The 8th International Conference on Electromagnetic Compatibility

Chennai, India

Kimball Williams (left) shakes hands with Dr. Kini (right), Chairman of the INCEMIC organizing committee, congratulating him on a successful Conference while Oren Hartal (second from left) and Elya Joffe compare notes.

EMC India Workshop and Conference
On December 16-19, 2003 the Indian Society of EMC Engineers held its EMC Workshop and Conference on Electromagnetic Compatibility in Chennai, India with participants from the following countries: Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Israel, China, India and the United States.

EMC Workshop: December 16 and 17
The Conference was preceded by two days of EMC workshops devoted to fundamentals of end EMC in electronics and electronic systems. The workshops were held on the campus of SAMEER, one of the local EMC test laboratories. I was fortunate enough to attend the EMC workshops and participated in the opening ceremony. Also representing the IEEE EMCS BOD was our VP of Symposia and Conferences, Elya Joffe, who was also one of the workshop lecturers.
This workshop stressed fundamentals of EMC design, and boasted lecturers from Switzerland, Israel, the United States and India. The workshop was well attended with 175 participants, which left standing room only in the SAMEER auditorium. The level of interest in the participants was evident at breaks when the speakers were surrounded by students seeking more detailed information, or answers to questions, such that the speakers really did not have a break at all!
Attention during the lectures was uniformly intense, with the only sound evident in the lecture hall being that of the speaker’s voice. However, the situation was completely different outside the lecture hall during breaks. Animated discussions on EMC topics were taking place everywhere I looked as participants compared their understanding of what they had learned with companions. There is a strong air of excitement and interest in the subject here in India.

EMC Conference: December 18 and 19
Elya and I were also able to attend the follow on EMC Conference held in the Residency Towers Hotel. The conference attracted 277 participants from seven different countries. In addition to two full days of papers and lectures, the conference hosted nine exhibitors presenting EMC test equipment and tools for the interest of the attendees. The exhibit area was one of the most popular sections of the conference. In fact, it was so crowded that I didn’t attempt to even walk through until the afternoon of the second day!
In addition to the two parallel tracks of technical papers, a section of the conference was devoted to updates on current EMC standards and test methods with the focus on current European Community applications. Again, the interest level in all the information presented here was noticeable, and intense. The Indian EMC community is very receptive to current information, and this conference was obviously a welcome supply of that commodity.
I was asked to participate in the closing panel discussion on the state of EMC from a Global viewpoint. As I listened to the other panel members, I became aware of a problem that India is currently facing with the ‘dumping’ of sub-standard electronic products into the Indian market that would not meet the EMC and Safety requirements imposed by other countries. One of the clear calls from this panel discussion was to work toward establishing legislation to address this issue, and bring it to fruition by the next Indian EMC Conference.
The next EMC Conference sponsored by the Indian Society of EMC Engineers is scheduled for December of 2005 in New Delhi, India. The exact dates have yet to be determined. EMC

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