Summary

The 2013 Joint UffC, EFTF and PFM Symposium was held at the Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic on 21—25 July 2013 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the society. The following three large Symposia were joined together:

We were particularly pleased that the joint symposia were able to host the European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) as well as the Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM) workshop. It was the 6th in the series of successful joint meetings between the EFTF and IFCS and the 3rd joint meeting between the ISAF and PFM. The conference was highly successful in all accounts. Over 300 society volunteers helped to put together outstanding technical and social programs for the 2013 Joint UFFC, EFTF, and PFM Symposium.

Thematic areas

The technical program and all information related to the joint conference were offered in the Advanced Program Book (PDF, 8.5 MB). For the first time, participants were able to download the technical program and information on the sessions and speakers on their smartphones.

The attendance for the conference was as follows: 1,232 regular participants, 567 students, 85 exhibitors, and 149 guests for the total of 2,033. Attendees represented 49 countries; the four highest attendees were from the United States, France, Japan, and Germany, respectively. About 50 percent of participants registered for the IUS while the other half registered for the ISAF–PFM and the IFCS–EFTF. The summary of the conference registrations are shown below:

UFFC 2013 registrations

A series of short courses were organized by the Short Course Committee—Roman Maev, David Cann, and Jeremy Everard—and offered on Sunday before the start of the technical sessions. The IUS, ISAF–PFM, and EFTF–IFCS offered 24, 12, and 16 tutorial sessions, respectively. A total of 299 registered for short courses, of whom 133 were regular participants and 166 were students.

TPC co-chairs—Stanislav Emelianov, Susan Trolier–McKinstry, Dragan Damjanovic, Andrei Kholkin, Gaetano Mileti, and Warren Walls—put together 4 plenary, 144 oral, and 10 poster sessions during four days. Each day there were 12 parallel oral sessions. There were 6 plenary speakers, 77 invited talks, 1,625 contributed talks, of which 734 were oral and 891 were poster presentations. Also, 48 Student Paper Competetion finalists presented their posters on Monday. The SPC Awards were presented by the general chair of the conference to the winners at the student luncheon on Thursday.

Publication co-chairs—Stanislav Kamba (committee chair), Jafar Saniie, and Aaron Patridge—diligently reviewed 560 IUS, 98 ISAF–PFM, and 268 IFCS–EFTF manuscripts for conference proceedings. DVD containing all proceedings was distributed to participants in early November 2013 within the timeframe required by the IEEE Publication Department.

Five Platinum Patrons—National Institute of Standard and Technology, Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Shoei Chemical, Ultrasonix, and Verasonics—financially sponsored the UFFC joint symposia. The exhibits co-chairs—Sue Kingston, David Cann, and Sue Kingston—were able to successfully bring a total of 48 exhibits and 86 exhibitors to the conference. All industry demonstrated their state of the art products during the first three days of the conference.

The social activities of the conference were a huge success. All participants joined in the conference reception on Monday at the Prague Congress Centre. The Conference Banquet took place on Wednesday evening. Participants were divided into four groups based on their registration preferences. Three groups of about 750 in total took a three-hour boat trip and over 900 participants attended a gala dinner at the Zofin Palace. Both events included live band entertainment and fine food with wine and beer served during dinner. The conference also provided buffet lunch and a.m./p.m. refreshments every day.

 

Venue

The venue of the IEEE Joint Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Symposium was Prague Congress Centre close to the historical centre of Prague, Czech Republic.
The street address of the venue is 5. kvetna 65, 140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic.

Historical centre of Prague

City of Prague

Certovka millwheel

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is well known for its historical monuments, classical architecture and rich cultural heritage that continues today in many theaters, concert halls, opera houses and galleries. Come and discover this wonderful city and walk in the footsteps not only of Franz Kafka and Antonin Dvorak but also of Tycho de Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Bernard Bolzano, Christian Doppler, Albert Einstein, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, Vladimir Prelog and others.

Vltava river in Prague

Prague has 1.3 million inhabitants living on approximately 500 square kilometers. The historical city center is a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area which stretches over more than 8 square kilometers. Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in Central Europe.

The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle with its gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. The castle, formerly the seat of Czech kings since 1087, became the seat of the president in 1918. The Lesser Town below the castle boasts a profusion of intimate corners and character restaurants blended with splendid aristocratic palaces and charming gardens. The 14th century Charles Bridge, the most remarkable promenade site in Prague, connects Lesser Town with the Old Town, amazing network of twisting medieval lanes. The Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square houses the oldest working Astronomical Clock in the world (1410), chosen as our Symposium logo. At every hour, a presentation of four figures and statues of 12 Apostles starts. Between the Old Town Square and the river bank, remains of unique 13th century Jewish Town offer mysterious spiritual atmosphere.

Due to hilly landscape over double-bent river valley, the elevated sites such as the Castle or the Prague Congress Centre offer magnificent views over the city's “one hundred spires”.

Getting to Prague

Vaclav Havel Airport Prague handles flights of most European carriers, including low-cost ones, as well as some overseas flights. To find the most appropriate flight without the need of visiting individual carrier websites, you may try a global travel search site at http://www.skyscanner.net/.

Czech Airlines as the official carrier for UFFC 2013 offers a 10% discount in Economy Class and a 15% discount in Business Class for all attendees and accompanying persons of the Symposium. The discount applies to flights within one week prior and after the Event. Detailed information can be found on the Czech Airlines Event website.

Transport from Prague Airport to the Conference venue

The airport is located approx. 30 minutes by car from the city centre, the travelling time extends during rush hours. There is a good connection by public transport buses and taxis, no train or underground connection is available.

Public transport

Bus 119: Prague Airport (Letiste Ruzyne) → Dejvicka (end stop of the bus and Metro line A terminal), then take Metro: Dejvicka → Muzeum (5 stations), then change the line and take Metro C: Muzeum → Vysehrad (2 stations). The journey takes less than 1 hour including the changes and waiting times. The bus stop is situated directly in front of the airport terminal.

Prague public transport is fast, efficient and frequent. Metro and most daily trams and buses operate every day from 5 AM till midnight. Night trams and buses (line numbers beginning with 5) operate throughout the night. Similar to most capitals, the concentration of picpockets is elevated, be aware in the historical centre as well as on your route from/to the airport.

Petrin cable car

Tickets:
Basic fare of 32 CZK (approx. 1.30 EUR) entitles the holder to use all means of public transport (Metro, trams, buses and cable car to the Petrin hill) for up to 90 minutes including unlimited number of changes. The ticket must be validated using a yellow box inside the first bus or tram, or while first entering designated area in Metro. After validation, just keep the ticket with you.

Tickets can be purchased at:

When entering the bus, remember to validate the ticket.

Airport express

The fast bus line operates daily from 5 AM till 10 PM in regular intervals 30 minutes. The route is Prague Airport → Dejvicka (Metro A) → Masarykovo Nadrazi railway station (Metro B) → Hlavni Nadrazi (Prague Main Railway Station, Metro C). The fare is 50 CZK or 30 CZK if travelling just between the airport and Dejvicka Metro terminal.

From the terminal stop, Hlavni nadrazi, you can continue by Metro directly to the conference venue (Vysehrad, 2 stations). A cheaper 26 CZK ticket can be used for this route.
From Dejvicka Metro terminal, you can use Metro as described under Public transport.

Taxi (AAA, Radiocab)

The journey from the airport to Kongresove centrum takes at least half an hour and should cost around 600 CZK. The taxi rank of both official airport companies (AAA radiotaxi and Radiocab) is situated directly in front of the airport terminal. For the journey back, we strongly recommend ordering a taxi from your hotel reception rather than finding a cab in the street.

Resources

Transport from railway stations to the Conference venue

All principal railway stations are situated along Metro stations. There are only 3 Metro lines in Prague (A, B, C) so it is not difficult to reach Vysehrad station (line C).
Prague Congress Centre If you decide to take a taxi, we strongly recommend ordering one rather than finding a cab in the street. For AAA radiotaxi, just call 14014 and wait 5–10 minutes until your taxi (yellow colour) picks you up.

Conference venue

Prague Congress Centre is a large building located just a few steps from the Vysehrad Metro station. The entrance to the building will be clearly signposted.

Floorplan 1

First floor

Floorplan 2

Second floor

Photographs courtesy of fungus2. More Prague photos are available in our gallery.

Practical information

Electrical outlets

Electrical outlets are 230 V, 50 Hz, French E-type plugs and sockets are used.

Conference411 smartphone application

Symposium program can be downloaded as a smartphone application and then used with or without Internet connectivity.

For basic user instructions, please download the Getting Started (PDF) document.

Restaurants close to the Symposium venue