MONDAY APRIL 11
Dear EuCAP’2016 attendees:
- Technical tours
Don’t forget the technical tours!
A fee of 10 CHF (or USD or euros) is asked. You can register at the registration desk
- Jakobshorn Ski lift and cable car discount.
You get 30% discount upon presentation of your EuCAP’2016 badge.
These are the discounted prices:
CHF 31.50 | 1/2 Day from 13.00
CHF 34.30 | 3/4 Day from 11.30 CHF 43.40 | 1 Day
CHF 14.70 | Davos – Jschalp (MiddleStation) return
CHF 26.60 | Davos – Jakosbhorn (to the Top) return
- Tourist Office Services
A staff from the Davos Tourist Office will be available at the Registration Desk on Tuesday from 13:30 to 15:30 and on Wednesday from 10:30 to 12:30
- Important changes for tomorrow Tuesday
The Regular Session “Millimeter and sub-millimetre antennas” that was scheduled Monday 11 from 14:00-16:00 in C Aspen 1 is rescheduled to Tuesday 12 in A Wisshorn starting at 16:50
The invited talk “The MINDS Design of Wearable Medical Devices for Cardiovascular Health Informatics” by Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, is cancelled due to the unavailability of the author, and replaced by the talk “Latest Technologies and Procedures for Design and Characterization of On-Body and Implanted Wireless Biomedical and Healthcare Applications” that will be presented by Prof. Niels Kuster, IT’IS Foundation and ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
See please the enclosed abstract
Enjoy EuCAP’2016 and Davos! Juan
TUESDAY APRIL 12
Dear EuCAP 2016 Friends,
The second day of our Conference has unfolded reasonably well (at least from my personal point of view).
We have discovered and solved some minor problems:
- Not enough water in the water fountains. Obviously people drink more water when at high altitude and you are strongly recommended to keep enough water in your body. So we have doubled the amount of water in the dispensers.
- Not enough tables at lunch time. Well this is your fault, you are too numerous in Davos! But from today you will find extra tables.
- I am also encouraging you to participate in the survey Survey Industrial participation at IEEE-APS and EuCAP the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H6Y8Y7T and can be also found in the EurAAP and EuCAP webpages.
By answering to this survey, you help us to identify ways for increasing the interactions between industry/government organisations/institutions and academia. You have the possibility to win an apple gift card of 300Euro. Please notice that you do not need to attend the closing ceremony to win the prize. The winner will be announced on Friday 15/4 by email.
- We expect to have some light snowfall/rain between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.This is normal at this period of the year and will not affect any normal activity. On the contrary, a light snowfall adds to the charm of the situation.
But be careful if you go for ski or to high altitudes.
- Finally, the Davos Congress Center has asked us to distribute the enclosed PDF with the emergency phone numbers.. I just hope that you won’t need to use this information.
But remember: although there is only a way to enter the DCC (the main entrance doors), there are many other doors, including those in the back on the side of the Promenade street, that can be used to exit the DCC in case of emergency.
Just follow the green signs!
Enjoy EuCAP’2016 and Davos. Juan Mosig
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13
Dear EuCAP 2016 Friends,
- IMPORTANT: leaving the DCC on Wednesday 13 evening
Today, Wednesday, we have the Conference Dinner in the DCC Davos room.
Therefore we are kindly requesting all the Conference attendees not participating in this Dinner to leave the Davos Congress Center as soon as the technical Sessions are over, in principle at 18:30. We also ask the Exhibitors to please not to continue their activities beyond this hour.
- CHANGE OF INVITED SPEAKER
Unfortunately, Prof. Christophe Caloz, scheduled to give us an invited talk tomorrow Thursday at 15h00 in the B Pischa+Parsenn room, has been forced to leave our Conference for unexpected personal reasons. The second day of our Conference has unfolded reasonably well (at least from my personal point of view). Prof. George Eleftheriades, from the University of Toronto has kindly agreed in giving us a talk in a related and exciting subject. The title of the talk is
“Huygens’ Metasurfaces with Tailored Properties and their Applications”
I apologize for these inconveniences, fully out of our control. I am convinced that you will appreciate this exciting presentation by a so prestigious speaker and I thank Prof. Eleftheriades for his generosity and commitment to EuCAP
Enjoy EuCAP’2016 and Davos! Juan Mosig
THURSDAY APRIL 14
Dear EuCAP 2016 Friends,
- Closing Ceremony: Papers awards and Bingo prizes
I hope many of you have your bingo card ready. I remind you that the Bingo prizes will be delivered in the Closing Ceremony, tomorrow Friday at 12:40 in room C Aspen. And the winner must be present! If luck designates your card as the winner one and you aren’t there, another luckier candidate will get the prize. And what prizes! See the enclosed pictures.
In addition, the Closing Ceremony will be the moment to deliver the EuCAP’2016 Best Paper Awards. The traditional Swiss watch (enhanced for this 10th EuCAP edition), nice technical IET books and some other goodies are waiting the winners.
- Last chance for meeting your favorite Exhibitor
Exhibition will remain open until Thursday 18:00.
See be sure you have visited all the stands and negotiated some good opportunities with your favorite Exhibitors (and you can still complete your Bingo card).
Now, a personal comment. I saw that during the coffee breaks, most people concentrate in the long corridor starting from the Registration Desk.
Why don’t you go downstairs? Coffee, drinks, cookies and fruits are also available there, as well as other goodies from the Exhibitors (I found the MVG water bottles very useful…). And queues are much faster!
- Weather and Red Bonnets
So, we got some snowfall on Wednesday-Thursday.
Seasoned attendees will remember that we had almost exactly the same weather during AP2000. I am happy that, after the sunny days, you were able to experience the view of the snow-laden trees around the Congress Center. The weather should start to improve this afternoon and the Friday forecast is a dry weather with a beautiful mix of sun and clouds. Don’t forget to take some pictures!
Talking about pictures, I have a crazy idea.
What about if everyone takes his red EuCAP bonnet to the Closing Ceremony and we make a picture (indoors or outdoors) of hundreds of people wearing a red bonnet?
In a different register, we could make a strong competition to Spencer Tunick! http://www.spencertunick.com/
Enjoy EuCAP’2016 and Davos! Juan Mosig
FRIDAY APRIL 15
My dear EuCAP’2016 participants and friends,
Our 10th EuCAP edition is coming to an end.
Some of you already left, some of you are drinking the last Nespresso coffees, some of you are hoping to get a Conference Award or a Bingo prize in the Closing Session.
On my side, I want to give all of you my deep appreciation. Our Conference is successful thanks to the support of many organizations:
The EurAAP Board (of course!) and the sister Associations: AMTA, IET, IEEE-APS, ISAP, EuMA .
I want also to thank the Davos DCC staff, the EuCAP’2016 COC members and above the Italian-Swiss Local Organisers, from ITLink, IT’IS Foundation in ETH Zurich and LEMA-EPFL. They did an incredible job and they solve all the problems despite their very harsh boundary conditions.
But ultimately, they are the attendees who decide on the success of the Conference.
And the quality and quantity of your participation has been above all our hopes.
Many, many thanks and, please, remain faithful to EuCAP.
Personally, this edition came also with a huge and wonderful surprise for me and I am proud to be a member of the AP community.
For those who didn’t attend the Conference Dinner (no blame for that), I want to remind you that this year the prestigious EurAAP Felsen Award went to Yakir Hadad, a Postdoc in the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
His research is fully matching the wishes expressed by the late Prof. Leo Felsen, and I was happy to see that among his very fine scientific contributions one of the most cited is
“Green’s function theory for infinite and semi-infinite particle chains” Physical Review B 84 (12), 125402
Long life to Green’s functions!
I enormously enjoyed the “Poet’s Corner” that Prof. Felsen wrote periodically in the IEEE APS Magazine. His poems prompted me to dig deeper in the English-written poetry. So, allow me to end this message with some verses written by Maxwell himself, that I think can be perfectly applied to me and to many of us.
Let me wake, and see my duty lie before me straight and plain.
Let me rise refreshed, and ready to begin my work again.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) « Recollections of a Dreamland »
See you in Paris for celebrating EuCAP’2017.
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