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Wireless Sensing & Communication in Extreme Environments to be Featured at November Conference in Baltimore

WASHINGTON (28 October 2013) — The significant challenges faced in space and other extreme environments for radio frequency and wireless sensing and communication will be the focus of the International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE).

The event, set for the Renaissance Baltimore (Md.) Harborplace Hotel, 7-9 November, will gather investigators from space agencies such as NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, along with industry and academic researchers, to better understand and solve emerging wireless sensing and communication problems in space and related environments.

It will feature technical research paper presentations, keynote addresses, government and industry panels, poster sessions and two parallel workshops: wireless sensor systems and space solar power. See full program at

Keynote speakers include Dr. Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland; Scott Burleigh, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Dr. Paul Werbos, National Science Foundation; Dr. Nader Moayeri, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Dr. Koji Tanaka, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; and Mark Kaufman, Aerojet. Werbos is an IEEE fellow and member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy.

Spaceflight includes critical sensing and communication in environments such as planetary surfaces, space vehicles and space habitats. The diverse challenges encountered in space overlap significantly with those found on earth, including extreme hot or cold locations, extreme high- or low-pressure enclosures, critical control loops in aircraft and nuclear power plants, high-speed rotating equipment, and oil and gas pipelines and platforms.

Although specific challenges vary significantly, many of the solutions offered by sensing, communication and statistical signal processing technologies can be applied in multiple environments. This allows researchers focusing on space applications to benefit greatly from understanding the problems encountered and solutions applied in alternative environments.

WiSEE is financially cosponsored by IEEE-USA, the IEEE Baltimore Section, the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society and IEEE Canada. Donors include the University of Maryland’s Institute for Systems Research, Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, Michigan Technological University, the Space Solar Power Institute and the University of Maine College of Engineering.

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