EMC Europe 2002

Katsushige Harima (arms raised) receives the best paper award for a poster presentation from Mauro Feliziani, Symposium Chairman, (left) and Angelo Luvison, AEI General Manager, (center) during the Symposium Banquet

The Fifth International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC Europe 2002, was held at the Hilton Sorrento Palace in Sorrento, Italy, September 9-13, 2002. The Symposium was organized jointly by the Associazione Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica Italiana (AEI), the University of Rome "La Sapienza," the University of L'Aquila, and the University of Napoli "Federico II." The Symposium was supported by CIRCE, EUREL, URSI, IEEE EMC Society and by the AEI Specialist Group on Electromagnetic Compatibility.
The fifth edition of the EMC Europe Symposium (the previous editions had been organized successfully in Rome -1994, 1996, 1998- and in Bruges 2000) was an important forum for researchers, scientists and engineers working in the area of EMC to present progress in their work and to discuss problems of current and mutual interest.
The organizing and scientific effort of the event was considerable. The Editorial Board, composed of 65 international experts in the EMC field, made a peer review selection of the 271 technical papers submitted for presentation at the Symposium in order to ensure a high technical content. At the end of the review procedure, the International Steering Committee decided to accept 217 technical papers for presentation in oral or poster sessions. The technical program also included a number of outstanding workshops, tutorials and a discussion forum as well as a four-day Socrates Course on EMC for students. There was also a technical exhibition.

The PMM booth at EMC Europe 2002 was staffed by Dr. Stelvio Pistolato (left). Domenico Festa of IBD (right) dropped by for a visit.

Sorrento was a beautiful location for the Symposium. Sorrento is a splendid and famous holiday marine resort about 50 km from Naples. It is located on a plateau that rises steeply from the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Italian Campanian coast, close to the wonderful cities of Pompeii, Amalfi, Positano and Capri Island. Because of its enchanting position and mild climate, sheltered by the surrounding hills, Sorrento has been a favourite resort since Roman times. It became an elite tourist resort from the eighteenth century. The Hilton Sorrento Palace was also a superb venue to host the technical program in the modern congress centre and the social events in the hotel restaurants.
The opening ceremony of EMC Europe 2002 was inaugurated by Mauro Feliziani, Chairman of the Symposium, by Alessandro Clerici, General President of AEI, by Salvatore Celozzi, Vice-Chairman of the Symposium, and by authorities representing the local organizers. The speakers at the opening session on "Standardization, Industrial and Research Trends in EMC" were Marcello D'Amore, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on EMC, Todd Hubing, President of the IEEE EMC Society, Shuichi Nitta, Past Chairman of the IEEE International Symposium in Japan, and Christian M. Verholt, Chairman of CENELEC TC 211.
During the Symposium, interesting arguments and hot topics were discussed in the technical sessions addressing PCBs, ICs, communication, measurements, standards, reverberating chambers, shielding, lightning, numerical modeling, ELF field mitigation, aerospace, automotive, ESD, biomedical devices, human exposure, cables, etc.
A full day workshop was organized on electromagnetic fields and sustainable development, with debate about risk assessment and protection standards, ELF electric and magnetic fields, RF and MW electromagnetic environment and human exposure. The speakers were mainly representatives from public institutions such as the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health. Half-day workshops or tutorials were also organized on electromagnetic hazards on board aircraft, power line communication, measurements, integral numerical methods, EMC design of microelectronics, reverberating chambers, and broadcasting.
The Symposium in Sorrento registered a record number of the attendees compared to the other editions of EMC Europe! Some 500 representatives from 35 countries participated, with a significant number being from Japan and North America.
The social program was comprised of two special events offered to all registered participants: an Opening Welcome Reception and a Banquet. The companion program included a number of activities in and around Sorrento. Attractive tours were organised to visit sites of archaeological and historical interest. The AEI Staff of the Organizing Committee (Daniela Fioramonti, Massimo Iandolo and Giuseppe Notaro) were very kind and efficient.
During the Banquet, the best paper award for an oral presentation was presented to Thomas Weber and J.L.ter Haseborg from the Technische Universitat di Hamburg-Hamburg, Germany, for the paper "A New Broad-Band Probe for the Measurement of Ultra-fast Transients," and the best paper award for a poster presentation was presented to Katsushige Harima from Yakosuka Communications Research Laboratory, Japan, for the paper "Elimination of Unintended Reflection Waves for EMI Antenna Calibration Using the MUSIC Algorithm."
The EMC Europe 2002 Symposium in Sorrento will long be remembered for the high quality technical program, the beautiful location, the mild weather, the food and the friendly atmosphere.

Authorities at the EMC Europe 2002 Opening Session include (from right) A.P.J. van Deursen (Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and Chairman of EMC EUROPE Eindhoven 2004), Leopoldo Milano (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Mauro Feliziani (University of L'Aquila, Italy, and Symposium Chairman), Alessandro Clerici (AEI President Italy), Marcello D'Amore, (University of Rome "La Sapienza," Italy, and Chairman of the International Steering Committee), Salvatore Celozzi (University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy, and Symposium Vice-Chairman).
Thomas Weber and J.L.ter Haseborg receive the best paper award for an oral presentation from Angelo Luvison, AEI General Manager, and Mauro Feliziani, Symposium Chairman, (from left) during the Symposium Banquet.


Exhibitors at EMC Europe 2002 included Dr. Christopher Aldham (left) and Lorenzo Schnickel (right) of Flomerics.

Noel Sargent of Analex enjoyed the Welcome Reception held in Sorrento.


Many leaders in the European EMC community attended EMC Europe 2002, including (from left) Ruediger Vahldieck with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Symposium President for EMC Zurich, Mauro Feliziani with the University of L'Aquila and Chair of EMC Europe 2002, Andy Marvin, University of York, United Kingdom, and Johan Catrysse of KHBO and past Chair of EMC Europe 2000 in Belgium.
The technical papers at EMC Europe 2002 drew a record 500 plus registrants!


Christos Christopoulos with the University of Nottingham and Chairman of the IEE Professional Network on EMC is flanked by IEE staff members, including (from left) Marilyn Sang, Suzie Eva, and Claudine Harris. Mr. Christopoulos is also a member of the International Steering Committee for EMC Europe.
Diethard Hansen (far right) and friends enjoyed EMC Europe 2002.


The EMC Society hosted a reception in Sorrento to informally socialize with its colleagues in Italy, including (from left) EMC Transactions on EMC Editor Marcello D'Amore from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," Paola and Mauro Feliziani, Antonio Orlandi, and Giulio Antonini, all with the University of L'Aquila. Professor D'Amore is also the International Steering Committee Chairman for EMC Europe.
Elya Joffe staffed the EMC Society membership booth and recruited new members during the EMC symposium in Sorrento.



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