Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 14th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Fields-ISEF2009"
A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2010)
Prof. Dr. Slawomir Wiak
Institute of Mechatronics and Information Systems Technical University of Lodz, Stefanowskiego 18/22, Lodz, Poland
Interests: MEMS, mechatronics, computer modeling, optimization, CAD
Prof. Dr. Ewa Napieralska Juszczak
Laboratoire Systèmes Electrotechniques et Environnement (LSEE), Université d’Artois, Technoparc Futura, Bethune 62400, France
ISEF has evolved, over the last 35 years, to become one of the most popular international events within the electromagnetic community. Faithfully followed by leading experts from around the world, the symposium offers a perfect opportunity for discussions and networking, as well as for exchanging and disseminating information about recent research advances.
The conference travels through Europe and is organized in various academic centres. Relatively often, was it held in some Polish cities as the initiative was on the part of Polish scientists. Now ISEF is much more international and successive events take places in different European academic centres renowned for electromagnetic research. The history of ISEF started 35 years ago and particular events took place in the following order: 1974 - Castle of Uniejow near Lodz, Poland, 1979 - Lodz, Poland, 1982, 1985, - Warsaw, Poland, 1987 - Pavia, Italy, 1989 - Lodz, Poland, 1991 - Southampton, UK, 1993 - Warsaw, Poland, 1995 - Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997 - Gdansk, Poland, 1999 - Pavia, Italy, 2001 - Cracow, Poland, 2003 - Maribor, Slovenia, 2005 - Vigo, Spain, 2007 - Prague, Czech Republic, 2009 – Arras, France.
The main targets of this Conference can be briefly summarized: to review, present and discuss the innovation in the Modeling, Computer Engineering, Micros-Systems, Mechatronics and Simulation Methods. ISEF is a periodic international conference whose scope covers systems theory, modelling, simulation, diagnosis, control, signal and image processing, as well as their applications.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together scientists dealing with the above mentioned fields, to help exchange information on dominant trends as well as on current research projects carried out in these disciplines throughout the world, to motivate pursuit of new research challenges, and to offer possibilities for new contacts that encourage collaboration and may give rise to joint applications for European and domestic scientific grants.
The ISEF symposium provides a unique opportunity for engineers, researchers and scientists from around the world to discuss the state of the art in computation, modelling, simulation and measurements of electromagnetic fields. In addition to the well established conference topics, the Arras meeting will introduce a new area of noise and vibration of electrical machines. Another novelty will be a special session which will include presentations by PhD students working in the field of electromagnetism.
The aim of the Conference is to discuss recent developments and application in optimisation and inverse methodologies for electromagnetic fields. The meeting is intended to be a forum for applied mathematicians, computer scientists and electrical engineers to exchange ideas, experience on the new developments, trends and applications from industrial and academic viewpoints on the topic. Particular attention is paid to optimisation of electromagnetic devices and micro-systems along with software development. An important goal of the conference is also stimulating personal contacts and co-operation, especially between industrial and academic institutions.
It is the tradition of the ISEF meetings that they try to tangle quite a vast area of computational and applied electromagnetics. Moreover, the ISEF symposia aim at joining theory and practice, thus the majority of papers are deeply rooted in engineering problems, being simultaneously of high theoretical level. The profile of the conference changes, however, year by year and one can find more and more contributions dealing with applied electromagnetics coupled with hardware and software technologies.
Looking at the ISEF topics one may also notice that more and more researchers engage into investigation of electromagnetic applications, especially these connected with mechatronics, information technologies, microsystems, medicine, biology and material sciences.
One group of contributions to ISEF Symposia is devoted to fundamental problems which appear in electromagnetics. The subject has been intensively developed from the very beginning of the history of electromagnetism. Some problems are still the subject of scientific discussions and are still unsolved; the other problems are discussed as the background for building numerical models. There is a group of contributions dealing with the analysis of material properties (magnetic, dielectric or even biological), and thus the papers have more physical than computational considerations. The next group directs the reader’s attention to similar problems but referring to more technical aspects. Indeed, one can find here the papers which deal with numerical modelling of such devices as electromagnetic devices, NMR and induction tomography, adaptive plasma, electrochemechanical converters, sensors and actuators, Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and others. It is clearly seen that the attention here is focused on the device rather than methodology. Other group consists of the papers dealing with the application of advanced algorithms and methods to selected technical engineering problems. The papers focus his interest on such problems as optimization of a drive system, combined electromagnetic and thermal analysis by means of approximate methods, combined finite element method (FEM) and finite volume method (FVM), algorithms based on stochastic methods and others. The majority of papers concentrated on the problems how to build FEM solver or how to regard nonlinearity or dynamics in computer modelling. Also, there were strong discussions about the advantages and disadvantages such numerical methods, as FEM, FDM, BEM and during the conferences followers of each particular method tended to for separate groups. The methods of evaluation and control of electromagnetic field which based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) constitute the huge group of the papers presented during ISEF symposia.
ISEF 2009 Website: http://www.lsee.fr/isef09/