The Importance of Soft Skills for an ESR under Difficult Times (Covid-19)

The work of an ESR (Early Stage Researcher), during his/her Ph.D., is not only about to write or read papers, get good grades on tests and do experiments but also concerns to scientifically contribute on help others in way that is possible to reach a common development in a community. In this sense, a good ESR also must have skills such as the ability to work in-group, patience, resilience, solicitude, coordination of tasks and show the capability to carry plausive discussions on science and engineering.

An amazing example of it is the “2021 Joint IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal & Power Integrity, and EMC Europe”, an annual event that is currently taking place between Juy 26th to August 20th. Throughout this symposium, there are paper presentations, remarkable lectures, workshops, tutorials and cutting-edge equipments developed by the sponsors. Thus, students, young researchers, designers and engineers can have a glimpse on new frontier of knowledge on electromagnetic interference and, perhaps, this could provide them to have an insight on which career path accomplish or which research line or project to follow.

For this year, however, it is happening virtually and Prof. Flavia Grassi (Politecnico di Milano) suggested me to apply for this opportunity of remote contribution and to work along with Hermes Loschi (ESR2, SCENT Project) as co-chairs of a session. The session, thus, was named “Automotive EMC Joint Tutorial and Workshop” divided into Tutorial Part I (Hermes as co-chair) and Workshop Part II (me, ESR9, as co-chair). With this, it was possible to support the symposium’s organizers remotely to show worldwide the state-of-the-art contents about EMC and, signal and power integrity and, hence, help to overcome the educational barrier imposed by travel restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic.

In this “Automotive EMC Joint Tutorial and Workshop – Workshop Part II” Dr. Marco Klingler (Stellantis) worked as chair and I as co-chair. For this session, four renowned vendors’ experts discussed about the automotive and electronic systems regarding EMI and EMC in its complexity with a constant or reduced time-to-market along the entire vehicle development and production chain (from design phase until the full-vehicle validation phase).

Specifically, the workshop presentations covered EMC issues at a system, sub-system, equipment, and component levels. In particular, the speakers’ topics include hybrid power-train systems EMC analysis, low frequency magnetic field, antenna implementation, equipment design, printed-circuit-board optimization, electric and electronic component characterization, testing, standards, and regulations.

The Fig. 1 show us a just a little piece of such great event, in which experts from several companies address simulations, case studies, and experiments in the vehicle environment within the session.


Figure 1. Technical program of the workshop part for the session.

The presentations done are described as following:

• Time-Domain Comparisons Measurements vs. Simulation between 300 MHz and 3 GHz: from Dr. Marco Klingler and Thomas Picon, Stellantis, France. This presentation demonstrated a good agreement between simulations and experiments and how one could use simulations to analyze better the EMI behavior within a vehicle.

• Extension of the Reverberation Chamber below its Lowest Usable Frequency: from Dr. Martin Aidam, Mercedes-Benz AG, Germany. In this presentation was shown several experiments considering a new method in order to reach lower frequency bands in the measurements using the chamber.

• Simulation and Measurement of Transportation System Low Frequency Magnetic Field Exposure to Occupants: Scott Piper General Motors Corporation, US: In this third presentation it was comprehended the human exposure to electromagnetic fields.

• Is Your Magnetic Component Misbehaving? Extrapolating 2D Data to 3D Analysis: Patrick DeRoy, Abhishek Ramanujan, Pete Sealey Analog Devices Inc., Ireland. The final presentation of the session demonstrated about the modelling of magnetic devices, in special a detailed talk about common mode choke modeling, and EMI issues in a circuit board.

Finally, in Fig. 2 is shown the attendees during the Question and Answer session. This Q/A session provided us a great debate and exchange of experience concerning simulation, experiments and the development of EMC in vehicular environment. The attendees were composed of professors, students and engineer in the automotive market.


                Figure 2. Q/A session of the workshop.

Another contribution done for the event regards the scientific review of papers, in which was possible to expand knowledge in different fields and provide feedbacks to the authors in peer-review process.


                            Figure 3. Thank you note for reviewers.

Finally, I end up bringing us the best advice ever for these difficult times, a quote from the Nobel Prize twice-laureate Marie Curie: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”.

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