EMC'14/Tokyo, Co-sponsored by Asia Pacific EMC (APEMC) 


By Masao Taki, EMC’14/Tokyo Symposium Chair


IEEE EMC Magazine, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 95- 99, 2014


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The 2014 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC'14/Tokyo) was held at Hitotsubashi Hall (National Center of Sciences), Chiyoda, Tokyo, from May 12 to 16, 2014. EMC'14/Tokyo is the 7th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility organized by the IEICE Technical Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility Japan (EMCJ), sponsored by the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Communications Society (IEICE-CS). This EMC Symposium series has been held every five years since 1984. The first series was held in Tokyo, becoming the first IEEE EMC Symposium to be held outside the USA, sharing sponsorship with IECE (currently IEICE). EMC'14/Tokyo was technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC-S) and the Technical Committee on EMC of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ). It was also held in collaboration with 15 national and international organizations related to academic and standardization activities on electromagnetic compatibility.

In total, 510 people, including 18 invited attendees, 54 students, and 21 accompanying people, from 26 countries attended the Symposium. Attendees consisted of 339 people from Japan and 171 people from overseas. The technical program of EMC’14/Tokyo included regular sessions, organized sessions, workshops, and tutorial sessions. A total of 246 papers were presented: 125 from Japan and 121 from outside Japan. We note that approximately half the presented papers were from overseas.

The Symposium started on Monday, May 12 with a technical tour to Tokyo Skytree joined by more than 40 participants. After listening to lectures about broadcasting transmission systems and lightning observation equipment, we went 450 meters up the tower and enjoyed a great view of the Tokyo metropolitan area from the Tembo Galleria. The participants also looked around Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, where they experienced the traditional culture of Tokyo.

The technical sessions including the Plenary Session and Keynote Session were scheduled from May 13 to 16. The Symposium covered all aspects of EMC technology. Fusion of energy and information in systems have enabled remarkable recent technologies such as “Smart Communities”. Wireless power transfer is about to be introduced to people’s daily lives. The Symposium addressed these emerging technologies as well as the conventional issues of EMC including compatibility of man-made systems and countermeasures to the threats to our lifeline systems caused by natural sources of disturbance.

For the regular sessions, 172 papers were submitted from 24 countries, and 117 were accepted. For the organized sessions, 101 original papers were accepted. Therefore, the proceedings of EMC’14/ Tokyo included 218 original papers in 28 regular sessions and 17 organized sessions. These papers and 28 additional presentations in workshops and tutorial sessions were presented in four parallel sessions.

Specific topics in EMC’14/Tokyo were Biological Effect and Safety (16.5 % of regular sessions and organized sessions papers) and PCB and Device Level EMC (15.6 %), though EMI/ EMC Measurement Technology (17.0 %) covered the largest portion of the topics. In particular, IC and chip level EMC issues have become a focus of research. “Power System EMC” was another important topic due to the increase in papers related to Wireless Power Transfer.

In the evening of May 13, the Welcome Party was held at Hitotsubashi Hall. More than 350 participants gathered and enjoyed food, drink, and conversation with their friends and colleagues. The social highlight of EMC'14/Tokyo was the Banquet and the Award Ceremony held on Thursday evening at Josui Kaikan, which about 220 participants attended. The banquet began with Kagami-Biraki, a traditional Japanese ceremony in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open by mallets. We also saw an exciting and fantastic Wadaiko (Japanese drum) performance given by Mugen, a Wadaiko group. At the Award Ceremony, which was held during the banquet, the winners were commended for their outstanding achievements.


The following awardees were selected by the Award Program Committee.                        

Risaburo Sato Award

“Forward Wave Analysis for EMC Power Supply Design above 1 GHz” by Umberto Paoletti, Yasumaro Komiya, Takashi Suga, and Hideki Osaka.

Excellent Paper Awards

1) “Relationship Between Spatial-Averaged SAR and Temperature Elevation in Human Head Models from 1-10 GHz” by Akimasa

Hirata, Shunya Ohta, Ilkka Laakso, and Osamu Fujiwara.

2) “Electromagnetic Radiated Emissions from a Wireless Power Transfer System using a Resonant Magnetic Field Coupling” by Sunkyu Kong, Jonghoon Kim, Bumhee Bae, Jonghoon J. Kim, Sukjin Kim, and Joungho Kim.

3) “Power and Ground Phase Relation in LSI Power Distribution Network at Common-mode Noise Reduction” by Takuro Murakami, Masaaki Maeda, Yuichi Mabuchi, Tohlu Matsushima, Takashi Hisakado, and Osami Wada.

4) “The Advantages of Spatial Domain Probe Compensation Technique in EMC Near-Field Measurements” by Martin Schmidt and Manfred Albach.

Furthermore, five young authors (all under 33 years of age) were selected as the winners of the Young Researcher Award, and two

student authors were selected as the winners of the IEEE EMC Society Japan and Sendai Chapter Student Awards.

EMC’14/Tokyo was a truly successful event. We owe much of this success to all those involved in the Symposium. The steering committee thanks all participants, committee members, secretaries, and staff members for their hard work and contributions to the Symposium. Many thanks to all the technical and financial sponsors.

Finally, this report was written with input from the EMC'14/Tokyo Vice Chair Osami Wada, the EMC'14/Tokyo Steering Committee Assistant Secretary Yukihisa Suzuki, and the EMC'14/Tokyo Steering Committee Members Takashi Harada and Yoshitaka Toyota.



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