URSI Commissions

USNC-URSI Chair: David R. Jackson, (713)-743-4426, djackson@uh.edu
USNC-URSI Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Sembiam Rengarajan, (818)-677-3571, srengarajan@csun.edu


Commission Details

Commission A: Electromagnetic Metrology

Chair: Steven J. Weiss, steven.j.weiss14.civ@mail.mil, (301)-394-1987

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Jeanne Quimby



Bioeffects and medical applications

EM- field metrology

EMC and EM pollution

Impulse radar

Interconnect and packaging


Microwave to submillimeter measurements/standards

Millimeter-wave and sub-mm wave communications


Planar structures and microstrip circuits

Quantum metrology and fundamental concepts

Time and frequency

Time domain metrology

Commission B: Fields and Waves

Chair: John L. Volakis, volakis@ece.osu.edu, (614)-292-5846

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Jamesina Simpson


Antenna arrays

Antenna theory, design and measurements

Cognitive radio

Complex media (metamaterials, bandgap structures, biological and geophysical media, and others)

Educational methods and tools

Electromagnetic interaction and coupling

Guided waves and waveguiding structures

High-frequency techniques

Inverse scattering and remote sensing

Microstrip and printed devices and antennas



Nonlinear electromagnetics

Numerical methods (differential- and integral-equation based, hybrid and other techniques)

Propagation phenomena and effects

Rough surfaces and random media


Theoretical electromagnetics

Transient fields, effects, and systems

Ultra-wideband electromagnetics

Wireless communications

Commission C: Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing

Chair: Gregory H. Huff, ghuff@tamu.edu, (979)-862-4161

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Eric L. Mokole


Cognitive radio

Computational imaging and inverse methods

Distributed sensor networks

Physics-based signal processing

Radar Systems

Radar target detection, localization, and tracking

Sensor array processing and calibration

Signal processing for radar remote sensing

Statistical signal processing of waves in random media

Synthetic aperture and space-time processing

Commission D: Electronics and Photonics

Chair: Zoya Popovic,  Zoya.Popovic@colorado.edu, (303)-492-0374

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Negar Ehsan


Electronic devices, circuits and applications

Photonic devices, circuits and applications

Physics, materials, CAD, technology and reliability of electronic and photonic devices, in radioscience and telecommunications

Wide bandgap materials

Commission E: Electromagnetic Environment and Interference

Chair: Charles Baylis, Charles_Baylis@baylor.edu, (254)-710-4306

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Larry Cohen


Communication in the presence of noise

Effects of natural and intentional emissions on system performance

Electromagnetic compatibility in: computational electromagnetics, education, measurement technologies, standards, and radiation hazards

High-power electromagnetic effects of transients on electronic systems

Spectrum management and utilization

Commission F: Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing

Chair: Michael H. Newkirk, Michael.Newkirk@jhuapl.edu, (240)-228-6976

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Kamal Sarabandi


Point-to-point propagation effects:


Propagation models


Land or water paths


Indoor/outdoor links

Mobile/fixed paths

Horizontal/slant paths

Surface/atmosphere interactions

Numerical weather prediction


Natural/man-made structures

Microwave remote sensing of the earth: 

Atmospheric sensing 

Field campaigns

Subsurface sensing 

Urban environments

Ocean and ice sensing

Interferometry and SAR

Subsurface sensing


Radiation and emission

Propagation effects

Soil moisture & terrain

Propagation and remote sensing in complex and random media

Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation

Chair: Sigrid Close, sigridc@stanford.edu, (650)-725-2863

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Attila Komjathy


Ionospheric imaging

Ionospheric morphology

Ionospheric modeling and data assimilation

Meteoroids and orbital debris

Radar and radio techniques for ionospheric diagnostics

Space weather - radio effects

Transionospheric radio propagation and systems effects

Commission H: Waves in Plasmas

Chair: Anatoly V. Streltsov, streltsa@erau.edu, (386)-226-7137

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Robert Moore


Chaos and turbulence in plasma

Plasma instabilities

Spacecraft-plasma interactions

Solar/planetary-plasma interactions

Space as a research laboratory

Wave-wave and wave-particle interactions

Waves in space and laboratory plasmas

Commission J: Radio Astronomy

Chair: David DeBoer, ddeboer@berkeley.edu, (510)-520-9077

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Jeff Mangum


ALMA 2030

The VLBA at 25: Recent Accomplishments and Future Directions

New Telescopes, Techniques and Technology

Observatory Reports

Spectral Line Cosmology and Low-Frequency Arrays


Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine

Chair: Mahta Moghaddam, mahta@usc.edu, (213)-740-4712

Incoming Chair (2018-2020): Majid Manteghi


Biological effects

Dosimetry and exposure assessment

Electromagnetic imaging and sensing applications

Human body interactions with antennas and other electromagnetic devices

Therapeutic, rehabilitative and other biomedical applications

Body-Area Networks

Medical Devices