National Radio Science Meeting

January 9-12, 2019 , University of Colorado at Boulder

Meeting website: www.nrsmboulder.org

USNC-URSI website: www.usnc-ursi.org

This open scientific meeting is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The USNC-URSI is appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and represents U.S. radio scientists in URSI. Through technical co-sponsorship of the meeting by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, authors will have their choice of submitting one-page abstracts that are not archived on IEEE Xplore, or two-page summaries that are archived on IEEE Xplore. At least one author is required to register for each presented abstract or summary. Papers must be presented for their corresponding summaries to be archived on IEEE Xplore. Abstracts or summaries on any topic in the interest area of a Commission are welcome. Contact the appropriate USNC-URSI Commission Chair listed below or visit the meeting website for further information.

Meeting Plenary Highlights

(1) SmartAg: Technology and Innovation Applied to the Agro-Food Supply Chain

(2) Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in 2030

Contacts: Eric Mokole (Commission C Chair), emokole@mitre.org

Jeff Mangum (Commission J Chair), jmangum@nrao.edu


USNC-URSI Chair: Sembiam R. Rengarajan, (818) 677-3571, srengarajan@csun.edu

USNC-URSI Secretary: Michael H. Newkirk, (240) 228-6976, Michael.Newkirk@jhuapl.edu


COMMISSION A, Electromagnetic Metrology

Jeanne Quimby, 303-497-4217, jeanne.quimby@nist.gov



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

Jamesina Simpson, 801-585-6929, jamesina.simpson@utah.edu


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

Eric L. Mokole, 703-983-3349, emokole@mitre.org


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

Negar Ehsan, 301-286-8406, negar.ehsan@nasa.gov


Electronic devices, circuits, and applications

Photonic devices, circuits, and applications

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

Wide bandgap materials


COMMISSION E, Electromagnetic Environment and Interference

Larry Cohen, 202-404-7726, lawrence.cohen@nrl.navy.mil


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

Kamal Sarabandi, 734-936-1575, saraband@umich.edu


Point-to-point propagation effects:

Measurements                  Mobile/fixed paths

Propagation models         Horizontal/slant paths

Multipath/mitigation        Surface/atmosphere interactions

Land or water paths         Numerical weather prediction

Scattering/diffraction        Dispersion/delay

Indoor/outdoor links        Natural/man-made structures

Microwave remote sensing of the earth:

Atmospheric sensing        Ocean and ice sensing

Field campaigns               Interferometry and SAR

Subsurface sensing           Scattering/diffraction

Radiation and emission    Propagation effects

Urban environments         Soil moisture & terrain

Propagation and remote sensing in complex and random media


COMMISSION G, Ionospheric Radio and Propagation

Attila Komjathy, 818-393-6828, attila.komjathy@jpl.nasa.gov


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

Robert C. Moore, 352-392-0634, moore@ece.ufl.edu


Chaos and turbulence in plasmas

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

Jeff Mangum, 434-296-0347, jmangum@nrao.edu


Cosmology and Astrophysics at Low Frequencies

Radio Emission from Extrasolar Planets

Next Generation Very Large Array Design and Development

New Telescopes, Techniques and Technology

Observatory Reports


COMMISSION K, Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine

Majid Manteghi, 540-231-6834, manteghi@vt.edu


Biological effects

Body-area networks

Dosimetry and exposure assessment

Electromagnetic imaging and sensing applications

Human body interactions with antennas and other electromagnetic devices

Medical devices

Therapeutic, rehabilitative and other biomedical applications



The organizers of this meeting require the use of electronic submission. Details and instructions may be found at the conference website, www.nrsmboulder.org. Authors may choose to submit to special sessions in addition to the general topics listed above. A list of special sessions will be available on the conference website. All abstracts or summaries must be submitted online by Monday, September 17, 2018. If you have any questions on abstract/summary submission or the technical program, please direct them to the USNC-URSI Secretary, at Michael.Newkirk@jhuapl.edu. Abstracts must have a minimum of 250 words. You will not be able to submit an abstract that does not meet the minimum length requirements. After abstract or summary submission is complete, please note that registration is required to attend any session of the meeting or to present a paper. More information about USNC-URSI is available at www.usnc-ursi.org.

Questions about the conference: For questions concerning conference logistics, please contact: Christina Patarino, Phone: (303) 492-5153, Fax: (303) 492-5959, E-mail: christina.patarino@colorado.edu