Best Student Paper Award at 2023 IEEE CAMA

(17-11-2023) Jelle Jocqué was awarded the Best Student Paper Award at the 2023 IEEE CAMA.

Jelle Jocqué was awarded the Best Student Paper Award at the 2023 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements and Applications (CAMA) for the paper "Incorporating Energy Harvesters in Robust Wearable SIW Antennas for Deployment in Protective Clothing“.

About 2023 IEEE CAMA

The purpose of the conference, sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) is to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research on antenna measurements and applications.

This 2023 edition had a special focus on Antenna Systems and was held on November 15-17, 2023 in Genoa, Italy.

About the paper topic

In the context of smart fabric interactive textile (SFIT) systems, textile antennas play a crucial role. For monitoring of rescue workers, these antennas should be energy efficient, low profile, and able to establish a stable wireless body-centric communication link. To achieve autonomous SFIT systems, it is highly advisable to integrate energy harvesters in the wearable antenna. Therefore, we examine the implications of integrating a kinetic energy harvester within a textile antenna. Furthermore, we explore the consequences of incorporating such an antenna system into protective clothing and analyze its performance when the system is deployed on different parts of the human body. Simulation and measurement results confirm a very stable on-body performance in four distinct deployment scenarios. Lastly, the specific absorption rate of the deployed antenna was found to be well below the limit of both the EU and US standards.