Invitation from the General Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Symposium Organizing Committee and the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society, we would like to invite you to join us in Kobe, Japan and participate in the 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, that will be held October 22-25, 2018, at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe, Japan. The site of the symposium is located on Kobe Port Island. This is the second time the Symposium will come to Japan. First time was Sendai, Japan in 1998.

Originally the 2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium was scheduled to be held in Kobe. But due to extensive uncertainties resulting from the M-9 earthquake that devastated part of Japan, the venue was changed to its back-up (Orlando, FL, USA). Thus going back to Japan is symbolic as its recovery from the disaster.

This year’s Technical Program Committee, chaired by Jan D’hooge, is working hard to put together another outstanding technical program. As before, there will be a mix of invited and contributed papers. Student paper awards will be also given this year.

Kobe itself is well known as a city having a unique style with the exotic atmosphere in Japan, which has been affected by the foreign cultures and flourished as the international port since old days. World Heritage Himeji Castle known as “White Heron Castle” can be reached from the Symposium venue in one hour by regional trains. World Heritage Kyoto might be well known. But we do not arrange a guided tour because one day trip is too short to look around there. We strongly recommend that you plan for an extended visit to Kyoto on the week-end before or after the symposium. World Heritage Nara, which is well known from 1,200 years’ history, can be reached easily from Kyoto.

We are looking forward to an excellent program, and to the opportunity of welcoming you at the 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Kobe.

Ken-ya Hashimoto, Chiba University
General CoChair
Clemens Ruppel, EPCOS AG, retired
General CoChair