Message from the General Chair
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Rome from September 20 to 23 at the Ergife Palace Hotel.
It is a great honour and a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to organize the International Ultrasonic Symposium in Rome. In this city, shortly after the end of the second World War and a few years before the birth of our Society, was held one of the first international congresses on Ultrasounds (International Congress on Ultracoustics
, Rome June 14-17, 1950). After 59 years the international scientific community, engaged in the by now numerous and important applications of ultrasounds, meet again in this historical and beautiful city. From the date of that first post-war conference till today the technical and technological progress has indeed been great and astonishing even to experts in the field. Our Society has given an important contribution, particularly in sensors, devices for telecommunications, non destructive testing, and medical diagnostics. The symposium is by now the window to observe what is really new in these fields, and I am sure that this venue in Italy will stimulate young researchers to a new and profitable interest both in this country and, I hope, in all the world.
I am sure that you will enjoy your visit to Rome, which is rightly known as one of the most beautiful ad interesting cities in the world . It is a city of culture and history, packed with the remains of well over two thousand years on inhabitation.
Founded around the middle of the 8th
cent. BC, for almost 1000 years Rome was the largest, richest, and politically most important city in the Western World. Today you can still admire the majestic monuments of the ancient Roman Empire: the Forum, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon just to mention a few. But, besides being the city of the Emperors, Rome is also the city of the Popes, who from the very beginning established Rome as the center of Christianity, and the city remained the cultural center of the Western World attracting the greatest artists and architects creating masterpieces of painting and sculpture and an endless number of grand, beautiful churches and palaces.
I look forward to meeting you in Rome.
2009 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium General Chair