News and Events


July 1, 2016

The International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation: event review (by Grzegorz Wolosinski, Artisan ESR)

Under the framework of ARTISAN project, ESR Grzegorz Wolosinski attended the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation which was held from June 26 - July 1 2016 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The AP-S is an annual meeting focused on all aspects related to antennas, electromagnetics, propagation and scattering as well as computational and numerical techniques.

ESR Grzegorz Wolosinski presented his recent work about a high-balance feeding structure for dipole-based antennas. A dual-polarized antenna based on this idea was proposed proving that superior performance respect to the current state of art can be achieved. Further details about the presented paper can be found here. The attendance at technical presentations, poster sessions, and a short course were a great opportunity to inspire future research and establish work contacts.


April 18-21, 2016

The Fourth ARTISAN Training Event & Industrial Workshop

Under the framework of the Third ARTISAN Training Event, the Industrial Workshop Technologies for RF Front-End of Wireless Systems & Base Stations will be held. The is Workshop is organised in the framework of a Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate project ARTISAN jointly operated by Queen's University Belfast and Bell Labs Ireland.

The talks will be followed by the Round Table discussion of the latest trends and market requirements to the emerging wireless systems for mobile communications.

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March 5, 2016

“Bell Talks” event

ARTISAN ESR, Ayman Barakat was invited as a speaker in “Bell Talks” event at Bell Labs Ireland (Nokia Ireland). Ayman has delivered a short presentation “Doherty Power Amplifiers: Why it never gets old!” where he has presented the 80-years old Doherty power amplifier with new concepts that generalize the theory of operation for broadband wireless communication systems. A very interactive discussion has followed the presentation with the presence of Julie Byrne, the Executive Director of Bell Labs UK & Ireland, and other BLI department heads and members. Bell Talk is an internal periodic event organized by Bell Labs Ireland where speakers can share their innovative ideas and knowledge among other BLI departments.


November 15, 2015

The International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference IMOC 2015: event review (by Ayman Barakat, Artisan ESR)

Under the framework of Artisan project, ESR Ayman Barakat has attended the International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference IMOC 2015, which was held in Pernambuco, Brazil from 3 to 6 November 2015.

The SBMO/IEEE MTT-S International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference is a biennial forum on microwave, millimeter wave, terahertz and photonics methods and techniques for both science and engineering, sponsored by the Brazilian microwave and Optoelectronics soceity (SBMO) and IEEE MTT-S. ESR Ayman Barakat has given two oral presentations about his recent published papers. The first presentation is about his research on Doherty power amplifiers, whereas the second presentation was about intermodulation effects in power amplifiers. More details about the presented papers can be checked in the Publications page. The conference has included poster sessions, short courses and an exhibition beside the technical sessions.


November 9-12, 2015

The Third ARTISAN Training Event & Industrial Workshop

Under the framework of the Third ARTISAN Training Event, the Industrial Workshop Technologies for RF Front-End of Wireless Systems & Base Stations will be held. The is Workshop is organised in the framework of a Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate project ARTISAN jointly operated by Queen's University Belfast and Bell Labs Ireland.

The talks will be followed by the Round Table discussion of the latest trends and market requirements to the emerging wireless systems for mobile communications.

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October 1, 2015

The International Workshop on Integrated Nonlinear Microwave and Millimetre-wave Circuits (INMMiC) Event review (by Dmitry Kozlov, ARTISAN ESR)

Under the framework of the ARTISAN project, ESR Dmitry Kozlov attended The International Workshop on Integrated Nonlinear Microwave and Millimetre-wave Circuits (INMMiC 2015) with oral presentation devoted to Passive Intermodulation Test of Analog and Digital Systems.

INMMiC is a traditional forum for promoting, discussing and spreading ideas in the field of nonlinear microwave and millimetre-wave circuits and systems. This year the conference was represented as two-day series of oral and poster presentations with special invited talks. More than 100 participants attended the conference and about 50 presentations were reported. Within the scope of the industrial exhibition the state-of-the-art microwave products, measurement instruments and CAD software were demonstrated.

In the end of the first day, Prof. Patrick Roblin and Prof. Dominique Schreurs chaired regular NVNA Users’ Forum. This informal discussion group was devoted to sharing information and issues related to instrumentation utilized in vector large-signal network analysis of microwave circuits and systems that contain nonlinear elements.


July 17, 2015

ARTISAN Researchers Meet Samsung

As Europe reaches a major milestone on the road towards 5G with the launch of the first phase projects of the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP), the industry giants such as Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Samsung and Nokia flock together with universities and SME to strengthen European 5G research and global cooperation in the field of 5G wireless. The 5G vision and roadmap for Europe have finally been established by the ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly under the term IMT-2020 and the work has entered its next stage of defining detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G.

ARTISAN research framework is inherently linked with the 5G-PPP agenda, in particular with FANTASTIC-5G and mmMAGIC projects, and ARTISAN researchers are actively looking for joint opportunities and communications with the 5G-PPP members. Senior management staff of recently launched Samsung Electronics Research Institute Ltd. (SRUK) have paid an explorative visit to ECIT Institute, Belfast, on 17th July 2015 and ARTISAN staff had opportunity to showcase their achievements. “It is utterly important to collaborate with industry and would be absolutely counterproductive to confine our research within the lab walls,” - comments Dr Alexey Shitvov, the QUB supervisory member of ARTISAN. “We have already made quite a journey towards 5G ourselves and gained a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities waiting ahead. It is time to share our experience, stretch out and make our unique expertise available to a wider community to ensure coherence of our programme with the global trends and cooperate with industry at the next phase of the project and beyond.” The SRUK has articulated their primary focus on the mobile wireless for 5G and IoT capabilities, from base-station antennas to handheld terminals and everything in between. The ARTISAN researcher Ayman Barakat has presented a short lab demo of high-efficiency power amplifiers (PA) during the Samsung visitors’ tour. “Power amplifiers are critical components of the base station equipment that ultimately define the network footprint in terms of the energy consumption and interference,” – explains Ayman. “All my prototype circuits are fabricated in house and Queen’s manufacturing has all I need to test even most sophisticated PA architectures. Besides, I have unlimited ARTISAN synergy at hand and believe that our effort fits well with the global vision for the 5G in Europe by 2020.” Well done ARTISAN! We are looking forward to seeing more news from this unique splice of young and ambitious researchers with established experts in the field of microwaves and wireless technologies.


June 1, 2015

International Microwave Symposium (IMS) Event review (by Ayman Barakat, ARTISAN ESR)

ARTISAN ESR Ayman Barakat has attended the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) on 17-22 May 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona - USA. Mr Barakat has participated in this event as a student volunteer under the framework of the “PhD Student Sponsorship Initiative” established and sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S Administrative Committee.

The IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice.

More details in Event review by Ayman Barakat...


March 12, 2015

ARTISAN ESR Ayman Barakat has attended “Bell Labs Future X Days” event on 12th of March 2015. The unique event was held in Dublin celebrating 10 years of Bell Labs in Ireland. The event has shown a number of Future X projects that elaborate how Bell Labs is “Inventing the Network of You.” The event organizers have invited Damien English, the Irish Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation, Geoff Shakespeare, Managing Director at Eircom, and Marcus Weldon, Bell Labs President and Alcatel-lucent CTO to give a speech during the opening session.

The showcase has included 16 technology demonstrations such as World-leading XG-FAST technology, Virtual CPE, Self-powered small-cell base station and new photonics cooling architecture.ESR A. Barakat has been invited by Dr. Florian Pivit, RF research team leader at Bell Labs Ireland, and has presented a poster showing a brief description of his “Multiband RF power amplifier” project sponsored by ARTISAN.

Source: Announcing the Bell Labs Future X Days in Dublin


October 1, 2014

ARTISAN ESR Dmitry Kozlov has attended International workshop on on Multipactor, Corona and Passive Intermodulation (MULCOPIM '14) on 17-19 September 2014 in Valencia, Spain

From the first edition in 1993, the international workshop on Multipactor, Corona and Passive Intermodulation has become a reference meeting place for researches, designers, test engineers and users of any space high power RF hardware.

More details in Event review by D. Kozlov...


September 19, 2014

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science hosted the Open Days 2014 event on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September 2014. The ARTISAN project has contributed to the Open Days event and was presented at the High Frequency Electronics Circuits cluster display. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase the School's education and research portfolio to next year's potential undergraduates. The research with students has indicated that the Open Days play an important role in their decision to choose the degrees.

The feedback from the event demonstrated that the ARTISAN presentation attracted significant attention of both students and parents.


September 4, 2014

On behalf of the HFE Research Cluster and ARTISAN ITN we cordially invite you on Tuesday 9 September at 10am, ECIT Seminar ROOM, to attend the short talk by David Bedford of Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG on the issues of passive intermodulation (PIM) interference in wireless communications and networks and the cutting edge Rosenberger solutions for the PIM testing and rectification in lab and field.

More details in Abstract of the talk ...

David’s presentation will be followed by the research insights in the PIM phenomenology and simulation presented by Dmitry Kozlov, an ARTISAN ITN Research Fellow with HFEC.

This short seminar provides excellent opportunity to learn through practical examples on the PIM issues in mobile networks and state-of-the-art instrumentation, as well as to have a chat with ARTISAN staff and students working in the area of PIM research.

We are looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday at 10am in ECIT Seminar Room.


September 3, 2014

ARTISAN will attend and contribute to the ITN Coordinators Workshop, 3 October 2014, Research and Enterprise Seminar Room, QUB, Belfast, UK

This event is aimed at researchers and project managers planning to coordinate a Marie Sklowdowska Curie ITN proposal for the next submission deadline of 13th Jan 2015.

Details and updates on this Workshop may be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/ResearchEnterprise/ResearchDevelopment/EuropeanResearchFunding/EUEventsWebinars/ITNCoordinatorsWorkshop/


September 1, 2014

We have started preparation for the Second ARTISAN training event. The event will be held in Belfast, UK on 27-31 October 2014. This time a whole week has been scheduled for:

  • 2nd ARTISAN Annual Meeting: Midterm Review Meeting;
  • Seminar with Brainstorming session;
  • Specialist lectures;
  • QUB PhD training course.

Students, researchers, engineers and academic staff are invited to a lecture series to be held in the framework of the Second ARTISAN research training event. The lectures will be delivered by the members of the International Advisory Board and staff members of Bell Labs, Ireland and QUB participating in the ARTISAN programme.

Please visit ARTISAN website http://www.artisan-itn.net for full details and latest information about the scope of the lectures.


August 1, 2014

ARTISAN will participate in 2014 Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC), 10 - 11 November 2014, Burleigh Court International Conference Centre, Loughborough, UK

The Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC) is the largest annual UK conference dedicated to the fields of Antennas and Propagation. LAPC, now celebrating its 10 year anniversary, regularly attracts 200 to 250 national and international participants from academia, research institutes, industry and government bodies. Details and updates on this Conference may be found at http://www.lapconf.co.uk/.

Early Stage Researcher Mr.Dmitry Kozlov, will present the talk:

  • Dmitry Kozlov, Alexey P. Shitvov and Alexander G. Schuchinsky “Characterisation of Passive Intermodulation in Passive RF Devices with X-parameters”


July 12, 2014

ARTISAN ESR Vedaprabhu Basavarajappa has attended European School of Antennas (ESoA 2014) on Antenna Measurements (16-20 June 2014, Paris, France)

It was a 5 day intensive study on the state-of-the-art near and far field antenna measurement techniques. Combining theoretical sessions with hands-on exercises it allows participants to put newly acquired theory to practice and presents insight into all aspects of practical antenna measurements.The theoretical course material will be put to use in several practical measurement exercises using MVG (Satimo) multi-probe measurement systems (SG64, StarLab). The course is being conducted in collaboration between Microwave Vision Satimo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Technical University of Denmark. Detailed content and schedule of the course is available at http://www.antennasvce.org/Community/Education/Courses/download?&id_file=788.

More details in Event review by V.Basavarajappa...


June 3, 2014

ARTISAN Team Staged a Performance at HFEC Seminar (by Dr. Alexey Shitvov, Chair HFEC Research Seminar in ECIT)

I won’t be the first person, nor the last one either, to aphorize that a good professor owes much to their research staff and students. For a visionary leader their managees are not instruments, but by all means instrumental to the ultimate degree, when it comes to the academic career, reputation and progress in research and education. They are the wheels and gears that take the powerful engine towards the horizon, Horizon 2020 within the current context, if you will.

There are four of them on ARTISAN ITN project, spinning in sync, carrying the load. I used to think that there always was something sinister about syncs, whether it be a synergy or syndicate. The big part of my cynicism was limited experience of leadership, and even though the latter always proved indispensable and often nonlinear, enabling the flock to lock in on the common goal. And that’s what I witness and learn from now – a perfect sync within the framework of the ARTISAN at Queen’s, capable of staging a great performance at the height whatever great.

Our research seminar in ECIT Institute has been a success for years. Well, I must confess that speakers did not queue for the opportunity to present their work in front of a small audience and we always had a few free seats in the room. Anyway, it served the purpose and prompted a lot of productive discussions and technical awareness of the research carried out across the ECIT. It had been running smooth and quiet, up until the last round of the Seminar. If you wonder what happened then, well, the ARTISAN kicked in! Four of the seven talks in the spring round of the seminar were presented by ARTISAN team, including two talks by junior researchers, Dmitry and Ayman, the presentation by Dr Oksana Shramkova, the outstanding ARTISAN ITN manager who does not give up on her academic career despite the challenges of the post, and contribution by one of the forefathers of the network, Dr Alex Schuchinsky.

For interested reader I provide more details at the end, but now just want to reflect upon the impact and value of the ARTISAN contribution. All four talks demonstrated consistent quality of the presentations, which comes to no surprise, given that the young researchers were carefully selected for the project by their senior colleagues through a tough process. Ayman’s and Dmitry’s presentations were related to their ongoing investigations and demonstrated their ambitious goals, rapidly growing experience and unshakeable commitment to the quality and success. Although the other two presentations did not directly relate to the scope of the ARTISAN at first sight, they exemplified the rigorous research approach, extensive expertise and scholarship to which the young fellows are exposed and from where the charge is coming to crack the problems unsolvable at the first sight. From my perspective, it does look like the team works as a unit, routing the progress towards impact. The feedback from those attended the talks was most positive, and I was most pleased to learn that our research community in ECIT is looking forward to seeing more talks and events by ARTISAN fellows and associates.

Without any doubt I must say the ARTISAN team staged a perfect performance on the local scale. I also hope that the event was useful for ARTISAN fellows too, at least to oil the gears for the perfect sync and reflect upon the great potential that the team, as the whole, is capable of demonstrating in terms of the research impact and influence on our expertise and knowledge. Well done ARTISAN and we look forward to seeing more news and events from the team in the future!

More details in HFEC Research Seminar Programme...


May 6, 2014

ARTISAN will participate in 8-th International Workshop on Multipactor, Corona and Passive Intermodulation in Space RF Hardware, MULCOPIM’ 2014, (17-19 September 2014, Valencia, Spain)

This workshop is intended to be the meeting place for researches, designers, test engineers and users of any space high power RF hardware. The aim is to share relevant information on the design and testing of high power RF hardware for the prevention of RF breakdown (Multipactor and Corona) and Passive Intermodulation. Details and updates on this Workshop may be found at www.mulcopim.org.

Early Stage Researcher Mr.Dmitry Kozlov, will take part in this event with talk:

  • Dmitry Kozlov, Alexey P. Shitvov and Alexander G. Schuchinsky “Communication Nonlinearities Techniques for Characterisation of Passive Intermodulation”


May 2, 2014

ARTISAN participated in RIA’s 17th Research Colloquium on “Communications and Radio Science into the 21st Century”,
(Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, April 30 - May 1, 2014)

This Colloquium is intended to bring together the academic and industrial community working in research and development in this field to share the fruits of their research – insights, developments, innovations and results on recent wireless technology advances for personal and ubiquitous radio communications. Details and updates on this Colloquium may be found at http://www.ria.ie/About/Our-Work/Committees/Committees-for-Science/Communications-and-Radio-Sciences.

ARTISAN project Early Stage Researchers took active part in this event with talks:

  • Ayman Barakat, Mury Thian “A 2.2 GHz High Efficiency Third-Harmonic-Peaking Class-EF Power Amplifier”;
  • Vedaprabhu Basavarajappa, Vince Fusco “Reconfigurable antenna for azimuthal beamscanning".


January 29-30, 2014

Students, researchers, engineers and academic staff are invited to a lecture series to be held in ECIT on 29-30 January 2014 in the framework of the ARTISAN research training week. The lectures will be delivered by the members of the International Advisory Board and staff members of Bell Labs, Ireland and QUB participating in the ARTISAN programme.

Date: January 29 - 30, 2014;
Venue: ECIT, Seminar room;

Speakers:

January 29

  • 9:00 - 10:40    Dr. Florian Pivit, Bell Labs, Ireland
    “Mobile Communication Base Station Architectures”
  • 11:00 - 12:50    Dr. Martin Gimersky, Bell Labs, Ireland
    “Antennas for mobile communications”
  • 14:00 - 15:40    Dr. Pawel Rulikowski, Bell Labs, Ireland
    ”Characterisation and devices based on liquid crystal tuneable media”
  • 16:00 - 16:50    Dr. Mury Thian, School of EEECS, QUB, UK
    “High-Efficiency Class-E and Class-F Power Amplifiers”
  • 16:50 - 17:40    Dr. A. Shitvov, School of EEECS, QUB, UK
    “Communication nonlinearities: modelling and characterisation of passive intermodulation”

January 30

  • 9:00 - 10:40    Prof. Jan Hesselbarth, Institute of Radio Frequency Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany
    "Antennas for cellular base stations: Challenges, trends and constraints"

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January 23, 2014

ARTISAN has participated in the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Information Event held in Ramada Plaza Belfast.
Dr. Oksana Shramkova, ARTISAN project manager, took active part in this event and presented a case study in relation to the ARTISAN project. Full information about European funding programme Horizon 2020 can be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/ResearchEnterprise/ResearchDevelopment/EuropeanResearchFunding/Horizon2020/.

The event was organized by European Research Development team of QUB http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/ResearchEnterprise/ResearchDevelopment/EuropeanResearchFunding/.


December 6, 2013

Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate project ARTISAN has participated in the event ‘Perspectives of Research in Industry' hosted by EEECS Research Society on 6th December 2013 in Riddel Hall, QUB. Academics, researchers and PhD students from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science enjoyed the opportunity to learn from distinguished speakers on the intersection of academic and industrial research. The talks delivered by the speakers reflected the increasing economic pressures on all areas of life, from the shift away from fundamental scientific research towards product-development, to the precarious nature of modern employment even for highly qualified people.

Dr. Senad Bulja, ARTISAN Supervisory board member from Bell Labs, and Dr. Alexander Schuchinsky, ARTISAN project coordinator from QUB, took active part in this event as the distinguished lecturers. In the presentation 'Industrial and Academic Researches - Challenges and Synergies', Dr S. Bulja talked about the challenges and advantages of industrial and academic researches from his own perspective – as a research scientist at Bell Labs, but also as a former University researcher. He presented examples of academic and industrial researches intersection and mutually benefits. He called on academia to continue to perform the basic research that will lead to novel technologies in future.


The talk 'Marie Curie Actions for Researchers: Initial Training Networks and Fellowships' of Dr. A. Schuchinsky covered only two Marie Curie programmes: Initial Training Networks (ITN) and Incoming International Fellowship (IIF). In this talk, he discussed the experience of Marie Curie Actions and illustrated it by the examples of recently completed IIF PEARL and current ITN ARTISAN operated as European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme. The features and highlights of both programmes were overviewed, addressing their main stages from the project incipience, through implementation toward completion and final reports.

The event also featured a research poster competition. 4 ERS’s (Mr. Vedaprabhu Basavarajappa, Mr. Ayman Barakat, Mr. Jitendra Pal and Mr. Dmitry Kozlov) working in the frameworks of the ARTISAN project, have presented the poster with information about the project. Overall guest feedback indicates that the issues raised and experiences shared by the speakers echoed the growing concerns of both early career and experienced researchers about the changing nature of the academic research and hardening employability perspectives.


October 23, 2013

The Artisan project Kick-off meeting was held in Bell Labs, Dublin. The meeting was attended by the Supervisory Board (SB) members:

  • Prof. Vincent Fusco (QUB);
  • Dr. Alexander Schuchinsky (QUB);
  • Dr. Frank Mullany (Bell Labs);
  • Dr. Senad Bulja (Bell Labs);
  • Dr. Florian Pivit (Bell Labs);
  • Dr. Stratos Doumanis (Bell Labs);
  • Dr. Mury Thian (QUB);
  • Dr. Pawel Rulikowski (Bell Labs);
  • Dr. Martin Gimersky (Bell Labs)
and project manager Dr. Oksana Shramkova (QUB).

The Supervisory Board was convened to review the preparations for the PhD programmes and the status of ESR recruitment.

The specific tasks, supervision, milestones, expected deliverables and resources of the Research work packages were reviewed and discussed. The work plans and deliverables have been agreed for the 1st year.


September 12-13, 2013

Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate project ARTISAN has participated in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EEE&CS) Open Days held in Queen’s University of Belfast on 12-13 September 2013. Dr. Oksana Shramkova, ARTISAN Project Manager, and ESR Vedaprabhu Basavarajappa took active part in this important outreach event. They have met with school students and their parents and highlighted the agenda of Marie Curie Actions and impact of ARTISAN project on the international research training and the School research activities.

The School Open Days are aimed at promoting Electrical Engineering education and engaging with a cohort of potential future undergraduates. It is estimated that over 700 students, primarily 6th Form (Year 14), have visited the EEE&CS during the Open Days 2013. They have learnt about the role and impact of the Electrical Engineering discipline in our daily lives and the excellent employability perspectives for the School graduates. The School staff and current undergraduates have presented a showcase of the research themes and student projects, demonstrating the prospective students how exciting could be the study in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. The information about the courses and scholarships offered by the School was provided in the printed materials and by a series of talks given by the academic staff. The ARTISAN project has been presented at the High Frequency Electronics Circuits cluster display along with the group research activities and the live demonstration of mobile phone testing.

The feedback from the event demonstrated that the ARTISAN presentation attracted significant attention of both students and parents.