14 December, Wednesday (Day 1) Room A (Zoom ID: 988 2771 8851


Dielectric Resonator Antenna Array Topologies for 5G Wireless Communications

Diego Caratelli, The Antenna Company


An Approach of Optical Transparent Antenna Design and its Applications

Zhi Zeng, Sunway Communication


Genetic optimization of Compact Antenna Test Range Reflector Edge Treatment

Marc Dirix, Antenna Systems Solutions S.L.


The Application of TDOA Technology in the Diagnosis of the Quiet Zone of the CATR

Jiaying Zhang, Shanghai EM-testing Co., Ltd

Diego Caratelli

Diego Caratelli (SMIEEE’19) was born in Latina, Italy, in 1975. He received the Laurea (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering and the M.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) in applied mathematics from the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in 2000, 2004, and 2013, respectively.

From 2005 to 2007, he was a Research Fellow with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome. From 2007 to 2013, he was a Senior Researcher with the International Research Center for Telecommunications and Radar, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. From 2015 to 2019, he was an Associate Professor with the Institute of Cybernetics, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia. In 2013, he co-founded The Antenna Company, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he is currently the Chief Technology Officer / Vice-President of Engineering and is responsible for product development, program portfolio management, and technical direction of the engineering team. Since 2020, he has been an Associate Professor with the Group of Electromagnetics in Wireless Telecommunications, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He has authored or coauthored more than 225 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He holds 27 families of patents in antenna-related technologies and advanced computational techniques. His current research interests include the full-wave analysis and design of passive devices and antennas for satellite, wireless, and radar applications, the development of analytically based numerical techniques devoted to the modeling of wave propagation and diffraction processes, the theory of special functions for electromagnetics, the deterministic synthesis of sparse antenna arrays, and the solution of boundary-value problems for partial differential equations of mathematical physics.

Dr. Caratelli is currently a member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the Italian Electromagnetic Society (SIEm), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was a recipient of the Young Antenna Engineer Prize at the 32nd European Space Agency Antenna Workshop and the 2010 Best Paper Award from ACES. He was a co-recipient of the Frost and Sullivan Best Practices Award for technology innovation in advanced antennas for wireless communications in 2016. He is the Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Advanced Antenna Array Development for mm-Wave Communications of Hindawi International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, as well as of the Special Issue on Theory and Applications of Special Functions in Mathematical Physics of MDPI Symmetry.

Zhi Zeng


The optical transparent antenna uses transparent polymer materials, glass and other transparent media materials as the base material, and realizes the non-visualization of antenna radiator and transmission line through the precise circuit metallization process. The optical transparent antenna can be installed on the screen and glasses of smart phones, augmented reality and game devices, as well as other scenes with higher requirements for the concealment of the antenna and the overall industrial design of the product. Due to the need to consider the electromagnetic and optical properties such as radiation pattern, impedance matching, transparency, etc., optical transparent antennas put forward higher requirements on their materials, design, and processing technology. This report has studied the radiator and transmission line design theory, dielectric materials, line processing technology and other aspects of optical transparent antenna, proposed a design method of optical transparent antenna based on metal grid technology, and designed optical transparent antenna working in Sub-6GHz and 28GHz frequency bands respectively, with the transparency of more than 90% and radiation efficiency of more than 60%, basically meeting the operating requirements.


Zhi Zeng received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). He is currently the Head of Radio Frequency Research Institute in Sunway Communication’s Central Research Institute.

Email: Zhi.Zeng@sz-sunway.com

Tel.: 18682318525

Marc Dirix


Using Direct far-field (DFF) for over the air (OTA) testing at sub-6 GHz bands has become the baseline test methodology. With addition of 5G New Radio (NR) rollout and their integration of mm-wave massive multiple input multiple output (Massive MIMO) as well as complex waveforms for communication system testing and primary Figure of Merrit (FoM), the Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) has been adopted as the preferred test solution. The CATR, initially conceived as a way for testing electrically large antennas at short distances than the usual far-field distance would dictate is now adapted for typically smaller sized measurement setups, both in terms of quiet zone (QZ) size as well as anechoic environment. In these smaller sized measurement setups as well as mm-wave the edge treatment becomes ever more important and wall illumination are significant factors in determining the quality and purity of the collimated pseudo plane-wave. Using modern powerful digital computational simulation techniques in combination with genetic optimization, the edge treatment can be evolved for a specific CATR application as part of the design process for a range of reflector edge treatments. In this talks the optimization of both blended rolled edge (BRE) and serrated edge reflectors is discussed and their respective wall illumination is discussed in detail. Resulting QZ performances are discussed in detail and contrasted.


Marc Dirix received the PhD in information and communication technology by the RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2018. Previously, he had received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Information and Communication Technology by the same University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. During 2004 to 2015, he worked as a researcher and teacher at the Institute of High Frequency Technology of the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where his main research topics were antenna measurements and material characterisation. In 2004, he has founded the Marc Dirix /RF company which focuses on material measurement automation for RF applications. In 2014, Marc was involved on the ESA funded EAML VIII project. In 2018, he joined Antenna Systems Solutions S.L. as application engineer and project manager where he is working developing antenna measurement systems ranging from micro- to mm-wave for the commercial and research market with reference customers worldwide, such as Saab, Viasat Antenna Systems, Telecom Italia, Université Sophia Antipolis

Marc has tenths of publications in antenna measurements and material characterisation and presented papers in international workshops, congresses and symposiums, such as; Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA), European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP), Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC), ESA Antenna Workshop on Antenna and Free Space RF Measurements as well as in renowned journals such as IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation (TAP).

He has an outstanding experience in managing and developing projects related to antenna measurements and characterisation; Compact Antenna Test Ranges and Near-Field systems, as well as antenna measurements automation. He is fully aware of the technical disciplines relevant to this project thanks to his 10+ years of professional background and experience.

Jiaying Zhang


This presentation will be focused on the compact antenna test range system, including the design, quiet zone results and diagnostic tools. We would like to share some recent quiet-zone measurement results, especially for base station antenna application at low frequencies. Analysis of time and direction of arrival (TDOA) of field probe data was used as diagnostic tool to locating various stray signals incident in quiet-zone. By this method, the relative time and angular location of stray source can be determined.


Jiaying Zhang received the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. She is currently the technical director of the Shanghai EM-testing Co., Ltd. She has 15 years of experience in antenna measurement, focusing on the near-field systems, far-field systems, compact antenna test Ranges, radar simulation range. She holds more than 50 patents and pending in the antenna measurement area.