5th International Conference on
Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques
& Short Course on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques
Ancona, 18-21 June 2002
Organised by: A.I.VE.LA. (Italian Association of Laser Velocimetry)
and Dept. of Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering University of Ancona

     Over the last decade, optical measurement techniques in general and laser-based techniques in particular have been widely and intensively applied. Such enormous development has been achieved thanks to the great advances and improvements in laser technology, optical components, fiber optic production, signal analysis, pattern recognition and sensor design, which have provided both physicists and engineers with the possibility to conceive and design new measurements instruments. These new laser-based techniques have proved to be of paramount importance to overcome problems related to vibration measurements, such as intrusivity and frequency response, and to allow measurements in harsh conditions like high-temperature surfaces, noisy environments or when hard-to-reach, small and weak objects are analysed.

     The world-wide interest in measurements-related issues and their manifold areas of application have found expression in the 1st International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques, organised by A.I.VE.LA. in October 1994 in Ancona, Italy. Since that first edition the Conference has met with great interest within the research community, certainly due to the wider and wider application witnessed over the last decade of optical measurement techniques in general and laser-based techniques in particular. Given the large positive response achieved and the consesus met, the Organising Committee has decided to renew its commitment towards the International research community organising a new edition of the event every two years.

     The fifth edition of the Conference on "Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques" will take place in Ancona, on 19-21, June 2002 with the intention to offer a forum for those involved either in research or application of laser instruments for motion, velocity and vibration measurements on solids, with the purpose of diffusing the knowledge and use of these techniques and of favouring the development of new systems for laboratory use, field testing or industrial applications.

     In conjunction with this appointment, a "Short Course on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques" is planned the day before the Conference, on 18, June 2002. The one-day tutorial course will be given by leading experts in the field of vibration measurements by laser techniques and experimental sessions will be organised in co-operation with instrument manufacturers. The Short Course is intended to provide an overview on the basics of Laser Techniques for vibration measurements and to offer hands-on experience on the most recent instrumentation.

     Moreover, as for the past editions, the Conference will host an Exhibition to enable participating organizations to bring their products to the attention of potential customers. Leading manufacturers of laser vibrometer systems, holographic equipment and modal and noise analysis systems will exhibit all the latest measurement devices and techniques currently available on the market.

Prof. Enrico Primo Tomasini
Conference Chairman
E.P. Tomasini, N. Paone, G.L. Rossi *, C. Santolini, P. Castellini, G.M. Revel, L. Scalise, P.S. Evangelisti, E. Esposito, F. Cannella, R. Di Sante, M. Marassi, B. Marchetti

Dip. di Meccanica, Università degli Studi di Ancona.
* Dip. di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Perugia.
E.P. Tomasini - Conference Chairman

Università degli Studi di Ancona, Italy

 J.R. Arruda
University of Campinas, Brasil

 A.K. Asundi
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 D.B. Bogy
University of California, Berkeley, USA

X. Carniel
Centre Tech. Industries Mecaniques, Senlis, France

 A. Chakari
LSP, Université L. Pasteur, Illkirch, France

D.J. Ewins
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

 H.J. Foth
Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany

 N.A. Halliwell
Loughborough University, United Kingdom

 D.J. Inman
Virginia Tech., Blacksburg - VA, USA

 S.M. Khanna
Columbia University, New York, USA

 A.G. Mignani
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Firenze, Italy

 L.D. Mitchell
Virginia Tech., Blacksburg - VA, USA

 N. Okubo
Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan

 G.C. Righini
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Firenze, Italy

 P. Sas
University of Leuven, Belgium

 H. Tiziani
Universität Stuttgart, Germany

H.J. von Martens
Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Berlin, Germany

 E. Wagner
Fraunhofer Institut Physikalische Messtechnik, Freiburg, Germany