Marianna Ivashina
Marianna Ivashina, Professor of antenna systems since 2017, is now initiating a Swedish-Taiwanese research collaboration. 
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist​​​​

10 million grant to antenna research

Marianna Ivashina receives a major grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, to be used in a Swedish-Taiwanese collaborative research project to develop antenna technologies for the beyond-5G wireless communication applications, products, and services. 
Professor Marianna Ivashina is leading the Antenna systems research group at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. Over the years, she has gathered extensive experience and knowledge in the design of array antennas for future wireless communication and sensor systems. During the next five years, she will be the leader of the project ‘Antenna Technologies for Beyond-5G Wireless Communication’. 

This is one out of six projects granted in the announcement from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) to strengthen the Swedish-Taiwanese research collaboration.

“Our work will be based on existing and newly established collaborations between five academic groups in Sweden and Taiwan”, says Marianna Ivashina. 

Antenna solutions for future wireless communication 
“We aim to develop robust, energy-efficient, and highly-compact antenna array solutions for frequencies exceeding 100 GHz, as future enabling technologies for beyond-5G (B5G) applications, products, and services.”

The main objective of the project is to investigate innovative antenna array architectures to solve the major challenges of physical and manufacturing complexities at millimeter-wave frequencies. To maximise energy efficiency, new circuit design concepts for non-conventional antenna functionalities will be developed. Additionally, advanced Silicon-micromachining will be applied to enable technology using highly compact antenna arrays.

The project is supported and guided by several industrial partners, including small and medium-sized businesses, as well as one of the world’s largest telecom system providers. Among the collaborating partners are Ericsson, Gapwaves, Gotmic, Cyntec (Delta Electronics Group), and Powertech Technology.

“I believe that this academic-industrial collaboration is an important factor for success to optimise the impact and utilisation of the technologies that we will develop”, says Marianna Ivashina. “Also, this is an excellent opportunity for our industrial partners to learn about the possibilities and limitations of emerging antenna technologies.”

Two out of six Swedish-Taiwanese projects from Chalmers
SSF also grants another project originating from Chalmers: “Advanced GaN Devices for mm and sub-mm-wave communication” led by Niklas Rorsman from the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience.

The six projects are financed with SEK 10 million each over a five-year period.

These research grants strengthen the foundation's investments in exchanges with democracies in East Asia regarding technology and science. SSF already has ongoing research collaborations with Japan and South Korea.


Published: Mon 29 Jun 2020.