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Welcome to 2012 IEEE-ICWITS in Maui, Hawaii!

On behalf of the Steering Committee and the entire ICWITS staff and volunteers, it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to beautiful Maui, the "Valley Isle" of Hawaii. We are delighted to offer you an informative conference with stimulating technical and plenary sessions led by distinguished members of our community, and an outstanding short course program offered by leading authorities and celebrated authors in the area of wireless technologies.

In developing the technical program we watched with great pleasure, how the members from three IEEE technical societies; the Antennas and Propagation Society, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and the Communication Society, offer their latest innovative technical contributions, theories, and experimental discoveries for presentation in our ICWITS conference. The technical program includes two plenary sessions, with four presentations in each; highlighting "Emerging Research in Green Technologies at NSF," and the "Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)" initiative at NSF; two distinguished lectures from IEEE AP-S; and a talk celebrating the innovative contributions by our colleague Professor Lotfollah Shafai. Several special sessions in emerging technology areas are also organized including: RFID, biomedical applications, network security, ultra wideband antennas, metamaterials, inverse scattering and imaging, coordinated cooperative communications for future wireless networks, and millimeter and terahertz technologies. It is truly an international gathering and to all of you who contributed your work and participated in the organization of these special sessions we are most grateful for your effort and scholarly contribution.

The conference site, Maui, is the home to many natural and cultural attractions such as the "Haleakala" Crater, or the "House of the Sun", which rises more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The social program and the conference venue are simply magnificent and include the best of what Maui has to offer. The tropical Islands of Hawaii in general and Maui in particular, offer ample opportunities to relax and unwind. Possibly more than anyplace else on earth, Maui offers a variety of activities that fit every need, taste, desire and mode of relaxation. So, please take advantage of your stay and enjoy the breathtaking sites that you can only find and see in Maui, Hawaii. To ensure your enjoyment we offer some of our popular tourist attractions, including: snorkeling, horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing lessons, and a tour of the telescope on top of Haleakala.

We are happy to welcome you to Maui and we certainly hope that you will enjoy the incredible sites that this magnificent Island has to offer. We sincerely hope that you will find the scheduled technical sessions stimulating and pertinent to the modern interest in the wireless technology and associated research areas.

On behalf of all of us at the University of Hawaii, staff, students and a large number of volunteers, we look forward to welcoming you, family and friends to the Island of Maui, Hawaii. On behalf of the Steering Committee and the entire ICWITS staff and volunteers, it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to beautiful Maui, the “Valley Isle” of Hawaii.

Mahalo for your interest and participation,
Magdy F. Iskander
General Chair

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