IMS2016 will feature about 470 technical papers, 31 workshops and five short courses in addition to a number of related events. Discussions will include emerging RF and wireless related growth areas such as 5G technologies, automotive radars, wearable electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Space (IoS) and RF/microwave technology in life science.
Multiple focused programs to promote student and diversity participation will be held this year. The student paper contest, student design competition, Ph.D. student initiative and the IMS Connect programs are designed to increase college graduate participation at the conference. The IMS Connect program aims to encourage participation of students from under-represented minorities and specifically prepare them for careers in science and engineering. The Women in Microwaves team this year has organized a focused session, which includes paper presentations from leading professionals practicing RF and microwave technologies. Following the paper-presentation session will be a leadership-coaching panel session.
Additionally, the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program will introduce students to the field of microwave engineering and technology through a STEM-focused day-at-a-conference experience on Thursday. Students from local middle and high schools will be invited to attend exciting talks and visit selected exhibition booths and demos. This one-day event will include opportunities to showcase student-submitted science projects, interact with engineers and graduate students and provide a conference experience.
A Wireless Wonders pavilion is being organized to showcase consumer wireless technology products and services. The MicroApps forum, which will be held in the exhibition area, will include dynamic presentations by IMS exhibitors who will introduce attendees to new products and applications. A one-day RF boot camp will teach the basics to graduate students, young engineers and others interested in a fundamental understanding of RF technology. The boot camp will include demonstrations on how to use test instruments for modeling and characterization of RF components. To further enrich the IMS experience, ample opportunities to interact with peers and exhibitors will be provided throughout Microwave Week. Day-to-day programs have been created, keeping in mind the importance of networking for conference participants. We believe this will be an enriching and rewarding experience for all attendees.
I invite you to come and experience IMS2016 and the beautiful city of San Francisco. With all of what IMS2016 and the city have to offer, your time in San Francisco is sure to be fun and productive. The entire IMS2016 steering committee is looking forward to seeing you and extends a warm welcome!