On behalf of the conference Chairs, Mike Jensen, and Barry Perlman, Chair of the TPC Zhengqing Yun, and the entire Steering Committee, it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Honolulu, Hawaii, the "Ultimate Global Gathering Place." We are delighted to offer you an informative conference with stimulating technical sessions, workshops and short courses, and a very exciting social program. In total, we were able to schedule over 225 papers with topics ranging from antennas, metamaterials, RF devices and systems, communications networks, propagation modeling, and microwave imaging. The plenary overview presentations by Bob Trew, Mahbub Hoque, and Santanu Das are particularly important to those of us who are seeking contracts and grants from NSF, ARO, and ONR, while the overview luncheon talks by Constantine Balanis and Bill Imbriale are of common interest and present refreshing views on the ongoing research activities. The technical program also includes special sessions organized by colleagues from The Army CERDEC Division, ONR communications Division, colleagues from Tsinghua University, China, LEAT Lab in Nice France, Yuan Ze University in Taiwan, Hosei University in Japan, and the UPC University in Barcelona, Spain. It is truly an international gathering and to all of you who worked with us on organizing these special sessions we are most grateful for your scholarly effort.
The tropical Islands of Hawaii offer ample opportunities to relax and unwind. Possibly more than anyplace else on earth, Hawaii 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 Hawaii. To ensure your enjoyment we offer some of our popular tourist attractions, including a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, the number one tourist attraction in Hawaii, a traditional Hawaiian luau reception on Sunday, a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the magnificent Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve for snorkeling, and the North Shore for a view of world class surfing.
We are happy to welcome you to Oahu and we certainly hope that you will enjoy the incredible sites that Honolulu 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 research area.
On behalf of members of the Steering Committee, members of the Technical Program Committee, University of Hawaii volunteer staff, and the large number of student volunteers, we look forward to seeing you in Hawaii.
Mahalo for your interest and participation,
Magdy F. Iskander