Course Description

Title of the course

Antenna Synthesis.


The Synthesis of Antennas in a general framework, from Theory to the most advanced Implementations.


Amedeo Capozzoli


From September 5th to September 9th, 2022.

Purpose of the course

The main topics of Antenna Synthesis and the related implementation issues are covered. Key points of Antenna Synthesis are faced, providing a general and unitary mathematical framework, discussing field properties, degrees of freedom, suboptimal solutions, and ill-position. After introducing optimization in Antenna Synthesis, local and global algorithms are discussed, as well as the numerical issues related to the electromagnetic modelling. Canonical syntheses, specific topics connected to advanced optimization algorithms and unconventional systems are illustrated. The Course hosts Sessions on the numerical implementation of Synthesis techniques on standard as well as HPC (GPUs) platforms. Each Student will lay his hands-on the implementations.


Basics of electromagnetics and mathematics

Course Duration

5 days = 37 hours

Expected Speakers

Prof. O.M. Bucci
Prof. A. Capozzoli
Prof. T. Isernia
Prof. A. Massa
Prof. Y. Rahmat-Samii
Dr. G. Toso
Prof. G. Vecchi

Exercise Sessions

Prof. Claudio Curcio
Prof. Angelo Liseno
Prof. Andrea Morabito


The Speakers


Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, a holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, the winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Field Award, and the Former Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA. He was a Senior Research Scientist with the Caltech/NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009–2011 President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally. He has authored or coauthored more than 1100 technical journal and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and seven books. He has more than 20 cover-page IEEE publication articles. His research contributions cover diverse areas of modern electromagnetics and antennas spanning from small medical antennas to large space deployable antennas. His research interests include electromagnetics, antennas, measurements and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, human/antenna interactions and medical application, meta-materials and periodic structures, and nature inspired optimization algorithms.


Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a fellow of IEEE, AMTA, ACES, EMA, and URSI. He was a recipient of the Henry Booker Award from URSI, in 1984, which is given triennially to the most outstanding young radio scientist in North America, the Best Application Paper Prize Award (Wheeler Award) of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 1992 and 1995, the University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the AMTA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He received the 2002 Technical Excellence Award from JPL, the 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal presented at the URSI General Assembly, the 2007 IEEE Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award, the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2011 campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from The Engineers Council in 2015, the John Kraus Antenna Field Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2016, the ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation S. A. Schelkunoff Best Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2017, and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019. The medals are awarded annually to a group of distinguished U.S. citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions, and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life and are dedicated to creating a better world. He is the Designer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.


Giovanni Toso (IEEE S’1993, M’00, SM ’07) received the Laurea Degree (cum laude), the Ph.D. and the Post Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992, 1995 and 1999. He spent more than one year as visiting scientist at the Laboratoire d'Optique Electromagnétique, Marseille (France). In 1999 he was a visiting scientist at the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles, he received a scholarship from Alenia Spazio (Rome, Italy) and he has been appointed researcher in a Radio Astronomy Observatory of the Italian National Council of Researches (CNR). Since 2000 he is with the Antenna and Submillimeter Waves Section of the European Space Agency, ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. He has been initiating several R&D activities on satellite antennas based on arrays, reflectarrays, discrete lenses and reflectors. In particular, in the field of onboard satellite antennas, he has been coordinating activities on multibeam antennas (active and passive) mainly for Telecom Applications. In the field of terminal antennas for Telecom applications, he has been supporting the development of reconfigurable antennas with electronic, mechanical and hybrid scanning; some of these antennas are now available as products. He has promoted the development of the commercial software tool QUPES by TICRA, now used worldwide, for the analysis and design of periodic and quasi-periodic surfaces such as reflectarrays, frequency selective surfaces, transmitarrays and polarizers. In 2014 he has been guest editor, together with Dr. R. Mailloux, of the Special Issue on “Innovative Phased array antennas based on non-regular lattices and overlapped subarrays” published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and, for the same society, has been an Associate Editor (2013-2016). Since 2010, together with Dr. P. Angeletti, he has been instructing short courses on Multibeam Antennas and Beamforming Networks during international conferences (IEEE APS, IEEE IMS, IEEE IWCS, EUCAP, EuMW) that have been attended by more than 850 participants. In 2018 G. Toso has been the chairman of the 39th ESA Antenna Workshop on “Multibeam and Reconfigurable Antennas”. In the same year he received, together with Prof. A. Skrivervik, the 2018 ESoA Best Teacher Award. G. Toso is the organiser of the new ESoA course on Active Antennas. He has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the period 2022 – 2024. 


Andrea Massa (IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, Electromagnetic Academy Fellow) he has been a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields @ University of Trento since 2005. At present, Prof. Massa is the director of the network of federated laboratories "ELEDIA Research Center" located in Brunei, China, Czech, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Perù, Tunisia with more than 150 researchers. Moreover, he is holder of a Chang-Jiang Chair Professorship @ UESTC (Chengdu – China), Professor @ CentraleSupélec (Paris - France), and Visiting Professor @ Tsinghua (Beijing - China). He has been holder of a Senior DIGITEO Chair at L2S-CentraleSupélec and CEA LIST in Saclay (France), UC3M-Santander Chair of Excellence @ Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (USA), Guest Professor @ UESTC (China), and Visiting Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA), the Nagasaki University (Japan), the University of Paris Sud (France), the Kumamoto University (Japan), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore). He has been appointed IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2018) and served as Associate Editor of the "IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation" (2011-2014). His research activities are mainly concerned with inverse problems, antenna analysis/synthesis, radar systems and signal processing, cross-layer optimization and planning of wireless/RF systems, system-by-design and materialby-design (metamaterials and reconfigurable-materials), and theory/applications of optimization techniques to engineering problems (coms, medicine, and biology). Prof. Massa published more than 900 scientific publications among which more than 350 on international journals (> 13.500 citations – h-index = 60 [Scopus]; > 11.000 citations – h-index = 54 [ISI-WoS]; > 22.000 citations – h-index = 87 [Google Scholar]) and more than 550 in international conferences where he presented more than 200 invited contributions (> 40 invited keynote speaker) ( He has organized more than 100 scientific sessions in international conferences and has participated to several technological projects in the national and international framework with both national agencies and companies (18 international prj, > 5 M€; 8 national prj, > 5 M€; 10 local prj, > 2 M€; 63 industrial prj, > 10 M€; 6 university prj, > 300 K€).


Tommaso Isernia received the Laurea (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. He is currently a Full Professor in Electromagnetic Fields with the Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy, where he also serves as the Supervisor of the LEMMA Research Group and the Director of the Information Engineering Department.
Prof. Isernia’s current research interests include field synthesis problems for biomedical imaging and therapeutic applications as well as inverse problems in electromagnetics, with particular emphasis on phase retrieval, inverse scattering, and antenna synthesis.
Prof. Isernia is an IEEE Fellow and coauthored more than 300 scientific papers published in international peer-review journals and conference proceedings. He has been the recipient of the G. Barzilai Award from the Italian Electromagnetics Society in 1994.


Andrea Francesco Morabito is an Associate Professor in Electromagnetic Fields at the University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, wherein he also received the Laurea degree in Telecommunications Engineering (summa cum laude) as well as the Ph.D. degree in Computer, Biomedical, and Telecommunications Engineering. His research work is mainly focused on models and effective strategies for the solution of inverse problems in Electromagnetics, including antenna synthesis, inverse scattering, phase retrieval, and theranostics problems with applications ranging from biomedical imaging and microwave hyperthermia to radar, 5G, and satellite telecommunications.
Prof. Morabito coauthored more than 100 scientific papers published in international peer-review journals and conference proceedings, and has been awarded by the Italian Electromagnetics Society with both the ‘Barzilai’ and ‘Latmiral’ Prizes.