Waves and Transducers - 2022

Geographic Location
North Carolina State University; Raleigh, North Carolina; Virtual

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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-wave form 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 significant understanding about the foundations of medical ultrasound and other related applications.

The topical school will be held at North Carolina State University and is focused on the region United States of America. Next year (2023), the school will be focussed on IEEE Region 8 (Africa, Europe, and the Middle East) and is currently planned to take place somewhere in Europe.

This topical school is generously supported by the IEEE-UFFC Society. We also would like to acknowledge our patron NSF/ASSIST for their financial contribution. 


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.
  • Dr. Holly S Lay, Acoustiic Inc.
  • Prof. Christine Demore, University of Toronto
  • Prof. Omer Oralkan, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Koen W.A. van Dongen, Delft University of Technology
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