The 2018 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting will be held on July 8–13, 2018, at the Westin Waterfront hotel in Boston, MA. The combined symposium and meeting are cosponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The technical sessions, workshops, and short courses will be coordinated between the two organizations to provide a comprehensive and well-balanced program. This combined symposium and meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science. The paper submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

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AP-S Topics
AP-S.1: Antennas
AP-S.1.1: Antenna theory
AP-S.1.2: Antenna feeds and matching circuits
AP-S.1.3: Mutual coupling in antenna arrays
AP-S.1.4: Dielectric resonator antennas
AP-S.1.5: Microstrip antennas, arrays, and circuits
AP-S.1.6: Guided and leaky wave antennas
AP-S.1.7: Phased-array antennas
AP-S.1.8: Reflector and reflectarray antennas
AP-S.1.9: Electrically small antennas
AP-S.1.10: Broadband / ultra-wideband antennas
AP-S.1.11: Multi-band antennas
AP-S.1.12: Adaptive, active, and smart antennas
AP-S.1.13: Reconfigurable antennas and arrays
AP-S.2: Electromagnetics and Materials
AP-S.2.14: Electromagnetic theory
AP-S.2.15: Electromagnetic material properties and measurements
AP-S.2.16: Frequency-selective surfaces
AP-S.2.17: Electromagnetic bandgap materials
AP-S.2.18: Metamaterials and metasurfaces
AP-S.2.19: Nano-electromagnetics
AP-S.2.20: Electromagnetic education
AP-S.3: Computational and Numerical Techniques
AP-S.3.21: Computational electromagnetics
AP-S.3.22: High frequency and asymptotic methods
AP-S.3.23: Integral equation methods
AP-S.3.24: FDTD methods
AP-S.3.25: FEM methods
AP-S.3.26: Hybrid methods
AP-S.3.27: Techniques for transient simulations
AP-S.3.28: Optimization methods in EM designs
AP-S.3.29: Parallel and special-processor based numerical methods
AP-S.4: Propagation and Scattering
AP-S.4.30: Indoor, urban, terrestrial, and ionospheric propagation
AP-S.4.31: Propagation and scattering in random or complex media
AP-S.4.32: Scattering, diffraction, and RCS
AP-S.4.33: Inverse scattering and imaging
AP-S.4.34: Remote sensing
AP-S.5: Antenna Applications and Emerging Technologies
AP-S.5.35: Biomedical applications
AP-S.5.36: MIMO implementations and applications
AP-S.5.37: Mobile and PCS antennas
AP-S.5.38: RFID antennas and systems
AP-S.5.39: Ultra wideband systems
AP-S.5.40: Vehicular antennas and electromagnetics
AP-S.5.41: Software-defined / cognitive radio
AP-S.5.42: On-chip antennas
AP-S.5.43: Wireless power transmission and harvesting
AP-S.5.44: 3D printed antennas and structures
AP-S.5.45: Millimeter-wave, sub-mm-wave, terahertz, optical antennas URSI Topics

Commission A: Electromagnetic Metrology
USNC Chair: Jeanne Quimby (
A.1: Microwave to sub-millimeter measurements/standards
A.2: Quantum metrology and fundamental concepts
A.3: Time and frequency
A.4: Time-domain metrology, EM-field metrology
A.5: EMC and EM metrology
A.6: Noise
A.7: Materials
A.8: Bioeffects and medical applications
A.9: Antennas
A.10: Impulse radar
A.11: Interconnect and packaging
A.12: Test facilities
A.13: THz metrology
A.14: High-Frequency and millimeter wireless metrology

Commission B: Fields and Waves
USNC Chair: Jamesina Simpson (
B.1: Antenna arrays
B.2: Antenna theory, design, and measurements
B.2.1: Active antennas
B.2.2: Active and passive antenna matching
B.2.3: Antenna and propagation measurement techniques
B.2.4: Small antennas
B.2.5: Other antenna topics
B.3: Complex, novel, or specialized media
B.3.1: Electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structures
B.3.2: Biological media
B.3.3: Geophysical media
B.3.4: Metamaterials
B.4: Educational methods and tools
B.5: Electromagnetic interaction and coupling
B.6: Frequency selective surfaces and filters
B.7: Guided waves and wave-guiding structures
B.8: High-frequency techniques
B.9: Imaging, inverse scattering and remote sensing
B.10: Microstrip antennas and printed devices
B.11: Millimeter wave and Terahertz antennas
B.12: MIMO antennas and systems
B.13: Nanoscale electromagnetics
B.14: Nonlinear electromagnetics
B.15: Numerical methods
B.15.1: Fast methods
B.15.2: Finite-difference methods
B.15.3: Frequency-domain methods
B.15.4: Hybrid methods
B.15.5: Integral-equation methods
B.15.6: Time-domain methods
B.16: Optimization techniques
B.17: Propagation phenomena and effects
B.18: Rough surfaces and random media
B.19: RFID
B.20: Scattering and diffraction
B.21: Theoretical electro magnetics
B.22: Transient fields, effects, and systems
B.23: Ultra-wideband electromagnetics
B.24: Wireless communications
B.25: Wireless sensors and sensing networks
B.26: Cognitive radio
B.26.1: Reconfigurable antennas
B.26.2: Simultaneous transmit and receive systems
B.26.3: Spectrum enhancement techniques

Commission C: Radiocommunication Systems and Signal Processing
USNC Chair: Eric L. Mokole (
C.1: Cognitive radio and software defined radio
C.2: Computational imaging and inverse methods
C.3: Information theory, coding, modulation and detection
C.4: MIMO and MISO systems
C.5: Radar systems, target detection, localization, and tracking
C.6: Radio communication systems
C.7: Sensor networks, and sensor-array processing and calibration
C.8: Signal and image processing
C.9: Spectrum and medium utilization
C.10: Synthetic aperture and space-time processing
C.11: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Commission E: Electromagnetic Environment and Interference
USNC Chair: Larry Cohen (
E.1: Electromagnetic environment
E.1.1: Electromagnetic noise of natural origin
E.1.2: Man-made noise
E.2: Electromagnetic compatibility measurement technologies
E.3: Electromagnetic compatibility standards
E.4: Legal aspects of electromagnetic compatibility
E.5: Electromagnetic radiation hazards
E.6: Electromagnetic compatibility education
E.7: Computational electromagnetics in electromagnetic compatibility
E.7.1: Computer Modeling
E.7.2: Model Validation
E.7.3: Statistical Analysis
E.8: Effects of natural and intentional emissions on system performance
E.8.1: Crosstalk
E.8.2: Effects of transients
E.8.3: System analysis
E.8.4: Signal integrity
E.8.5: Electromagnetic compatibility in communication systems
E.8.6: Statistical analysis
E.9: High-power electromagnetics
E.9.1: Electrostatic discharge
E.9.2: Electromagnetic pulse and lightning
E.9.3: Transients
E.9.4: Power transmission
E.10: Spectrum management

Commission F: Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
USNC Chair: Kamal Sarabandi (
F.1: Point-to-point propagation effects
F.1.1: Measurements
F.1.2: Propagation models
F.1.3: Multipath/mitigation
F.1.4: Land or water paths
F.1.5: Scattering/diffraction
F.1.6: Indoor/outdoor links
F.1.7: Mobile/fixed paths
F.1.8: Horizontal/slant paths
F.1.9: Surface/atmosphere interactions
F.1.10: Atmospheric constituents
F.1.11: Dispersion/delay
F.1.12: Natural/man-made structures
F.2: Remote sensing of the Earth by radio waves
F.2.1: Atmospheric sensing
F.2.2: Ocean and sea ice
F.2.3: Field campaigns
F.2.4: Interferometry and SAR
F.2.5: Subsurface sensing
F.2.6: Scattering/diffraction
F.2.7: Radiation and emission
F.2.8: Propagation effects
F.2.9: Urban environments
F.2.10: Soil moisture & terrain
F.2.11: Propagation and remote sensing in complex and random media Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
USNC Chair: Attila Komjathy (
G.1: Ionospheric imaging
G.2: Ionospheric morphology
G.3: Ionospheric modeling and data assimilation
G.4: Meteoroids and orbital debris
G.5: Radar and radio techniques for ionospheric diagnostics
G.6: Space weather – radio effects
G.7: Transionospheric radio propagation and systems effects

Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine
USNC Chair: Majid Manteghi (
K.1: Biological effects
K.2: Dosimetry and exposure assessment
K.3: Electromagnetic imaging and sensing applications
K.4: Human body interactions with antennas and other electromagnetic devices
K.5: Therapeutic, rehabilitative, and other biomedical applications
K.6: Body-area networks
K.7: Medical devices


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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    08 Jul.



    13 Jul.


  • 15 Jan.


    Abstract submission deadline

  • 15 Jan.


    Draft paper submission deadline

  • 15 Jan.


    Final paper deadline

  • 19 Mar.


    Draft paper acceptance notification

Contact information

  • Mona Jarahi(AP-S Student Paper Competition)
  • Eric Mokole(Special Sessions)
  • Yueh-Chi Chang(Short Courses/Workshops/Tutorials)

Sponsored By

  • IEEE

Organized By

  • US National Committee for URSI