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The Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Topics European project VISORSURF together with the Distributed School on Metamaterials run by EUPROMETA, the Education Department of the METAMORPHOSE VI AISBLand Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering of Aalto University will organize a Doctoral School on Tunable and Software-Driven Functional Metasurfaces.

This school will be the 37th edition of the Distributed Doctoral School on Metamaterials. The school will be supported by the European School of Antennas (ESoA).

The Doctoral School  will be held on June 28- 29, 2018 at the premises of Aalto University in Espoo (the Helsinki region), Finland.

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Credits: 1 ECTS

Dates: 28-29 June 2018

Place: Espoo, Finland

Title of the Course: Tunable and Software-driven Functional Metasurfaces

School CoordinatorsProf. Sergei Tretyakov,  Aalto University, Finland
                                      Dr. Fu Liu,                       Aalto University, Finland
                                      (contact email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )



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Metasurfaces, engineered thin composite structures, have recently enabled the realization of novel electromagnetic and optical components with application-optimized and even un-natural functionalities. These include electromagnetic invisibility of objects (cloaking), total radiation absorption, filtering and steering of light and sound, as well as ultra-efficient, miniaturized antennas for sensors, implantable communication devices, and control of wave propagation. Making metasurfaces tunable, sensible, programmable, and (artificially) intelligent will offer virtually unlimited possibilities in controlling fields of various physical nature using thin intelligent skins. The VISORSURF project, which is organizing this school event, is developing hardware platforms and appropriate software solutions for first software-defined and software-driven metasurfaces for electromagnetic and optical applications. The doctoral school will introduce the participants into this exciting field of research, presenting the theoretical foundations of electromagnetic metasurfaces, various means to tune and control their properties, and provide examples of possible practical realizations. Application aspects will also be discussed. The school program contains lectures, an interactive session with the teachers, and a small test at the end of this two-day course.


Tentative School Programme


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Time Lecturer Title

9:00 - 11:00

Sergei Tretyakov Introduction to electromagnetic metasurfaces: motivation, properties and modelling

11:00 - 11:20

11:20 - 12:50

Christos Liaskos
Sergi Abadal

Software-defined and software-driven metasurface paradigm
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:30

Eduard Alarcón

Wireless communications aspects within software-driven metasurfaces

15:30 - 16:00  


16:00 - 17:00 All teachers

Self-study and interactions with the lecturers

19:00 - 21:00  

School dinner


Friday, 29 June 2018


Time  Lecturer Title

9:00 - 11:00

Sergei Tretyakov
and Fu Liu


Comparison of functionalities achievable by metasurfaces and phased arrays, possible tunability mechanisms and examples of realizations of tunable and digital metasurfaces

11:00 - 11:20

11:20 - 12:50

Anna Tasolamprou and Xuchen Wang


Tunable fabric- and graphene-based designs

13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Ian F. Akyildiz

Software, system and application aspects
15:00 - 15:30  


15:30 - 17:00 All teachers

Discussion, conclusion and exam


Closing ceremony