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Chairman's Welcome

[Prof. Antonello Cutolo]

EWOFS 2007 has been planned taking into account the worldwide conferences and international meetings focused to sensing technologies. The aim of this workshop is to integrate and complement new sensing technologies developments with latest research findings, ideas and applications in the field of optical fibre sensors.

We have the honour to organize this workshop after the successful past editions (Peebles 1998, Santander 2004). The objective is to create a specific workshop focused to recognize and evaluate the emerging ideas and technologies of optical fibre sensors from the research levels to the commercial applications. Due to the incredible growth of new technologies and the wide diffusion of optical fibre sensors in several application fields, our aim is to encourage contributions which describe developments targeted towards specific user applications in order to stimulate global and multidisciplinary approach towards future research. We also encourage contributions on new technologies and techniques.

The organization of the workshop will be devoted to create a colloquial and informal atmosphere in order to help the knowledge exchanges and the creation of new collaborations.

In addition to the technical program, we shall organize panel discussions in order to emphasize the market requirements and encourage the technology transfer from the research to the industry or the creations of new high technology companies based on the fibre sensing technologies.

Our goal is to provide a common forum for leading international authorities, young researchers, practitioners, user-community and research planners. The aim is to stimulate and convey considerations, thoughts and future perspectives on the role of optical fibre sensor technology in the wider sensing world.

Antonello Cutolo, Benevento, May 2005