Special Sessions

Sessions of similar topics may be proposed, if needed we will schedule them at different slots over the conference period.

SP1. "Advanced numerical and theoretical tools as applied to modern nano photonics: Plasmonics and Metamaterials"

Organizer: Kofi Edee (Université Blaise Pascal, France)


SP2. "Integrated photonic devices for information processing"

Organizer: Linjie Zhou  (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) & Thomas Schneider (TU Braunschweig, Germany)

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Yasuhiko Arakawa, Tokoy University, Japan
  2. Toshihiko Baba, Yokohama National University, Japan
  3. Kambiz Jamshidi, TU-Dresden, Germany
  4. Zhiyong Li, Institutes of Semiconductors (Chinese Academy of Sciences), China


SP3. "Advanced reconfigurable antennas for modern wireless communications"

Organizers:  Steve Hang Wong (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) & Laure Huitema (XLIM - University of Limoges, France)

Antennas are limited by fundamental physical limits in terms of compactness, bandwidth and radiation performances. For next-generation applications, it is required to offer new additional or flexible capabilities to enhance system performances. Developing reconfigurable antennas allows changing the antenna operating frequency band, the angle of the radiation boresight and the antenna polarization. It is therefore the ideal alternative to compensate for various housings and implanted environments, to optimize the link budget and enhance the quality and the reliability of wireless links. This session focuses on all kinds of reconfigurable antennas for future wireless communications.


  1. Frequency tunable antenna; 
  2. Adaptive antenna;
  3. Pattern reconfigurable antenna;
  4. Polarization reconfigurable antenna;
  5. Antenna for autonomous devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Laure Huitema, University of Limoges, France
  2. Kenneth Tong, University College London, UK
  3. Yujian Li, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  4. Zhe Chen, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  5. Shiwei Qu, University Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

SP4. "Computational electrodynamics and its emerging applications"

Organizer: Zongfu Yu (University of Wisconsin System, USA), Shanhui Fan (Stanford University, USA) &  Susan Hagness (University of Wisconsin Madison, USA)

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alejandro W. Rodriguez Princeton University, USA
  2. Che Ting Chan, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

SP5. "Electromagnetic Theory, Simulation and Modeling"

Organizer: Konstantin Vytovtov (Astrakhan State Technical University, Russia) Laurent Santandrea (GeePS-CNRS, France)

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Mohamed Bakr, McMaster University, Canada
  2. Patrick Bouchon, ONERA, France 
  3. Nadezhda M. Bulgakova, Institute of Physics AS CR, Czech Republic 
  4. Xiangying Deng, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 
  5. Virgil-Florin Duma, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania
  6. Keiki Fukumoto, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan
  7. Zhirun Hu, Manchester University, UK
  8. Qiang Lin, University of Rochester, USA
  9. Erik Lotfi, Qatar University, Qatar
  10. Sara Vesely, ITB-CNR, Italy
  11. Vladimir P. Zhukov, Institute of Computational Technologies SB RAS, Russia


SP6. "RFID Antennas, Technologies and Applications"

Organizer:  Youchung Chung (Daegu University, Korea)

RFID is one of the fast growing technologies in logistics, tracking, toll/fee collection, animal/human identification and surveillance systems. This special session will focus on the passive and active RFID readers/tags antennas and applications.


  1. RFID tag/reader antennas;
  2. Multi-band antennas;
  3. Measurement techniques; 
  4. Mobile and handheld reader antennas;
  5. Optimization of tag antennas and special applications of RFID;
  6. RFID & Energy Harvesting.