Program at a GlanceKeynote SpeakersWorkshop Profiles

Technical Program Highlights

Over 120 technical papers were presented from delegates representing over 20 countries.

True to its theme "Bridging Science, Technology & Applications," the Congress presented the latest scientific advancements and technological developments with particular emphasis on existing and potential applications. Specific examples of important and cutting edge work presented include:

  • Reduction of Energy Usage and Emissions in Polymer Manufacturing
  • Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Fuel Cell Membranes
  • Microwave Plasma Technologies for Development of Biomaterials
  • Image Formation Algorithms for Microwave Imaging
  • Electromagnetic Induction Heating for Ultra Shallow Junction Formation.

Other papers presented cover a broad variety of topics: sintering; chemistry; ceramics; materials processing; moisture measurement; medical applications; electromagnetic field exposure effects; RF measurements; magnetic field processing; adhesive curing; drying of complex and difficult to dry materials; printed circuit board assemblies; design of and components for industrial microwave & RF systems; new industrial applications; materials processing including wood, polymers; carbon fibers; insect destruction in wood; and more.

In addition, several papers presented overviews of key applications in which microwave and RF technologies have made significant contributions:

  • Medicine
  • Agriculture
  • Timber Industry
  • Organic Wastes
  • Semiconductor Processing
  • Food Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry.
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Program at a Glance

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Sunday 22 September 2002 Monday 23 September 2002

8:00 – 9:00
Workshop Registration

9:00 – 16:00
Workshop I
Human Exposure to Electromagnetic
Fields - Understanding the issues and a
hands-on approach to the assessment of
Workshop II
Electromagnetic Modeling for Microwave
and RF Processing
Workshop III
Hands-on Short Course on
High-Power Microwave Processing

14:00 – 19:00
Conference Registration

17:30 – 19:00

Welcome Reception

8:30 – 8:45
Welcome, Opening Remarks

9:00 – 11:00

Oral Sessions
M1A Industrial Applications I
Session Chair: B. Krieger
M1B Chemistry & Organic Materials I
Session Chair: S. Bradshaw
M1C Microwave & RF Plasmas
Session Chair: R. Boswell

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30
Oral Sessions
M2A Systems & Diagnostics
Session Chair: J. Gerling
M2B Inorganic Materials I
Session Chair: D. Atong
M2C Semiconductors & ElectronicsSession Chair: TBD

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30
Oral Sessions
M3A Waste Remediation
Session Chair: D. Folz
M3B Chemistry & Organic Materials II
Session Chair: TBD
M3C Dielectric Properties
Session Chair: TBD

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Poster Session
M4A Inorganic Materials; Modeling & Dielectric Properties; Food, Agriculture, & Forest Products
Session Chair: TBD

17:30 – 18:00
Feature Session

M5A Presenter: Tian-Ren Ji“Advancements in Mw & RF Power Applications in China”

Tuesday 24 September 2002 Wednesday 25 September 2002

8:30 – 9:30
Plenary Session 1
Session Chair: R. Schiffmann M. Stuchly “Applications of Microwaves in Medicine”

9:30– 10:00
Coffee Break

10:00– 12:00
Oral Sessions

T1A Chemistry & Organic Materials III
Session Chair: TBD
T1B Inorganic Materials II
Session Chair: J. Binner
T1C Biomedical Applications
Session Chair: M. Stuchly

12:00– 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30
Open Forum
Chair: D. Clark"Are We Really Bridging Science, Technology and Applications?"

14:30 – 16:00
Oral Sessions
T2A Industrial Applications II
Session Chair: A. Mavretic
T2B Inorganic Materials III
Session Chair: R. Kiminami
T2C Modeling I
Session Chair: I. Turner

16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00
Poster Session
T3A Industrial Applications; Chemistry & Organic Materials; Microwave & RF Plasmas; Systems & Diagnostics; Semiconductors & Electronics
Session Chair: TBD

8:30 – 9:30
Plenary Session 2
Session Chair: J. Booske C. Gabriel “Review of Health Effects of RF and Microwaves”

9:45 – 11:00
Oral Session
W1A Microwave and RF Bio-effects and Safety I
Session Chair: TBD

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45
Oral Session

W2A Microwave and RF Bio-effects and Safety II
Session Chair: TBD

12:45 – 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30
Oral Session

W3A Microwave and RF Bio-effects and Safety III
Session Chair: TBD

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00
Oral Session

W4A Microwave and RF Bio-effects and Safety IV
Session Chair: TBD

19:30 – 22:00
Congress BBQ Dinner

Thursday 26 September 2002    
8:30 – 10:00
Oral Sessions

Th1A Modeling II
Session Chair: M.Celuch-Marcysiak
Th1B Systems & Diagnostics II
Session Chair: S. Miyake
Th1C Inorganic Materials IV
Session Chair: TBD

10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00
Oral Sessions

Th2A Chemistry & Organic Materials IV
Session Chair: G. Bond
Th2B Industrial Applications III
Session Chair: Van Loock
Th2C Food, Agriculture, and Forest Products
Session Chair: N. Tran

12:00 – 12:15
Congress Closing

12:00 – 17:00


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Professor Maria A. Stuchly

Dr. Professor Maria A. Stuchly is an internationally respected authority in the field of bioelectromagnetics. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Professor Stuchly received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Warsaw Technical University, Warsaw, Poland, in 1962, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, in 1970. In 1970, she joined the University of Manitoba. In 1976, she joined the Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices in Health and Welfare, Canada, as a Research Scientist. In 1978, she held an Adjunct Professorship in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Ottawa. From 1990 to 1991, she was a Funding Director of the Institute of Medical Engineering. In 1992, she joined the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, as a Visiting Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since January 1994, she has been a Professor and Industrial Research Chairholder at the University of Victoria. She was a past President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, has served as Chair of the International URSI Commission K "Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine", has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and in 1996 was elected Vice-President of International URSI.

Dr. Camelia Gabriel

Dr. Camelia Gabriel is founder and Director of Microwave Consultants Ltd. (MCL): a UK-based company formed in 1988 to offer scientific services to industry. Since its inception, MCL has carried out work for various government organisations and national and international companies in the UK, Europe, and North America. In recent years, MCL has taken part in major UK studies, funded by the government and the telecommunications industry, on human exposure to mobile transceivers and on the assessment and management of the exposure of workers to electromagnetic fields in the workplace.
Dr. Gabriel's main research interests are concerned with the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with materials and their application in industry. Other special interests include the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation and their implications in terms of health and the safety of people. She is a member and chairperson of the National (UK) and European committees on safe exposure to electromagnetic fields.


Workshop Profiles

Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields - Understanding the issues and a hands-on approach to the assessment of exposure

Camelia Gabriel, Managing Director of Microwave Consultants Ltd.
Dr Vitas Anderson, Consultant, EME Australia Pty.Limited.

A one-day course for the health and safety professional in regulatory bodies and in industry.

Workshop Outline:

Session 1: The issue
Electromagnetic fields and their interaction with biological materials - Concern about biological effects - Historical perspective - Current consensus.

Session 2: Standards
Human exposure standards - ICNIRP
Measurement standards: SAR from telecommunication equipment - Electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of base stations, RFID and other installations.

Session 3: SAR measurement
Principles, instrumentation, methodology, uncertainties and reporting.

Session 4: Field measurements
Broadband - Narrow band - Procedures for testing compliance.

Session 5: Open discussion
Course material will be provided.

Electromagnetic Modelling for Microwave and RF Processing

Presenters: Dr. Malgorzata Celuch, Warsaw University of Technology, with assistance from Prof. Vadim Yakovlev, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A short course covering the fundamentals and applications of computational electromagnetics for microwave power problems.

The morning session will concentrate on theoretical aspects such as:

  • An overview of numerical methods potentially applicable to microwaves heating modelling, with emphasis on the advantages of the finite difference time domain method,
  • Development and advantages of conformal FDTD formulations for practical heating scenarios,
  • Other useful models and co-processing procedures (multi-model excitation, construction of average heating patterns, return loss extraction, leakage evaluation),
  • Special algorithms needed for effective utilisation of an FDTD solver in microwave power analysis and design (modification physical media parameters as a function of temperature, load movement modelling, interfaces to heat transfer).

The afternoon session will be devoted to practical applications of the FDTD software in the microwave oven, food, and wood industries. Real-time demonstration will be given on a big screen. Moreover, participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers, in which case they will be provided with course installations of the software allowing hands-on experience on the same examples as presented by tutors.

Hands-on Short Course on High-Power Microwave Processing

Presenters: Prof. Nguyen Tran, IRIS, with assistance of Dr Carlos Destefani, Dr Erden Sizgek, Prof Grigori Torgovnikov, Mr David McClean, Mr Abbey Hasna

This specially designed short course has been crystallized from similar courses presented by Professor Tran to industries and enlarged for the first time by the involvement of a team of high power microwave practitioners.

This short course is a 'must' for high power microwave heating practitioners or aspirants.

The course aims at providing a sound understanding of the principles of high power microwave processing with hands-on experiments.

Attendees will have ample opportunities to:

  • Perform dielectric properties measurements,
  • Stimulate travelling waves and standing waves in an applicator,
  • Experiment and observe travelling waves and standing waves in a slotted line,
  • Measure the impedance of a microwave heating system using a high power six-port impedance analyser,
  • Experiment with fluidised bed drying,
  • Experiment with plasma processing,
  • Perform simple feasibility experiments with a microwave oven.


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