HD-14: Near Field Engineering: Theory, Methods, and Applications

Said Mikki, Yahia Antar

Sunday, July 19, 13:00 - 17:00


The short course main topic is introducing the audience to the first systematic and comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of Near Field (NF) Engineering. The proponents will lay out the necessary foundations of near field theory which were developed recently, placing them into the larger picture of current and future applications. The course will also present a tutorial on the recently developed antenna current Green’s function (ACGF) formalism and outline its importance in analysing and designing electromagnetic systems at the most general possible level, with emphasis on the deeper insight this formalism brings to the analysis of near-field interactions. Examples will be given demonstrating applications such as mutual coupling and near field focusing in order to illustrate how the new foundations contain more information than the conventional circuit parameters and far-field methods. Applications that will be discussed in this course include topics such as NF communications, NF MIMO, short-range radar and detection, propagation in dense electromagnetic environments, wireless energy transfer, energy control, and nonlocal metamaterials as a new generation of NF-based artificial media.


Said Mikki graduated from University of Mississippi in 2008 with a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering. Since 2009, he has been working with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada, as a Research Fellow.
He published in the areas of computational methods, optimization techniques in electromagnetics, nano-electrodynamics, and metamaterials, antenna near fields and novel methods for characterizing antenna systems. During the last five years, he started in Royal Military College of Canada a general research program in fundamental applied electromagnetic theory, where he was able to develop new foundations the near field theory. He also developed recently the antenna current Green’s formalism and is currently pursuing its applications to MIMO and near-field systems, and mutual coupling compensation techniques. He is currently working on a book on this new electromagnetic theory to be published by Artech House.

Yahia M. M. Antar (S’73–M’76–SM’85–LF’00) received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in 1966 from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba, MB, Canada, in 1971 and 1975, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 1977, he was awarded a Government of Canada Visiting Fellowship at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, ON, where he worked with the Space Technology Directorate on communications antennas for satellite systems. In May 1979, he joined the Division of Electrical Engineering, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, where he worked on polarization radar applications in remote sensing of precipitation, radio wave propagation, electromagnetic scattering, and radar cross section investigations. In November 1987, he joined the staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, where he has held the position of professor since 1990 and is presently Vice Dean for defence and security research. He has authored or coauthored close to 200 journal papers, many chapters in books, about 400 refereed conference papers, holds several patents, has chaired several national and international conferences, and has given plenary talks at many conferences . He has supervised and co-supervised over 80 Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses at the Royal Military College and at Queen’s University, of which several have received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal, the outstanding Ph.D. thesis of the Division of Applied Science, as well as many best paper awards in major international symposia. He served as the Chairman of the Canadian National Commission for Radio Science (CNC, URSI, 1999–2008), Commission B National Chair (1993–1999), held adjunct appointment at the University of Manitoba, and has a cross appointment at Queen’s University in Kingston. Dr. Antar is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy, serves as an Associate Editor (Features) of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, served as Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION, the IEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the RFMiCAE Journal. He served on NSERC grants selection and strategic grants committees, Ontario Early Research Awards (ERA) panels, and on review panels for the National Science Foundation in the U.S. In May 2002, he was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering which has been renewed in 2009. In 2003, he was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada “Excellence in Research” Prize and in 2012, the RMCC Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence award. He was elected by the Council of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) to the Board as Vice President in August 2008, and to the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administration Committee in December 2009. On January 31, 2011, he was appointed Member of the Canadian Defence Science Advisory Board (DSAB). He is on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Lecturers Program. In October 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition for his contribution to Canada. He is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal.