Call for Papers

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The 2015 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and URSI CNC/USNC Joint Meeting - Vancouver 2015 will be held on July 19-25, 2015, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The symposium and meeting are co-sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), the all U.S. and Canadian National Committees (USNC/CNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) The technical sessions, workshops, and short courses will be coordinated between the two groups to provide a comprehensive and well-balanced program. This meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science.

The paper submission deadline is January 16, 2015. (23h 59m at International Date Line; UTC -12 hours) This is equivalent to 6:59am January 17 Eastern US Time.

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Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit contributions for review and possible presentation in the symposium on topics of interest to AP-S and URSI including advancements and innovations in the fields of electromagnetics, antennas, and wave propagation. Suggested topics and general information are listed in this call. In addition to regularly scheduled sessions for oral and poster presentations, there will be a student paper competition as well as special sessions, workshops, and short courses that will address timely topics and state-of-the-art advancements in these fields.
All paper submissions are due January 16, 2015 (23h 59m at International Date Line; UTC -12 hours) This is equivalent to 6:59am January 17 Eastern US Time.


General Submission Information

All paper and abstract submissions must be received in PDF format via the symposium website on or before Friday, January 16, 2015. This is a firm deadline. Papers will not be accepted after this date. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be accepted. Please consult the symposium web site for the latest instructions, templates, and format examples. Only the author who submits the paper will receive an acknowledgement of the submission. Please do not include page numbers on submitted documents. All papers must be written in clear, idiomatic English. Please note that AP-S reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Address all AP-S and URSI correspondence, including inquiries concerning papers, abstracts, the technical program, and copyright forms, to Costas Sarris (

Instructions for AP-S Authors

All AP-S summary papers for the 2015 symposium must be submitted in the IEEE standard two-column format. Templates for Microsoft Word (.doc) and LaTeX2e are available at the symposium Web site. Papers must be two pages in length, including text, references, and figures. Note that the information density of the new two-column format is roughly twice that of the old format. The introduction of the paper should clearly indicate the unique aspects of the submission and how it relates to previous work. A signed IEEE copyright form must accompany all AP-S submissions. Papers submitted without copyright forms will be rejected. Instructions for electronically signing and submitting copyright forms are available at the symposium Web site.

Instructions for URSI Authors

URSI abstract submissions must consist of at least 250 words and must be limited to one page, including figures. The text must be single- spaced with a minimum font size of 11 points. Any font may be used, but a font from the Times or Arial/Helvetica family is preferred. All fonts must be embedded in the submitted PDF document. The title should be centered 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the top of the page. The author’s (or authors’) name and complete organizational affiliation should start two lines below the title. If there are multiple authors, the presenter’s name should be indicated with an asterisk. The text should start three lines below the last line of the organizational affiliation(s). The top and bottom margins should be 2.5 cm (1 inch), and the left-hand and right- hand margins should be at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). Paragraphs should be separated with one blank line. Do not include a list of references. However, a few open-literature references may be included parenthetically, for example: (R. L. Lewis and J. R. Johler, Radio Sci., 2, 75-81, 1976). Acknowledgment of financial support is not appropriate. The Commission and session topic for the abstract must be identified at the time of submission.

AP-S Student Paper Competition

Eligible entries in the Student Paper Competition must have only one student author, and that student must be the first author. Each additional co-author must submit a signed letter indicating that his/her contribution is primarily advisory. Letters must be in PDF format and must be uploaded to the symposium’s student paper Web site in the indicated area at the time the paper is submitted. All Student Paper Competition entries will be evaluated using a double-blind review process in addition to the normal review process used for regular submissions. Detailed instructions will be available on the symposium Web site.
For additional information, contact Mojgan Daneshmand (

AP-S Student Design Contest

Join the 6th IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Student Design Contest! Design and build an antenna that is optimized for body area networks. The top 3 teams will receive up to US$2,500 in travel funds to attend the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, July 19-25, 2015 to demonstrate their working systems. From these 3 teams, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at the 2015 IEEE AP-S Awards Banquet at the conference and will receive cash awards of US$1500, $750 and $250, respectively. Moreover, final reports will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in the IEEE AP Magazine.
The deadline for a two-page proposal of the preliminary design is November 3, 2014. Further details are available on the symposium website.
For additional information, contact Buon Kiong Lau, via email at

Special Sessions

Requests to organize special sessions should be submitted to Derek McNamara no later than October 9, 2014. Each proposal should include the title of the special session, a brief description of the topic, and justification for its designation as a special session. All proposals should be submitted in PDF format. Special sessions will be selected and finalized by the end of November 2014. At that time, additional instructions will be provided to the organizers of the special sessions chosen for inclusion in the symposium and/or the meeting. The associated papers or abstracts will be due January 16, 2015. A list of special sessions will be posted at the symposium Web site in December 2014.


Industrial, academic, and book exhibits will be open July 20-22, 2015. Exhibitor registration and additional information can be found on the symposium Web site.

Short Courses/Workshops

Individuals who wish to organize a short course or workshop should contact Ahmed Kishk ( by November 14, 2014.