Here you will have a glimpse into my research and educational activities.
My team designs and optimizes antenna arrays for next-generation wireless systems!
Our applications are cellular & satellite communications, radioastronomy, civilian radars and healthcare.
Since April 2021, I work as an Assistant Professor at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in the Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems (MS3) Section. I received my B.Sc. degree with double specialization in Communications and Microwaves/Antennas from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2014, and the M.Sc. (Cum Laude, with the Justus & Louise van Effen Scholarship) and Ph.D. degrees (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. My Ph.D. thesis was titled "Antenna Array Synthesis and Beamforming for 5G Applications: An Interdisciplinary Approach". Following my Postdoctoral Research at TU Delft, I started working in my current role.
My research interests include phased arrays for next-generation communication and sensing systems, array optimization, cooling, multibeam antennas, front-end architectures, and beamforming algorithms.
I submitted my application for the prestigious NWO VENI grant.
We have 5 accepted papers to be presented in EuCAP 2023.
My PhD student Feza Çelik received the EuMA Internship Award.
Y. Aslan and A. Roederer, “Multiple beam forming schemes for user terminal antennas: now and next,” submitted to Reviews of Electromagnetics (RoE) as an invited roadmap paper.
Y. Aslan, “Optimization of virtually-aperiodic linear sparse arrays,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett., vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 318-324, Feb. 2022.
J. Puskely, T. Mikulasek, Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “5G SIW based phased antenna array with cosecant squared shape pattern,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 250-259, Jan. 2022. (listed in the top accessed papers in the first month of publication)
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer, N. J. G. Fonseca, P. Angeletti and A. Yarovoy, “Orthogonal vs. zero-forced beamforming in multibeam antenna systems: review and challenges for future wireless networks,” IEEE J. Microwaves, vol. 1, no. 4, Oct. 2021. (invited paper)
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Concentric ring array synthesis for low side lobes: an overview and a tool for optimizing ring radii and angle of rotation,” IEEE Access, Early Access, Aug. 2021.
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “System advantages of using large-scale aperiodic array topologies in future mm-wave 5G/6G base stations: an interdisciplinary look,” IEEE Syst. J., Early Access, Jan. 2021.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Synthesis of quasi-modular circularly polarized 5G base station antenna arrays based on irregular clustering and sequential rotation,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett., vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 1278–1285, Apr. 2021 (listed among the top 10 most downloaded papers)
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Trade-offs between the quality of service, computational cost and cooling complexity in interference-dominated multi-user SDMA systems,” IET Comm., vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 144–151, Jan. 2020.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Multiple beam synthesis of passively cooled 5G planar arrays using convex optimization,” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., vol. 68, no. 5, pp. 3557–3566, May 2020.
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Synthesis of optimal 5G array layouts with wide-angle scanning and zooming ability for efficient link setup and high-QoS communication,” IEEE Antennas Wirel. Propag. Lett, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 1481–1485, Jun. 2020.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Phase-only control of peak sidelobe level and pattern nulls using iterative phase perturbations,” IEEE Antennas Wirel. Propag. Lett, vol. 18, no. 10, pp. 2081–2085, Oct. 2019.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, J. H. J. Janssen, M. Geurts, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Thermal-aware synthesis of 5G base station antenna arrays: an overview and a sparsity-based approach,” IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 58868-58882, Oct. 2018. (Proposed thermal model was added as a feature in CST Studio Suite in the 2020+ versions!)
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely and A. Yarovoy, “Heat source layout optimization fortwo-dimensional heat conduction using iterative reweighted L1-norm convex minimization,” Int. J. Heat Mass Transf., vol. 122, pp. 432-441, Jul. 2018.
N. B. Onat, I. Roldan, F. Fioranelli, A. Yarovoy and Y. Aslan, “Efficient embedded element pattern prediction via machine learning: a case study with planar non-uniform sub-arrays,” in Proc. 17th EuCAP, Florence, Italy, Mar. 2023.
N. Birari, Y. Aslan and A. Yarovoy, “An intriguing relation between the power consumption and number of antenna elements in multi-beam phased arrays,” in Proc. 17th EuCAP, Florence, Italy, Mar. 2023.
F. T. Celik and Y. Aslan, “A novel heatsink attached mm-wave active patch antenna with adjustable frequency and cooling,” in Proc. 17th EuCAP, Florence, Italy, Mar. 2023.
C. Zhao, A. Yarovoy, A. Roederer and Y. Aslan, “Shaped-beam subarrays for equi-power urban area coverage with modularity and low cost,” in Proc. 17th EuCAP, Florence, Italy, Mar. 2023.
N. van de Kreeke, Y. Aslan, N. B. Onat and A. Yarovoy, “Statistical effects of propagation environment and transmit array topology on cell-edge user service quality at mm-waves,” in Proc. 17th EuCAP, Florence, Italy, Mar. 2023.
Y. Aslan, A. Balasubramanian and A. Yarovoy, “Electromagnetic and thermal analysis of finned heatsink active mm-wave linear array antennas,” in Proc. 2nd IEEE UkrMW (Online), Nov. 2022. (invited to the Special Session on MM and sub-MM wave technologies for 5G and beyond applications)
Y. Aslan, “Site-Specific Ultra-Low-Sidelobe Phased Array Topologies for Sparse Areas of Particular Shape,” in Proc. 52nd EuMC, Milan, Italy, Sep. 2022.
Y. Aslan, “Opportunities, Progress and Challenges in Active Heatsink Antenna Arrays for 5G and Beyond,” in Proc. 52nd EuMC, Milan, Italy, Sep. 2022.
N. Myers, Y. Aslan and G. Joseph, “Near-field focusing using phased arrays with dynamic polarization control,” in Proc. 30th EUSIPCO, Belgrade, Serbia, Sep. 2022.
Y. Aslan and N. B. Onat, “Optimization of uniform amplitude periodic linear phased arrays for grating lobe reduction ,” in Proc. 16th EuCAP, Madrid, Spain, Mar. 2022.
A. Roederer, J. Puskely, Y. Aslan and A. Yarovoy, “Shaped elevation patterns for 5G base stations,” in Proc. IEEE AP-S/URSI (Online), Singapore, Dec. 2021.
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Synthesis of low-sidelobe stepped-amplitude aperiodic phased arrays,” in Proc. 15th EuCAP (Online), Düsseldorf, Germany, Mar. 2021.
Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “System impacts of user scheduling with minimal angular separation constraints in radio resource management for 5G and beyond,” in Proc. APMC 2020 (Online), Hong Kong SAR, China, Dec. 2020.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Effect of element number reduction on inter-user interference and chip temperatures in passively-cooled integrated antenna arrays for 5G,” in Proc. 14th EuCAP (Online), Copenhagen, Denmark, Mar. 2020.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Performance comparison of single- and multi-lobe antenna arrays in 5G urban outdoor environments at mm-waves via intelligent ray tracing,” in Proc. 14th EuCAP (Online), Copenhagen, Denmark, Mar. 2020.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Active multiport subarrays for 5G communications,” in Proc. IEEE APWC, Granada, Spain, Sept. 2019.
Y. Aslan, C. E. Kiper, A. Biggelaar, U. Johannsen and A. Yarovoy, “Passive cooling of mm-wave active integrated 5G base station antennas using CPU heatsinks,” in Proc. 16th EuRAD, Paris, France, Oct. 2019.
S. Salman, Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “System modeling and simulation in 5G: A hybrid beamforming approach with power flux equalization in the elevation plane,” in Proc. 49th EuMC, Paris, France, Oct. 2019.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Heat transfer enhancement in passively cooled 5G base station antennas using thick ground planes,” in Proc. 13th EuCAP, Krakow, Poland, Apr. 2019.
Y. Aslan, S. Salman, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “5G multi-user system simulations in line-of-sight with space-tapered cellular base station phased arrays,” in Proc. 13th EuCAP, Krakow, Poland, Apr. 2019.
Y. Aslan, M. Candotti and A. Yarovoy, “Synthesis of multi-beam space-tapered linear arrays with side lobe level minimization in the presence of mutual coupling,” in Proc. 13th EuCAP, Krakow, Poland, Apr. 2019.
Y. Aslan, J. Puskely, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “Synthesis of multiple beam linear arrays with uniform amplitudes,” in Proc. 12th EuCAP, London, UK, Apr. 2018.
J. Puskely, Y. Aslan, A. Roederer and A. Yarovoy, “SIW based antenna array with power equalization in elevation plane for 5G base stations,” in Proc. 12th EuCAP, London, UK, Apr. 2018.
Y. Aslan and A. Yarovoy, “Reduction of mutual coupling between closely spaced patch antennas using dielectric stratification technique,” in Proc. 47th EuMC, pp. 248-251, Nuremberg, Germany, Oct. 2017.
Projects & Partners
Funding: Dutch Research Council (NWO) - NXP Partnership Program on Advanced 5G Solutions
Project title: "Antenna Topologies and Front-end Configurations for Multiple Beam Generation"
Period : Jan. 2017 - now
Funding: European Space Agency (ESA) Open Space Innovation Platform
Project title: "A Key to 5G/6G Flexible Space Connection: Antenna Butler-like Multiple Beam Forming"
Period: Aug. 2020 - Aug. 2022
Funding: TU Delft Microelectronics Synergy Grant
Project title: "Integrated Antenna Design and Cooling Concepts in Active Phased Arrays"
Period: Jul. 2022 - now
Funding: TU Delft Space Institute Seed Grant
Project title: "SpaceTaper: A Spatially Tapered Phased Array Antenna for Future Space Communications"
Period: Jun. 2022 - now
Current Ph.D. students:
N. B. Onat - Started in Sep. 2021
Topic: Phased array optimization and design strategies for 5G/6G
R. Vergez - Started in Mar. 2022
Topic: Multiple Beam Hybrid Array Antenna for Satcom and for 5G and Beyond
F. T. Çelik - Started in Jul. 2022
Topic: Integrated Antenna Design and Cooling Concepts in Active Phased Arrays
Current M.Sc. students:
W. Chen - Started in Nov. 2022 (in collaboration with TU Delft NAS Section)
Topic: System characterization of mm-wave 5G base stations with shaped elevation patterns
C. Zhao - Started in Nov. 2022
Topic: Series-fed antenna array design with reduced beam squint
S. N. Subramani - Started in Nov. 2022 (in collaboration with ASTRON and TU Twente)
Topic: Optimally sparse and adaptive far-field sampling and pattern reconstruction
K. A. Nair - Started in Nov. 2022 (in collaboration with DLR and CITC)
Topic: Design of a wideband wide-angle scanning mm-wave dielectric resonator antenna array with additive manufacturing for Satcom
R. Kooij - Started in Nov. 2022 (in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors)
Topic: 6G antenna-in-package beam forming system modeling
X. Wang - Started in Feb. 2023
Topic: mm-wave wireless network topology optimisation using ray tracing
K. C. Gonzalez - Started in Feb 2023 (in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors)
Topic: To be decided
N. Gopakumar - Started in Nov. 2022 (co-supervisor role, in collaboration with TU Delft ECTM)
Topic: Wireless biodegradable split ring resonators for pH and strain detection for a hip implant
Previous M.Sc. students:
Q. Liu - Graduated in Sep. 2022 (in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors) - Joined NMi Certin B.V. after graduation
Thesis: Design of the AiP feeding lines for 6G applications in a high definition fan-out technology
N. Birari - Graduated in Aug. 2022 - Joined Temporary Works Design (TWD) after graduation
Thesis: Power consumption analysis of 5G transmit antenna topologies and beamforming schemes
F. Stallone - Graduated in Aug. 2022 from Politecnico di Torino, Grenoble INP-Phelma, EPFL (co-supervisor role) - Joined TU Delft as a researcher after graduation
Thesis: Design, fabrication and characterization of a magnesium-based split ring resonator for pH and strain detection
A. Balasubramanian - Graduated in Oct. 2021 - Joined Ericsson after graduation
Thesis: mm-Wave Heatsink Antenna Array Design for Low-Sidelobe and Low-Temperature
G. Sudhakaran - Graduated in Sep. 2021 - Joined Ericsson after graduation
Thesis: Modeling and simulation of future multi-user communication systems
M. Buenaventura-Camps - Graduated in Jun. 2021 - Joined Robin Radar Systems after graduation
Thesis: Design of a sparse irregular array for beyond 5G base stations
S. Salman - Graduated in Aug. 2018 - Went back to Pakistan after graduation due to company contract
Thesis: Analysis of Antenna and RF Front-End Topologies for Multi-Beam Systems
Electrical Engineering Master-level courses at TU Delft:
M.Sc. Thesis Topics
Below you can find a list of available Master thesis projects I offer at TU Delft. Please contact me for further details !
Array signal processing and optimization oriented projects:
6G beam focusing in radiative near field with very large arrays
Fast adaptation of active array antennas in the presence of scatterers using machine learning
Array topology optimization for automotive MIMO radars (with NXP)
Antenna array optimization strategies for JCAS - joint communication and sensing
Quantum computing for ultra-low-latency array optimization
Optimal ultrasound phased arrays for focused brain stimulation
Antenna and beamformer design oriented projects:
Reconfigurable beam forming network design for satellite terminal antennas (with ESA)
Dual-polarized series-fed shaped beam antenna arrays
Antenna as a heatsink: design and multiphysics simulations
Sensing through biodegradable passive/active implants for biomedical applications (with ECTM)
Communication system oriented projects:
Amplifier-antenna impedance matching effects in 6G antenna arrays (with NXP)
Optimal system use of mixed low & high quality hardware in mm-wave RF front-ends
Characterization of electromagnetic field exposure due to multibeam base station antenna arrays
I offer academic projects for internship at TU Delft under the course ET4399. You can contact me for further details or come up with your own proposals !
We, the Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems (MS3) Section at TU Delft, are an inter-disciplinary and multi-national team of researchers from academia and industry, in which antenna, signal processing, and circuit design experts collaborate to create novel wireless system solutions for the emerging communication and sensing applications.
We have built our expertise on years of research and development in the area of active phased arrays, in strong collaboration with the external partners (e.g. NXP, TNO, Thales, ESA). We are one of the leading research teams in Europe in the development of the next-generation integrated antenna array technology. We aim for the design of highly integrated arrays for efficient and cost-effective antenna and front-end solutions.
We are actively looking for self-motivated researchers to join our team who will be involved in the ongoing antenna design-oriented research projects in collaboration with our industrial partners.
I'd love to hear from you.