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Michael A. Saville, Ph.D., P.E. (Advisor); Josh Ash, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Yan Zhuang, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Hirsch Chizever, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


A method for the beam forming control of an array of reconfigurable antennas is presented. The method consists of using two parallel convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to analyze a desired radiation pattern image, or mask, and provide a suggestion for the reconfigurable element state, array shape, and steering weights necessary to obtain the radiation pattern. This research compares beam forming systems designed for three distinct element types: a patch antenna, a reconfigurable square spiral antenna restricted to a single reconfigurable state, and the fully reconfigurable square spiral. The parametric sweeps for the design of the CNNs are presented along with several examples of activation maps and mask-suggestion pairs. The beam forming error for each element type in both isolated and embedded cases is calculated over a set of 100 random masks. The network performance is reported as a root mean square error in steering direction and beam widths in both azimuth and elevation.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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