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SPIE Professional January 2016

SS/NDE event moves to Las Vegas

logo for SPIE SS/NDE SPIE Smart Structures and Material Systems + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (SS/NDE) will be in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) this year and will feature five plenary talks on advanced materials and systems for many applications.

The 23rd SS/NDE symposium will be held 20-24 March. It will include 10 conferences,  the annual Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) session and demonstrations, and a keynote talk by Elisabeth Smela from University of Maryland, College Park (USA).

Plenary speakers are:

  • SPIE Fellow Ali Adibi of Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Greg Carman of University of California, Los Angeles (USA)
  • Naveed Hussain of Boeing Research and Technology (USA)
  • Jan D. Achenbach of Northwestern University (USA)
  • John A. Main of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (USA)

One of the two onsite courses offered at the event is a half-day overview on the fundamentals of EAPs, covering the state-of-the-art, challenges, and potential of EAPs, taught by pioneers Yosi Bar-Cohen, John Madden, and Qibing Pei. Course attendees receive .65 continuing education requirements (CEU) credits.

Conference topics are:

  • Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication
  • Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices
  • Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
  • Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites
  • Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
  • Nano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors and Systems
  • Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
  • Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, and Civil Infrastructure
  • Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems
  • Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems

During the week, SPIE members James E. Hubbard of University of Maryland, College Park, and Victor Giurgiutiu of University of South Carolina (USA) will receive lifetime achievement awards.

SPIE Smart Structures graphicSymposium chairs are SPIE members Jayanth N. Kudva of NextGen Aeronautics (USA) and Theodoros E. Matikas of University of Ioannina (Greece). Cochairs are SPIE Fellow Tribikram Kundu of University of Arizona (USA) and Gregory Reich of the US Air Force Research Lab.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201601.23

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