The International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Conference serves as a forum for developers, analysts, and users of computational techniques applied to electromagnetic field problems for all frequency ranges. The symposium includes technical invited plenary and regular technical presentations, tutorials, and vendor booths. This year, ACES 2015 was held from March 22th to March 26th, 2015 at the Williamsburg Lodge, located in the heart of historic Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. .
Altair, represented by the technical leadership team for its FEKO™ electromagnetic analysis software suite, was the Platinum Sponsor of the conference. IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) and Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC-S) were the technical co-sponsors. As the General Chair for the conference, I would like to congratulate and thank our ACES 2015 planning team for attracting over 160 attendees representing 20 countries around the world! This was a tremendous accomplishment and I would like to also sincerely thank Dr. Uwe Schramm, Altair Chief Technical officer, for his insightful keynote address highlighting product development trends in applying multi-disciplinary optimization.
A special session on EM Modeling using FEKO was organized by me, and was co-chaired by Dr. Alan Fenn of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Papers in Special Session – EM Modeling Using FEKO included:
- Electromagnetic Environmental Effects on Aircraft with Composite Materials, Martin Vogel, Altair
- FEKO Simulation of Multi-Resonant Low-Profile PIFA, Christian W. Hearn, Weber State University
- 3D-Printed Conformal Microstrip Patch Array Antenna: Simulations and Measurements, A. J. Fenn, MIT Lincoln Lab
- Comparison of Various CEM Methods for Antenna Array Applications, Gopinath Gampala, Altair
- Design and Analysis of FSS Radomes, Gopinath Gampala, Altair
- Overview of the Latest Electromagnetic Solver Features in FEKO Suite 7.0, Ulrich Jakobus, Altair
- Non-Complementary Modulated Arm Width Spiral Design and Application, William N. Kefauver, Lockheed Martin
- Near-Field Scanning Characteristics of Focused Reflectarray Antennas, Payam Nayeri, Colorado School of Mines
- An Ultra-Wideband Absorber Backed Planar Slot Antenna, William O’Keefe Coburn, Army Research Lab
- Bandwidth Enhancement of Dipole Antennas using Parasitic Elements, Garrett R. Hoch, Colorado School of Mines
- Using Antenna Measurements in Numerical Simulations, Lars J. Foged, Microwave Vision Group
A total of 150 technical papers were presented over 26 sessions along with 11 regular tutorials and 3 vendor tutorials. Both regular and vendor tutorials were free to attend by all conference attendees. The following tutorials were organized highlighting FEKO and its applications:
- Advanced Electromagnetic Solution Techniques in FEKO, Dr. Ulrich Jakobus, VP of EM Solutions, Altair
- Antenna Design using Characteristic Mode Analysis, Dr. Martin Vogel, Principal Application Engineer, Altair
The conference banquet was held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The banquet gala started with the Fife and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg leading the group into the banquet hall. As attendees enjoyed the dinner, they were entertained by balladeers of Colonial Williamsburg. Conference attendees were also treated to a surprise guest – General George Washington, who led the revolutionary army against British forces! General Washington (portrayed by a knowledgeable actor) took questions from the audience.
Altair FEKO team has been actively participating in ACES activities for the past decade. Dr. Ulrich Jakobus and I have served on the ACES Board of Directors. I have also been elected by the members to the board this year again for a tenure of 3 years and as the Secretary of the Society. Dr. Jakobus was elected to the position of Vice President, congratulations! Looking forward to next year’s ACES Conference.