Short Course on EM modelling


The aim of the Short Course on electromagnetic modelling is to cover fundamental and practical issues of computer modelling with different numerical methods. The Short Course will present to its attendees an overview of modelling techniques. The focus will be given to two most popular discrete numerical methods: Finite Element Method and Finite Difference Time Domain method, addressing fundamentals, advantages, and basic causes of errors. The theoretical lectures will be supported with presentation of successful practical and industrial user cases on application of electromagnetic modelling, dedicated to variety of research areas, and hands-on sessions, delivering practical experience with two different electromagnetic solvers, QuickWave and InventSim, based on FDTD and FEM methods. Practical sessions will be focused on filters and antennas (including ultra-fast analysis of Body of Revolution problems, e.g. dual reflector antennas) design and analysis, with highlights concerned with other devices. The attendees will work with the solvers, preparing a predefined simulation scenarios, running the simulation, exploring basic and advanced solvers’ capabilities, and interpreting simulation results.

The Short Course attendees will be provided with a three-month trial licence of full-capability QuickWave software and one month evaluation licence of InventSim.

Short Course Agenda



Introduction to the Short Course


Electromagnetic modelling with Finite Element Method (FEM)

Dr. Grzegorz Fotyga


Electromagnetic modelling with Finite Difference Time Domain method (FDTD)

Dr. Marzena Olszewska-Placha


Coffee break


Hands-on session:  Introduction to filter design using 3D FEM solver InventSim

Prof. Adam Lamęcki


Coffee break


Hands-on session: Introduction to design of microwave devices (including BoR structures) using FDTD solver QuickWave

Dr. Marzena Olszewska-Placha


Questions & concluding remarks


Dr. Marzena Olszewska-Placha is QWED ( Research Engineer since 2010 and since 2021 its Vice-President for Research and Development. She received the B.Sc., M.Sc, and Ph.D. (2014) degrees in the fields of waveguide filters, double reflector antennas, and graphene-based composite absorbing panels, from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). She participated in several research and industrial projects concerned with modelling and applications of graphene composites and metamaterials at GHz and THz frequencies, antennas for SATCOM applications, microwave treatment of bituminous surfaces, and materials characterization techniques. She is a member of IEEE. She is author of 11 journal articles and 30 conference presentations with over 210 citations, 3 book chapters and inventor of one patent (on microwave absorbers).

 Prof. Adam Lamęcki received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degree in microwave engineering from the Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Gdansk, Poland, in 2007 and 2019, respectively. He was a recipient of a Domestic Grant for Young Scientists awarded by the by Foundation for Polish Science in 2006. In 2008 he received Award of Prime Minister for the doctoral thesis and in 2011 a scholarship from Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Since 2019 he is Associate Professor with the Department of Microwave and Antenna Engineering at GUT.  His research interests include surrogate models and their application in the CAD of microwave devices, computational electromagnetics mainly focused on the finite element method and filter design and optimization techniques. He has authored / co-authored over 35 papers in peer reviewed journals, including IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. He is a Senior Member of IEEE since 2016.

In 2007 he co-founded a spin-off company EM Invent, that develops an electromagnetic filed simulator InventSim (, where he serves as the CTO.

Dr. Grzegorz Fotyga received the M.S. and Ph.D. (Hons.) degrees in electronics engineering from the Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), in 2009 and 2016, respectively. In 2013 he held an internship at McGill University in Canada. He is currently an assistant professor with the Department of Microwave and Antenna Engineering, GUT. His research interests include computational electromagnetics, numerical methods, the finite-element method, and model-order reduction. He has authored 17 journal papers, 20 conference papers, and participated in four projects.