GUI design exploration software for microwave antennas

Bo Liu, Alexander Irvine, Mobayode O. Akinsolu, Omer Arabi, Vic Grout, Nazar Ali

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Optimizers in commercial electromagnetic (EM) simulation software packages are the main tools for performing antenna design exploration today. However, these general purpose optimizers are facing challenges in optimization efficiency, supported optimization types and usability for antenna experts without deep knowledge on optimization. Aiming to fill the gaps, a new antenna design exploration tool, called Antenna Design Explorer (ADE), is presented in this paper. The key features are: (1) State-of-the-art antenna design exploration methods are selected and embedded, addressing efficient antenna optimization (critical but unable to be solved by existing tools) and multiobjective antenna optimization (not available in most existing tools); (2) Human-computer interaction for the targeted problem is studied, addressing various usability issues for antenna design engineers, such as automatic algorithmic parameter setting and interactive stopping criteria; (3) Compatibility with existing tools is studied and ADE is able to co-work with existing EM simulators and optimizers, combining advantages. A case study verifies the advantages of ADE.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Computational Design and Engineering
Early online date13 Apr 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Apr 2017


  • Antenna design optimization
  • Antenna synthesis
  • Surrogate model assisted evolutionary algorithm
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Software tool


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