Message from the General Chair

 
Prof  Y.  Jay Guo, FTSE FIEEE FIET
General Chair
iWAT2014 Organizing Committee
 

 Welcome to the 10th International Workshop on Antenna Technology (iWAT2014) to be held in Sydney 4-6 March 2013.

The ever-increasing demand on mobility and connectivity has been driving the wireless revolution for over two decades, and the dream of “anywhere anytime always connected” is becoming a reality for some advanced nations. Subsequently, industrial and research interest in antennas, which are “gateways” for all wireless systems, have been growing steadily. This has led to the emergence of new exciting multi-disciplinary research areas such as MIMO, software defined radio and metamaterials.

Going forward, the pervasive connectivity will become broadband, demanding gigabits per second data rate. The proliferation of eHealth, eGovernment and on-line education services will push wireless broadband into currently isolated and remote areas.  For both civil and military applications, we shall see the deployment “wireless fibres” for vehicle, ship and aircraft communications.

The advance of wireless systems are posing new challenges to antennas designers, which range from low form factors and extremely wide bandwidth  to many multibands. Possible solutions include new materials, reconfigurable antennas and innovative antennas configurations.

The iWAT 2014 is a premier forum for the exchange of information on the state-of-the-art technologies in antenna designs and advanced materials. It is organized by CSIRO, the National Key Laboratory of Antennas and Micowaves, China, University of Adelaide, University Technology, Sydney, and Macquarie University.

We are extremely honoured by the participation of a large number of international luminaries in antennas and applied electromagnetic. We are very pleased to see a great number of high quality contributions to the interactive sessions. We are very grateful to our sponsors IEEE AP-S, Leaf and CST. All the above will make iWAt2014 an important and exciting event for the antennas and propagation society, and leave a delightful memory in your career.