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Coordination with wireless applications gives the needs and requirements from the applications, and thus assures the relevance of the work. It will interacts with users and industry on one hand, and with the joint research activities on the other. The activity is divided into six "Network areas": BAN, PAN, LAN, WAN, Satellites and RF-Sensors.
(Activity Leader: Per Ingvarson, e-mail:

Antenna software initiative activities are established in order to create a list of the existing European software, make comparisons between them by using test examples and assemble integrated packages to face emerging requirements. A common standard data exchange will be developed and made available to the antenna researchers with documentation and support.
(Activity Leader: Guy Vandenbosch, e-mail: and Raphaël Gillard, e-mail:

The Antenna measurements techniques activity deals with test ranges, their capabilities and performance. Reference test objects are used for evaluation of the test facilities. A number of test ranges are made available for use with professional support. Courses and standardisation will also be included. The objective is to make good test ranges, test procedures and standards available.
(Activity Leader: Olav Breinbjerg, e-mail:

Training and education activities are focused on the structuring of the pre and post doctoral courses. The European School of Antennas introduces new common PhD courses open to all universities, combining the best available parts from different universities. Course material, both texts and computer exercises and simulations will be made available on the web. A virtual laboratory will allow use of educational software on the web. The objective is to make much better use of the good educational material already available in Europe.
(Activity Leader: Björn Lindmark, e-mail:

The Dissemination and knowledge transfer management activity are directed towards the scientific community, and towards users and industry, with emphasis on smaller facilities (SMEs and similar), which have limited capability to keep abreast of the development. The objective is that all organisations outside the network, which need antenna knowledge, will get it through our dissemination activities, and through them, come into contact with suitable partners for co-operation. A major yearly European Antennas and propagation conference, EuCAP, is created.
(Activity Leader: Juan Mosig, e-mail:

The MM-& sub-mm waves/Integrated antennas activity structures research on design, integration and manufacturing of high-frequency and integrated antennas. It includes two work packages:

  • MM and Sub-MM Wave Antennas
  • Integrated Antennas
(Activity Leader: Peter Hall, e-mail:

The Small antennas activity structures research on antennas for small equipments (terminals, mobile phones, etc.) and evaluates methods for characterization. It includes three work packages:

  • Small antennas technologies
  • Small terminal technologies and requirements
  • Benchmarking of measurement facilities
(Activity Leader: Marta Martínez Vázquez, e-mail:

The Wideband & multiband antennas activity structures research on multiband and wideband radiators and reflectors. It includes three work packages:

  • Wideband & multiband radiators
  • Reflector surface models
  • Antennas for surface penetrating radars
(Activity Leader: Peter Balling, e-mail:

The Planar & conformal arrays activity structures research on the architecture, system analysis, beam-forming networks and conformal application of array antennas. It includes three work packages:

  • Modelling Framework for Active Array Antennas
  • Reflectarrays technology and design
  • Structuring research on Conformal arrays
(Activity Leader: Gérard Caille, e-mail:

The Smart antenna systems activity coordinates the research on smart antenna systems about space-time processing, optimisation of MIMO networks and MIMO channel modelling, evaluation of multiple antenna algorithms etc. It includes three work packages:

  • Advance multiple antenna transmit and receive schemes
  • MIMO networks optimisation and deployment issues
  • Antenna technology and propagation aspects for multiple antenna systems
(Activity Leader: Angeliki Alexiou, e-mail:

A web-based Virtual centre of excellence (VCE) allows communications, vertically as well as horizontally. Educational material, reports from the activities, links to all participant's reports, doctors and master theses are available, as well as software. The objective is to make knowledge and contacts easily available.

During the work in these activities, new problems and inefficiencies will be continuously identified. The results will be used, together with other information to define modification of the activities, an to create special interest groups.

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