Antennas and Rectennas for IoT Applications

November 6-10, 2017 / Sophia Antipolis, France


About the School

The course provides a deep insight on antenna and RF energy harvesting systems for IoT applications. It presents the latest developments on this topic leveraging on internationally recognized antenna experts. The course addresses both theoretical and experimental aspects giving the students the abilities and competences to design, realize and measure a miniature IoT wireless terminal powered with an RF harvester. The course includes both lectures and labs/project sessions. State-of-the art measurement facilities from UCA/Orange will be used for the experimental labs.


  •  Physical bounds of miniature antennas based on stored energy
  •  Antenna Miniaturization and integration techniques
  •  Low-power antenna reconfiguration techniques
  •  Design and measurements of RF Harvesters
  •  Measurement techniques for miniature integrated antennas

2017 November 6-10

Sophia Antipolis France

Max 20 Students

31h Teaching/Labs
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Université Côte d'Azur, France

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Université Côte d'Azur, France

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American University of Beirut, Lebanon

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KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Sweden

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Notre Dame University, Lebanon

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Abeeway, France



Day 1

Antenna bounds

Objective of the day:
Starting from the available space for the antenna on the board, identification of the limits on the antenna performance (especially Q-factor and bandwidth).

09:00 - 09:20: Welcome (L. Lizzi)
09:20 - 12:00: Course on antenna bounds for small antennas (L. Jonsson)
13:30 - 17:00: Matlab based lab on bandwidth bounds on small antennas (L. Jonsson)

Day 2

Antenna miniaturization and reconfiguration

Objective of the day:
Design of the 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz antennas integrated on the board and comparison to the limits founded on day 1.

09:00 - 12:00: Course on antenna miniaturization, reconfiguration and integration (L. Lizzi, F. Ferrero)
13:30 - 17:00: CST based lab on integrated antenna design (L. Lizzi, F. Ferrero)

Day 3

Rectennas and RF energy harvesting

Objective of the day:
Design of an RF energy harvesting system to power the whole device

09:00 - 12:00: Course on RF energy harvesting (J. Costantine, Y. Tawk)
13:30 - 17:00: Lab on the design of the RF energy harvesting system using CST and ADS (J. Costantine, Y. Tawk)

Day 4

Antennas and RF energy harvesting system measurement

Objective of the day:
Measurements of the performance of the antennas and the energy harvesting system

09:00 - 11:00: Course on measurement techniques for small antennas (F. Ferrero, L. Lizzi)
11:00 - 12:00: Assembly of the prototypes
13:30 - 17:00: Lab on measurements (reflection coefficient, radiation pattern,  antenna efficiency, harvester efficiency) (F. Ferrero, L. Lizzi, J. Costantine, Y. Tawk)

Day 5

Industrial vision and evaluation

Objective of the day:
Get an industrial vision on antennas and rectennas for IoT applications

09:00 - 10:00: Industrial talk (S. Boudaud)
10:00 - 12:00: Evaluation



LEAT Laboratory
Campus SophiaTech
Bâtiment Forum
930 Route des Colles
06903 Sophia Antipolis


The course fee is 440 EUR for full time university students/university employees and 1100 EUR for anyone else. 

The fee includes the course teaching and the material, coffee breaks, lunches and social dinner. 

Course fee reimbursements will be offered for up to two students by CST and Speag.

Students who wish to apply for the grant should send, not later than 30th September 2017 a motivation letter, the curriculum vitae, and a reference letter to