The fourth International Conference „Ultrawideband and Ultrashort Impulse Signals» (UWBUSIS’08)
was held in the beautiful Crimea city of great ancient history – Sevastopol, Ukraine, September 15-19, 2008.
The venue of the conference was one of the largest technical university of Ukraine, Sevastopol National Technical University. The reports about the previous meetings can be found in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, December 2002, pp. 92-94, February 2005, pp. 193-196.
The conference provided the international forum for discussing recent advances in theoretical investigations, computer modeling, experiments, technology, and applications of ultrawideband and ultrashort impulse signals. The conference first started as a workshop in 2002. It was organized due to joint efforts of Kharkov IEEE Joint Chapter and V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University. In 2002 we met 47 participants. Since then, the number of participants and scientists interested in UWB problems continually grows. The second UWBUSIS workshop (2004) attracted more than 100 participants and 97 contributed papers, the third one (2006) attracted 114 papers and 20 invited among them. This year the Technical Program Committee had invited 10 papers and accepted 80 contributed ones from Ukraine, Russia, USA, China, Poland, Australia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom and Mozambique. The Proceedings of the UWBUSIS’08 were prepared very professionally. It includes 80 papers of 283 pages.
The Conference was organized under the direction of Professor Nikolay Kolchigin from V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University and Professor Yakov Shifrin from Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics. The main organizers of the conference were as usually Kharkov IEEE Joint Chapter, Sevastopol National Technical University and the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, which is a well known academic centre of Ukraine founded as early as in 1804.
Co-organization and sponsorship of the UWBUSIS’08 Conference was fulfilled by the following organizations: the European Microwave Association (EuMA), Ukraine URSI Committee, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), AP-S IEEE, National Antenna Association of Ukraine, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Radio Astronomy Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU)], Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics of NASU.
The UWBUSIS’08 Conference was organized as a plenary session, and two parallel sessions for contributed papers. On plenary sessions the participants listened to the brilliant presentations of the famous specialists in the area of ultrawideband signals and in adjacent areas, namely: Prof. Carl E. Baum (USA), Prof. Alireza R. Baghai-Wadji (Australia), Prof. Igor Immoreev (Russia), Prof. Dmitriy Vavriv (Ukraine), Prof. Fedor Dubrovka (Ukraine), Prof. Victor Kravchenko (Russia), Prof. Yuriy Sirenko (Ukraine), Prof. Konstantin Lukin (Ukraine), Prof. Leonid Chernogor (Ukraine) and Prof. Anatoly Rutkas (Ukraine), Prof. Lev Astanin (Russia) (fig. 3-5).
The Conference provided a possibility for discussing recent advances in ultrawideband and ultrashort impulse signal problems on the following subjects:
- Theoretical investigations, numerical simulations;
- Generation, radiation, and receiving;
- Electromagnetic compatibility;
- Electromagnetic metrology;
- Propagation and scattering in natural and artificial materials (complex media, radio absorbers, bio materials, nano-structures, metamaterials etc.);
- Applications (communications, radar, GPR, medicine, etc.)
Each day we had a lot of interesting presentations and active discussions. The most interesting and bright discussions were caused by the papers presented by Prof. I. Immoreev on applications of UWB technology for human cardio-respiratory system, by Prof. D. Vavriv on mechanisms of the chaos onset in electronic circuits, and by Prof. A. Baghai-Wadji on the anatomy of Wannier functions in photonic structures.
A special gratitude should be expressed to EuMA for already two sponsoring the young scientist contest that undoubtedly helped promoting UWB among new generation of scientists.
Members of the award committee: Prof. D. Vavriv, Prof. Ya. Shifrin, Prof. N. Kolchigin, Prof. C. Baum, Dr. A. Baghai-Wadji, with section chairs considered presentations of 20 young scientists submitted for the contest. The committee came to the following decision:
1st award was given to group of young scientist for series of presentation about “Mode basis”. The group consists of B. Kochetov, M. Antufeeva, A. Butrym; (fig. 6)
Two 2nd awards were given to D. Vasylenko for presentation “Neural-genetic optimization applied to the design of UWB planar antennas” and to I. Serdyuk for presentation “Investigation of the dielectric cover influence on the microstrip antenna’s characteristics”; (fig. 7)
Three 3rd awards were given to I. Nelin for presentation “Comparison of two methods of generation of ultra wideband signals”, to V. Misaylov for presentation “Radioacoustic sounding with the use of wideband acoustic impulses” and to A. Dumin for presentation “Impulse irradiation of layered medium by the open end of circular waveguide”. (fig. 8)
Moreover the Organizing Committee with support of AP/C/EMC/SP Kharkov Joint Chapter of the Ukraine Section and National Antenna Association of Ukraine instituted prizes and diploma for young scientist. S. Lazorenko, D. Shyrokorad, E. Ustinenko, O. Kulikova and V. Ruban were awarded by these prizes (fig. 9).
Therefore young scientists had a opportunity to visit the lectures of Prof. Alireza Baghai-Wadji and Dr. Gennadiy Pochanin (fig. 10)
Organizing Committee arranged a good culture program. The banquet and welcome party were well organized to gather all the participants in a friendly, relaxed, and warm atmosphere. The participants had the opportunity to establish very important scientific contacts and discuss what problems will be of interest in future.
During the break day in the conference work the participants had opportunity to enjoy beauty of the Black Sea, walk around the ruins of ancient Greek city Chersones, Sevastopol’s sightseeings, and guiding tours to Balaklava city with visiting of “Crimean war” and “Museum of marine force” museums (fig. 12).
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the members of program and local organizing committees for successful organizing the meeting at high technical and scientific level, and for impressive culture program. The atmosphere and style of UWBUSIS’08 can be felt from some interesting photos (fig. 11-17).
Young Scientists Award Ceremony
We have gained a lot of pleasant memories at Conference about all of its aspects: scientific discussions, meetings with colleagues, a few days of stay in the nice city on the coast of the warm sea.
The organizers are very grateful to the sponsoring institutions, namely IEEE AP-S and EuMA, which made their great contribution to the success of the UWBUSIS’08 Conference. The organizers are also very thankful to the staff of the Sevastopol National Technical University for their hospitality and support.