The 2012 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, together with the Workshop on Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detectors will be held in at the Disneyland Hotel (Anaheim California), from October 29rd - November 3rd. As with previous meetings, there will be short courses on the preceding Saturday and Sunday (October 27 and 28), and we anticipate having several workshops before or after the meeting. This meeting has always been a great opportunity to get together with old friends and to make new ones, to exchange ideas and share knowledge and experience in the nuclear science and medical imaging fields - and 2012 will be no exception.
The meeting will be held at the Disneyland Hotel Convention Center and we have a room block at $169/night (and some student rate rooms at $128/night) at the two hotels connected to the convention center. The site can be reached from a variety of airports, the main ones being Los Angeles International and Orange County. For both of these airports, there is a Disney bus service (the magic express) that will take you to the hotels. For those registering at the Disney hotels, the package will include one travel voucher for the magic express (round trip) per room. The hotel rooms have been recently renovated and will include free overnight parking, unlimited local telephone and 800 access, free internet access, and unlimited use of the fitness center. The hotels are a short walk (less than 5 minutes) from a collection of restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and other options in the Downtown Disney area.
While the venue will be relaxing and offers many options when one is not attending sessions, the main purpose of this meeting continues to be the exchange of information in the many scientific and engineering disciplines represented by the attendees. The NSS portion of the conference is an ideal forum for scientist and engineers in the field of nuclear science, radiation instrumentation, software engineering, data acquisition, and related applications to present their work and network with their colleagues from around the world. Similarly, the MIC has consistently provided one of the most productive forums for the exchange of information on the physics, engineering, and mathematics of Nuclear Medicine. The MIC goes further with many contributions from other areas of medical imaging including X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging. The RTSD is an ideal companion to both the NSS and MIC segments of the conference and impacts both interest areas. In addition the presentation of original work, the conference also provides extensive educational opportunities via short courses and special emphasis seminars before and during the conference. As in past years, the conference will be making special efforts to obtain support grants for students to attend this important meeting and take full advantage of this unique scientific and educational opportunity.
The conference will also provide an industrial exhibits area where the providers and developers of many of the technical tools and services used by our attendees will be presenting their products and the change to talk to their corporate scientist and engineers. The exhibit space will be specifically setup to allow both the exhibitors and attendees amble space for discussions and exploration of common interests.
Overall, the traditional excellence of the NSS, MIC, and RTSD conference will be continued, and we hope enhanced in 2012 with the combination of the outstanding presentations of current work, educational sessions, special emphasis seminars, and a venue that will promote the informal exchange of ideas and information. I look forward to seeing you in Anahiem.
Tom K. Lewellen