Keynote Speakers


Reflections on a microwave career in a digital world

Monday 29th Nov at 10 am (AEST)


Keynote Speaker


Rowan Gilmore

CEO, EM Solutions Pty Ltd, Tennyson, Queensland, 4105, Australia
Adjunct Professor, School of ITEE, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4068, Australia


Abstract - The study of microwaves and analog electronics might appear to be an anomaly in a world that is increasingly being defined by digital devices, software, big data and artificial intelligence. Noting that this anomaly has always seemed a threat that could eliminate the necessity for analog microwave circuits and systems altogether, the author reflects on his own career to show that such a threat might persist but has never materialised. The purpose of this presentation is to show that a career in microwave engineering remains as meaningful as ever, with the value of microwave engineering solutions to industry undiminished.


Biography - (M’81–SM’03) earned his BE (Elec, Hons I) degree and University Medal from the University of Queensland in 1976 and his MSEE and DSc degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982 and 1984 respectively. His dissertation was on the nonlinear modelling of GaAs MESFETs.


Rowan is currently the CEO of EM Solutions Pty Ltd, an Australian designer and manufacturer of advanced microwave components, systems and terminals used in satellite and wireless broadband communications networks around the world. Until June 2011 he was CEO of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation, where he helped numerous start-up companies and worked to accelerate technology transfer between research institutions and industry. Prior to this role, he worked in senior roles in multiple industries, and was formerly based in London and Geneva from 1998 as Vice President of Network Services (Europe) for the airline IT company SITA, now France Telecom’s Orange subsidiary. He previously worked for Schlumberger throughout Asia and in Houston TX, as well as at Central Microwave in St. Louis MO, and Compact Software in Paterson, NJ.


Dr Gilmore is the author of the two-volume text book “Practical RF Circuit Design for Modern Wireless Systems” (with Les Besser, Artech House, 2003) and a number of technical journal papers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd. and Universal Motion Simulation Pty Ltd.



RF CMOS over the last 25 years

Tuesday 30th Nov at 10 am (AEST)


Keynote Speaker


Neil Weste

Morse Micro Pty Ltd, Surry Hills, NSW


Abstract RF CMOS has progressed from an oddity to the core technology used in the majority of consumer devices including mobile phones, WiFi and TVs. This talk will summarise developments in RF CMOS over the last 25 years.


Biography -(S’76–M’77-F’96-LF’19) received the B.Sc., B.E. (Elec.), Ph.D. and D.E (honoris causa) degrees from the University of Adelaide, Australia.


In 1977, he commenced working at Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ, USA, in the area of IC design tools. Subsequently, he spent a year in North Carolina primarily at Duke University, UNC (Chapel Hill), and MCNC building VLSI design capabilities in that state. After returning to Bell Labs for a year, he joined Symbolics Inc., working on single chip Lisp computers (Ivory). He co-founded TLW Inc. where he designed many custom ICs for a variety of companies. In 1995, he joined Macquarie University, Australia, and in 1997 co-founded Radiata Communications working on WLAN chips. He later worked at Cisco Systems after the acquisition of Radiata Communications in 2000. He was an angel investor and worked for the Australian Government on the IR&D Board. He cofounded OzRunways Pty. Ltd. where he cowrote the software now used by the majority of pilots in Australia, NZ, PNG and Latin America in their Electronic Flight Books and is currently Chairman of the Board. In 2016 he joined Morse Micro working on chip designs for long distance WiFi, where he is now a Fellow. He co-authored the leading text on CMOS System Design in 1984 which has educated almost two generations of chip designers and remains a best seller today in it’s 4th edition almost 40 years later.


He is a Fellow of ATSE and received the 2010 Clunies Ross Medal for his contributions to the development of WiFi. He was a NSW finalist the the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year Award



Cross-Band PIM Generation in Collocated Cellular Base Stations

Wednesday 1st Dec at 10 am (AEST)


Keynote Speaker


Christine Blair

Kaelus PTY LTD, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000, Australia


Abstract - PIM testing in cellular base stations has traditionally focused on intra-band PIM problems. This refers to situations in which downlink signals from a base transceiver station (BTS) generate PIM in the uplink band of the same system.


A less well-known but increasingly more common type of PIM is cross-band PIM. This occurs when downlink signals from two or more BTSs operating in different frequency bands mix together to produce PIM in the uplink band of one or more of those systems. This problem is set to intensify as spectrum is reframed for use in the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 2500 MHz and 3500 MHz bands, thereby creating opportunities for mixing between entirely new combinations of downlink signals.


An insidious feature of cross-band PIM faults is that they do not reveal themselves when only one BTS is operating. This means that, depending on its traffic configuration, a BTS can be PIM-free when tested in isolation but still experience a large PIM-induced noise- floor rise when all collocated BTSs are transmitting simultaneously.


Biography - With 25 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, Christine Blair has developed expertise in conceiving and leading the development of new product ideas and their transformation into numerous successful differentiated products that offer a high-value proposition. She has extensive experience in leading multinational teams, which have included members of Australian, Chinese, American, Canadian and various European backgrounds.


She is the Vice President of Research and Development for Kaelus, a global leader in innovative Antenna system solutions for the wireless telecommunications sector.


Christine graduated from the Australian Institute of Business with a Master in Business Administration. In addition, she holds an Electronic Engineering Degree from the Institut Supérieur de l’Electronique et du Numérique, a leading institution in France. She was born in France and has worked in various countries (UK, Australia and US) before settling in Australia in 2008.


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