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Special Sessions

SS-01: Advanced Techniques in Electromagnetic Centric Multiphysics Simulation and Application

Organized by Prof. Huanhuan ZHANG (Xidian University) and Dr. Ziliang LIU (National University of Singapore)

Details of Session:

The special session aims at recent progress in electromagnetic centric multiphysics simulation and application. The topics in this special session cover the latest research in but not limited to:

1). New progress and application of the numerical algorithms including FDTD, MoM,FEM, DGTD,FVTD,Hybrid method, DDM, etc.
2). The CEM-based multiphysics simulations.
3). Related applications in the design of antennas, metamaterials and devices in microwave and THz ranges.

SS-02. Modelling and Design of Complex Radiations: Intended and Unintended Antennas

Organized by Prof. Da YI (Chongqing University), Prof. Wei-Hua ZONG (Qingdao University), Prof. Xingchang WEI (Zhejiang University), Prof. Huapeng ZHAO (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China), and Dr. Siping GAO (National University of Singapore)

Details of Session:

Except for the useful radiation in the communication, on the other hand, most circuits in a miniaturized communication system suffer from the harmful electromagnetic interference (EMI). The EMI brings several significant challenges to practical engineering. First, it is hard to quantitively calculate the complex EMI without using large computing resource due to the large density and multi-scale of the circuits. Secondly, there is little novel EMI suppressing strategy in the near-field since the transmitting power in near-field is much more complex than that in the far-field.

Advanced modelling methods are required for the intended and unintended antennas. In this special session, speakers will share their recent works on designing high-performance antennas and modeling/suppressing complex EMI in communication systems. The intended and unintended antennas problems will bring audiences in-deep understanding in designing the miniaturized systems with a good electromagnetic compatibility.

SS-03. Advances in FDTD and FEM Computational Electrodynamics

Organized by Prof. Hongxing ZHENG (Hebei University of Technology) and Prof. Yuan Guo ZHOU (Xi’an University of Science and Technology)

Details of Session:

Advances in computational electromagnetic problems have the potential to revolutionize the ability to communicate and compute, to understand fundamental processes of electrodynamics, and to design new generation components and equipment. Currently, it is recognized that the most efficient computational modeling is based on the numerical solution of the fundamental Maxwell’s equations of classical electrodynamics. Maxwell’s equations can be solved by using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique, investigated over the past 40 years primarily in the context of electrical engineering. To pursue the advances, it is crucial to understand improvement of the algorithm itself, and its application to specific problems, especially about three-dimensional (3-D) structures, materials with complex properties, and super- and nanometer-scale problems in recent years. This session aims at academic and industrial researchers working in all areas of FDTD and FEM problems in fast modeling, optimization of differential equations, and its application in antennas, arrays, filters, etc.

SS-04. RFIC and Microwave Techniques

Organized by Prof. Wen-Cheng LAI ( National Penghu University of Science and Technology)

Details of Session:

The proposed special session reviews and designs high performance, low power consumption radio frequency analog integrated circuits and antenna with microwave topologies. The special session discusses the technique to design frequency synthesizer, continue time sigma-delta modulator, analog to-digital converters, phase locked loop, voltage control oscillator, injection-locked frequency dividers, filter, mixer, power amplifier, low noise amplifier and antenna design.

SS-05. Effective CEMs and Their Applications in Geophysical and Remote Sensing

Organized by Prof. Naixing FENG (Shenzhen University) and Prof. Jinghe LI (Guilin University of Technology)

Details of Session:

The session welcomes all papers that are related to efficient computational electromagnetics methods (CEMs) and its potential applications in geophysical and remote sensing, imaging, and inverse problems. The session aims at presenting frontier researches in the theories, computations, and applications of effective CEMs for solving electromagnetic forward/inverse problems. All types of CEMs are very welcomed: the finite-difference time-domain method, the finite element method, the spectral element method, the finite volume method, the Integral-based exponential time differencing method, the Pseudospectral Time Domain method, and so on. Applications include but not limited to geophysical subsurface detection, subsurface imaging, and remote sensing.

SS-06. Advanced Multiphysics in the Emerging Electromagnetics and Optoelectronics: Theory, Modeling, and Application

Organized by Prof. Zhixiang HUANG (Anhui University) and Prof. Xingang REN (Anhui University)

Details of Session:

The emerging electromagnetic and optoelectronics problems involve the multiphysics process, such as nonlinear and quantum plasmonic, light-to-electricity conversion, optical-thermal process. This special issue aims to bring together with the lasted research on the multiphysics in EM and optoelectronics from theory, modeling to application. The topics of the issue include but are not limited to the following:

1). Simulation techniques in FDTD, MoM, TDIE, FEM, DGTD, DDM, and other hybrid methods etc. for multiphysics and multiscale problems;
2). Nonlinear and nonlocal response in electromagnetic, quantum plasmonic effect, plasmonic-thermal and plasmonic-electrical effect;
3). Theory, modeling, and application of multiphysics process in optoelectronics e.g. perovskite (organic) based solar cells, light emitting diodes and photodetectors;
4). Engineered materials e.g. metamaterials and topological insulators;
5). Other emerging multiphysics simulation and applications .

SS-07. Recent Advances on Computational Methods for Nanoscale Electromagnetics

Organized by Dr. Stéphane LANTERI (Inria) and Prof. Shinichiro OHNUKI (Nihon University)

Details of Session:

Numerical modeling and simulation of optical waves interaction with nanostructured materials has been the subject of many research activities in the recent years driven by a plethora of appealing and promising applications leveraging the peculiarities of the underlying physical phenomena, and boosted by the availability of increasingly powerful computing systems. This special session aims at presenting and discussing some of the recent contributions concerned with the development of advanced computational methods for solving the system of differential equations underlying nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics. Topics of interest are, in particular,  fast solvers for time-domain and frequency-domain problems, high order methods, reduced order modeling techniques, multiphysics couplings, inverse design strategies, and high performance computing algorithms.

SS-08. Efficient CEM Methods and Their Applications for Health Care

Organized by Prof. Shaoying HUANG (Singapore University of Technology and Design) and Dr. Yang LIU (Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics)

Details of Session:

The aim of this special session is to provide a platform for researchers to share their latest research on the efficient computational electromagnetic methods and their applications, especially in the field of health care. Relevant topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

1). Finite difference time domain;
2). Finite element method;
3). Integral equation methods and fast algorithms;
4). Hybrid method;
5). Characteristic mode theory;
6). CEM modeling for health care.

SS-09. Radio Propagation Modeling, Simulation and Statistical Analysis over Sea Surface

Organized by Prof. Tao JIANG (Harbin Engineering University) and Prof. Wanchun TANG (Nanjing Normal University)

Details of Session:

The modeling, computation and link prediction of wireless channels over the ocean plays an important role in the design of HF, UHF and microwave communication/radar systems. Sea surface is a special kind of rough surface that has the feature of time variant. Compared with traditional computational electromagnetic modeling and simulation, it has much more challenges such as modeling techniques, limited computational resource and massive statistical data post-processing that all require certain skills and experience. This special session will make the discussion on the above issues.

SS-10. Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification Techniques in EM

Organized by Prof. Xudong CHEN (National University of Singapore) and Dr. Abdulkadir C. YUCEL (Nanyang Technical University)

Details of Session:

The session welcomes all papers that are related to machine learning and uncertainty quantification techniques in solving electromagnetic problems. Both forward problems (CEM) and inverse problems are within the scope. The session aims at presenting frontier researches in the theories, computations, and applications of machine learning and uncertainty quantification techniques in EM fields. All types of machine learning algorithms are welcomed: supervised and semi-supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning. Likewise, all types of uncertainty quantification algorithms applied to EM are welcomed: the ones based on generalized polynomial chaos, stochastic collocation, tensor completion, Gaussian process, and multi-level Monte-Carlo methods, to name just a few.

SS-11. Modern Microwave Imaging Techniques and Applications

Organized by Prof. Xiong WANG (Shanghai Tech University) and Prof. Xiuzhu YE (Beijing Institute of Technology)

Details of Session:

Imaging methods and related applications are hot and important topics in microwave and electromagnetics. This special session intends to bring together leading experts working in microwave imaging and detection applications and to discuss recent developments as well as new challenges in these fascinating disciplines. Since modern microwave imaging methodologies involve interdisciplinary areas, this session covers the entire scope of microwave imaging and encourages novel hybrid imaging modalities. The topics include but are not limited to the following:

1). Microwave, millimeter wave and THz imaging and related diversified applications;
2). Inverse scattering method and its applications;
3). Numerical methods for electromagnetic imaging;
4). Applications of electromagnetic imaging in biomedical diagnosis, geophysical exploration, security check and microscopy;
5). Thermoacoustic imaging and photoacoustic imaging;
6). The implantation of electromagnetic imaging technique into hardware system.

SS-12. Domain Decomposition and Discontinuous Galerkin Methods

Organized by Prof. Qiang REN (Beihang University), Prof. Su YAN (Howard University), and Prof. Jiefu CHEN (University of Houston)

Details of Session:

This session “Domain Decomposition and Discontinuous Galerkin Methods” provides a forum for presentations of state-of-the-arts developments in the numerical modeling techniques in computational physics. The highly encouraged topics include, but not limited to domain decomposition strategy for IE based methods, FE and FD methods in both time and frequency domain, discontinuous Galerkin time domain method, etc.

SS-13. Advanced Numerical Methods in Electromgnetic Modelling and their Applications

Organized by Prof. Dazhi DING (Nanjing University of Science and Technology) and Prof. Zhenhong FAN (Nanjing University of Science and Technology)

Details of Session:

Time-domain or frequency domain numerical method for efficient analysis of electromagnetics problems, such as electromagnetic scattering, microwave circuit modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and so on.

SS-14. Electromagnetics and Food Industries

Organized by Dr. Eng Huat KHOO (Institute of High Performance Computing) and Dr. Hong Son CHU (Institute of High Performance Computing)

Details of Session:

The United Nations has presented a report to inform the world that there will be a serious food shortage and safety by 2030. Hence, food security and safety committee has been set up to use advanced technologies such as computational electromagnetic to increase food production and food science.

In this special session, we will invite speakers from the food industries and agencies to present their works on the impact of computational electromagnetic in food security and food safety. The scope of the special session include and not limited to the following:

1). Sensors and detection system using computational electromagnetic;
2). High-performance imaging systems in food industries;
3). Lighting in modern agriculture and aquaculture;
4). Computational electromagnetic modeling of plant science;
5). Impact of computational electromagnetic on food industrie.

SS-15. Multiple Scattering in Periodic Structures and Random Media

Organized by Prof. Shurun TAN (Zhejiang University/UIUC Institute) and Prof. Leung TSANG (University of Michigan)

Details of Session:

Wave scattering in periodic structures and random media involves many scatterers for volume scattering and many peaks, grooves, and valleys in surface scattering. The problem has extensive applications in remote sensing, metamaterials, photonic crystals, diffraction gratings, etc. Multiple scattering among scatterers can be important and account for interesting wave physics in such regime. Strong multiple scattering and long-range wave interactions lead to poor conditioning of the system, pose challenges to many solvers, and deteriorates the solution accuracy. In this special session, we seek contributions that address challenges in dealing with multiple scattering or examine novel physics and applications associated with multiple scattering.

SS-16. THz Device and System

Organized by Prof. Hang WONG (City University of Hong Kong) and Prof. Chi Hou CHAN (City University of Hong Kong)

SS-17. Time Domain Computational Electromagnetics and its Applications

Organized by Prof. Bing WEI (Xidian University)

SS-18. Building the Bridge between Computational Electromagnetics and Multiphysics with High Performance

Organized by Prof. Wen-Yan YIN (Zhejiang University)

SS-19. Advances in EM Simulation and its Applications

Organized by Prof. Xianchang YUE (Wuhan University) and Prof. Siyuan HE (Wuhan University)

SS-20. Complex Inverse Problems

Organized by Prof. Weng Cho CHEW (Purdue University), Prof. Maokun LI (Tsinghua Uinversity), and Mert Hidayetoglu (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

SS-21. Advanced Computational Techniques for Efficient EM Simulation of Large and Complex Problems

Organized by Prof. Raj Mittra (University of Central Florida) and Prof. Xinlei CHEN (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

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