The 2010 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference, and 17th International Workshop on Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-ray and Gamma-ray Detectors were held at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee from October 30 to November 6, 2010. There were 1985 registered attendees from 47 countries and more than 1600 papers submitted. During the meeting there were 6 Short Courses and 3 specialized workshops which ranged from Alternative Neutron Detectors to advances in PET-MR. This attendance is the largest ever US conference and second only to the 2008 conference. Almost the entire Knoxville Convention Center was used for the 9 days of the meeting. The modern facility was well suited for the conference size and the poster session was spacious allowing for interaction between the presenter and the attendees. The spacious concourses were WiFi areas and filled with tables that were popular sites of interaction among the attendees. All of this contributed to a very successful and enjoyable week for everyone.
The success was made possible by the incredible work of the Organizing Committee members who were able to make a massive effort both before and during the meeting to ensure that everything worked as planned. The Program Chairs, topic conveners and session chairs assembled a strong program with the help of many reviewers. With over 1600 papers to be reviewed, this was indeed a major undertaking, especially given time constraints and very busy reviewers. Both the NSS and MIC Program Chairs tried new ideas for the organization of the sessions. The NSS and RTSD Program Chairs worked together to eliminate as many overlapping and conflicting papers as possible. I am certain that the attendees appreciated their work to minimize the session hopping.
With the support from both long term and new industrial and governmental organizations, we were able to provide grants to over a hundred students and thus to enable them to attend the meeting, present their work, and make contacts with the worldwide community present in Knoxville. Our industrial exhibitors also found this to be a very useful meeting and remarked on the numbers of valuable contacts they made.
The area around Knoxville is home to many Laboratories, Institutions, and Companies who participate and contribute to the fields of interest of the conference. The technical tours to some of these were well attended and so popular that additional tours were added. Even the weather cooperated.
It is the attendees of the Conference that deserve the most thanks, as it is their work that makes all of this possible. As you go through this CD of the Conference Record, I hope you will be able to review the papers and talks you enjoyed and read any you may have missed during the conference. The Conference and the Conference Record are truly your work and it is only through your participation that we have been able to make this meeting the premier meeting in the world for our fields.
Ronald M Keyser