Welcome to the Microwave and Radar Week-2014
It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 6th Microwave and Radar Week MRW 2014 - a leading biannual event in the Central and Eastern Europe - comprising International Conference on Microwaves, Radar, and Wireless Communications MIKON and International Radar Symposium IRS.
The first three MRW editions were organized by the Telecommunications Research Institute (PIT) and the Warsaw University of Technology, and held in Warsaw (2004), Krakow (2006) and Wroclaw (2008). In our sincere wish to further enhance the international dimension of the event and closer cooperation with our neighboring countries, a few years ago we decided to move it across the borders of Poland and the 4th MRW was held in Vilnius, Lithuania and organized by Geozondas and Semiconductor Research Institute. In 2012 the Week came back to Warsaw and was organized by the Military University of Technology (WAT).
Following a very successful experience with Vilnius, the plans for this year were to visit Lviv, Ukraine.
The idea was greatly supported by the Ukrainian research community, led by the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and the Lviv Polytechnic National University. Unfortunately, a series of painful political affairs in Ukraine challenged the plans. We kept waiting and watching political developments for as long as it was possible. Our final decision to shift the Week to Gdansk, Poland, was reached jointly by leaders of the Ukrainian microwave and radar community and the traditional Polish MIKON and IRS teams. At this point, I wish to pass my warmest words of appreciation to the Ukrainian Colleagues for their efforts devoted to organizing the Week for over a year, particularly to Prof. Mykhailo Lobur and Prof. Yuriy Bobalo, Rector of the Lviv Polytechnic National University.
I also wish to thank the devoted group of Volunteers in Gdansk for taking up the challenge of practically last minute organization of MIKON and IRS. The scope of the challenge is clearly demonstrated by the predicted extent and composition of the Week.
The MRW 2014, consists of:
20th International Conference on Microwaves, Radar, and Wireless Communications MIKON 2014 (June 16-18); MIKON was established 45 years ago by the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and in 1994 was transformed into a biannual international conference co-sponsored by PAN, IEEE (MTT Society, AP Society) and recently also by the European Associations - EuMA and GAAS.
15th International Radar Symposium IRS 2014 (June 16-18); IRS was established by the German Institute of Navigation in 1999 as annual conference, co-sponsored by the IEEE AES Society, co-organized by Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, and since 2004 in even-numbered years joins MIKON in the frame of the MRW.
For the first time this year MIKON and IRS are running in parallel and the conference fee gives participants of each conference admission to the other. A special feature is also that the opening and closing sessions, all poster sessions as well as all social events will be held jointly.
The 2014 Week will assemble almost the whole Polish and Ukrainian microwave and radar communities as well as attract many prominent representatives from the countries all over the world. For this year’s edition of MRW, a total number of over 300 presentations from 40 countries have been accepted – 91 from Poland and 71 from Ukraine. Strong representations are also from Germany (26) Turkey (18) and Italy (16).
Most contributions from Ukraine have been prepared by young authors, but we were informed that they would not be able to attend the conference in Gdansk because of financial problems. Fortunately, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the European Microwave Association have given us a great support – paid conference fee and accommodation for 38 young authors from Ukraine. Thank you very much!
The main organizers of the MRW 2014 in Gdansk are: the Bumar Elektronika, one of the biggest and most important companies in the sector of Poland’s defence systems, and the Gdansk University of Technology, one of the leading Polish technical universities. Co-organizer is the Warsaw University of Technology.
The large scale on which the Microwave and Radar Week 2014 has been organized is a result of the work, effort, and devotion on behalf of many individuals. We wish to thank all those who have helped us in the MRW achievements, all colleagues, friends and organizations, who have participated and supported our work in many ways. Without your help our goals related to MRW could not have been realized! I would like to express my particular gratitude to the Technical Program Committees for the excellent cooperation and for setting up the outstanding technical programs. My special appreciation goes to Dr Mateusz Mazur from Bumar Elektronika – Chair of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Michał Mrozowski, from Gdansk University of Technology – MIKON TPC Chair and Prof. Krzysztof Kulpa, from Warsaw University of Technology – IRS TPC Co-Chair, as well as their teams.
This year, apart from their conference activities, the participants will be able to admire the history, architecture and atmosphere of Gdansk, called the Amber Capital of the World.
I would like to wish all of you a very pleasant stay in Gdansk, successful sessions, and a lot of friendly interaction.
Prof. Józef Modelski
MRW 2014 Chair
Polish Academy of Sciences