University of Minnesota
Institute of Technology
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Antennas and Biologically Inspired Reconfiguration Mechanisms

Gregory Huff
Texas A & M University
Electromagnetics adn Microwve Laboratory

Synopsis: The transformational role of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum has illuminated a growing need for EM agility in reconfigurable devices, multifunctional systems, and smart structures. Enabling the survivability, adaptability, and interoperability of the platforms and people who require this integrated functionality creates numerous challenges for the antennas and radiating system(s); however, it also facilitates many unique opportunities to exploit multidisciplinary enabling technologies to better serve body-worn, unpiloted, unattended, and/or autonomous applications. This talk will provide an overview of biologically inspired concepts and multifunctional integration techniques being investigated by Prof. Gregory H. Huff for the purpose of supporting these systems-of-systems and other demanding applications.

Topics will include nanoparticle-enabled material systems and microfluidic networks for reconfigurable antennas, structurally-functionalized apertures, implantable antennas for biomedical applications, integrated sensing networks in large aperture structures, and novel uses of reconfiguration in multiple antenna techniques for multi-path and electromagnetically harsh environments. This talk will also examine the engineering motivation behind the desire to 1) mitigate application-based constraints by functionalizing all surfaces and volumes to a maximum degree of EM performance, 2) exploit multifunctional trade-offs and antenna techniques to provide system-level improvements in performance and survivability, and 3) inject new concepts for adaptability in polymorphic(shape-shifting) structures and other complex systems that require super configurability - a blending of reconfigurable EM, mechanical, and aerodynamic properties.