5G and Beyond: A Diverse Set of Antenna Solutions for a Diversity of Requirements

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 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

The Industrial Initiatives Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Presents: 

5G and Beyond: A Diverse Set of Antenna Solutions for a Diversity of Requirements

Dr Rod Waterhouse, CTO Octane Wireless 


5G was often touted as revolutionary, as opposed to evolutionary like previous cellular networks (4G, etc). This was because a wide range of applications were proposed to be supported such as eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband), mIoT (Massive Internet of Things) and low latency systems (for example selfautonomous vehicles and telemedicine). In fact, 5G can really be considered a network of wireless systems which therefore require a diverse range of radiating solutions. In this talk we will explore different radiating solutions to meet the targeted goals of several of these 5G applications.
We will first present the design and development of a concealed LEO satellite-based tracker for shipping containers (hidden so as to not attract unwanted attention to the cargo and possible theft) relevant for mIoT. Satellite systems and mIoT have a very special relationship especially when tracking objects over great distances and different topologies and when a cellular network may not provide a guaranteed, reliable connection. Central to the successful development of the tracker are low profile, highly efficient antennas with the appropriate radiation performance. In the presentation we will outline the design of the antennas and the RF module as well as the system requirements. We will also present the results of the field testing of the tracker in a variety of environments and locations on different continents. In the second part of the talk, we present a patch-based millimeter-wave (mm-wave) phased array solution that is consistent with CMOS manufacturing procedures. As described earlier, one of the main drivers for 5G and beyond is eMBB and to achieve the target data rates it is anticipated that low-cost mm-wave phased arrays will play a major role. We show that an array of these elements, developed on low cost material can readily be scanned to beyond 60 degrees over the entire Ka-band; relevant for EMBB mm-wave systems.



  Date and Time




  • Date: 26 Apr 2023
  • Time: 04:00 PM to 06:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Canberra
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  • The University of Melbourne, 700 Swanston Street
  • Melbourne, Victoria
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  • Building: Melbourne Connect (Building 290)
  • Room Number: Manhari Room

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  • Co-sponsored by Professor Thas Nirmalathas from the University of Melbourne
  • Starts 25 March 2023 12:00 PM
  • Ends 26 April 2023 12:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Canberra
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Dr Rod Waterhouse Dr Rod Waterhouse of CTO Octane Wireless


Rod Waterhouse received his BEng, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987, 1989 and 1994, respectively. In 1994 he joined RMIT University as a lecturer, became a Senior Lecturer in 1997 and an Associate Professor in 2002. From 2001 – 2003 Dr Waterhouse was with the venturebacked Dorsal Networks which was later acquired by Corvis Corporation. In 2004 he co-founded Pharad (now known as Octane Wireless), located in Maryland, USA, an antenna and high performance RF-over-fiber technologies company of which he is the Chief Technology Officer. Dr Waterhouse’s research and product development interests include antennas, electromagnetics and microwave photonics engineering. He has over 300 publications in these fields, including 2 books and 4 book chapters and has helped develop hundreds of products related to these technologies. Dr Waterhouse is an IEEE Fellow and has served on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society AdCom. He is the current Chair of the IEEE AP-S Industrial Initiatives Committee and also serves on the IEEE AP-S Future Directions, Awards and Strategic Planning Committees.


4:00 pm Welcome and Introduction (Moderator: Dr Dalma Novak)
4:10 pm Dr Rod Waterhouse, Octane Wireless, ‘5G and Beyond: A Diverse Set of Antenna Solutions for a
Diversity of Requirements’
5:00 pm Speaker Q&A
5:15 pm IEEE Senior Membership Drive
5:30 pm Reception and Networking
6.30 pm Close