Waves and Transducers

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Acoustical imaging is based on two fundamental pillars: waves and transducers. The waves are essential to probe the interior of the human body, a metal structure, or the earth whereas the transducers are essential to generate and receive the acoustic waves. This topical school is built around those two pillars.

The lectures will be taught in English at an advanced physics and engineering level. They will cover topics related to wave propagation (ranging from acoustic field equations to full-waveform inversion), and materials and transducers (ranging from piezo-ceramics and piezo-crystals through to miniaturized high-frequency matrix transducers for integration with electronics).

By combining theory with simple hands-on practical work using computers, instrumentation, and piezoelectric materials, the students will gain a significant understanding of the foundations of medical ultrasound and other related applications.

The course will be held fully online and is focused on the regions of Canada and Latin America.

This Special-Topic School will be generously supported by the IEEE-UFFC Society.


The primary objectives of the course are:

  • To enhance the knowledge of the fundamentals of acoustic wavefield theory
  • To become familiar with the range of materials used in ultrasonic transducers
  • To enhance knowledge of the fundamentals of design and fabrication of the transducers
Teaching faculty
  • Dr. Weibao Qiu (Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology)
  • Prof. Sandy Cochran (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. Holly S. Lay (FUJIFILM VisualSonics, Inc.)
  • Prof. Christine Demore (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Koen W.A. van Dongen (Delft University of Technology)
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