USNC National Radio Science Meeting, Jan 9-12, 2019, U. Colorado at Boulder

National Radio Science Meeting

January 9-12, 2019

University of Colorado at Boulder

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This open scientific meeting is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The USNC-URSI is appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and represents U.S. radio scientists in URSI. Through technical co-sponsorship of the meeting by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, authors will have their choice of submitting one-page abstracts that are not archived on IEEE Xplore, or two-page summaries that are archived on IEEE Xplore. At least one author is required to register for each presented abstract or summary. Papers must be presented for their corresponding summaries to be archived on IEEE Xplore. Abstracts or summaries on any topic in the interest area of a Commission are welcome. Contact the appropriate USNC-URSI Commission Chair listed below or visit the meeting website for further information.

Meeting Plenary Highlights
(1) SmartAg: Technology and Innovation Applied to the Agro-Food Supply Chain
(2) Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in 2030
Contacts: Eric Mokole (Commission C Chair),
Jeff Mangum (Commission J Chair),
USNC-URSI Chair: Sembiam R. Rengarajan, (818) 677-3571,
USNC-URSI Secretary: Michael H. Newkirk, (240) 228-6976,

COMMISSION A, Electromagnetic Metrology
Jeanne Quimby, 303-497-4217,

Bioeffects and medical applications
EM-field metrology
EMC and EM pollution
Impulse radar
Interconnect and packaging
Microwave to submillimeter measurements/standards
Millimeter-wave and sub-mm wave communications
Planar structures and microstrip circuits
Quantum metrology and fundamental concepts
Time and frequency
Time domain metrology

COMMISSION B, Fields and Waves
Jamesina Simpson, 801-585-6929,

Antenna arrays
Antenna theory, design and measurements
Cognitive radio
Complex media (metamaterials, bandgap structures, biological and geophysical media, and others)
Educational methods and tools
Electromagnetic interaction and coupling
Guided waves and waveguiding structures
High-frequency techniques
Inverse scattering and remote sensing
Microstrip and printed devices and antennas
Nonlinear electromagnetics
Numerical methods (differential- and integral-equation based, hybrid and other techniques)
Propagation phenomena and effects
Rough surfaces and random media
Theoretical electromagnetics
Transient fields, effects, and systems
Ultra-wideband electromagnetics
Wireless communications

COMMISSION C, Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing
Eric L. Mokole, 703-983-3349,

Cognitive radio
Computational imaging and inverse methods
Distributed sensor networks
Physics-based signal processing
Radar systems
Radar target detection, localization, and tracking
Sensor array processing and calibration
Signal processing for radar remote sensing
Statistical signal processing of waves in random media
Synthetic aperture and space-time processing

COMMISSION D, Electronics and Photonics
Negar Ehsan, 301-286-8406,

Electronic devices, circuits, and applications
Photonic devices, circuits, and applications
Physics, materials, CAD, technology and reliability of electronic and photonic devices, in radio science and telecommunications
Wide bandgap materials

COMMISSION E, Electromagnetic Environment and Interference
Larry Cohen, 202-404-7726,

Communication in the presence of noise
Effects of natural and intentional emissions on system performance
Electromagnetic compatibility in: computational electromagnetics, education, measurement technologies, standards, and radiation hazards
High-power electromagnetic effects of transients on electronic systems
Spectrum management and utilization

COMMISSION F, Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
Kamal Sarabandi, 734-936-1575,

Point-to-point propagation effects:
Measurements Mobile/fixed paths
Propagation models Horizontal/slant paths
Multipath/mitigation Surface/atmosphere interactions
Land or water paths Numerical weather prediction
Scattering/diffraction Dispersion/delay
Indoor/outdoor links Natural/man-made structures
Microwave remote sensing of the earth:
Atmospheric sensing Ocean and ice sensing
Field campaigns Interferometry and SAR
Subsurface sensing Scattering/diffraction
Radiation and emission Propagation effects
Urban environments Soil moisture & terrain
Propagation and remote sensing in complex and random media

COMMISSION G, Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
Attila Komjathy, 818-393-6828,

Ionospheric imaging
Ionospheric morphology
Ionospheric modeling and data assimilation
Meteoroids and orbital debris
Radar and radio techniques for ionospheric diagnostics
Space weather – radio effects
Transionospheric radio propagation and systems effects

COMMISSION H, Waves in Plasmas
Robert C. Moore, 352-392-0634,

Chaos and turbulence in plasmas
Plasma instabilities
Spacecraft-plasma interactions
Solar/planetary-plasma interactions
Space as a research laboratory
Wave-wave and wave-particle interactions
Waves in space and laboratory plasmas

COMMISSION J, Radio Astronomy Jeff Mangum, 434-296-0347,

Cosmology and Astrophysics at Low Frequencies
Radio Emission from Extrasolar Planets
Next Generation Very Large Array Design and Development
New Telescopes, Techniques and Technology
Observatory Reports

COMMISSION K, Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine
Majid Manteghi, 540-231-6834,

Biological effects
Body-area networks
Dosimetry and exposure assessment
Electromagnetic imaging and sensing applications
Human body interactions with antennas and other electromagnetic devices
Medical devices
Therapeutic, rehabilitative and other biomedical applications

Prizes will be awarded to three student papers. Awards will be made for First Prize in the amount of $1000, Second Prize at $750, and Third Prize at $500. The deadline for submission of full papers on the meeting website is September 17, 2018. Please see for additional information, or contact the Student Paper Chair, Prof. Erdem Topsakal, Dept. of ECE, Virginia Commonwealth University, Student papers and awards will be presented at the Plenary Session on Thursday morning, January 10, 2019. Student Paper Competition participants will have the option of submitting their full papers for publication in a special section of the journal Radio Science.

The organizers of this meeting require the use of electronic submission. Details and instructions may be found at the conference website, Authors may choose to submit to special sessions in addition to the general topics listed above. A list of special sessions will be available on the conference website. All abstracts or summaries must be submitted online by Monday, September 17, 2018. If you have any questions on abstract/summary submission or the technical program, please direct them to the USNC-URSI Secretary, at Abstracts must have a minimum of 250 words. You will not be able to submit an abstract that does not meet the minimum length requirements. After abstract or summary submission is complete, please note that registration is required to attend any session of the meeting or to present a paper. More information about USNC-URSI is available at
Questions about the conference: For questions concerning conference logistics, please contact: Christina Patarino, Phone: (303) 492-5151, Fax: (303) 492-5959, E-mail:

Abstract / Summary Submissions
Student Paper Competition Submissions
are due by September 17, 2018
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