Reconfigurable Antennas and Arrays

Doctoral course
August 31 – September 04, 2015
University of Ulm
Ulm, Germany

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the design fundamentals of reconfigurable antennas and to show them some examples of current research developments.

Organized by:

  • European School of Antennas (Peter Hall)
  • School of Advanced Professional Studies (Hermann Schumacher)
  • Flexwin consortium (Luigi Boccia)

Course Description

  • Introduction
    Applications and design drivers
  • Reconfigurable antenna design and applications for low and high frequencies
    State of the art and challenges, Examples of research on mm-wave reconfiguration technologies
  • Introduction to components and analysis for reconfigurable antennas
    Introduction to components, Performance parameters for components, Microwave circuit and antenna analysis, System level behavioural models, Balanced to unbalanced converter technology, Active antennas
  • Phased array concepts and architectures
    Basic phased array theory (active impedance, scan blindness, etc), Phased array architectures (e.g. phase shifter, DBFN, MIMO)
  • MMIC introduction and design flow
    Types of Reconfiguration Devices and Technology, MMIC in antenna applications: system aspects and technology context, Introduction to MMIC, design process and strategies for re-configurability, DC bias and other considerations
  • Introduction to semiconductor technologies and devices
    Semiconductor technologies, Reconfigurable Si-Ge MMIC design, MMIC building blocks, including active and passive blocks needed for on-chip re-configurability
  • MMIC front ends
    MMIC functional blocks, Integrated front ends, Design examples, Packaging and integration
  • System integration
    Antenna types and feeds for highly integrated packages, Integration of devices into antennas, including surface mount, MMIC, LTCC, Interconnects and assembling issues, Packaging and thermal management


  • Prof. Giandomenico Amendola (University of Calabria, Italy)
  • Dr. Luigi Boccia (University of Calabria, Italy)
  • Tobias Chaloun (Ulm University, Germany)
  • Prof. Alex Feresidis (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Dr. Peter Gardner (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Menzel (Ulm University, Germany)
  • Prof. Hermann Schumacher (Ulm University, Germany)
  • Filipe Tabarani (Ulm University, Germany)
  • Prof. Christian Waldschmidt (Ulm University, Germany)

General information

25hrs of teaching - 6hrs of laboratory - 4hrs of personal exercises

- Antenna basic theory
- Familiarity with RF Systems, Microwave Circuits and RFIC

Additional Info:
the course gives 1.5 ECTS credits

Course location:
University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 45

Registration fee

  • Non-profit institution : € 450*
  • Profit institution: € 890*
  • Grants will be offered to 4 students (see: Application for a grant)

      *€ 10 discount for IEEE, IET and EuMA members