Arlene Harris, “the first lady of wireless” will be at the conference “IT 25 anos”, to be held this coming October 12 during Techdays in Aveiro. With a career of more than 40 years dedicated to wireless communications, Arlene Harris is a pioneer researcher in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone service.
Recognized internationally for the application of technology in solving real problems, Arlene Harris joins her husband Martin Cooper, considered “the father of mobile phones”, Upkar Dhaliwal, entrepreneur and consultant in the area of wireless communications, and Paolo Villoresi from the University of Padua, an expert in quantum communications, to discuss the past and the future of telecommunications.
The "first lady of wireless" had her first contact with the industry at the age of five, helping operators to connect calls on a switchboard at Industrial Communications Systems (ICS), her family´s company. She began her professional career at the age of 12, moving from being a helper to an operator. Arlene's career stood out for having created the Jitterbug - a mobile phone with an easy-to-use interface, especially dedicated to the elderly and developed in a partnership with Samsung - which garnered awards such as the "10 Bright Ideas" from the New York Times or "Top 100 Products " from Reader's Digest. She was also a pioneer in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone services, the installation of public telephones in remote locations or the development of pagers for patients waiting for organ transplantation.
Arlene Harris was the first woman to be distinguished in the Wireless Hall of Fame and was considered by Fierce Wireless as one of the best wireless innovators of all time.
Caroline Loss, PhD student in Textile Engineering, was distinguished with an honorable mention in the Student Paper Award at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP) 2017 Conference, promoted by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and the European Microwave Association (EuMA), held in Pavia last September 20-22.
The aim of this conference was to bring together researchers and scientists of different backgrounds to share the most recent advances in new materials and manufacturing processes for the development of RF, microwave, mm-wave, circuits and systems.
The awarded paper is entitled “Influence of the Laminating Manufacturing Technique on the S11 Parameter of Printed Textile Antennas”, which integrates the PhD thesis supervised by professors Rita Salvado (UBI-DCTT) and Pedro Pinho (ISEL/IT in Aveiro). This work was developed between the Department of Textile Science and Technology (UBI) and the IT in Aveiro, and also had the contribution of Ricardo Gonçalves, researcher at IT in Aveiro.
This paper focuses on the study of wearable antennas and describes how the applied manufacturing technique can affect the return loss parameter of printed textile antennas. The work was distinguished for its contribution to analyze the influence of the laminating manufacturing technique on the electromagnetic behavior of the conductive and dielectric textile materials, giving guidelines to optimize the manufacturing process of the textile antennas and thus increase their performance.