23 Sep


The first challenge on Plane wave Imaging in Medical UltraSound (PICMUS) has taken place during the IEEE IUS last Wednesday during lunch time.

The session was the opportunity to recall the scope of the challenge, to give the opportunity to some participants to present their method and also to have a global discussion of the results and the challenge itself. The top 3 participants of each of the four categories received a certificate from the IEEE as well as some prices sponsored by Verasonics. 5 teams received a price.

Teodora Szasz – IRIT, France
Adrien Besson – EPFL, Switzerland
Dan Cohen and Meged Shoham – Technion Israel
Ali Deylami – Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
Peter Kruizinga – Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands

With around 30 participants and more than 160 attendees to the session the conference committee considers that this new feature of the conference was a success. It should be maintained in the future conferences.


12 Sep


For lunch breaks

The local organizing committee arranged this short list of restaurants (pink dot) and sandwich/bakery shops (green dot) for you intention to facilitate your lunch around the Vinci convention center (walking distance).


Œ1. Brasserie de l’Univers

European cuisine

8 place Jean Jaurès

+33 (0)2 47 05 50 92


 2. Newlita

North-american cuisine

17 place Jean Jaurès

+33 (0)2 47 60 98 65

Ž3. Hippopotamus

Traditionnal and vegetarian cuisines

24 boulevard Heurteloup

+33 (0)2 47 31 04 40


4. La Chope

Traditionnal cuisine – Sea foods

25 bis avenue Grammont

+33 (0)2 47 20 15 15


5. La Scala

Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisines

32 avenue de Grammont

+33 (0)2 47 20 81 91


‘6. Le Congrès

Traditionnal cuisine

27 boulevard Heurteloup

+33 (0)2 47 20 47 48

’7. Le Continental Pub

Traditionnal cuisine

12 place Jean Jaurès

+33 (0)2 47 05 43 14


“8. Le Cozy

Traditionnal cuisine

72 rue Bernard Palissy

+33 (0)2 47 64 63 27


9. ”Le Café Leffe

Traditionnal cuisine

26 rue Edouard Vaillant

+33 (0)2 47 64 84 45


• 10. Les Relais d’Alsace

Traditionnal cuisine – Sea foods

48 rue Nationale

+33 (0)2 47 05 66 84


Other restaurants areas downtown Tours

The local organizing committee arranged this map for you intention to facilitate the localization of restaurants.


You can use this site http://online.citybreak.com/Search/activity/Search.aspx?onlineid=195286271&culture=en to book a selection of restaurants

06 Sep


The local organizing committee recommends booking an electronic ticket (https://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/#/) for a direct train connection from Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle 2 and Montparnasse train station to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps city (See below the list of direct trains). At the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station, many options to reach Tours city are available: taxi or train shuttle.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

Airport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV -> Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station

8:19 am – 10:01 am

10:16 am – 11:59 am

2:49 pm – 5:29 pm

4:21 pm – 5:58 pm

6:09 pm – 7:59 pm

6:47 pm – 9:39 pm

To reach Montparnasse train station from the Airport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, we recommend to take a taxi or the train RER B then Metro line 4 or 6.

Montparnasse train station -> Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station

6:40 am – 7:45 am

7:16 am – 8:22 am

7:46 am – 8:45 am

8:46 am – 9:45 am

10:46 am – 11:45 am

12:16 pm – 1:22 pm

2:46 pm – 3:57 pm

4:46 pm – 5:45 pm

6:16 pm – 7:21 pm

6:46 pm – 7:45 pm

7:16 pm – 8:20 pm

3 types of tickets

Non-flexible tickets – These tickets can only be used on the specific service shown, and cannot be exchanged or refunded if you decide to change your plans.

More flexible tickets – It may be possible to exchange or fully or partially claim a refund in some circumstances if you decide to change your plans.

Most flexible tickets – These tickets may be fully exchangeable and refundable before departure if you decide to change your plans.


29 Jun


The Student Paper Competition identifies and recognizes outstanding research in the field of ultrasonics conducted by students. The award consists of a certificate and monetary prize.

The Student Paper Competition posters will remain on display for the duration of the symposium. Up to six awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee. Awards will be given to deserving papers, and the committee is not obliged to give any award. The winners will be honored during the symposium’s banquet.

This year finalists for the IEEE IUS 2016 Student Paper Competition award are:

PA-1  The effect of ultrafast imaging on shear wave observations
Annette Caenen1, Mathieu Pernot2, Darya Shcherbakova1, Ingvild Kinn Ekroll3, Patrick Segers1, Abigail Swillens1
1IBiTech – bioMMeda, Department of Electronics and Information systems, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2Institut Langevin, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, CNRS UMR 7587, INSERM U979, Paris, France, 3Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
PA-2  Quantitative MR-guided transient shear wave imaging for tissue elasticity assessment
Yu Liu1, Jingfei Liu1, Brett Fite1, Josquin Foiret1, Kent Leach1, Katherine Ferrara1
1Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, Davis, California, USA
PA-3  Multiplane wave imaging for ultrafast ultrasound imaging at higher signal-to-noise ratio
Elodie Tiran1, Thomas Deffieux1, Mafalda Correia1, David Maresca1, Bruno-Felix Osmanski1, Lim-Anna Sieu2, Antoine Bergel2, Ivan Cohen2, Mathieu Pernot1, Mickael Tanter1
1Institut Langevin, ESPCI-ParisTech, PSL University, CNRS UMR7587, INSERM U979, Paris, France, 2Neuroscience Paris Seine, University Pierre et Marie Curie, UMCR 18, INSERM U1130, CNRS UMR8246, France
PA-4  Intracardiac myocardial elastrography for lesion quantification in cardiac radiofrequency ablation
Ethan Bunting1, Clement Papadacci1, Elaine Wan2, Julien Grondin1, Elisa Konofagou1,3
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA, 2Division of Cardiology, Columbia University, New York, New YOrk, USA, 3Department of Radiology, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
PA-5  Single red blood cell oxygen saturation imaging using multispectral photoacoustic microscopy
Michael Moore1,2, Patrick Schygulla3, Eric Strohm1,2, Michael Kolios1,2
1Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 2Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada,3Heidelberg University, Germany
PA-6  A Smartphone-based Portable Ultrasound System for Point-of-Care Diagnosis
Woojin Jung1, Pilsu Kim1, Minsuk Park1, Sua Bae1, Youngbae Lee1, Sangbum Kye2, Tai-kyong Song1
1Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Korea, Republic of,2HANSONO Co.,Ltd., Korea, Republic of
PA-7  Focused ultrasound hyperthermia mediated drug delivery using thermosensitive liposomes and visualized with in vivo  two-photon microscopy
Marc Santos1,2, Kullervo Hynynen1,2, David Goertz1,2
1Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PA-8  Controlled ultrasound-mediated blood-brain barrier opening using passive acoustic mapping of subharmonic microbubble activity
Ryan Jones1,2, Meaghan O’Reilly1,2, Lulu Deng1, Kogee Leung1, Kullervo Hynynen1,3
1Physical Sciences Platform, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 3Medical Biophysics and Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PA-9  High Temperature Static Strain Microwave Acoustic Sensor
Anin Maskay1,2, Mauricio Pereira da Cunha1,2
1Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA, 2Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
PA-10  Speeding up SAFT 3D processing by greedy sparse deconvolution
Jan Kirchhof1, Fabian Krieg1,2, Florian Römer1, Alexander Ihlow1, Ahmad Osman2, Giovanni del Galdo1
1Institute for Information Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2Department of Component Inspections, Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP, Saarbrücken, Germany
PA-11  Ultrasonic imaging in highly attenuating materials with Walsh-Hadamard codes and the decomposition of the time reversal operator
Eduardo Lopez Villaverde1, Sebastien Robert1, Claire Prada2
1CEA, LIST, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 2Institut Langevin, Paris, France
PA-12  Differential optical interferometer for measuring transient SAW generated with ultra-wideband IDT
ANURUPA SHAW1, Damien Teyssieux1, Vincent Laude1
1Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR CNRS 6174, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
PA-13  Evidence of a large band gap in a phononic strip
Etienne Coffy1, Sébastien Euphrasie1, Pascal Vairac1, Abdelkrim Khelif1
1MN2S, FEMTO-ST, Besançon, France
PA-14  Acoustic nonlinearity as a mechanism for liquid drop explosions in drop-chain fountains generated by a focused ultrasound beam
Elena Annenkova1, Wayne Kreider2, Julianna Simon2, Oleg Sapozhnikov1,2
1Department of Acoustics, Physics Faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
PA-15  Direct shadowgraphic observation of needle hydrophone-field interaction at 10 million frames per second
Kristoffer Johansen1, Jae Hee Song2, Paul Prentice1
1CavLab, Cluster of Ultrasound Science, Technology and Engineering Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2Division of Imaging and Technology, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
PA-16  Modeling Nonlinear Behavior of RF Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators
Vikrant Chauhan1, Markus Mayer2, Christian Huck2, Herbert Zidek2, Robert Weigel1, Amelie Hagelauer1, Maximilian Pitschi2
1Institute of electronics engineering, Erlangen Nuremberg University, Erlangen, Germany, 2Advanced Development, TDK Corporation, Munich, Germany
PA-17  Rayleigh SAW assisted SH-SAW immunosensor on X-cut 148-Y LiTaO<sub>3</sub>
Takashi Kogai1,2, Hiromi Yatsuda1, Jun Kondoh2
1Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Japan, 2Shizuoka University, Japan
PA-18  Nonlinear BAW Filter Effects on the Performance of an LTE Receiver
Victor Silva Cortes1, Vikrant Chauhan1, Robert Weigel1, Georg Fischer1, Amelie Hagelauer1
1Institute of Electronics Engineering, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
PA-19  High-temperature SAW electrodes based on Ir-Rh thin films
Amine TAGUETT1, Thierry AUBERT1,2, Marc Lomello1, Omar Elmazria3, Jaafar Ghanbaja3, Abdelkrim Talbi4
1Laboratoire SYMME, Université de Savoie, Annecy-le-Vieux, France, 2Laboratoire LMOPS, CentraleSupélec – Université de Lorraine, Metz, France, 3Institut Jean Lamour (IJL), UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France, 4LIA LEMAC/LICS – IEMN, EC Lille-CNRS, Lille, France
PA-20  A MEMS T/R switch embedded in CMUT structure for ultrasound imaging frontends
Xiao Zhang1, Arooba Zeshan2, Oluwafemi Adelegan1, F. Yalcin Yamaner2, Omer Oralkan1
1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, 2School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University, Beykoz, Istanbul, Turkey
PA-21  Real-Time Imaging, Targeting, and Ablation of Ex-Vivo Tissue Using a Handheld Histotripsy Transducer and Coregistered 64-Element High-Frequency Endoscopic Phased Array
Jeffrey Woodacre1, Thomas Landry1, Jeremy Brown1
1Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
PA-22  Laser-Generated-Focused Ultrasound Transducers for Microbubble-Mediated, Dual-Excitation Sonothrombolysis
Jinwook Kim1, Brooks D. Lindsey2, Wei-Yi Chang1, Xuming Dai3, Joseph M. Stavas4, Paul A. Dayton2, Xiaoning Jiang1
1Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 2Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 3Division of Cardiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 4Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
PA-23  High Frequency Integrated Transceiver System-on-a-Chip for CMUT based IVUS on a Guidewire
Jaemyung Lim1, Coskun Tekes2, F. Levent Degertekin3, Maysam Ghovanloo4
1School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technlolgy, USA,3G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 4School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA




09 Jun


100 days prior to the annual IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium that will be held at the VINCI Convention Center in Tours – France, from September 18th to 21st  2016. The registration system is now open and the full program available: all details below.

IUS 2016 registrations

Registrations for IUS 2016 are now open. A dedicated website is available for the registration process: http://ieee2016.sciencesconf.org/.

Early bird registration rates deadline is  August 12th 2016. Complete registration requires full payment and the relevant supporting documents. Please be noted that the registration will not be processed without the receipt of the documentation
– Payment must be made in euros
– Accepted credit Card : Visa, Master cards, American Express.

Registration fees for IEEE Members, Non-IEEE Members, Student (IEEE Members), Student (Non-IEEE Members) and others are available on IUS 2016 Registration Fees Page.

The deadline for Online Registration is September 10th 2016. All registration and payment received after this date will be considered as On-site Registration and processed on-site.

IUS 2016 scientific program

The full scientific program of IUS 2016 is now available online: IUS 2016 Program.

A total of 1146 oral and poster presentations will be presented with the following distribution among IEEE-UFFC technical program sections:

Group 1: Medical Ultrasonics – 706 presentations
Group 2: Sensors, NDE & Industrial Applications – 161presentations
Group 3: Physical Acoustics – 110 presentations
Group 4: Microacoustics – SAW, FBAR, MEMS – 81 presentations
Group 5: Transducers & Transducer Materials – 128 presentations

Detailed day by day program is featured on IUS 2016 website:

Sunday September 18th Monday September 19th Tuesday September 20th Wednesday September 21st
Short courses Oral Sessions Oral Sessions Oral Sessions
Poster Sessions Poster Sessions Poster Sessions

Hotel accomodations

The local organizing committee, with the Tourism Office of Tours city, arranged a hotel-booking center for your intention to facilitate your accommodation in Tours during the symposium. The hotel-booking center provides you different opportunities (more than 3000 nights) including Hotel rooms and Aparthotel. The registration deadline is August 15th  2016.
However, we recommend you to register as soon as possible. In addition to our hotel-booking center, Airbnb is also an alternative way for your accommodation.

08 Jun


The plenary session of the 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium will be dedicated to a very interesting field of Acoustics. The presentation entitled “Archaeology of the Sound through the Acoustic Pot Devices in Medieval and Renaissance Buildings: an Exploration of the Instigator’s Aim” will be presented by Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon and Jean-Christophe Valière from the ArcheoAcoustic laboratory of Poitiers University. The session will open the scientific sessions of IUS 2016 on Monday 19th of Septembre at the Auditorium François 1er in the Vinci conference center.

Archaeology of the Sound through the Acoustic Pot Devices in Medieval and Renaissance Buildings: an Exploration of the Instigator’s Aim

In the construction of religious buildings, the architectural acoustics is at the heart of the concerns of both builders and users. Some churches of the Middle Ages and Renaissance conserve in their walls, potteries identified as empirical devices of acoustic correction. This technique, which has archeological evidences in many European countries and the all around the Mediterranean sea, is still a mystery for scientists, because no discipline succeeded, alone by itself, in grasping the subject. This is why an interdisciplinary team was formed there about ten years ago, gathering archaeologists, acousticians, musicologists and historians to understand the acoustic aim and the specifications of these devices. This research crosses archaeological evidences, textual and graphical sources, the acoustic measurements, the knowledge of singing and the perception of sound in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The acoustic methodologies mainly aim at catching resonance frequencies of the pots and then interpret the results in light of the singing practice. In most examples, it follows that the frequencies of the pots are always close to the singing voice pitch and the first harmonics. In addition, in many buildings, pots are often tuned on the fourth and occasionally on the fifth, which are characteristics intervals of antique and medieval music.

After a brief presentation of these technical devices used for over eight centuries to improve the perception of sound, we will present a specific case study located in the cathedral Notre-Dame of Noyon, in Picardy, France. Under the liturgical choir of the church, there remains a vault called “phonocamptique” in the literature of the nineteenth century. This is an underground room of 15 m² which contains 64 pots imbedded in the north, south and west walls. These 64 pots can be separated into two groups of 32 tuned in the fourth (statistically) and distributed with an interesting scheduling but we have not yet penetrated the meaning. The lack of textual evidence about its use has led us to make a fine acoustic analysis of the vault at first. This was performed by means of a microphones antenna showing that the pots act not only on the decay rate of the modes but also on the distribution of sound in space. Then a sung performance with an early music ensemble allowed us to experience the effect of pots in real conditions.

The results confirm the acoustic vocation of the vault and show that these initiators may had wanted to “improve resonating voice” in the words of the ancient texts.

Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon
Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon (PhD) is archaeologist and archaeometrist, specialized in physical and chemical characterization of materials of the medieval architecture. Associate researcher of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance of Tours (CESR) and of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM) of Poitiers, she co-directs since 2005, an interdisciplinary research group on the archaeo-acoustic, with Jean-Christophe Valière (Institut Pprime, Poitiers). She co-edited a first collective work on this topic entitled Archéologie du son. Les dispositifs de pots acoustiques dans les édifices anciens (in English : Sound’s archaeology. Devices of acoustic pots in ancient buildings), published in 2012. Within the frame of this research program, she studies archaeological remains of acoustic pot devices in churches of Middle Ages and Renaissance, to understand the purpose of their implementation, both acoustic, liturgical and symbolic.
Jean-Christophe Valière Jean-Christophe Valière
Jean-Christophe Valière received the Ph.D. degree in acoustics from the University of Le Mans, France, in 1991. He is currently a Professor at the University of Poitiers, France, since 1999. His research concerns the signal processing for acoustics and fluid mechanics such as old recordings restoration or high speed source localization by means of time-frequency, or time-scale transformations. This last two decades, his interest has been focused on the development of signal processing techniques to acoustic particle velocity measurement using Laser Doppler Velocimetry or Particle Image Velocimetry and their applications for non-linear acoustics and aeroacoustics. Recently, he is involved in archeoacoustic studies concerning acoustic potteries in medieval churches. A large part of these recent studies has been recently published in French in a special issue of the “Bulletin Monumental”. He is currently IEEE, SFA, EEA member.
25 May


Following the IUS 2016 conference , select papers will be invited to submit a full manuscript for publication consideration in the 2016 Ultrasonics Special Issue of the IEEE T-UFFC. Furthermore, the invited speakers and the student paper finalist are also encouraged to submit papers to this special issue.

Deadline for Paper Submission: December 1, 2016

Guest Editors: Scott Smith – smithls@ge.com
Ton van der Steen
Lori Bridal
Mario Kupnik
Koen W.A. van Dongen
Omer Oralkan
Robert Weigel



Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (T-UFFC)

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  1. The manuscript contains substantial additional technical material. This must be justified based on one or more of the following: new theoretical or experimental results, enhanced modeling and characterization, descriptions of new applications, better placing the study in its context, greater depth of discussion, more elaborate analysis of results and additional references.
  2. As a guideline for authors, the T-UFFC have set the quantitative threshold for substantial additional technical materialto be 40-50%. Final validation that this guideline is respected is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.
  3. The conference version(s) must be declared when submitting the journal paper in two places: (i) in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief together with a specific statement describing the differences between the submitted journal manuscript and the original conference paper (ii) in the journal paper through an appropriate citation to the conference paper(s). The conference paper(s) mustbe uploaded as supporting document(s).
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Date 16th July 2016

31 Mar


For the first time, a challenge in medical ultrasound will be organized during IEEE IUS 2016.

The topic of this first challenge is Plane wave imaging: https://www.creatis.insa-lyon.fr/Challenge/IEEE_IUS_2016/

A brief analysis of the litterature in the field of ultrasound plane wave imaging led to the following remarks : an important part of the contributions done in our field is computational research; there are many algorithms/methods developped for image construction/beamforming especially for high frame rate plane wave imaging and currently there are no means to compare them all in a fair manner,i.e. same configurations, simulations, experiments, metrics, optimal tuning of each method etc…

In response to these observations and inspired by what is already done for other medical imaging modalities in other conferences, we propose to organize a challenge on plane wave imaging. The challenge is supported by a specific web platform: https://www.creatis.insa-lyon.fr/Challenge/IEEE_IUS_2016/ . It will be presented at the next IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2016 in Tours (France).

Some datasets consisting of the pre-beamformed single element signals for several angle of insonnification (simulations and experiments) are be provided to the challengers. They will have to construct/beamform images at a specific grid imposed by the organizers and upload their final envelope image on the platform. The datasets are designed to enable the evaluation of the following image quality metrics: resolution, contrast, penetration. These datasets will also be used to ensure that no geometric distortion is introduced during image construction and to ensure that speckle is preserved.

The competition is organized in order to motivate participants. For each participant, the results for the different metrics will be used to allocate points. These points will serve to classify and rank the challengers and designate a winner. Several  categories will be organized. In three categories the maximum number of angles will be imposed (low medium and high number of angles) and only the image quality metrics will be used for attributing points and make the ranking. In a last category, challengers will be free to use the number of angles they want and this number will be included as a correction factor for the attribution of the number of points.
The aim of the challenge goes much beyond the simple designation of a winner. The aim is also to analyse more finely the different methods.

For all details and information connect to the following site: https://www.creatis.insa-lyon.fr/Challenge/IEEE_IUS_2016/


01 Mar


The annual 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium will be held at the VINCI Convention Center, TOURS, FRANCE, from September, 18-21, 2016. Oral and poster presentation formats will be used at the symposium. Papers are solicited for this conference describing original work in the field of ultrasonics.

The abstract submission system opens Tuesday March 1st, 2016 and closes Friday, April 1st, 2016, 11:59 pm Pacific Time: to access to the dedicated submission site please follow this link: IUS 2016 abstract submission system (http://submissions.mirasmart.com/ius2016/).

Please read the following information and instructions before submitting your abstract.

Abstract Rights Transfer to IEEE

IMPORTANT – When authors submit abstracts via the linked abstract submission site, it is understood that the authors have resolved the intellectual property right issues with their employers and other parties involved, and have transferred their abstract rights to IEEE. Authors who have concerns about intellectual property rights should consult their attorney for legal advice (for example, filing provisional patent applications). The abstracts will be kept confidential until they have been accepted and placed in the conference program. After that time (around the end of June 2016), the abstracts may be published both online and in print, or be accessible through the “Meeting Planner” to help attendees to prepare and/or individualize their conference programs.

Abstract submission instructions

Abstract Format: Each abstract should be presented into the following three sections:
(1) Background, Motivation, Hypothesis and Objectives;
(2) Statement of Contribution/Methods;
(3) Results, Discussion and Conclusion.
– The total number of characters excluding spaces, title, author names, and affiliations is limited to 2500.
Figures and Tables: Figures and tables are allowed as long as they are in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG or .jpg) or Graphic Interchange Format (GIF or .gif) file format. Although a picture is a thousand words, each figure or table will only count for 500 characters towards the allowed total of 2500 characters.
– An overall abstract is limited to one page, including three sections and all figures.
Size of Figures and Tables: To fit into one page, the original size of figures and tables may need to be reduced. If the figures and/or tables are large, it is recommended to reduce their size, so that both the width and height of these items does not exceed 800 pixels before you upload them during abstract submission. Smaller sizes of figures and tables will ensure that the production of an electronic abstract book is a reasonable file size, which is helpful in the abstract review process and convenient for users who download the abstract book.
Student Paper Competition: If you are a student, you may wish to participate in the Student Paper Competition. For consideration, please make your selection during your abstract submission. Abstracts submitted by students for the Student Paper Competition will undergo the same review process as any other abstract submitted to the symposium. The finalists, determined based on review and ranking of their abstract, will be notified and invited to present during a special Student Paper Competition session on the first day of the symposium. The presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and winners in each technical area will be selected.
Oral or Poster Preference: The mode of presentation that can be selected by authors during the abstract submission is “Oral”, “Poster” or “Either”. Although the Technical Program Committee (TPC) will consider the authors’ presentation preferences during the abstract evaluation process, the final decision on “Oral” or “Poster” of an abstract will be made by the TPC. Please note that the acceptance of an abstract or not by the conference will solely depend on the quality of the abstract, not on authors’ “Oral” or “Poster” selection.
Student Travel Support: If you are a student, you may request Student Travel Support which is independent from Student Paper Competition. If you request Student Travel Support, please select “Yes” to the question “Do you require travel support?” during your abstract submission. Otherwise, your request will not be considered even if you have provided information such as laboratory name, advisor’s name, IEEE membership number, graduation date, etc. Please note that you are not eligible for Student Travel Support unless you are an IEEE UFFC member. If you are not a member, please join the IEEE and UFFC society. A discounted membership is available for students.
Oral or Poster Presentation Preference: The presentation preference – “Oral” or “Poster”, can be selected by authors during the abstract submission. Although the Technical Program Committee (TPC) will consider the authors’ presentation preferences during the abstract evaluation process, the final decision will be made by the TPC based on authors’ preference, abstract review and ranking. Please note that the acceptance of an abstract for presentation at the symposium will solely depend on the quality of the abstract and the outcome of the review, and it will not be affected by the authors’ “Oral” or “Poster” selection.
Abstract Evaluation: Your abstract will be evaluated by the Technical Program Committee (TPC) and the decision to accept, reject or combine abstracts is final. The committee will also determine the form of presentation, either “Oral” or “Poster”.
Presentation Guides: If your abstracts are accepted, please check the Oral Presentation Guide and/or Poster Presentation Guide as appropriate to prepare your presentations.
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Papers are solicited for this conference describing original work in the field of ultrasonics from the following subject classifications:

Group 1: Medical Ultrasonics
MBB Medical Beamforming and Beam Steering
MBE Biological Effects & Dosimetry
MBF Blood Flow Measurement
MCA Contrast Agents
MEL Elastography
MIM Medical Imaging
MPA Medical Photoacoustics
MSD System & Device Design
MSP Medical Signal Processing
MTC Medical Tissue Characterization
MTH Therapeutics, Hyperthermia, and Surgery
Group 2: Sensors, NDE & Industrial Applications NAF Acoustics Microfluidics
NAI Acoustic Imaging
NAM Acoustic Microscopy
NAS Acoustic Sensors
NDE General NDE Methods
NEH Energy Harvesting
NFM Flow Measurement
NMC Material & Defect Characterization
NPA Photoacoustics
NPC Process Control
NSP Signal Processing
NTD Transducers: NDE and Industrial
NUA Underwater Acoustics
NWP Wave Propagation
Group 3: Physical Acoustics
PAT Acoustic Tweezers and Particle Manipulation
PNL Nonlinear Acoustics
PGP General Physical Acoustics
POA Opto-acoustics
PPN Phononics
PTF Thin Films
PMI Magnetic/Electromagnetic Interactions
PUM Ultasonic Motors & Actuators
Group 4: Microacoustics: SAW, FBAR, MEMS
ADA Device Applications
ADD Device Design
ADM Device Modeling
AMP Materials & Propagation
AMS Microacoustic Sensor Devices & Applications
Group 5: Tranducers & Transducer Materials
TMC Materials Fabrication and Characterization
TMO Modeling (Analytical & Numerical)
TFT Thin and Thick Piezoelectric Films
TMU Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers
TMI Biomedical Diagnostic and Imaging Transducers
TTT Biomedical Therapeutic Transducers
THF Front-end and Integrated Electronics
TFI High Frequency Transducers
TPF Applications of Piezoelectrics & Ferroelectrics


01 Feb


Dear Colleague:

We are writing to ask your help in identifying potential recipients of threeawards that are offered annually by the IEEE UFFC designed to recognize very significant contributions in the field of ultrasonics.  The 3 Awards are:

  1. IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award
  2. IEEE Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award (aimed at mid career members)
  3. Rayleigh Award

Descriptions of the awards and criteria for eligibility are available on the IEEEUFFC Awards website.

Nominations for the Early Career Investigator and Carl Hellmuth HertzAwards are aimed at individuals in small and large companies, government laboratories, and academic institutions. In recognition of the wide differences in the kinds of contributions that are central to the goals of each of these divergent components of our Ultrasonics community, a flexible two-page nomination format will be employed.  The submission should begin with the name and contact information (email and telephone) of the nominator followed by that information for the nominee. The next entry should be a brief (one sentence or less) proposed citation that will accompany the announcement of the award if the candidate is selected. The remainder of the two-page submission may be used as the nominator chooses to highlight reasons that the selection committee should consider in evaluating the candidate. Suggested entries are 1) educational history, 2) professional history, 3) engineering, scientific, and technological contributions, 4) previous awards or other professional recognitions, and 5) A synopsis of the contributions that motivate the nominator to promote the candidate. Please identify which of the five groups of theUltrasonics Symposium’s Technical Program Committee (Group 1: Medical Ultrasonics; Group 2: Sensors, NDE, and Industrial Applications; Group 3: Physical Acoustics; Group 4: MicroAcoustics – SAW, FBAR, MEMS; andGroup 5: Transducers and Transducer Materials) reflects most closely the contributions of the candidate.

The Rayleigh Award represents the highest honor for achievement within theUFFC Society in the field of Ultrasonics. The achievement may be in technical innovations, research, education, publications and related professional endeavors. Typically, the recipient will have demonstrated these accomplishments over a sustained period of time.  Nominators are encouraged to focus the 2 page submission on how the nominee has changed the field of ultrasonics and created new opportunities for academic inquiry and or commercial success.

The format for the submission is at the discretion of the nominator. Tables, bulleted lists, and the judicious use of white space are often more effective in communicating than densely packed text. Highlighting a specific patent or the nominee’s contributions to a successful device or product illustrated with a photo might be appropriate for some candidates, whereas highlighting a published paper or a particularly impactful presentation the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium might be appropriate for others. Active collaboration between the nominator and the nominee in the preparation of the submission is encouraged.  Self nomination is also permitted.  A selection committee drawn from a very wide range of interests, backgrounds, and affiliations will evaluate and rank the submissions.

Submissions are due no later than March 1, 2015 and are required to be in pdf format and of two pages in length. No supplemental material will be considered.

For the Early Career and Hertz awards, please send this material as an email attachment to Yook-Kong Yong at the email address below. Please use the Subject line “IEEE Ultrasonics Awards” and please title the attached pdf file with the nominee’s name in the form “Joseph_Jones.pdf”.  Yong will acknowledge each submission by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one week, please contact him.

To nominate candidates for the Early Career Investigator and Carl Hellmuth Hertz Awards please contact:

Dr. Yook-Kong Yong
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone:1 848-445-3219

To nominate candidates for the Rayleigh Award please contact:

Dr. Pierre Khuri-Yakub
E. L. Ginzton Laboratory
348 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4088
Phone: 1 (650) 723-0718

Thanks for your help in identifying outstanding candidates for these prestigiousawards.

Yook-Kong Yong and Pierre Khuri-Yakub on behalf of the IEEE UFFCUltrasonics Committee.