ISMOT-2011 at Prague, Czech Republic, Chaired by Prof. Banmali Rawat (Electrical 1968)-Report
@ Sep 24, 2011
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Prof. Banmali S. Rawat is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director at department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at University of Nevada at Reno, Nevada State, USA.

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(Prof. Banmali Rawat)

He did BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Electronics Engineering) from Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Prof. Rawat is Editor-In-Chief of the IJMOT (International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology) online magazine. The first issue for this bimonthly magazine was published online on July 2, 2006.

We are publishing the report forwarded by him about ISMOT-2011 held at Prague, Czech Republic. ISMOT-2011 was 13th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology. The Symposium was held during June 20-23, 2011.


The Report on ISMOT-2011 at Prague, Czech Republic

The 13th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT-2011) was successfully organized in Prague (one of the most beautiful cities in the world), Czech Republic from June 20-23, 2011. The conference was held in Hotel Olympik Artemis, U Sluncové 14, Prague 8. This was also the 25 years celebration of ISMOT since its inception in 1986.

The Welcome Reception Cocktail was organized in the evening of Monday, June 20.  More than 200 renowned microwave and optical technology experts from over 30 countries participated in this year’s symposium. Over 180 papers focused on the recent developments as well as future research in the areas of microwave communication, antennas, radar, biological effects, microwave and optical devices, meta materials for microwave applications, optical communication, optical sensing, cellular phones and mobile communication, high power amplifiers and filters, microwave photonics, electro-optics, optical fibers, optical solitons, optical networks, laser technology, optical multiplexing/demultiplexing, and future technologies were presented in the conference.

The conference was jointly organized by the Czech Technical University, which is famous for Doppler Radar invention, and the University of Nevada, Reno, USA and was co-sponsored by IEEE Czech section and MTT Czech Chapter, URSI, Computer Simulation Technology AG and European Community’s 7th Framework Programme.

Prof. Banmali Rawat (IT-BHU ECE 68, 70) from University of Nevada, Reno, USA, was one of the two Keynote Speakers in the conference. The title of his talk was “Energy Challenges for Microwave and Optics Engineers”. The main focus of his talk was how in the future photocity would completely replace electricity in order to fully utilizing the solar energy without converting into electricity and thus the electricity would become history. The photons would be used for communications, light, heat and mechanical force which are done by electricity at present. This revolutionary idea would put the human race on a completely new path of civilization. 

The other keynote speaker was Prof. R. De Leo from the University of Ancona, Italy. The title of his talk was “Safeguard the Historic and Artistic Heritage by the Microwave Technology”.  Prof. Rawat was also the General Chair of the symposium while Prof. Jan Vrba from Czech Technical University, Prague was the Symposium Chair. 

The Farewell Evening was organized on a large boat in the famous Vltava River of Prague with beautiful sights of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, National Theatre, Emauzy Monastery, Vyšehard Castle and other historic landmarks. A video presentation showing 25 yrs. growth of ISMOT was shown on the last day of the conference. The ISMOT is governed by an International Advisory Committee (IAC) headed by Prof. Rawat and has 31 members from 17 countries and is organized every alternate year in a different country.  The IAC has also decided to publish about 40 selected papers from the conference in the Special Issue of the online International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT) in the month of November 2011 or January 2012.

The future ISMOT symposia have been tentatively planned in: Singapore (December 16-19, 2013), Guadalajara, Mexico (2015) and Dresden, Germany (2017).  For further information regarding this conference (ISMOT) or the online journal (IJMOT), please contact Prof. Banmali S. Rawat, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, Tel: (775) 784-1457; Fax: (775) 784-6627; E-mail:


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Profile of Prof. Banmali Rawat

Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering,

University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89511, U.S.A

Contact Prof. Banmali Rawat at: OR

Education of Prof. Banmali Rawat

* PhD 1976, Sri Venkateswara University, India

* MS 1970, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

* BS 1968, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

Research/outreach areas:

Analysis, design and fabrication of microstrip components; microstrip couplers on anisotropic substrates; microstrip couplers on DGS; development of optical fiber sensors for various applications; optical fiber communication; Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and tunable MUX/DEMUX using acouso-optic cell arrays for DWDM applications; chaotic ring laser for secured optical communication.

Relevant past experience:

Instrumentation Engineer at West Coast Paper Mills; Senior Scientist, Defense R&D Laboratories-Aeronautical Development Establishment; Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory, India-satellite communication, radar and avionics systems; Professor, University of North Dakota; NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, summer 1997, 1999; Visiting Professor, ENIB-France, Kyushu University-Japan, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute- Japan, University of New South Wales-Australia and Chemnitz University of Technology-Germany.

 * Home page of Prof. Banmali Rawat on University of Nevada website:

*Interview in Chronicle July 2006 issue:


About IJMOT magazine

*IJMOT online magazine- International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology

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The International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT) provides a common platform to disseminate the original research work and invited tutorials in the area of microwave technology, microwave photonics and optical technology. It is completely online journal. Manuscripts are solicited to cover the original theoretical and /or experimental work in the areas of microwave technology, optical communications and emerging area of microwave photonics. The topics of interest include the following but not limited to:

Microwave propagation, Transmission lines and Antenna Systems, Microwave Devices, Components, Systems, sources and new technologies, Wireless RF components and systems, millimeter / sub-millimeter wave systems, Components and Techniques, Optical fibers and Cables, Optical sources, Detectors, Switches and Connectors, Optoelectronics, Integrated optics, Optical systems & networks, optical communication and new technologies, Infrared and laser technologies, Free space optical communication, Optical sensors, Microwave photonics, Band gap materials and devices based on this technology, Photonics antenna systems and optically controlled devices, MEMS and Nanotechnology, other related topics.

The journal also publishes the proceedings of the biennial “International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT)”.

Readership: Researchers, scientists and engineers working in the field of electro magnetics, microwaves, microwave communications, all the areas of optical technology, microwave photonics/band gap materials and photonics antenna systems & devices. The IJMOT publishes full length papers and short communications with wide audience all over the world. The engineering and physics libraries of the universities, research laboratories and related industries are very much interested in this type of journal.  


About University of Nevada at Reno

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

* University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA

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Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic

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University History

Brief history of the Czech Technical University

Engineering education has a long tradition in the Czech lands. One of its founders, Christian Joseph Willenberg, addressed a petition to Emperor Leopold I. in January 1705, asking permission to begin teaching engineering sciences. Leopold's son, Emperor Joseph I., who succeeded his father on Habsburg throne, responded to this request on 18th January 1707 with a decree in which he ordered the Czech general Estates to found an engineering school in Prague. Willenberg began teaching in his private flat with only 12 students. However, the number of students grew rapidly and reached more than 200 in 1779. Willenberg's successor was Jan Ferdinand Schor, author of the textbook on mathematical sciences taught at the Institute. The third Professor of the Institute of Engineering was František Antonín Herget, who was particulary well-known for his lectures on practical applications of mechanics.

In 1806, following the project of František Josef  Gerstner, based on the model of l' Ecole  Polytechnique  de Paris, the institute of Engineering Education was transformed into Prague Polytechnic. At that time Prague Polytechnic was the only school of higher technical education in the Austrian empire.

Many other people famous for their work in the sciences worked and thought at Prague Polytechnic.
The most outstanding was Christian Doppler, Professor of mathematics and practical geometry from 1837 to 1847. In 1842 Doppler formulated his well-known principle concerning the frequency shift of waves due to the relative velocity of the source and the observer. This effect is routinely used in many fields of human activities, including physics, astronomy, medicine, meteorology and transformation.

In 1863, Prague Polytechnic was transformed into a technical university headed by a rector. At that time the studies were divided into 4 specialisations: Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering and Architecture.

In 1891, František Křižík, a former student of Prague Polytechnic, constructed the first electric street car in Prague. Architect Josef Zitek, a professor at the Polytechnic, designed many beautiful buildings in the Czech lands, Germany and Austria. His work included the National Theatre in Prague, the jewel of Czech architecture. In 1912, Jan Zvoníček professor of theory and design of steam engines and compressors, invented a radial steam turbine.

After the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the name of the school was changed in 1920 to the Czech Technical University in Prague, which united seven schools, including the School of Chemical Technology, the School of Agriculture and Forestry, and the School of Business. These three above mentioned schools developed into independent universities in the early 1950s.

In 1921, Academician František Klokner founded the research and testing institute for materials and structures, attached to CTU. This was the first institute of its kind in Central Europe and it exists still to this day.

CTU Professor František Běhounek, a postgraduate student of Marie Curie-Sklodowska, made important contributions to dosimetry. He participated in two expeditions to the North Pole, the second of which, led by Italian general Umberto Nobile, ended with the tragic crash of the airship ,,Italia". Běhounek continued making improvised measurements of natural radioactivity in the survivors' camp and obtained very important data.

In 1975, Professor Vlado Prelog, a 1928 CTU graduate, won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

During the last three quarters of the last century, worldwide, the advanced in engineering and science have been enormous. However, the developments in the Czechoslovak Republic were slowed down by the Nazi occupation (1938-1945). Universities were closed for six years and by the economically stagnating communist regime (1948-1989) accompanied by the political oppression. Hundreds of students and scores of lectures and researchers were kicked out from the universities and research institutes. In spite of this, during these difficult times graduates and staff members of the Czech Technical University created numerous remarkable engineering and architectural works, developed noteworthy technologies, mechanical and electrical equipment, and achieved notable scientific accomplishments and inventions. Outstanding personalities associated with CTU have been so numerous that it would be fair to name a few here and to forget the others. Many have gained noteworthy prizes and awards, others have been promoted to Doctors Honoris Causa.

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In the course of the last half century, the Czech Technical  University in Prague has undergone several reorganisation: the faculty of economic sciences was closed after 1948, and the faculty of chemical technology and the faculty of agriculture became independent in 1952. after 1960, CTU had four faculties: of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and a forerunner of the present faculty of nuclear science and physical engineering. The faculty of architecture was founded in 1976 and the faculty of transportation science in 1993 - so at present, CTU has six faculties.

From the brochure " Student Survival Guide to Prague", CTU Prague.


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