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July 9, 2020

Ruyu Ma wins student paper award

Written By: Jason Daley

Ruyu Ma
Ruyu Ma

Ruyu Ma, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW-Madison, won second place in the USNC/CNC URSI student paper competition held during the online 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting in early July 2020.

Ma is currently a research assistant in the lab of McFarland-Bascom Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Nader Behdad.

His winning paper, entitled “A Spatially-Confined, Platform-Based HF Direction Finding Array,” discusses a new technique for radio direction finding, an application that is used in navigation, radar, reconnaissance and advanced communication systems. The paper demonstrates a new way to exploit inherent radiation modes of platforms like automobiles and aircraft to enhance high-frequency, small-aperture direction finding systems. Typically, the accuracy of these onboard direction-finding antennas is capped by fundamental physical and statistical limits.