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Prof. Max Ammann, Assistant Head of School

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RF Awareness Training - Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Course - Safety Issues for Mobile Communications

Background Information

The rapid growth of Radio Frequency personal wireless services has lead to concern over the effects of the electromagnetic radiation. International standards bodies and US agencies are continually issuing revised regulations and setting up regulatory groups and activities to address these concerns.

This one-day course on RF awareness:

Provides a compilation of safety concerns and regulations associated with these services. Examines the risks of exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields for humans, as well as techniques to ensure the safety of people and critical electronic systems. Stresses modern personal communications systems, including cellular mobile handsets, base stations and other mobile wireless systems. It is recommended that candidates have some engineering, science or technical background, but extensive knowledge of mathematics, physics and biology is not required.


Session 1:

Basic engineering and physics of wireless RF safety

Session 2:

Biological effects and hazards of RF energy

Session 3:

International standards and guidelines for safety of personnel exposed to RF energy

Course Tutor: Prof. Max Ammann

Professor Ammann received the CEI Part II degree in 1980 and the Ph.D. degree in microwave antenna design from Trinity College, Dublin in 1997. He spent eight years on radio systems engineering and antenna design for TCL/Philips Radio Communications Systems, where he was responsible for commissioning the Garda Nationwide Communications Network. As a member of the IEEE International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety, he participated in the revision of the IEEE Std. C95.1, 2002, 2005 & 2012 standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz. He is also a member of the URSI Committee for Communications and Radio Science within the Royal Irish Academy with expertise in Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine. He has served as an expert to industry on various antenna technologies in the communications, medical, aviation and electronic security sectors in Ireland and abroad. The roles have included design assessment, design solutions, technological strategy reporting and assessment of compliance with international standards on human exposure to electromagnetic energy. The industrial contacts also stem from several successful transfers of fundamental design research into applied solutions. He is currently associate editor of IEEE Antennas & Wireless Propagation Letters.