Welcome MIKON

 

Dear MIKON 2014 Participants, welcome to Gdańsk!
 
Ever since the MIKON conference has become an international event, it has attracted a growingnumber ofmicrowave engineers from all over the world. This year, we received over 200 submissions from 33 countries, including 48 from Ukraine, 14 from Turkey, 14 from Germany, 6 from Italy, and 4 from the USA, Korea and Russia. With these numbers, we are happy to see that MIKON has established itself as a truly international event.
 
Although the turbulent situation in Ukraine forced us to move the conference from Lviv to Gdańsk, this last-minute change did not have an adverse effect on submissions.The conference program is composed of 137 talks and 55 poster presentations. There will be 3 special sessions with invited presentations, including one joint MIKON/IRS session on space technologies, 1 focused Polish–Italian session on space research, 27 regular oral sessions, 3 poster sessions, and a workshop on filter design for class S amplifiers. The conference is accompanied by an exhibition and a series of company presentations. The invited presentations — 8 of which will be given during plenary sessions and 5 as introductions to regular sessions — provide state-of-the art views of various aspects of microwave engineering. A notable topic in the conference presentations is the application of microwave technology to space exploration and space research. It is MIKON’s tradition to hold a Young Authors’ Contest. This year we have a record number of candidates and a commensurate number of  prizes sponsored by the Polish Academy of Sciences, the IEEE,  the European Microwave Association (EuMA), and  the GAAS Association. I would like to thank all these organizations for their support. Thanks to their generosity, we can better appreciate the efforts of the many young authors for whom MIKON is often the first step in their professional career.
 
A special feature of this year’s MIKON is that the poster sessions will be held jointly with the poster sessions of the International Radar Symposium. The informal character of the poster session is a unique opportunity for all of us to get to know each other and exchange ideas. The links with the IRS are exceptionally strong this year: the conference fee gives participants of each conference admission to the other. We will have two joint session: the opening ceremony with  two invited presentations on Monday, and a session on space technologies with three guest speakers  on Tuesday. Furthermore, coffee breaks, lunches, and all social events are shared between the two events, and this will be a splendid  opportunity for the participants of MIKON and IRS to establish closer personal contact. I truly hope that you will enjoy the technical program of the conference and all its social events, and that you will enjoy the unique atmosphere of Gdańsk, a town with over one thousand years of history, and famous for Gabriel Fahrenheit and Arthur Schopenhauer, and more recently, for its icon, Lech Wałęsa — a shipyard worker, charismatic leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the first president of Poland to be freely elected by the nation following the collapse of the communist regime. Gdańsk is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Solidarity movement that spearheaded the political changes in post-cold-war Europe that ultimately brought down the Berlin Wall. I sincerely believe that MIKON could not have found a more welcoming safe haven than Gdańsk, the city of freedom, after the turbulent events of February and March 2014 resulted in the decision to move the conference from Ukraine to Poland.
 
The conference would not have taken place without the dedication and hard work of many people .First of all, I would like to thank all the authors for their contributions, and all reviewers and  TPC members for their hard work — which has resulted in the event having a very strong scientific program. I also thank colleagues from Ukraine for all their efforts over the past two years. I am especially indebted to Prof. Józef Modelski, the force behind all the Microwave Weeks, who provided me with support and advice at various stages in MIKON’s preparation. I would also like to thank the entire local team. The last-minute decision to move the conference from Lviv to Gdańsk was taken on the 15th of March, just three months before the scheduled conference start, and this put enormous time pressure and a huge workload on all my coworkers, associates, and PhD students from Gdańsk University of Technology. Work that would usually be planned well ahead and spread over several months had to be started from scratch and completed in just two months. I am most grateful to Mrs Anna Bikonis and Miss Sylwia Wielechowska for the key roles they have played in making this conferencehappen: they ran the secretariat for both MIKON and IRS and handled invitations, grants, and accommodation arrangements. Last but not least, I thank Dr Krzysztof Nyka, who filled in whenever it was needed and took on the multiple roles of TPC Secretary, vice chair of the Organizing Committee, MIKON’s Proceedings Editor, and chair of the Young Authors’ Contest. Finally, I would like to thank Dr Mateusz Mazur, the chair of the Microwave and Radar Week Organising Committee and his Bumar team, as well as his colleagues from the IRS, for their excellent cooperation.
 
I hope you will find the conference program attractive, and I wish everyone a rewarding and enjoyable stay in Gdańsk.

 

Michal Mrozowski

Chair of MIKON 2014 Technical Program Committee