ESoA course on Antenna Systems for 5G Communication

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden | 20–24 May, 2019


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The 5G era is approaching...

...and we now see some version of commercial 5G networks starting to go live at different parts of the world. The 5G communication technology will bring new experiences including higher bandwidth, higher data rate or greater capacity, security, and lower latency and will create new opportunities for society and businesses. 5G is going to make a significant change of how we live in this world.

The key enabling 5G technologies under development include novel multiple access strategies, ultra-dense networking, all-spectrum access, massive MIMO, full digital beamforming or hybrid beam forming etc. The realization of these high level technologies brings about new challenges for the physical infrastructure designers which undoubtedly include the antenna and microwave engineers. After many years of collective effort on 5G antenna systems research, in both academia and industry, some challenges have been solved up to a certain extent. But many challenges still need to be solved or are waiting for better solutions. The implementation and completion of 5G systems will be carried out in several stages: first sub-6GHz, then step into millimeter wave regime, from 20 GHz to even 100 GHz.

This course presents the some updated research results on 5G antenna systems.  It is not possible to include all the relevant results on the 5G topic, however some significant and promising results relevant from industrial perspective are covered. The teaching team includes well-recognized researchers in academia, and experts in industry covering the area of 5G antenna systems research and developments, mainly in Europe and also worldwide.

The contents of the course

1) Antenna-Channel Interaction such as OTA characterization of 5G antennas, RIMP and Random LOS environments and 3D massive MIMO models and Antenna optimization; 2) 5G Array Antenna Technologies such as self-grounded Bowtie antenna array for sub-6GHz, capped Bowtie and magnetic-electric dipole antenna arrays; 3) Gap waveguide Antennas for 5G mmW backhauling links with principles, modeling and numerical tools for Gap waveguide technology and slot array antennas; 4) SIW technology for 5G Antenna Systems - hardware and Integration; 5) Millimeter wave antennas for 5G applications.

As an important part of the course we plan to organize 6 lectures with a focus on Industrial Perspectives for 5G Wireless Systems, given by experts from industry. The series lectures of industrial perspectives cover 5G communication systems, antenna challenges in users and handheld terminals for 5G, Challenges and requirements for radio access and backhauling links, challenges in automotive and V2X connectivity, Challenges in high speed railways and 5G System OTA Measurements.

The course is organized as lectures, self-study time slots, discussion forum and study visits. 

Examination and credit

There is an open examination for the participants in order to have a certificate and ECTS credits after the course week. The exam questions will be sent to all participants at the end of the course and the participants should solve the exam questions independently. The course give 2 ECTS credits for those who pass the examination.

Course coordinators







Jian Yang
Chalmers University of Technology








Ashraf Uz Zaman
Chalmers University of Technology








Ronan Sauleau
Université de Rennes 1


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Published: Fri 01 Mar 2019. Modified: Tue 19 Mar 2019