ODIMAP II - The Second International Conference on Distance Measurements and Application was held in Pavia from 20 to 22 May 1999. Chairman of the conference was prof.S. Donati of University of Pavia. Organized by the IEEE LEOS Italian Chapter and run in cooperation with AEI (Italian Association of Electronic Engineers) for the logistics, the Conference was sponsored by EOS, IEEE-IM Society, AEI and SIOF.
ODIMAP II has attracted hundreds of delegates from all over the world - 25% from Italy, 45% from Europe, 10% from North America, 10% from Japan and Pacific Rim, and 10% from Russia and Eastern Europe.
The program featured 48 oral papers plus 5 invited papers and 15 posters. Invited papers were on Gravitational-Waves Interferometric Detectors (Giazotto, the Virgo Team), Anticollision Telemeters for the Automotive (Innocenti, Fiat Research Center), the Matera Geodetic Telemetry Observatory (Bianco, CNR), Feedback Interferometry (Bosch, University of Nantes) and Novel Interferometric Approaches (DeGroot, Zygo, USA). As the scientific community gathered by Odimap was very homogenous, the discussion triggered by the papers presented in the 2 and 1/2-day program was unusually active and always filling all the available time.
Also, instead of sightseeing the old Pavia downtown, full of fashionable and antique shops, the members of Steering and Program Committee tirelessly sat on the first rows listening and putting lot of questions to younger colleagues presenting papers. This was perceived with a little awe but also with much gratification. Actually, since the first edition promoted by Thierry Bosch of Ecole des Mines de Nantes, the spirit of the Conference has been that of a cooperative discussion between elder and younger colleagues.
|Maurizio Lenzi, Italtel, Milano (right) receiving the Award of the ‘Problem in Optoelectronics’ from Silvano Donati (left)||The ElectroOptics Group of University of Pavia at ODIMAP,
photographed by Horacio Lamela
Next Odimap is tentatively scheduled for May 2001 in Germany. As noted by attendees, the Conference was unique in that it was able to combine a blend of scientific innovation with viable reports of engineering efforts, showing the real world applications of the techniques covered by Odimap. Papers presented at Odimap II have been collected in a 410-page volume of Proceedings, available from the Italian Chapter (see web: http://leos.unipv.it).
In Pavia, sessions of Odimap have been held in the 14th-century Aula Magna of the University, a unique ambient with marble columns, stuccos, frescos and oils portraits of Volta and other Italian scientists. The social dinner was held at the Castle of S. Gaudenzio, a 14th century piece of architecture in an Italian garden near the Po river, recently restored and brought to a museum-class ambient.
At the Odimap opening, the Rector of University of Pavia presented a scroll and 100 $ honorarium to Maurizio Lenzi (Italtel), the first winner of the ‘problem of the month in optoelectonics’, an initiative of the IEEE LEOS Italian Chapter (see web: http://leos.unipv.it).
Another initiative of the IEEE LEOS Italian Chapter is the 500 $ prize to the ‘Best Doctoral Thesis in Optoelectronics’, reserved to PhDs members (see web: http://leos.unipv.it) and with a deadline of June 30 of each year.
University of Pavia, Department of Electronics
In 1998 the India Chapter received several awards, including the “1998 ComSoc Chapter of the Year Award”; a certificate of recognition from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society; a “Certificate of Appreciation” for Indian Coordination Chair from the 17th Digital Avionics System Conference (Seattle, Washington, October 31-November 6). In addition, the IEEE Regional Activities Board (RAB) nominations and appointments Committee identified Dr. Gupta, Chair of the Chapter, as a possible candidate for the position of the “1999 RAB Vice Chair- Regional Chapter and Section Chapter Activities”.
The Chapter sponsored or partially sponsored several symposia and workshops during 1998, including the National Symposium on “Advances in Microwaves and Lightwaves”; Workshop on “Recent Trends in Communication” in co-operation with University of Delhi; “IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Communications 1998 for the Next Millennium- ISWCM’98" (September 17- 18 at New Delhi); ”National Convention of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers" held by the Institution of Electronics & Tele- communications Engineers India in cooperation with IIT Guwahati at Guwahati (Nov 12-14). Dr.Vijay Garg, Lucent Technologies, USA, presented a talk on “CDMA- An Emerging Technology for Wireless Communications” on November 27 at C-DoT. The response was overshooting. Tutorial notes were given complimentary.
The Chapter has partially sponsored “International Conference on Optics and Opto-Electronics Systems” (Dec. 9-12), and was a technical sponsor for the “International Conference on PHOTONICS-98" at IIT Delhi (Dec.14-15) and ”ELITEX’99" Feb 2-3) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The major event of the Chapter “1999 IEEE International Conference on Personal Communications (ICPWC’99) was held during Feb. 17-19, 1999 at Rajputana Palace Sheraton, Jaipur, India. The response was overwhelming. 187 Participants from 25 countries attended. There were 24 technical sessions with 101 papers, 4 exclusive tutorials and the Plenary and Panel discussion sessions during the Conference. The Plenary session was Chaired by Shri P.S.Saran, Member, Telecom Commission, Govt. of India.
Dr.Ram Gopal Gupta
Department of Electronics
CGO Complex, New Delhi-110003 India
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The first international workshop on “Laser and Fiber-Optical Networks Modeling” (LFNM’99) was held on May 25, 1999 at the Kharkov State Technical University of Radio Electronics (KhTURE). The workshop, which was organized by the Ukrainian chapter of IEEE/ LEOS as a part of the joint Chapter East-Ukraine together with IEEE AP/MTT/AES/GES/ED, was devoted to theoretical problems of modern lasers and fiber optics.
More than 50 scientists from Kharkovs, Minsk (Belorussia), Saratov (Russia), Montpelier (France) and Karlsruhe (Germany) participated. Over 30 presentations were made in the field of quantum electronics engineering, including of which were invited lectures. We did our best to engage participation in the workshop from the representatives of this world-known school in this field of science.
We appreciate the participation of scientists from the University Montpelier (A. Joulie) and University of Karlsruhe (M. Krieg) who were not frightened of trip troubles and arrived with interesting presentations of their team research activity. We would like to thank them and express our hope, that in the future, participants from other countries of Region 8 attend the workshop, which will be held on an annual basis.
Oral and poster presentations considered the problems of creation of semiconductor lasers on superlattices and quantum wells structures, mathematical modeling and optimization of structure parameters and methods of their modeling. Participants presented the results concerning the behavior of quantum cascade lasers for middle infra-red range and quantum well lasers with distributed feed-back and vertical resonators. The important direction was developments in CO2 lasers and distribution of optical radiation in various mediums. The papers on fiber optics, including photoreceivers, optical mode analysis in fibers, layered structures and passive elements, methods of the analysis of diffraction effects and other subjects were also represented.
The workshop, which was held at KhTURE, was a first event realized by the LEOS Ukrainian Chapter. Ukraine and its east region, with the center in Kharkov, traditionally has a large scientific potential, especially in the field of radio engineering, electrodynamics, quantum electronics engineering, and information technology. Therefore, one of the aims of our workshop was unification of Ukrainian, and first of all Kharkov, scientists in the field of quantum electronics engineering, laser and optoelectronics centered around this IEEE/LEOS activity. During the workshop we described the aims of the IEEE/LEOS activity and the resources which can be provided to IEEE/LEOS members. Many journals from a LEOS collection, which was the basis of the library of our section, were displayed. The possibility to receive the most actual information from these journals has caused large interest by the participants. In our opinion it will lead to growing the IEEE/LEOS members in Kharkov.
Realization of the workshop has confirmed our expectations and, despite numerous difficulties connected first of all to financial troubles and economic crisis, has shown the necessity of its annual realization and extensions of the number of the participants.
Technical University of Radio Electronics
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