Content of the Courses and ESoA Diagram

The diagram reported here presents an overall view of the ESoA courses. The position of the courses is related to their content. The vertical axis ranges from analysis to design and the horizontal axis ranges from theory to wireless systems through applications. Broadly speaking, the diagram could be divided in two parts from a bisector diagonal from the upper-left to the lower-right corner.
The courses positioned in the lower part (analysis and theory) are more devoted to students interested in basic research (like academic PhD students) and the ones in the upper part (design, applications and systems) are more appealing for industrial PhD students or post-graduate students oriented toward the industrial applications. Small overlapping of topics can occur and serves to guarantee a uniform continuity to this unitary framework.
The courses of theory and analysis (lower/left part of the diagram) have the main objective to give to the PhD students the advanced concept on the analysis method for antenna and electromagnetic scattering problems and the basic and advanced knowledge for developing software tools for antenna modelling. These courses synthesize all the modern computational techniques based on integral equations (method of moments), and on differential equations (finite difference time domain and finite element methods), as well as on the high-frequency and hybrid techniques based on asymptotic methods. The basic methodologies are completed by a course about antenna synthesis and optimization and by three courses about measurements techniques.
The courses in the upper/right part of the diagram are more concerned with antenna design and wireless systems. These course provide to the students design methods inside the application framework (upper/right corner) of radio wireless fixed and mobile communications, radar, remote sensing, aeronautics and space, transport, security, with special emphasis on
  • System for mobile communications and propagation channels in urban environment;
  • MIMO systems;
  • Cooperative communications;
  • Space systems of communications.
The courses on antenna design (upper/left corner) advanced issues on the classical antenna typologies like reflector antennas and feed-horns, lens antennas, phased array antennas, planar and conformal antennas, travelling wave antennas. Furthermore, they include the emerging antenna technology as a matter of research with special emphasis on
  • Active and integrated antennas;
  • Multibeam and adaptive antennas;
  • Antenna with digital beamforming;
  • Ultrawideband antennas;
  • EBG and metamaterial antennas;
  • Compact antennas;
  • Fractal antennas.