The International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics is the premier international meeting on microwave photonic devices, systems, and applications.
The broadband, low-loss transmission capability of optical fiber links has led to much interest in their use in the distribution and control of microwave and millimeter-wave signals. Application areas include antenna remoting for wireless data and cellular radio systems, optically controlled phased array antennas, optical processing of microwave signals and broadband cable television distribution. Photonics enables new microwave system functions such as long delays lines, fast spectrum analysis, frequency conversion, probing and control of microwave devices, low phase-noise oscillators, and ultra-fast analog-to-digital converters. Conversely, microwave techniques are enabling new generations of optical communication systems with capabilities exceeding 1 Tb/s/fiber.
Associated with the evolution of these systems is the development of high-speed optical sources, modulators and detectors with bandwidths extending into the millimeter-wave region.
The International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics provides a forum for the presentation of new advances in this multi-disciplinary research area, ranging from novel devices to systems field trials. It is held annually and rotates between North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
MWP rotates on a triennial basis among locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Since 1995, the conference has been held in the locations listed below.
MWP2011 Singapore MWP2010 Montreal, Canada
MWP2009 Valencia, Spain
MWP2008 Gold Coast, Australia
MWP2007 Victoria, Canada
MWP2006 Grenoble, France
MWP2005 Seoul, Korea
MWP2004 Ogunquit, Maine, U.S.
MWP2003 Budapest, Hungary
MWP2002 Awaji-Yumebutai, Japan
MWP2001 Long Beach, California
MWP2000 Oxford, UK
MWP1999 Melbourne, Australia
MWP1998 Princeton, New Jersey
MWP1997 Duisburg, Germany
MWP1996 Kyoto, Japan
MWP1995 Keystone, Colorado
Locations of Future MWP Conferences
MWP2012 will be held September 11 – 14, 2012 at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), which is located at the southern tip of Noordwijk, 40 km southwest of Amsterdam International Airport. A report of the status of MWP2012 planning was presented at the October 19, 2011 meeting of the International Steering Committee for the MWP conference in Singapore.
At its October 19, 2011 meeting, the International Steering Committee also approved a proposal to hold MWP2013 somewhere in the vicinity of Washington, DC. The MWP2013 Organizing Committee has selected the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia as the venue for the conference, which will take place on October 28 – 31, 2013.
Site Selection Process
The site selection process for the MWP series of meetings is conducted annually. At present, sites are selected two years in advance of the meeting year. The Steering Committee has decided that selecting sites three years in advance would be preferable. Hence the Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for both MWP2014 and MWP2015. MWP2014 should take place in the Asia/Pacific region, and MWP2015 should take place in Europe.
Instructions for Proposal Preparation
Proposals should be e-mailed to the current Chair of the Steering Committee, Dr. Arokiaswami Alphones (EAlphones@ntu.edu.sg), who will also respond to questions relating to the proposal submission process.
The proposal solicitation period for MWP2014 will be open until August 11, 2012. Proposals received by that date will be distributed to and reviewed by the MWP Steering Committee prior to its meeting at MWP2012, which will be in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on September 11 – 14, 2012. Proposers are strongly advised to make a presentation in person to the MWP Steering Committee in Noordwijk. Following any proposal presentations, the MWP Steering Committee will discuss the proposals and vote to select the location for MWP2014. Proposers will be advised of the Steering Committee’s decision following its meeting in Noordwijk.
To assist the evaluation process, the MWP Steering Committee requests that proposers submit a written proposal (this is often in the form of a Microsoft Power Point presentation, which the proposer then presents in person to the Committee) that includes at a minimum the following information:
* Advantages of proposed location
* Anticipated extent and sources of government or industry sponsorship
* Planned topics for tutorials and/or workshops
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