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  • This 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference has an open scientific program composed of submitted papers within the domains covered by all ten Commissions of URSI including the Topics of Interest as outlined in the Call for Papers.
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AT-RASC 2015 Programme

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  • Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening

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General Lectures

  • Monday May 18, 2015
    "What did Maxwell do and how did he do it: An overview of Maxwell's Treatise".
    Arthur Yaghjian, Research Consultant, United States
  • Tuesday May 19, 2015
    “Energy-efficient textile antenna systems for body-centric communication and sensing”
    Hendrik Rogier, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Wednesday May 20, 2015
    “Bioelectromagnetics as applied to implantable devices and neurostimulation: from an artificial retina to restore vision to the blind, to cortical and peripheral neurostimulators”
    Gianluca Lazzi, University of Utah, United States
  • Thursday May 21, 2015
    “Remote sensing of ocean salinity”
    David M. Le Vine, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
  • Friday May 22, 2015
    “Time-reversal physics and innovation”
    Mathias Fink, Institut Langevin, France

URSI AT-RASC 2015 - Special Sessions

The programem for AT-RASC 2015 will be made up by sessions composed of submitted papers and grouped arround specific themes. Besides these sessions, there are also a number of "Special Sessions" defined, which call upon submisisons of papers on these sepcific topics. Some of these sessions stress the multi-disciplinary character of AT-RASC and cover a topic which is of interest to one or more Commissions. These Special Sessions are listed below and are available for selection when submitting your paper.

If supported by more than one Commission, a special session will appear on the submission page under the leading Commission only. Special sessions are preceded by the “S-“ to distinguish them from regular sessions.

Commission A

  • S-AD “Wireless power transmission and energy harvesting (COST IC1301)”
    Organizers: Pedro Cruz, Apostolos Georgiadis, Hendrik Rogier

Commission B

  • S-B1 “Novel mathematical methods in electromagnetics”
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Kazuya Kobayashi, YuryShestopalov
  • S-B2 “Electromagnatic inverse scattering”
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Matteo Pastorino, Ehud Heyman
  • S-B3 “Advances in super-resolution electromagnetic imaging”
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Lianlin Li, Weixiang Jiang
  • S-B4 “Photonic and microwave metamaterials”
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Yang Hao, Martin Olivier, Nikolay Zheludev
  • S-B5 “Computational techniques and EM field simulators”
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Shinichiro Ohnuki, Vladimir Okhmatovski

Commission C

  • S-C1-ISSSE "Energy-efficient cognitive radio communications"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Yves Louet, YvanDuroc
  • S-C2-IC1004 "Smart and efficient wireless networks and technologies towards 5G and beyond"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Alain Sibille and Sana Salous

Commission D

  • S-D "Photonics in the International Year of Light"
    Organizer: Gunter Steinmeyer
    Co-Chairs: Gunter Steinmeyer, Apostolos Georgiadis

Commission E

  • S-EB "High-power electromagnetics"
    Organizer and Co-Chair: David V. Giri
  • S-EC "Time reversal in electromagnetic environments: theory and applications"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Farhad Rachidi, Marcos Rubinstein
  • S-EF1 "Understanding microwave processing of materials"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Innocenzo Pinto, Vincenzo Fiumara
  • S-EF2 "Statistical methods in electromagnetics"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Luk Arnaut, Gabriele Gradoni
  • S-EAB "Chaos and complexity in electromagnetics"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Steven Anlage, Stephen Creagh, Gregor Tanner

Commission F

  • S-F1 "Application of polarization and waveform diversity radars in remote sensing"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Madhu Chandra, Andreas Danklymayer
  • S-F2 "Disaster management: modern methods and its technical challenges on radar remote sensing"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: TullioTanzi, Madhu Chandra
  • S-F3 "Advanced concepts in propagation and remote sensing of precipitation from earth and space"
    Organizer: V. Chandrasekar
    Co-Chairs: V. Chandrasekar, Luca Baldini, Dmitri Moisseev

Commission G

  • S-G1 "Assimilative modeling and the global ionosonde network"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Ivan Galkin, Dieter Biliza
    A joint session of URSI's Ionosonde Network Advisory Group (INAG) and International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) will focus on development of assimilative modeling techniques that use ionogram-derived data, both in real-time and retrospectively, in high-to-low latitudes, to produce local and particularly global 2D and 3D specifications of the ionospheric weather based on the IRI and other formalisms. We invite presentations that discuss challenges, outcomes, and validations of such data assimilation to highlight emerging role of the ionosonde network in the space weather domain, a vision of its future, and new practices and applications of the IRI extensions.
  • S-G2-"Ionospheric effects on GNSS systems at low-latitudes"
    Co-organizers and Co-Chairs: Sandro Radicella, Patricia Doherty.
    Description: Large variations in ionospheric delays are localized irregularities caused by ionospheric dynamics are a common feature at low latitudes and they affect in a peculiar way the radio frequencies used in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) operations. The effects of ionospheric variability on GNSS covers signal group delay, scintillation and Faraday rotation. In recent years, the investigation of these effects has increased dramatically in those countries that are under the low latitude ionosphere. The scope of this session is to encourage scientists working in the field to present their most recent results on the low latitude effects on GNSS operations.
  • S-GF "GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment)"
    Organiser and Chair: Giorgiana De Franceschi
    Description: This session solicits contributions in all area of radio sciences focusing on: high latitudes/ bi-polar multi-instruments (ground and space based) monitoring and investigation of neutral and ionized atmosphere and detection of disturbances coming from the outer space impacting on technological systems, in particular on GNSS. Contributions are welcome on ionospheric imaging, irregularities and scintillation models, scintillation climatology, TEC (Total Electron Content) mapping tools, WV (Water Vapor) content and its effects at tropospheric levels. Papers dealing with data management strategy and e-infrastructures available to support investigations and models development are also welcome. Moreover, contributions are appreciated showing the ionospheric impact on different applications from positioning, to space weather, to solid Earth and polar cap dynamics investigation, etc...
  • S-GH "Modeling geospace boundaries and the need for radio science observations"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Tim Fuller-Rowell, Aaron Ridley
    Description: Many of the consequences of ionospheric plasma on operational systems in Earth's geospace are a consequence of steep gradients at boundaries. Examples of these boundaries are the the plasmapause, the edges of plasma bubbles, gradients at the edges of storm enhanced densities, the polar cap, or the auroral oval. Modeling these boundaries and their impact requires understanding, capturing, and modeling many physical processes and requires the coupling to the neutral atmosphere in which the plasma is embedded. It also requires understanding the response to the forcing from the magnetosphere and the lower atmosphere. To constrain the ionospheric modeling requires observations at frequencies from HF, which depend on the plasma for reflection and communication, to L-band, where the plasma boundaries present at best a nuisance and at worst a hazard. Papers are requesting addressing advances in ionospheric modeling, and in particular how modeling the Geospace system is dependent on radio science measurements for development, verification, and testing.

Commission H

  • S-H "Space radio weather: the radio subdomain of space weather"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Mauro Messerotti, Viviane Pierrard
    Description: Specific plasma processes occurring in the Solar atmosphere, in the Heliosphere and in the Geospace originate a variety of radio emissions in a variety of wavelength bands and at a variety of time scales. The time evolution of this ensemble of radio waves characterises the Space Radio Weather, i.e. the radio-quiet to radio-loud state of the radio spectrum relevant to the space domain. The monitoring, modelling and forecasting of space-originated radio emissions and their interaction with plasma through various physical mechanisms have manifold goals, that range from getting insights of the underpinning plasma processes, radio emissions and propagation processes to the study of Space-Radio-Weather-originated effects. One of the major plasma processes in Space Radio Weather is the wave-particle interaction that plays a key role in the physics of the Radiation Belts and lead to generation of radio waves, acceleration and precipitation of energetic particles. These processes can strongly affect the operation and security of space assets.
    This session is open to contributions on all the relevant topics related to radio waves in space physics, such as: solar radio physics; solar wind; magnetosphere and ionosphere physics; heliospheric physics. Special emphasis is expected to be given about the state-of-the-art monitoring, modelling and forecasting Space Radio Weather as a key tile in the framework of Space Weather, and the impacts of Space Radio Weather on human activities.
  • S-HG "Highly-Transient Space Plasma Events"
    Co-Conveners and Co-Chairs: Guru Ganguli, Christine Hartzell, John Mathews
    Description: This session includes the EM (e.g., EMP generation) and plasma as well as high energy density physics effects of hypervelocity impacts of space debris and meteoroids on spacecraft, the role of the micrometeoroid processes (e.g., sputtering, fragmentation, ablation) and flux on the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, and other related highly-transient phenomena. The session also includes topics addressing space situational awareness through direct detection of orbital debris using radar or telescope or indirect means based on charged debris interaction with the ambient plasma.

Commission J

  • S-JC1 "Realtime data processing"
    Co-chairs: Andrew Siemion (Com. J), TBD (Com. C)
  • S-JC2 "Big data and CO-DATA – archives, accessibility, metadata"
  • S-JG "Ionospheric models and their validation"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Stefan Wijnholds (Com. J), Richard Schilizzi (Com. J), Sean Elvidge (Com. G)
    Description: The ionosphere has a profound effect on the propagation of radio waves, making measurements of distortions of RF signals an effective tool for ionospheric research. These same distortions hamper ground-based radio astronomical observations of cosmic source structure and position, in particular at frequencies below 1 GHz. Radio astronomers are, therefore, using different ionospheric models to reduce the number of parameters required for calibration of instrumental and environmental effects affecting their observations. In turn this calibration process provides information on the ionospheric conditions above the array, such as turbulence scales, TID wavelengths and TID velocity. This session aims to bring low-frequency radio astronomers and ionospheric researchers together to stimulate cross-fertilization between these two fields with emphases on the modelling of RF propagation through the ionosphere, the ionospheric models themselves and validation of those models.
  • S-JCD "Radio astronomy systems and enabling components"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Arnold van Ardenne (Com. J), Amir Zaghloul (Com. C) , Apostolos Georgiadis (Com. D)

Commission K

  • S-K "EMF methods of exposure assessment"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Joe Wiart, Luc Martens, Wout Joseph
  • S-KBE "Stochastic methods and techniques in radio science"
    Organizers and Co-Chairs: Joe Wiart, Luk Arnault

Tentative Schedule