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Prof. Yahia Antar obtained degrees from the University of Alexandria(BSC) and the University of Manitoba (MSc. ,PhD). He worked at CRC and NRC in Ottawa before joining the staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where he has held the position of professor since 1990.

Prof. Antar is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC). He serves as an Associate Editor (Features) of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE AWPL. He served on NSERC grants selection and strategic grants committees, Ontario Early Research Awards (ERA) panels, and on review panels for the National Science Foundation.

In May 2002, Prof. Antar was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering which was renewed in 2009. In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada “Excellence in Research” Prize and in 2012 the Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award. He served on the URSI Board as Vice President, and on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administration Committee. On 31 January 2011, Prof. Antar was appointed Member of the Canadian Defence Science Advisory Board (DSAB). In October 2012 he received from the Governor General of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contribution to Canada.


The first part of the presentation will focus on introducing a new fundamental approach to some electromagnetic phenomena with particular focus on antenna systems. The theme chosen here is the near-field zone of electromagnetic radiation which is crucial and pertinent to the scientific understanding of how electromagnetic devices work and consequently is critical for product design and development. Starting with the familiar radiation expressions obtained from Maxwell’s equations, we proceed to build a new formulation of radiation and interaction, coupling and energy transfer, all at a

general level. One of the main thrusts considered will be a look at possible future directions of research into new

Prof. Yahia Antar

-Royal Military College of Canada

potentials for viewing and monitoring the structure of electromagnetic radiation. In particular, we will discuss new paths towards a deeper understanding of electromagnetic radiation that go beyond the usual measures of impedance parameters and radiation pattern. Applications to antennas synthesis, MIMO systems design, and other types of antennas for emerging applications will be discussed .Also, a new perspective on the origin and definitions of energy in electromagnetic systems will be provided.