For a change of pace, instead of my usual standards
update article, I wanted to bring to you a short report of an
outstanding EMC symposium that I attended and presented part of
a workshop sponsored by the IEC Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC).
The author well remembers the first IEEE EMC Symposium in Tokyo
in 1984, chaired by Professor Risaburo Sato, where the EMC Society
held it first Board meeting outside of the United States. Every
five years since, our Japanese colleagues have organized a highly
successful symposium and this year was not an exception! It was
held at an excellent venue and there was outstanding weather all
week. Since this symposium continues the tradition started 20
years ago in Japan, it is important for our members to note the
particulars. In any case, here we go.
|Martin Alexander of the UK National
Physics Laboratory (left) and Manfred Stecher of Rohde &
Schwarz are shown getting ready to present their papers.
|EMC Board members Bruce Archambeault,
Todd Hubing, John Norgard, and Don Heirman enjoy a lunch break
during EMC 04 Sendai.
|Fujio Amemiya, Social Program Chair,
Don Heirman, and Akira Sugiura, Symposium Chair, (from left)
show the colors of the EMC Sendai Chapter that
was prominent near the registration area. Mr. Amemiya is very
active in IEC/CISPR for Japan.
The first week in June in the city of trees, Sendai,
Japan, was the scene of the 5th IEEE EMC symposium in Japan. The
Symposium Committee, ably chaired by Professor A. Sugiura of Tohoku
University, noted that the famous Yagi-Uda antenna (eventually
used for early TV reception) and the use of magnetrons for microwave
ovens were developed in Sendai. Hence, it was a fitting venue
in which to hold the symposium on EMC technologies. The sponsors
were the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication
Engineers, Communications Society of Japan. The co-sponsor was
the Intelligent Cosmos Academic Foundation in Sendai and cooperating
organizations included the Institute of Electrical Engineers of
Japan and their Technical Committee on EMC, our own EMC Society,
the IEEE Sendai Section, the EMCS Japan and Sendai Chapters, URSI,
CISPR, and IEC TC77.
|Past and present EMCS Board welcome
attendees in front of the conference facility in Sendai, including
(from left), Bruce Archambeault of IBM, Kimball Williams of
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Shuichi Nitta of Salesiar
Polytechnic, Don Heirman of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, Takeo
Yoshino of the Historical Museum of the University of Electro-Communications,
Todd Hubing of the University of Missouri at Rolla, and John
Norgard of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
|Boys night out! John, Todd, and Bruce enjoyed
the sake plant tour and wine tasting!
|Peter Kerry, Chair of CISPR (left),
and Diethard Moehr of Siemens, Secretary of TC77, chat at
the symposium banquet.
Around 500 attendees from over 20 countries attended the symposium
that had over 230 papers presented in English during the three
days of technical events. Major paper topics included PCB and
Device Level EMC (47 percent), biological effect and safety (12
percent), EMI/EMC measurements (29 percent), EM absorber and shielding
(9 percent) and 8 other subjects rounding out 100 percent of the
paper topics. I noted that several of these papers could be of
use by our EMC standards development community as references or
even as input to amendments! Interestingly, 66 students attended
which is an exceptionally high fraction of the total attendees.
Eight student paper awards were presented as well as excellent
paper awards including the Risaburo Sato Award
which was the premier award at the evening banquet. Professor
Sato is with the Sendai EMC Research Center and has been a Japanese
EMC icon for decades. In fact, within Japan, he is well known
as the Father of Japanese EMC. J. Wang and O. Fujiwara
of the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan won this prestigious
award with a paper entitled, A new method for realizing
local exposure to young rat heads using electric flux concentration
for bio-effect test of mobile telephones. How about that
for basic research! By the way, preceding the banquet, there was
a tour of the local sake brewery that whetted our appetites for
the banquet indeed.
|Bill Radasky, Chair of IEC Advisory
Committee on EMC (left), passes along his good impressions
of the symposium and banquet to Professor Tokuda, Vice-chairman
of the Symposium Steering Committee. Note the vat
of sake in the background (right).
|President Williams tucks in his kimono
prior to his congratulatory remarks at the banquet. He looks
good in red!
The symposium had no technical exhibits that all the more showed
how well an outstanding technical program could still draw a large
local and international attendance. Services while at the symposium
were also well managed including the tours, arrangements for transportation
to and from airports, large break areas with food and beverage
throughout the day, etc. There was also an amateur radio shack
and internet café which were well used.
From the Board of Directors of the EMC Society, President Kimball
Williams, past president Todd Hubing, Board members Bruce Archambeault,
John Norgard, Shuichi Nitta, and Don Heirman, as well as past
Board member Takeo Yoshino were present. All renewed acquaintances
with our Japanese colleagues and also presented and/or attended
papers and workshops. We all mused that we could have held an
EMC Society Board meeting if we had only a few more members present
to make a quorum.
To summarize, the organizing committee is again to be congratulated
for an outstanding technical symposium. There are too many people
to thank and we apologize for not naming all of them. However,
the symposium proceedings is available from its publisher: The
Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
(IEICE, 5-8, Shibakoen 3 chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0011, Japan),
which contains in addition to the two volumes of papers and one
volume of workshop notes, the list of the organizing committee,
the overseas members, the technical paper subcommittee members,
and the steering committee for your information. In closing, we
anxiously await the next Japanese symposium in 2009! EMC