Student Design Contest

ISAP2020 Student Design Contest Guidelines

ISAP2020 Student Design Contest (SDC) will be held for the first time in the history of ISAPs during the 2020 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP2020), Osaka, Japan, from October 26 (Monday) through 30 (Friday), 2020. from January 25 (Monday) through 28 (Thursday), 2021. The aim of ISAP SDC is to promote student innovation and creative activities in antennas, propagation, and the related research fields. Excellent designs will be awarded at the buffet party of the ISAP2020 and the 1st winners will receive cash awards!
The ISAP2020 SDC has three contest categories of A. Antenna Design, B. Localization of RF Sources, and C. Inverse Problem. Guidelines to apply for the ISAP2020 SDC are as follows.
In accordance with the postponement of the ISAP2020, important dates for the ISAP2020 SDC have been rescheduled again as follows.

Cash Awards for the 1st winners!

Category First Award
A. Antenna Design 200,000JPY
B. Localization of RF Sources 200,000JPY
C. Inverse Problem 100,000JPY

Important Dates (Updated)

Event Date
Deadline for SDC Application March 27, 2020 May 31, 2020 August 31, 2020
Notification of Finalists May 29, 2020 July 21, 2020 October 27, 2020
Deadline for SDC Registration of Finalists July 31, 2020 August 31, 2020 November 30, 2020
Deadline for Final Design Submission September 30, 2020 December 25, 2020
On-site Competition October 27 - 29, 2020 January 26 - 27, 2021


  1. The team consists of 1 to 4 student(s).
  2. All members must be full-time students.
  3. Each team can be advised by a professional mentor such as a professor, researcher, or engineer in an industry.
  4. No member should be involved in more than one team for each category. (Members can join in more than one category.)

Application and Judgment Process

  1. The team must submit an application form to the SDC secretariat via E-mail by March 27 May 31 August 31, 2020. The application form must include information of the team, a summary of a preliminary design or a proposal, and a confirmation letter from a mentor/supervisor. The supervisor must verify that all team members are full-time students at a university, college, or technical school, and also must agree that the team participates in the SDC. See the following detailed instructions of each category to make the application form. The application form must be submitted in A4-sized PDF format up to 3 pages (including the confirmation letter). Use the template that can be downloaded at the SDC web site It is noted that the ISAP2020 will not offer any financial support for the teams to apply the SDC.
  2. The SDC committee will select finalists based on the above application form. The judgment result will be notified via an E-mail by May 29 July 21 October 27, 2020.
  3. The finalists must make a registration for the SDC by July 31 August 31 November 30, 2020. A registration form for the SDC can be downloaded at the SDC web site. The SDC registration for the finalists is free of charge.
    If the participants would make a presentation in technical sessions during ISAP2020, they must additionally register with the conference and pay a separate registration fee.
  4. The finalists must submit their final design or solution via E-mail by September 30 December 25, 2020. In addition, the finalists must participate in the on-site competition during the ISAP2020. See the following detailed instruction for each category. Use the same template file as the application form to submit the final design or solution. The on-site competitions will be held at the ISAP2020 venue according to the following schedule.

    Time Schedule of On-Site Competitions
    *The detailed time schedule is under consideration.
    Category Date and Time
    A. Antenna Design Oct. 27 PM, 2020 January 26/27, 2021
    B. Localization of RF Sources Oct. 28, 2020 January 26/27, 2021
    C. Inverse Problem Oct. 29 AM, 2020 January 26/27, 2021
  5. Winners will be selected based on achieved performance of their design or solution and quality of written materials.
  6. The winners in each category will be awarded at the buffet party of the ISAP2020. The finalists will be expected to attend the buffet party of the ISAP2020. One buffet party ticket will be provided per team. If two or more members would join the buffet party, they have to buy additional buffet party tickets. The 1st winner of each category will receive a certificate and the above cash award!

Detailed Instructions of Each Category

A. Antenna Design

B. Localization of RF Sources

C. Inverse Problem (

Template Files


How to Submit Materials

The application form, the registration form for the SDC, the final design, and questions should be sent to the SDC secretariat (isap-sdc20(a) by E-mail. (Please use the above e-mail address by replacing (a) with @.)