nano-electromagnetics Numerical methods O ptimization methods in EM design P arallel and special-processor based numerical methods Phased-array antennas P ropagation and scattering in random or complex media Radar imagery R econfigurable antennas and arrays Reflector antennas Remote sensing RFID antennas and systems Scattering, diffraction, and RCS Slotted and guided wave antennas Small antennas Software control of antennas T ransients and time-domain techniques U ltra wideband antennas and systems V ehicular antennas and electromagnetics Wideband antennas and systems Wireless antennas and applications

Commission B - Fields and Waves Chair: Sembiam Rengarajan, California State University Northridge
B1. B2. B3. B3.1. B3.2. B3.3. B3.4. B4. B5. B6. B7. B8. B9. B10. B11. B12. B12.1. B12.2. B12.3. B12.4. B12.5. B12.6. B13. B14. B15. B16. B17. B18. B19. B20. Antenna arrays A ntenna theory, design, and measurements C omplex, novel, or specialized media E lectromagnetic bandgap (EBG structures) Biological media Geophysical media Metamaterials Educational methods and tools E lectromagnetic interaction and coupling G uided waves and wave-guiding structures High-frequency techniques I maging, inverse scattering and remote sensing M icrostrip antennas and printed devices Nanoscale electromagnetics Nonlinear electromagnetics Numerical Methods Fast Methods Finite-Difference methods Frequency-Domain methods Hybrid methods Integral-Equation methods Time-Domain methods Optimization techniques P ropagation phenomena and effects Rough surfaces and random media Scattering and diffraction Theoretical electromagnetics T ransient fields, effects, and systems Ultra-wideband electromagnetics Wireless communications

E7. E7.1. E7.2. E7.3. E8. E8.1. E8.2. E8.3. E8.4. E8.5. E8.6. E9. E9.1. E9.2. E9.3. E9.4. E10.

C omputational electromagnetics in electromagnetic compatibility Computer Modeling Model Validation Statistical Analysis E ffects of natural and intentional emissions on system performance Crosstalk Effects of transients System analysis Signal integrity E lectromagnetic compatibility in communication systems Statistical analysis High-power electromagnetics Electrostatic discharge E lectromagnetic pulse and lightning Transients Power transmission Spectrum management

Commission F - Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing USNC Chair: V. Chandrasekar, Colorado State University,
F1. F1.1. F1.2. F1.3. F1.4. F1.5. F1.6. F1.7. F1.8. F1.9. F1.10. F1.11. F1.12. F2. Point-to-point propagation effects Measurements Propagation models Multipath/mitigation Land or water paths Scattering/diffraction Indoor/outdoor links Mobile/fixed paths Horizontal/slant paths Surface/atmosphere interactions Atmospheric constituents Dispersion/delay Natural/man-made structures R emote sensing of the Earth by radio waves F2.1. Atmospheric sensing F2.2. Ocean and sea ice F2.3. Field campaigns F2.4. Interferometry and SAR F2.5. Subsurface sensing F2.6. Scattering/diffraction F2.7. Radiation and emission F2.8. Propagation effects F2.9. Urban environments F2.10. Soil moisture & terrain

Commission C - Radiocommunication Systems and Signal Processing Chair: Amir I. Zaghloul, Virginia Tech, amirz@
C1. C2. C3. C4. Radio communication systems Spectrum and medium utilization I nformation theory, coding, modulation and detection Signal and image processing

Commission A - Electromagnetic Metrology Chair: Christopher L. Holloway, National Institute of Standards and Technology,
A1. A2. A3. A4. A5. A6. A7. A8. A9. A10. A11. M icrowave to sub-millimeter measurements/standards Q uantum metrology and fundamental concepts Time and frequency T ime-domain metrology, EM-field metrology EMC and EM pollution Noise Materials B ioeffects and medical applications Antenna Impulse radar Interconnect and packaging

Commission D - Electronics and Photonics Chair: Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
D1. D2. D3. D4. N ovel transmission line structures and materials, containing passive and/or active components E lectronic devices, circuits, and applications P hotonic devices, circuits, and applications P hysics, materials, CAD, technology and reliability of electronic and photonic devices, with particular reference to radio science and telecommunications

Commission G - Ionospheric Radio and Propagation Chair: Frank D. Lind, MIT Haystack Observatory,
G1. G2. G3. G4. G5. G lobal morphology and modeling of the ionosphere Ionospheric space-time variations D evelopment of tools and networks needed to measure ionospheric properties and trends T heory and practice of radio propagation via the ionosphere A pplication of ionospheric information to radio systems

Commission E - Electromagnetic Environment and Interference Chair: Everett Farr, Farr Research, Inc., efarr@
E1. E1.1. E1.2. E2. E3. E4. E5. E6. Electromagnetic environment E lectromagnetic noise of natural origin Man-made noise E lectromagnetic compatibility measurement technologies E lectromagnetic compatibility standards L egal aspects of electromagnetic compatibility Electromagnetic radiation hazards E lectromagnetic compatibility education

Commission K - Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine Chair: Erdem Topsakal, Mississippi State University,
K1. K2. K3. K4. K5. Biological effects D osimetry and exposure assessment E lectromagnetic imaging and sensing applications T herapeutic, rehabilitative, and other biomedical applications H uman body interactions with antennas and other electromagnetic devices

General Chair: Prof. Danilo Erricolo
University of Illinois Chicago

Finance: Prof. Eric Michielssen

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Publications: Prof. Jianming Jin

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Vice-General Chair: Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

APS Liaison: Prof. Piergiorgio L.E. Uslenghi

University of Illinois Chicago

Meeting Management and Registration: Mr. Cory Fransway

Technical Program Chair: Prof. Susan Hagness

University of Wisconsin Madison

URSI Liaison: Prof. Chalmers M. Butler

Clemson University

Ms. Masa Tsuchida

Website: Mr. Frank Krozel

Electronic Instrument Associates Central, Inc.

Technical Program Co-chairs: Prof. Nader Behdad

University of Wisconsin Madison

International Liaison: Dr. W. Ross Stone

Prof. Anthony Grbic

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Women In Engineering: Prof. Parveen Wahid

University of Central Florida

Mr. Vittorio Picco

University of Illinois at Chicago

Student Paper Contest: Dr. Lorena I. Basilio

Sandia National Laboratory

Communications and Marketing: Prof. Jamesina Simpson

University of New Mexico

Local Arrangements and Hospitality: Ms. Susan Stone Ms. Marie Erricolo

Student Design Contest: Prof. Ozlem Kilic

Catholic University of America

Sponsorship: Dr. Seng Hong

AFRL Sensors Directorate

Social Program: Ms. Judy Long Ms. Joanne Wilton Ms. Marie Erricolo

Special Sessions: Prof. Jamesina Simpson

University of New Mexico

Prof. Danilo Erricolo

University of Illinois Chicago

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Short Courses and Workshops: Eva Rajo Iglesias

Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, Spain

Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

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