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[AP-S Seminar Series] Natalia K. Nikolova, McMaster University, Mar. 19, 4pm EDT

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The University of Toronto Student Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) invites you to the following talk in our 2020-2021 seminar series:

Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Near-Field Imaging: Applications, Methods, and Challenges, presented by Natalia K. Nikolova from McMaster University, on Friday, March 19, 2021, 4-5 pm EDT.

Abstract: In the last decade, we have witnessed dramatic decrease in the price and size of on-chip transceivers and radars along with their increased functionality. This has spurred unprecedented growth in imaging, sensing and detection applications, defining the current and future growth of wireless technology.

We will introduce the methods of real-time microwave and millimeter-wave imaging, which allow to “see” inside optically opaque objects. The electromagnetic models of wave propagation that link the object’s electrical properties to the microwave measurements are briefly introduced with an emphasis on the approximations, which enable real-time image reconstruction. We will discuss the detrimental effects of these approximations on the reconstructed images and how these effects are mitigated through the careful design of the acquisition apparatus and through data processing. We will briefly dive into the inner workings of two reconstruction methods, microwave holography and the scattered-power mapping, along with examples of real-time quantitative image reconstruction of complex dielectric objects.

Speaker: Natalia K. Nikolova of McMaster University


Natalia K. Nikolova (IEEE S’93–M’97–SM’05–F’11) received the Dipl. Eng. (Radioelectronics) degree from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997. From 1998 to 1999, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) at Dalhousie University and McMaster University. In 1999, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, where she is currently a Professor. Her research interests include inverse scattering, microwave imaging, as well as computer-aided analysis and design of high-frequency structures and antennas. Prof. Nikolova has authored more than 270 refereed manuscripts, 6 book chapters, and two books, including the monograph “Introduction to Microwave Imaging” (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She has delivered 48 invited lectures around the world on the subjects of microwave imaging and detection as well as computer-aided electromagnetic analysis and design.

Prof. Nikolova is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. She served as an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer from 2010 to 2013.


Friday, March 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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