Keynote speakers


Jan Stake, Professor in Terahertz Electronics, Chalmers University of Technology
THz applications in the pharmaceutical industry

Jan Stake is Professor in Terahertz Electronics and is the Head of the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. He was born in Uddevalla, Sweden, in 1971 and received the degrees of M.Sc. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in microwave electronics from Chalmers University of Technology in 1994 and 1999, respectively.

His research involves several aspects of terahertz techniques, science, and applications. The main goal is to create efficient and integrated components for the part of the electromagnetic spectrum (ca. 0.3-10 THz), where optical and microwave techniques meet, as well as explore new applications using terahertz waves. This includes graphene electronics, high frequency semiconductor devices, submillimetre wave measurement techniques (“THz metrology”), and terahertz techniques in biology and medicine.

Jan Stake has extensive experience from research supervision and research leadership in projects with academic, institutes and industry. From 2016 to 2018, Prof. Stake served as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. He teaches in the Department’s PhD School and in several courses in the Wireless, Photonics and Space Engineering programme.


Adrian Porch, Professor, School of Engineering, Cardiff UK
From additive manufacturing to medical applications

Adrian Porch is a Professor in the Research Leader of Cardiff’s Centre for High Frequency Engineering. Adrian Porch received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K. He has 34 years of research experience in the fundamental properties, electromagnetic modelling and applications of materials at microwave frequencies. In recent years his research has expanded into the area of medical microwave devices, e.g. development of a non-invasive blood glucose meter using his patented microwave technology.

He is developing new methods in EPR (with the EPR group in the School of Chemistry at Cardiff) and assessing energy storage materials using simultaneous microwave characterization and neutron diffraction (with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory). He has long-standing industrial collaborations with Merck KGaA and Renishaw Ltd., with the latter investigating the use of RF and microwave technologies to aid additive manufacturing. In other relevant projects he is investigating the separate effects of pulsed microwave electric and magnetic fields on cells and organisms (Welsh Government’s National Research Networks and Sêr Cymru Fellowship Programme), and collaborating with the University of Sheffield on the use of microwave sensors for predicting pre-term birth based on tissue hydration.

Andreas Fhager, Associate professor in biomedical electromagnetics, Chalmers University of Technology
Electromagnetic imaging methods for breast cancer detection, stroke detection and other biomedical microwave applications

Andreas Fhager is Associate Professor of Biomedical electromagnetics and the leader of this research group. As appointed Docent, he focuses his research on electromagnetic imaging methods for breast cancer detection, stroke detection and other biomedical applications of microwaves. This covers a broad range of topics including systems design, signal processing, electromagnetic modelling and optimization. Andreas Fhager is also a Co-Founder of the company Medfield Diagnostics AB, a medical device company commercializing microwave technology for safer diagnostics in health care. His teaching subjects include Electromagnetic Field Theory, Medical signals and systems and Diagnostic Imaging.

Plenary speakers


Graham Brodie, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Use of microwaves in the agricultural sector – from heating to sensing applications

“Graham Brodie is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. He earned his electrical engineering degree from James Cook University and worked in the electrical power industry for about 9 years. After being made redundant from that role, Graham began teaching basic engineering to agricultural students at the Dookie Agricultural College in 1990. This college was amalgamated into The University of Melbourne, so Graham undertook his PhD and completed this in 2005.

Graham’s research interests include: microwave heating of bio-materials; using microwaves for sensing and communication in agriculture and forestry; improving water use efficiency in agriculture; producing renewable energy on farms; on-farm animal waste management; and applications of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies in agriculture and archaeology.”

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