Chair's welcome message
On behalf of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and USNC-URSI, the Steering Committee invites you to attend the joint 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting on July 8-14, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Steering Committee has been working hard to plan an innovative and rewarding technical meeting with numerous opportunities to interact and collaborate with other participants. We also welcome you to bring your families to Chicago, a very family-friendly city, served by two major airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.
We represent the premier international symposium in the field of antennas and propagation. Our robust technical program is corroborated by many workshops and short-courses. We have planned a number of innovations in 2012. We are happy to announce that in 2012 the Women in Electromagnetics workshop will occur jointly with our international symposium. We also have planned a Global Research Opportunities Plenary Session, featuring excellent speakers highlighting the state of the art and emerging areas of research, and a Funding Research Opportunities Plenary Session featuring presentations on emerging funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Defense agencies and the U.S. National Science Foundation. We also have significantly reduced the registration fees for students and because of financial support from IEEE AP-S, for the short courses. The IEEE AP-S is sponsoring a student paper contest and a student design contest. All technical papers, including technical papers being submitted to the student paper contest, must be submitted no later than January 17, 2012 and should comply with the requirements outlined in the Technical Program section of the website.
The meeting will be formally inaugurated on July 8, 2012, with a reception at the Art Institute of Chicago, the United States’ second largest art museum. The reception will be held in the stunning and recently opened Modern Wing, designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. The Modern Wing houses the museum’s modern European paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography. If there is sufficient registration in advance, the Art Institute will plan an educational program for children of participants during the opening reception.
The Steering Committee also is working on a social program that celebrates the vibrance and diversity of Chicago, the third largest city in the United States. The Social Program is intended to appeal to participants and their family members of all ages. Chicago’s great magic lies in its mix: sophisticated yet friendly, bustling city streets adjacent to long stretches of green parks and sparkling blue Lake Michigan, and a stunning year-round array of things to see and do unique in all the world. For those who also like to explore on their own or for participants who would like to stay a few extra days to see the city, Chicago is more walkable than most global cities, and visitors of all ages enjoy the proximity of such attractions as Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago and other treasures. The city’s performance art scene delivers theatre, music and dance in historic venues. And, of course, an endless assortment of restaurants, shopping and nightlife are all at your fingertips, ready to match every taste, budget and mood. Highlights of Chicago and sample two-day and six-day itineraries of activities, in eight different languages, can be found on the Chicago Information pages of this website.
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the conference venue, is the premier convention and business hotel in the Midwest. With over 15 years of award-winning service, it offers 1,209 guest rooms and state-of-the-art meeting space. The hotel, overlooking the Chicago River, is ideally located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is within walking distance of Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the Loop business district, the Art Institute, and much more.
We would like to make this event as technically rewarding and enjoyable as possible, so please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate member of the Steering Committee with any suggestions and ideas. We welcome your input.
Adapting a line from Frank Sinatra’s famous song, we want to make Chicago your kind of town. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in July 2012.
General Chair of the 2012 Steering Committee