AP-S Student Paper Competition

IEEE AP-S Student Paper Winners 2020

First Prize

Junho Park

of Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea with Wonbin Hong for

Optically Invisible Touch Sensor Panel Integrated Antenna: Concept and Demonstration at mmWave Spectrum

Second Prize

Stavros Vakalis

of Michigan State University, United States with Jeffrey Nanzer for

A Space-Time Modulated Distributed Antenna Array for Multiple Target Angle Estimation

Third Prize

Shen Lin

of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States with Zhen Peng for

Statistical Analysis of Information Transmission in Ray-Chaotic Enclosures: A Stochastic Green's Function Approach

IEEE AP-S Student Paper Finalists 2020

Analysis and Synthesis of Cylindrical Omega-Bianisotropic Metasurfaces with Mode Expansion
Xu Gengyu, University of Toronto

Plane-Wave Scattering off Sinusoidally-Modulated Metasurfaces with Normal Susceptibilities
Shaham Amit, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Modeling Radiation Reaction Induced Superradiance in Quantum Dot Systems
Lu Elliot, Michigan State University

A Space-Time Modulated Distributed Antenna Array for Multiple Target Angle Estimation
Vakalis Stavros, Michigan State University

Spacetime-Modulated Metasurface Camouflaging
Wang Xiaoyi, Polytechnique Montréal

Modeling of Volume Scattering in Bicontinuous Random Medium for Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Snow from 4 to 18 GHz
Zhu Jiyue, University of Michigan

Deep Integration of Power Amplifier-on-Antenna in Standard CMOS
Nallandhigal Srinaga Nikhil, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Statistical Analysis of Information Transmission in Ray-Chaotic Enclosures: A Stochastic Green’s Function Approach
Lin Shen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Optically Invisible Touch Sensor Panel Integrated Antenna: Concept and Demonstration at mmWave Spectrum
Park Junho, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Fast Method for Accelerating Convergence in Iterative Solution of Frequency-Domain Partial Differential Equation Methods
Xue Li, Purdue University

IEEE AP-S Student Paper Honorable Mention 2020

An Analytical Solution of the Electric Field Radiated by a Dipole Over a Layered Half-Space
Mohsen Eslami Nazari, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Explicit Solution of Time Domain Scalar Potential Surface Integral Equations for Penetrable Scatterers
Rui Chen, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

HF Radar Cross-Section of Ocean Surfaces With Arbitrary Wave Heights
Murilo Teixeira Silva, Memorial University of Newfoundland

A Phase Modulation Scheme for Super-Low Frequency Handheld Mechanical Antennas
Navid Barani, University of Michigan

Four-Element Polarization-Reconfigurable MIMO Antenna using Fluidics
Aditya Singh, Queen's university

Printed Half Bow-Tie Antenna Array With Four Linear Polarizations for UAV Applications
Ye-Yeong Jeong, Gyeongsang National University

Wideband Integrated Quad-Antenna Building Block for 5G 8×8 MIMO Smartphones
Libin Sun, Tsinghua University

Envelope Correlation Coefficient for Multiple MIMO Antennas of Mobile Terminals
Xide Mei, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Compact Substrate Integrated Choke Ring Ground Structure for High-Precision GNSS Applications
Ehsan Taghdisi, University of Alberta

Finite State Markov Modeling of Wideband Vehicular Channel
Junda Ye, Beijing Jiaotong University

A Quad-Polarization Horn Antenna with Wide Overlapped Operating Band
Ao Li, City University of Hong Kong

Guided and Leaky Mode Characteristics of Solid Dielectric Horn: Analytical and Numerical Solutions
Shreya Menon, Cochin University of Science & Technology

High-Isolation Dual-Polarized Antenna for Wideband Full-Duplex Systems
Maksim Kuznetcov, Heriot-Watt University

Transparent Circularly-Polarized Antenna with Tilted Beam for Vehicular Platforms
Alireza Gharaati, University of Alberta

A Heatsink Integrated Antenna with Controllable Electromagnetic and Thermal Performance
Jinqun Ge, University of South Carolina

3-D Printed Terahertz Lens with 2-D Near-Field Focus-Scanning Capability
Geng-Bo Wu, City University of Hong Kong

Broadside Radiation Problem in Leaky Wave Antennas: A Metasurface Perspective
Mohamed K Emara, Carleton University

Metasurface Specular Isolator
Guillaume Lavigne, Polytechnique Montreal

Printed Ridge Gap Waveguide Rotman Lens without Dummy Ports or Matching Loads for 5G
Nadeem Ashraf, Concordia University

Ray-Tracing Driven ANN Propagation Models for Indoor Environments at 28 GHz
Aristeidis Seretis, The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Filtering Leaky-Wave Antennas: Composition Principles, Design Considerations, and Multifunction Characteristics
Dongze Zheng, Polytechnique Montreal (University of Montreal)

Mm-Wave Beam Steering Antenna Based on Extended Hemispherical Lens Antenna Subarrays
Kiran Shila, University of South Florida

Shared-Aperture Enabled Integration of Sub-6 GHz and Millimeter-Wave Antennas for Future Multi-Functional Wireless Systems
Amirhossein Askarian, Poly-Grams Research Centre, Polytechnique Montreal

Dual-Band Dual-Polarized Slot Antenna Arrays with Wide Bandwidth
Junyi Huang, University of Central Florida

Active Excitation Tuning for Simultaneous Transmit and Receive Antennas
Alexander Hovsepian, Florida International University

A Single-Source Surface Impedance Formulation for Modeling Arbitrary Penetrable Media
Shashwat Sharma, University of Toronto

A Compact MTM-EBG-Enabled Common-Mode Filter Without A Defected Ground
Stuart Barth, University of Alberta

Pixel-Based Optimization of Touch Sensing Electrodes for Integration with 5G Antennas
Sameer Sharma, University of Toronto

Nested Reduction Algorithm for Generating H2-Matrix Representation of Electrically Large Surface Integral Operators from FMM
Chang Yang, Purdue University

Electromagnetic radiation pressure at the liquid-vapour interface
Cael Warner, University of British Columbia

Ka-band Full Polarization Reconfigurable 1D Beam Steering Staggered Butterfly Phased Array Antenna
Ghanshyam Mishra, San Diego State University

Nonlinear and Amplification Response with Asymmetric Graphene-based Coherent Perfect Absorbers
Tianjing Guo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ultra-low Power Beamforming Wideband OFDM Signal with Active GRIN Lens at 19 GHz
Sungmin Cho, POSTECH

A Regularized Electric Flux Volume Integral Equation for Brain Imaging
Clement Henry, Politecnico di Torino

IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition Rules and Guidelines

  1. General Information
    1. Only one student paper competition (SPC) submission per student is allowed.
    2. The student does NOT have to be a member of IEEE.
    3. For consideration in the student paper competition, the student must be the only student author, the first author on the paper, and a student at the time of paper submission. Each other co-author must submit a unique, signed letter on their institution’s letterhead indicating their title and that his/her contribution to the paper is primarily advisory. (For example, a paper with a student author and three co-advisors would have three unique letters submitted from the co-advisors at the time of submission.) Each letter must mention the student author by name. The signature must be hand-written or digitally signed; hand-signed letters should be scanned into PDFs. Typed names in the signature line will result in disqualification. The letters must be in PDF format, on institutional letterhead, and must be uploaded via this Web site at the time of paper submission. An advisor letter template is provided here.
    4. The student’s advisor and coauthors cannot be members of the IEEE AP-S SPC Committee.
    5. At least one letter on institution letterhead must certify that the lead author is a student at the time of paper submission. Generally this is provided by the student’s advisor. As detailed above, the letter must be hand- or digitally-signed. If the paper is sole-authored, a letter from the student’s advisor is still required.
    6. All SPC papers will be judged using a double-blind review process. In double-blind reviews, the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers in addition to the usual practice of having the identities of the reviewers withheld from the authors. Therefore, a student must submit two versions of the SPC paper to the Web site — one without any identifying information, including authors' names, affiliations, funding sources, etc., and one intended for publication in the Symposium proceedings that includes authors' names and affiliations, etc. Other than the identifying information, the two versions of the paper should be identical. For more information and guidelines regarding the preparation of an SPC paper, please see the following instructions.
    7. All SPC entries are automatically considered for placement in regular symposium sessions, depending on acceptance or rejection as determined in the review process. In other words, a second submission of the same paper is NOT needed to be considered for regular or special session placement.
  2. Preparation and Submission of Papers for Double Blind Review

    Please read the following instructions carefully before preparing a paper for submission. Failure to follow all instructions below will result in the removal of the paper from the competition and its placement in the regular submission paper pool.

    1. The double-blind review process requires that each student competitor upload two versions of their paper:
      1. A PDF version of the paper for double-blind review - no authors, institutions, funding sources, etc., in the text and no identifying attributes in the PDF file information (available by selecting "Properties..." in the File menu in Acrobat Reader). If the paper includes an Acknowledgements section, the text in that section must be removed to satisfy this requirement; the section title may remain to preserve paper formatting.
      2. A PDF version of the paper for inclusion for publication in the Symposium proceedings (exactly the same paper as in (a), but with authors, affiliations, funding sources, acknowledgements, etc., included).
    2. Authors must not use more than two (2) self-citations. Note that self-citations include any references by the coauthors. Authors must cite work only available in the open literature with an official publication date of January 1 of the year of the Symposium, or earlier. Self-citations to conference presentations or papers are NOT allowed. Work in review or on schedule to be published does not qualify as being in the open literature.
    3. Authors must avoid referring to their own work in the first person context in the submission text. As one example, authors should NOT describe their prior work with phrases like:

      "Previously [3], we presented an antenna that..."

      Instead, authors should refer to their work in the third person, for example:

      "Previously, Chen [3] presented an antenna that..."

      In this way, the full citation to Chen [3] can still be given, for example:

      [3] Chen, J., "Analysis of antenna with ..."

    4. Regarding reference lists:
      1. Authors must NOT remove the entire reference list;
      2. Authors must NOT leave out any references; and
      3. Authors must NOT replace the text of reference listings with anything that could indicate the reference refers to their prior work.
    5. Authors must prepare their submissions (both blinded and regular versions of the paper) as required by the Paper Submission Guidelines. The submission must be in the standard 2-page, 2-column APS Summary format and can only be submitted to APS topics (URSI one-page Abstracts or submission to URSI topics are not permitted).
    6. Upon submission authors are required to go through a checklist verifying that the rules and guidelines specified in this section have been followed. Completion of the checklist will be required in order to successfully submit the student paper into the competition. The checklist is as follows:
      • I verify that none of the co-authors on this paper are students, and that the uploaded letters for all co-authors indicate their job titles or positions. If I am the sole author, a letter from my advisor is included to certify that I am a student.
      • I verify that all submitted letters have been hand-written or digitally signed.
      • I verify that I have removed the author listing, author affiliations, and funding acknowledgments and any other author- or institution-identifying information from the blind version of the paper.
      • I verify that all references to all prior work (including my own and that of other coauthors) are made in the third person.
      • I verify that no more than two self-citations are included in the references, that no more than two instances of self-citations are used in the paper and understand that self-references include any of my coauthors.
      • I verify that all references cited have been published officially in the public domain/open literature on or before January 1 of the year of the Symposium and none are conference papers or presentations.
    7. Failure to follow all instructions will result in the removal of the paper from the competition and its placement in the regular submission paper pool. Due to the timeline of the review process, no resubmissions or corrections are permitted.

A sample paper has been provided in its two versions. The first paper shows the paper submitted for the regular program, while the second paper shows the paper submitted for the double blind review evaluation.

Questions regarding the preparation and submission of papers for the competition should be directed to the AP-S Student Paper Competition Committee at spc@2020apsursi.org.

  1. Evaluation of Written Submissions
    1. A panel of reviewers from the Society’s membership including researchers from industry, laboratories, and universities is assembled to evaluate all qualifying SPC submissions.
    2. Three independent double-blind reviews for each submission from a selected panel of reviewers who are experts in the student's field of study and who are not associated with the student in any way are obtained. A double-blind review process is used as described above. At least two of the reviewers must indicate the submission is acceptable for a paper to be accepted into the competition. Note that faculty advisors and other collaborators with students in the competition are not permitted to serve as reviewers or SPC committee members in the competition.
    3. The written submission evaluation criteria are:
      1. Quality of written paper (e.g., clarity, organization, figure size, style, etc.)
      2. Sufficient depth and breadth of research work
      3. Innovation and impact of research work
      4. Verification and/or validation of results reported in paper
    4. Upon completion of all of the reviews, the SPC Committee assembles a list of the top papers based solely on the numerical scores obtained in the reviews. Student authors of the top-scoring papers will be invited as Finalists to the poster presentation phase of the contest. Also designated by this process is a list of student authors recognized as Honorable Mentions. Students designated as Finalists and Honorable Mentions will be provided with a monetary award to help defray travel expenses associated with Symposium attendance, which is collected at the Symposium upon successful completion of their presentation. Finalist and Honorable Mention student competitors who are unable to attend the Symposium for any reason are not eligible to receive this monetary award. Awardees are still eligible to receive the award even if they have graduated since their paper was submitted. The awards are also not awardable to any substitute presenters of the student papers. Finalists also receive additional funds to defray the costs associated with the fabrication of the posters for the SPC Finalist Poster Session. All applicable taxes are the responsibility of the award recipient. All recipients will be required to complete and physically sign (digital signatures are not permitted) a United States Internal Revenue Service Form W-8 or W-9 before award funds will be disbursed.
    5. Each selected finalist must be registered for the Symposium and must attend and present their paper to the judges for award consideration. Finalists are also required to prepare a poster for their paper, which will be presented in the Finalist Poster session as described below.
  2. Evaluation of Finalist Poster Presentations
    1. All student finalists will present their papers during a poster session held during the Symposium. Finalists are required to be present at their posters during this entire duration of the poster session, with exceptions made in cases where the poster session conflicts with the scheduled presentation of the paper in the regular Symposium program. In these cases, the student will leave the poster session to present their paper and the return to the poster session upon the completion of their presentation.
    2. The SPC Committee assembles a panel of several individuals from the Society's membership who will judge the oral poster presentations during SPC poster session. The SPC Committee will determine the exact composition of the judging panel before the presentation session, and will ensure that the expertise of the judging panel reflects the wide range of technical topics across the field of interest of the Society.
    3. Each judge is provided with a score sheet that lists the names of all presenters with paper titles. After reviewing all poster presentations, the judges score the presentations based on the following criteria:
      1. Quality of presentation (e.g., clarity, organization, figure size/arrangements, style, etc.)
      2. Sufficient depth and breadth of research work
      3. Innovation and impact of research work
      4. Verification and/or validation of results reported
    4. The SPC Committee tallies the scores submitted by the judges and determines the total score for each competitor. The competitor having the highest total score will be designated the first place winner, the second highest total score will be designated the second place winner, and the third highest score will be designated the third place winner.
    5. In the event of a tie for first, second, or third place, the SPC Committee, in consultation with the final judging panel, will meet and make the tie-breaking decisions.
  3. Awards
    1. The SPC Committee Chair or their designate will announce the first, second and third place winners at the Symposium's Annual Awards Ceremony.
    2. A monetary award and a certificate/plaque will be given to each student paper competition winner. The monetary awards are $700 for first place, $500 for second place, and $300 for third place.
    3. All applicable taxes are the responsibility of the award recipient. All recipients will be required to complete and sign a United States Internal Revenue Service Form W-8 or W-9 before award funds will be disbursed.
    4. The primary distribution method for the monetary awards will be by check, available for pickup at the Symposium. Wire transfers can also be arranged, but awardees should anticipate at least 6 weeks of processing time after the conclusion of the Symposium.