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... Carlos Antonio Cardoso Fernandes

Thematic Line Coordinator

Carlos Fernandes

Academic position: Full Professor
Joining date: 04-10-1993
Roles in IT: Thematic Line Coordinator
Board of Directors
Senior Researcher
Thematic Line: Wireless Technologies
Group: Antennas and Propagation – Lx

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Address: IT – Lisboa
Instituto Superior Técnico - Torre Norte - Piso 10
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049 - 001 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 841 84 54
Fax: +351 21 841 84 72

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Full Professor (2006) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DEEC) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), faculty of Engineering from the University of Lisbon. Obtained the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering form IST in 1990. Past vice-president of DEEC/IST (2003-04). Member of the Board of Directors of Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) since 2009, coordinator of its Wireless Technologies thematic line, and head of the Antennas and Propagation Group. Teaching chairs are in the fields of Antennas, Microwaves, Radiowave Propagation and Satellite Systems. He is Senior Member of the IEEE.

His research work spans millimeter-wave antennas for broadband communication systems, antennas for the internet of things based on RFID and UWB technology, antennas for body-area applications including medical applications, antennas for satellite systems, and metamaterials. He is the co-inventor of 5 patents, one of them protected worldwide and commercialized. He is co-author of one book, 3 book chapters and 280+ publications in international Journals and Conferences.

Scientific Achievements

  • Agregação, Instituto Superior Técnico, 01-01-2002
  • PhD, Instituto Superior Técnico, 13-11-1990
  • MSc, Instituto Superior Técnico, 07-06-1985
  • Licenciatura, Instituto Superior Técnico, 02-04-1980
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 01-01-2008, Senior Member
  • Ordem dos Engenheiros, 12-04-1988, Especialista em Telecomunicações
  • Instituto Superior Técnico, 01-06-1980, Full Professor
As Supervisor
As Co-supervisor
As Supervisor
As Supervisor
As Co-supervisor
  • Dispositivo com antena transparente integrada em espelho para sistema de identificação por rádio-frequência, PT 105477, Granted, 12-01-2011, Portugal,
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  • Dispositivo e sistema de votação passivo sem fios, PT104873, Granted, 09-12-2009, Portugal,
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  • Wireless Passive Voting Device and System, PCT/PT2009/000071, PCT, 09-12-2009,
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  • Antena compacta com orientação mecânica do feixe de radiação, para seguimento de terminais móveis em comunicações sem fios, Patente de Invenção Nacional PT 104108, Granted, 24-06-2008, Portugal,
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  • Antena Compacta com Orientação Mecânica do Feixe de Radiação, para Seguimento de Terminais Móveis em Comunicações sem Fios, Desenho / Modelo Nacional PT 1228, 01-06-2008
  • Device for reading radio frequency identifiers for volumetric confining of the detection region, WO2009/157791, PCT, 28-06-2008,
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  • Dispositivo para Leitura de Identificadores de Radiofrequência garantindo confinamento volumétrico da região de detecção, PT 104121, Granted, 28-06-2008, Portugal,
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  • Non-Resonant Structured Material with Extreme Effective Parameters, (Provisional) U.S.A. 61/073,654, 01-06-2008

Currently running projects3

Acronym Name Funding Agency Start date Ending date
COST CA17115 European network for advancing Electromagnetic hyperthermic medical technologies ESF/COST 04-09-2019 03-09-2022
QuantSat-PT QuantSat-PT -- Portuguese Quantum Communications Cube-Satellite: Development of the Quantum Payload and Preliminary Design of the Space Segment FCT 01-12-2020 30-11-2022
RESCuE-TOOL Radio coverage for emergency communication systems to operate under critical wildfire environments TOOL FCT 01-01-2019 28-02-2022

Closed Projects41

Acronym Name Funding Agency Start date Ending date
ACE Antenna Centre of Excellence EU/FP6 30-01-2004 31-12-2007
ADAM_3D Additive Antenna Manufacturing FCT 01-06-2018 01-06-2021
COMPACT Compact Range for millimeter wave antenna measurements using dielectric lenses FCT/POCTI 02-01-2003 28-02-2005
CO-SITE Co-siting of Wind Turbine Generators and Communication Antennas ICP-ANACOM 01-01-2000 31-12-2000
COST 284 Innovative Antennas for Emerging Terrestrial and Space-Based Applications ESF/COST 21-02-2002 04-10-2006
COST TD1301 Development of a European-based Collaborative Network to Accelerate Technological, Clinical and Commercialisation Progress in the Area of Medical Microwave Imaging ESF/COST 01-11-2013 01-11-2017
DielHorn Excitation of shielded dielectric horns FCT/PRAXIS 03-05-1999 04-07-2001
EMERALD ElectroMagnetic imaging for a novel genERation of medicAL Devices EU/H2020 16-05-2018 31-07-2021
FLOWS Flexible Convergence of Wireless Standards and Services EU 01-10-2001 01-12-2004
GALACTIC Innovative GaAs MMICs and Avanced LTCC packaging technologies for multicomponents Ka Band subsystems EU 01-01-2002 31-12-2004
HeadSAR Head SAR Measurement System Specification ICP-ANACOM 01-07-2002 15-02-2003
HORA Disseminação horária IPQ 11-08-2004 30-01-2005
ILASH Integrated Lens Antenna Shaping ESA-ESTEC 01-09-2003 01-09-2007
ILENA Integration of Lenses and Planar Antennas FCT/POSI 01-10-2000 30-09-2004
IMP IMP - Instituto Marítimo Portuário EID 03-04-2002 19-04-2002
Incentivo/EEI/LA0008/2013 Incentivo 2013 FCT 01-01-2013 01-12-2013
Incentivo/EEI/LA0008/2014 Incentivo 2014 FCT 01-01-2014 01-03-2015
ITEM Technical Information on Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation in Mobile Communications VODAFONE 01-11-2002 30-04-2004
KALens Compact Lens-Based Mechanically Steered Ka-Band user Terminal Antenna ESA-ESTEC 01-11-2013 01-10-2018
KALens 2 Compact Lens-Based Mechanically Steered Ka-Band user Terminal Antenna - Extension ESA-ESTEC 01-01-2019 01-01-2020
LENTILLES Benchmarking of Integrated Lens Antenna Design and Manufacturig FCT/PESSOA 01-01-2006 01-12-2009
MEIOS ARTIFICIAIS Propagation and Radiation in Complex Media Using Planar Technology CRUP 01-01-2002 31-12-2003
META-ID Spatially confined RFID detection with a metamaterial grid IT/LA 01-06-2011 01-12-2012
Metex Metamaterial with extreme permittivity IT/LA 01-12-2008 01-05-2010
MICROCELLS Wideband mobile communications in microcells:propagation models and antenna design JNICT/STRADA 01-03-1992 27-03-1995
mm-SatCom Millimeter Wave Antennas for Next-Generation Satellite Mass Services FCT/PTDC 01-07-2013 01-01-2016
MWI-MedScan Microwave medical imaging IT 01-09-2014 01-08-2019
NEWCOM++ Network of Excellence in Wireless Communications ++ EU/FP7 01-12-2007 01-12-2010
NEWFOCUS New Fromtiers im mm/sub-mm waves integrated dielectric focusing systems ESF/PESC 01-06-2010 01-06-2015
Nonlocal Non-local Metamaterials and Applications FCT/PTDC 01-01-2010 01-12-2012
Pest-OE/EEI/LA0008/2011 IT Laboratório Associado FCT 01-01-2011 01-12-2012
Pest-OE/EEI/LA0008/2013 IT Laboratório Associado FCT 01-01-2013 01-03-2015
RadioAire Estudo de Viabilidade do Centro de Radiocomunicações de Serra d'Aire ICP-ANACOM 01-10-1995 24-04-1997
RFID-Local Advanced Antennas for Radio Frequency Identification and Localization FCT/PTDC 01-01-2010 01-12-2012
RFID-Shelf RFID Smart Surfaces IT/LA, CreativeSystems, Vicaima 01-12-2006 01-03-2011
RFMLI Thermal Blanket with Low RF Reflectivity HPS-Portugal, ESA 01-11-2012 01-11-2015
R-META Reconfigurable Low-profile Antennas Using Metamaterials FCT/POSC 01-10-2005 30-09-2008
TRAP Trapping Light in Open Resonators IT/LA 01-04-2014 01-04-2016
UID/EEA/50008/2013 UID/EEA/50008/2013 FCT 01-04-2015 01-03-2018
VISTA COST IC1102 - Versatile, Integrated and Signal-aware Technologies for Antennas ESF/COST 01-12-2011 01-12-2015
Wi-mm Millimetre-wave wireless indoor link with automatic tracking antenna IT/LA 01-10-2008 01-10-2010
  • S. Faria, M. Vala, P. Coimbra, N. Leonor, J.F. Felício, C. A. Fernandes, C. Salema, Rafael Caldeirinha, Radiowave Propagation Modelling of Dual Wildfire Front Spreading Over Hilly Terrain at 700 MHz, ConfTELE 2021 Top 10% Best Paper Award. Seven papers (10%) were nominated for consideration for this award by the Reviewers and the Technical Program Committee., 01-02-2021
  • R. Rocha, J. P. Monteiro, C. A. Fernandes, A. S. Silva, The ANACOM-URSI Portugal research prize - 2019 edition, The ANACOM-URSI Portugal research prize was awarded at the 2019 edition for the work "ISTSat-1 - The First Portuguese University CubeSat". It is a work of excellent scientific quality and rigour, clarity and transversality. The work was produced by the ISTnanosat team, of the Instituto Superior Técnico, comprising João Paulo Monteiro, Alexandre Silva, Carlos Fernandes and Rui M. Rocha of IST/IT, Fabian Naf, Rúben Afonso, Gonçalo Tavares, Moisés Piedade, of IST / INESC-ID and Nuno Ramos, Tomás Almeida, João Pinto, Diogo Neves, Renato Encarnação, José Freitas, of IST. The team developed a CubeSat to perform a space mission to demonstrate ADS-B technology for tracking aircraft in remote regions of the planet. For this mission, carried out since 2017 under ESA's "Fly Your Satellite!" programme, the team chose to develop almost all subsystems from scratch through various master’s theses. Having already designed, built and integrated all the ISTSat-1 subsystems, as well as having gone through several test campaigns, the team is now aiming for the final acceptance tests and the preparation for the launch in 2020. The prize sponsored by ANACOM, in the amount of four thousand euros, was awarded at the end of the 13th Congress of the Portuguese Committee of URSI by the Vice-Chairman of ANACOM, João Miguel Coelho, and by the Chairman of the Portuguese Committee of URSI, Luísa Mendes., 01-12-2019
  • A. Zaric, Catarina C. Cruz, J.R. Costa, C. A. Fernandes, First Prize in 2014 IEEE AP-S Student Design Contest, International student competition organized by IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society in which 2-5 student teams propose, design and build antennas and a communication system for a specific application scenario., 01-07-2014
  • C. A. Fernandes, 2011 UTL/Santander Totta Award, Prize, in the Electrotechnical Engineering area, 01-12-2011
  • C. A. Fernandes, 2010 UTL/Santander Totta Award, Honorable mention, in the Electrotechnical Engineering area, 01-02-2011
  • J.R. Costa, E.B. Lima, C. A. Fernandes, CST University Publication Award 2010, The CST University Publication Award is an annual grant to university institutes and researchers for their work in the application of 3D EM field simulation., 01-12-2010
  • M. G. Silveirinha, C. A. Fernandes, “An Hybrid Method for the Calculation of the Band Structure of 2D Photonic Crystals, 3rd place in the Student Paper Contest held in the APS/URSI Symposium, San Antonio, Texas , USA June 2002, 17-07-2002
  • IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, Scientific Committee, 2017
  • IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, Scientific Committee, 2017
  • International Workshop on Antenna Technology - IWAT, Technical Programme Chairman, 2009
  • Conf. on Telecommunications - ConfTele, Scientific Committee, 2006
  • Conf. on Telecommunications - ConfTele, Organizing Committee, 2004
  • International Symp. on Antenna Technology and Appl Electromagnetics - ANTEM, Scientific Committee, 2004
  • Mathematical Techniques and Problems in Telecommunications, Organizing Committee, 2003
  • IEEE International Symp. on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Commun - PIMRC, Organizing Committee, 2002
  • Conf. on Telecommunications - ConfTele, Organizing Committee, 1999
  • IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters
    2015, 1 review(s); 2014, 1 review(s);
  • IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
    2014, 1 review(s); 2013, 1 review(s); 2011, 4 review(s); 2010, 1 review(s); 2009, 1 review(s); 2008, 1 review(s); 2007, 2 review(s); 2006, 2 review(s); 2005, 2 review(s); 2004, 1 review(s); 2003, 1 review(s); 2002, 1 review(s);
  • IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
    2014, 1 review(s); 2010, 1 review(s);
  • International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
    2014, 1 review(s);
  • IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation
    2006, 1 review(s);
  • IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
    2003, 1 review(s);
  • European Microwave Week/European Microwave Conf.
    2007, 1 review(s); 2005, 1 review(s); 2004, 1 review(s);

  • 2007, 1 review(s); 2005, 1 review(s);
  • European Conf. on Antennas & Propagation - EUCAP
    2010, 1 review(s); 2008, 1 review(s); 2007, 1 review(s);
  • ICC Wireless Communications
    2005, 1 review(s);
  • International Symp. on Antenna Technology and Appl Electromagnetics - ANTEM
    2005, 1 review(s);
  • IST Mobile and Wireless Communications Summit
    2005, 2 review(s);