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IMS 2018

Call for Papers

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Steering Committee

Symposium Chairs
S. Kanamaluru (General Chair)
A. Daryoush (Co-Chair)
A. Rosen (Vice-Chair)

Symposium Senior Advisors
R. Snyder, K. Wu

Finance
A. Madjar, R. Alongi

Registrations
K. Breuer, N. Jordan, K. Lepine

Technical Program
M. Tofighi, A. Katz (Co-Chairs)
R. Gupta, O. Boric-Lubecke (Advisors)

Electronic Paper Management
C. Blair, L. Zhang, S. Owens

Workshops and Short Courses
JC Chiao, A. Mortazawi, A. Hoorfar,
T. Ivanov

Special, Focus, Panel, and Rump Sessions
D. Schreurs, A. Fathy, D. Novak,
R. Waterhouse, K. Samanta

Interactive Forum
A. Fathy, K. Ikossi, A. Omar

Technical Program Competitions
A. Katz, A. Poddar, G. Wang, U. Rohde, A. Omar, C. Li, H. Lai, S. Rosenau

5G and Medicine Summits
D. Choudhary

μApps, Exhibitor Workshops & RF BootCamp
J. Weiler, K Dixit, L. Dunleavy, K. Hall

Local Arrangements
R. Caverly, J. Hwang (Co-Chairs)

Symposium & Exhibition Management
E. Vega, D. Waldron, S. Horn, L. Wood

International Services (Visa Invitation Letters)
Z. Bardai

Historical Exhibits
S. Stitzer, J. Allen, J. Becker, K. Frolio

University, Student, and Industry Liaison
X. Liu, J. Call, J. Hwang, M. Eron

Women in Engineering/Microwaves
C. Blair, S. Hess

Young Professionals
S. Bastioli, E. Naglich, T. Sharma

STEM, SIGHT, and Project Connect
D. Reynolds, S. Kanamaluru, D. Harvey, R. Henderson

Amateur Radio (HAM) Social
M. Franco, D. Silage

Guest Programs, Entertainment
M. Caverly, S. Katz, K. Mays, T. Ulrich, T. Fagan, M. Weilerstein, G. Daryoush, V. Kanamaluru

Marketing, Publications, Promotions, Publicity
A. Daryoush, M. Tofighi, A. Scacchitti

Website, Social Media
A. Scacchitti

IMS2018 Issue of Microwave Magazine
N. Engheta, E. Ackerman, D. Kissinger, I. Hosako

Program Book, Digest, Special Issue of Transactions on MTT
M. Eron, L. Zhang, A. Omar, A. Poddar, S. Iezekial, T. Ohira

Come join us in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and steeped in history, to present and learn the latest developments in microwave theory, techniques, and applications at the preeminent annual International Microwave Symposium (IMS) of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society’s 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS2018) will be held 10 – 15 June 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. IMS2018 is the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2018 comprised of the RFIC Symposium (www.rfic-ieee.org) and the ARFTG Conference (www.arftg.org). Unique to the Microwave Week 2018, the 2018 International Microwave Bio-Conference (IMBioC’18. www.imbioc-ieee.org) will be a co-located conference, and held on 14 – 15 June 2018.

IMS2018 themes, “Microwaves, Medicine, Mobility”, highlight the contributions of RF, microwaves, and millimeter-waves to the fields of medicine (including diagnosis and treatment) and telecommunications (including 5G, IoS and IoT). IMS2018 will feature technical sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops, short courses, industrial and historical exhibits, and application seminars. In addition, a wide variety of other technical and social activities, including guest programs, will be available to attendees and exhibitors.

Microwave Week, with more than 9000 participants and 800 industrial exhibits of state-of-the-art microwave products, is the world’s largest gathering of radio-frequency (RF) and microwave professionals and the most important forum for the latest research advances and practices in the field. IMS2018 offers something for everyone, including the following:

  • Medicine themed talks and Pavilion featuring diagnostic and treatment equipment and services
  • 5G Summit, Executive Forum, and Pavilion showcasing the next-generation wireless technologies for mobility
  • IoS Event highlighting the Internet-of-Space
  • Competitions for best Industry Paper, Advanced Practices Paper, Student Paper, and Student Designs
  • Job Fair offering employment opportunities within our exhibitor community. Open to students only
  • RF Bootcamp intended for students, engineers, and managers from non-microwave engineering disciplines
  • Exhibitor workshops and application seminars featuring presentations by the preeminent technologists from our exhibitors, explaining the technology behind their products
  • STEM Program featuring handson activities and exhibitions designed to help students in middle and high school expand their understanding of what it is to be an engineer — including demonstrations and experiments involving antennas, electronic circuits, the Morse code and amateur radio communications
  • Project Connect for underrepresented minority engineering students, and the Ph.D. Student Initiative for new students
  • Networking events for Amateur Radio (HAM) enthusiasts, Women in Engineering (WIE)/Women in Microwaves (WIM), and Young Professionals (YP)
  • Guest hospitality suite and tour programs for attendees and their guests

Technical Paper Submission

Page Limit:

For the initial submission deadline of 5 December 2017, the paper length should be 3 pages. For an accepted paper, the final paper’s page length for publication in the symposium proceedings should be 3 to 4 pages.

Authors are invited to submit technical papers describing original work and/or advanced practices on RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz (THz) theory and techniques. The deadline for submission is 5 December 2017. A double-blind review process will be used to ensure anonymity for both authors and reviewers. Detailed instruct ions on submitting a double-blind compliant paper can be found at www.ims2018.org. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, content, clarity, and relevance to IMS.

Emerging Technical Areas: IMS2018 enthusiastically invites submission of papers that report state-of-the-art progress in technical areas that are outside the scope of those specifically listed in this Call for Papers, or that may be new to IMS, but are of interest to our attendees. Papers related to microwaves and medicine, 5G, IoS and IoT are especially encouraged.

Paper Submission Instructions:

  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Authors must adhere to the for mat provided in the template, which can be downloaded from www.ims2018.org.
  • Authors must submit the paper at www.ims2018.org by 7 pm Eastern Standard Time on 5 December 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. The initial submission should be 3 pages, must be in PDF format, and cannot exceed 2 MB in size. Hardcopy and email submissions are not accepted.

Paper Selection Criteria:

Papers are reviewed by IMS2018 Technical Program subcommittees. The selection criteria will be:

Originality: Is the contribution unique and significant? Does it advance the state of the art of the technology and/or advanced practices? Are proper references to previous work by the authors and others provided?

Quantitative content: Does the paper give a comprehensive description of the work with adequate supporting data?

Clarity: Is the paper contribution and technical content presented with clarity? Is the writing and accompanying figures clear and understandable?

Interest to MTT-S membership: Why should this work be reported at this conference?

Technical Areas: During the paper submission process, authors will choose a primary and two alternative technical areas (see the Technical Areas). The paper abstract should contain information that clearly reflects the choice of the area(s). Author-selected technical areas will be used to determine an appropriate review committee for reviewing the paper. The technical areas are divided into five different categories that are used to organize the paper presentation schedule. It is permissible to choose primary and alternative technical areas that are in different categories.

Student Design Competition:

All eligible students or student teams are invited to consider taking part in the Student Design Competitions (SDCs) during the IMS2018. This is the only IMS event that students get to put theories into real hardware and software designs. Please refer to www.ims2018.org for full eligibility details, a list of IMS2018 SCDs, and the rules for each SDC.

Presentation Format:

IMS offers three types of presentation formats. The authors’ preference will be honored where possible, but the IMS2018 Technical Program Committee (TPC) reserves the right to place papers in the most appropriate technical area and presentation format.

  • Full-length (20 minute) papers report significant contributions, advancements, or applications in a formal presentation format with Questions and Answers (Q&A) at the end.
  • Short (10 minute) papers typically report specific refinements or improvements in the state of the art in a formal presentation format with Questions and Answers (Q&A) at the end.
  • Interactive forum papers provide an opportunity for authors to present their theoretical and/ or experimental developments and results in greater detail and in a more informal and conversational setting. Papers will be presented in an electronic poster format, which facilitates the use of videos and interactive media. In addition, authors have the opportunity to display hardware, perform demonstrations, and conduct discussions with int erested IMS attendees.

Student Paper Competitions:

Eligible students are encouraged to submit papers for the Student Paper Competition. These papers will be reviewed in the same manner as all other contributed papers. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded based on content and presentation. To be considered for an award, the student must be a full-time student during the time the work was performed, be the lead author, and personally present the paper at IMS. During the submission process, the student is required to provide the email address of the faculty advisor, who will be asked upon the selection of the paper to certify that the work is primarily that of the student. Please refer to www.ims2018.org for full eligibility details.

Industry and Advanced Practice Paper Competitions:

Eligible authors from industry are encouraged to submit papers for the Industry Paper Competition. Additionally, any author who submits a paper on advanced practices may be entered into the Advanced Practice Paper Competition. A paper on advanced practices describes an innovative RF/microwave design integration technique, process enhancement, and/or combination thereof that results in significant improvements in performance and/ or in time to production for RF/ microwave components, subsystems, or systems. The papers will be evaluated using the same standards as all contributed papers. Please refer to www.ims2018.org for details.

Notification:

Authors will be notified of the decision by 31 January 2018 via the email address(es) provided with the initial paper submission. For accepted papers, an electronic version of the final manuscript (3 to 4 pages, to be published in the Symposium proceedings) along with a copyright assignment to the IEEE must be submitted by 7 March 2018. The submission instructions will also be provided through emails and can be accessed through the Symposium website. The Symposium proceedings will be recorded on electronic media and archived in IEEE Xplore.

Clearances:

It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain all required company and government clearances prior to submitting a paper. Authors are strongly urged not to wait until the last day to start the paper submission process. Those unfamiliar with the process may encounter paper formatting or clearance issues that may take time to resolve. A statement certified by the submitting author that such clearances have been obtained and a completed IEEE copyright form must accompany the manuscript of each accepted paper. Details regarding clearances will be available during the paper submission process.

IEEE T-MTT Special Issue:

Authors of all papers presented at IMS2018 can submit an expanded version of their IMS papers to the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (IEEE T-MTT) devoted to the IMS2018.

Technical Areas

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About Philadelphia

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IMS2018 General Chair's Welcome

Welcome to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love!

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS2018), the preeminent annual gathering of the RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave researchers, technologists, and practitioners from academia and industry. The IMS is the flagship conference of the Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (MTT-S) of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics engineers (IEEE). The IMS2018 will be held June 10 – 15, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

IMS2018 (www.ims2018.org) is the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2018, a week of co-located conferences on RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave technologies. Microwave Week 2018 includes the 2018 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium (www.rfic-ieee.org) and the 2018 Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group (ARFTG) Conference (www.arftg.org). Unique to the Microwave Week 2018, the 2018 International Microwave Bio-Conference (IMBioC’18; www.imbioc-ieee.org) will be a co-located conference and held on June 14 – 15, 2018.

IMS2018 themes, “Microwaves, Medicine, Mobility”, highlight the contributions of the RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave research, development, and products to the fields of medicine (including diagnosis and treatment) and telecommunications (including 5G, Internet-of-Space (IoS), and Internet-of-Things (IoT)). IMS2018 will demonstrate how the contributions of the MTT-S members and associates, from the cutting edge research laboratories to the innovative industry partners, impact to benefit the community at large. The benefits include, but not restricted to, achieving better health outcomes and communications -- across communities, countries, and continents. The greatest benefit that IMS2018 will provide is that it reminds all attendees on what binds us together as a world-wide community -- a thirst for knowledge and a passion to create technologies that improve our everyday lives.

Microwave Week 2018 will draw more than 9000 attendees from around the world to the symposium’s technical sessions, workshops, and short courses; and to the attendant exhibition with more than 800 industry exhibitors showcasing their latest developments in microwave devices and products, design software, and test and measuring equipment.

Opportunities to interface with and learn from fellow attendees include exhibition workshops and application seminars, where industry experts explain the technology behind their products and highlight their applications. Professional and social networking events are available to many interest groups, including the Young Professionals, Women in Engineering/Women in Microwaves (WIE/WIM), Amateur Radio (HAM), STEM for Middle and High Students, and Project Connect for Under-Represented Minorities.

The IMS is being held in Philadelphia after a gap of fifteen years. While some visitors are bound to notice changes in a vibrant city that has been recognized as America’s First Heritage City, many will note that the certain features of Philadelphia endure over centuries. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the Franklin Court remind us of Philadelphia’s role in the nation’s birth. The city’s large number of museums, including the Museum of Art with its largest collection of Duchamp and the Rodin Museum with its largest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures, provide avenues to sample its rich cultural treasures.

Day trips in June’s pleasant weather provide additional opportunities to experience Philadelphia and its surroundings at the Valley Forge National Historical Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Longwood Gardens, or at the Phillies baseball game. Our foodies get to sample the city’s finest restaurants; while everyone must sample at least once at the Reading Terminal Market, the world famous Philly Cheesesteak, wit or witout is your choice!

Come for the conference, extend your stay with your loved ones for the experience!

I look forward to seeing you in Philly in June 2018.

Best regards,
Sridhar Kanamaluru
IMS2018 General Chair

Technical Program Overview

The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) held during 10 – 15 June 2018 in Philadelphia, PA (IMS2018), continues its long-standing tradition of featuring a world-class technical program for RF/microwave researchers and practitioners from around the world. IMS2018 will offer plenary, technical, and panel sessions; interactive forums; workshops and short courses; application seminars; and industrial and historical exhibits. Many of the activities featured throughout the technical program relate to the IMS2018 theme “Microwaves, Medicine, Mobility”. A variety of other technical and social networking activities are also featured. IMS2018, in conjunction with the 2018 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC 2018), 2018 Automated Radio Frequency Test Group Conference (ARFTG 2018), and the 2018 International Microwave Bio Conference (IMBioC 2018), forms “Microwave Week” – a week dedicated to all aspects of microwave technologies.

Technical Program Overview:

  • The IMS Plenary Session will be held Monday evening of the Microwave Week. The Plenary Session’s highlight is a talk by Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. The Plenary Session is followed by the IMS Welcome Reception held at the Reading Terminal Market, a Philadelphia landmark.
  • Technical Sessions are comprised of podium presented papers, in both full-length (20 min.) and short-length (10 min.) formats. These papers are accepted following a highly selective process that emphasizes originality, quantitative content, quality, and interest to MTT-S membership. Technical Sessions also include focus and special sessions. Attendees will learn about the latest discoveries, innovations, improvements, and successes of their fellow researchers and practitioners.
  • Interactive Forum (IF) papers are selected by the same process as the Technical Session papers. The 90-minute IF sessions provide an opportunity for authors to present their work in greater detail and in a more informal and conversational setting. The IF papers will be individually presented on 42” TV monitors to facilitate the use of videos and interactive media. The authors will also have the opportunity to display hardware, perform demonstrations, and hold extended discussions with interested attendees.
  • Focus Session papers highlight emerging technologies that are of significance and high interest to the microwave community. Focus Sessions encompass a wide range of topics, and may involve a specific emerging technology or may cover several technologies that are relevant to a common application. Focus Session papers are selected from papers submitted in response to an invitation by the Focus Session organizers.
  • Special Sessions recognize events of historical significance to the microwave community, or highlight technical achievements in a specific technical area, application space, or geographical region. Special Session papers are selected from the papers submitted in response to an invitation by the session organizers.
  • Panel Sessions are an integral part of the IMS2018 technical program. Panel Sessions are typically held during lunchtime and feature topics in RF/microwave areas that are newsworthy or controversial, including topics related to the symposium theme, “Microwaves, Medicine, and Mobility”. Audience interaction is highly encouraged.
  • Papers authored by students and primarily composed of the students’ own work may be eligible for participation in the popular IMS Student Paper Competition. The papers must first be accepted as a Technical Session or Interactive Forum paper. A student must also be the lead author and present the paper at IMS2018. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded based on content and presentation.
  • Authors from industry are encouraged to submit papers for the Industry Paper Competition. Additionally, any author who submits a paper on advanced practices may choose to enter the Advanced Practice Paper Competition. A paper on advanced practices describes, in contrast to basic research, a practical RF/microwave design, integration technique, process enhancement, and/or combination thereof that results in a significant improvement in performance and/or in time to produce RF/microwave components, subsystems, or systems. These papers must first be accepted as a Technical Session or Interactive Session paper to be eligible for these competitions.
  • IMS2018 will continue the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, designed for students and Young Professionals, who indicate at the time of paper submission their desire to enter this competition and whose paper is accepted for either Technical Session or Interactive Forum presentation.
  • All Technical Session (including Focus and Special Session) and Interactive Forum papers presented at IMS2018 will be included in the Symposium Digest, and be available on IEEE Xplore after the conference.
  • Authors of all papers presented at IMS2018 may submit an expanded version of their IMS papers to the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (IEEE T-MTT) devoted to the IMS2018.
  • Students and/or student teams are invited to consider taking part in the Student Design Competitions (SDCs) during the IMS2018. This is the only “hands-on” IMS event where students get to test theory with their own hardware and software designs. Students will demonstrate the application of RF/microwave engineering design principles in the development of a highly elegant/efficient solutions to specified design requirements. SDCs are proposed, organized, and conducted by the MTT-S Technical Committees (TCs).
  • Workshops provide an in-depth and vibrant forum for academic researchers and industry experts to share in detail their recent research and development experiences/results on challenging and emerging RF/microwave engineering areas. Workshops will focus on topics of high interest to the MTT-S community and encompass a coherent theme that is presented by selected experts in the field.
  • Short Courses offer opportunities for attendees to rapidly acquire a working knowledge on specific topics, without any particular background requirements besides a basic knowledge of the RF/microwaves technology. Short Courses focus on instructional content guided by a set of defined learning objectives, with the opportunity for software and/or hardware demonstrations. The distinctive feature of a Short Course is its educational value to engineers and scientists who may not have in depth familiarity with the subject area.
  • Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps) will continue as a forum on the exhibition floor, for IMS2018 exhibitors to present the technology and special capabilities behind their commercial products. In addition, the Exhibitor Workshops provide IMS exhibitors a unique opportunity to provide more in-depth presentations on technical topics. Both events are open to all conference and exhibit attendees. Exhibitor Workshops require a nominal fee while MicroApps are free of charge.
  • IMS has a long tradition of educating attendees through workshops, short courses, technical sessions, and other means. The majority of the technical programs at IMS are aimed at engineers already working in the microwave industry. IMS2018 will continue the RF Boot Camp to provide an introduction to RF basics. The Boot Camp targets newcomers to the microwave world, such as engineers fresh out of school, engineers changing their career path, and college students looking to gain practical experience.
  • Other highlights of the IMS2018 technical program include: Medicine themed talks and a Pavilion featuring diagnostic and treatment equipment, and services; the 5G Summit, Executive Forum, and Pavilion showcasing the next-generation wireless technologies for mobility; and an event highlighting the Internet-of-Space (IoS).
  • Microwave Week 2018 will host for the first time the 2018 IMBioC on June 14 – 15, 2018
  • The joint IMS2018 Closing and IMBioC Opening Session on Thursday features three distinguished speakers, on topics ranging from meta-materials, communications, and medicine. A reception follows this session.

Mohammad Tofighi and Allen Katz
IMS2018 TPC Co-Chairs