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Nature-Inspired Methods in Antenna Engineering

Call for Papers

Nature is a rich source for inspiration for scientists and engineers. After observing and analyzing many natural processes, researchers found amazing procedures that can be adopted to solve a variety of engineering problems. For instance, the theory of evolution, proposed by Charles Darwin, postulated that the individuals best fitted to the changing local environment survive. This theory resulted in the appearance of Genetic Algorithms which have been found very useful to solve many problems in the antenna field such as antenna synthesis and antenna array optimization. Some other nature-inspired methods rely on how certain animals optimize their path to find food. This is the example of ant colony where ants optimize their route from the nest to the food. Therefore, papers regarding optimization methods applied to antenna design such as small, multiband, high-directivity antennas, array pattern synthesis, and related problems are within the scope of the present issue.

Other sources of inspiration are found in natural objects such as clouds, rivers, and human veins, which are well described using fractal geometry. In this regard, fractal geometry has been successfully used to design small, multiband, broadband, and high-directive antennas and thus the issue will present the latest trends in the field.

With the rapid evolution of computer data processing, many nature-inspired methods have been embedded in commercial software to provide new design tools for the antenna engineering community. This evolution has opened an alternative tool for antenna designers to optimize antenna geometry, materials, matching networks, and so forth.

The goal of this special issue is to present the new challenges and the progress in the field of nature-inspired methods in antenna engineering. Of particular interest for this special issue is to present new nature-based optimization methods, advantages and comparisons among the current existing optimization procedures, and examples of practical applications in the antenna field.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fractal-shaped antennas
  • Genetic Algorithms, Particle Swarm, Ant Colony, and Wind Driven Optimization in antenna design
  • Neural Networks in antenna design
Manuscript DueFriday, 15 August 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 7 November 2014
Publication DateFriday, 2 January 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Aurora Andújar, Technology and Intellectual Property Rights Department, Barcelona, Spain
  • Chung-Huan Li, SPEAG Schmid and Partner Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Peter Song, Quintel Solutions, Mountain View, USA
  • Sungtek Kahng, University of Incheon, Busan, Republic of Korea