In just a few short months the biggest and most prestigious annual event for the power electronics industry--- Applied Power Electronics Conference --APEC 2005---will occur in Austin, Texas. Be sure you are a part of APEC 2005. The dates are March 6-10, and the place is the new Hilton Austin Downtown. This is, simply put, the annual gathering of the best and brightest minds and business leaders in power electronics globally. it is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and the Power Sources Manufacturers Association. If you have involvement in the power electronics industry, you can't afford to miss this event.
Even though this is APEC's 20th year, this is a year of firsts.
We have not one but many keynote plenary presentations from the leading executives in the power electronics industry representing such organizations as: DARPA, Dell, Fairchild, IR, TI and the US EPA Energy Star program office. We have a record number of 329 peer-reviewed unique papers being presented by authors from 28 different countries---more than ever before. 129 other high quality papers with a more specialized focus have been assigned to the dialogue sessions held on Thursday at mid-day. These papers cover every possible area of interest to the practicing power electronics professional, from low power dc-dc converters to high power converters for power quality applications, magnetic design, EMI/EMC, motor drives, lighting applications, automotive and transportation applications, power systems, power semiconductors and more.
A special attraction this year is a tour of the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics. The mission of the center is to help industry produce products and processes that matter by combining university research with a growing core competence in the technologies needed to harness transient electrical and mechanical power. It is a large facility with 15 academic faculty members, an 80 person research staff and an annual funding of $15 million. The Center has opened its doors to APEC attendees for this special tour on Thursday evening. This is a unique event that you won't find at any other power electronics conference.
APEC 2005 will be hosting its eighteenth annual MicroMouse contest at Hilton Hotel in Austin (the conference hotel), the evening of Monday, March 7, starting at approximately 8:00 p.m. It is not necessary for contestants to register for the conference in order to compete. Also, several special presentation sessions are available as well as the three Tuesday-night rap sessions on topics of practical and proximate interest.
The APEC 2005 Exposition, with nearly 150 of the leading companies offering products of interest to practicing power electronics professionals and designers, is held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the conference in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel. There are plenty of activities and forums for networking---too numerous to mention in this short letter.
APEC 2005 has reserved Room 401, located right around the corner from the seminars and sessions, as the Press Work Room. This room will be equipped with tables and chairs for setting up your laptop or reviewing your notes, internet access, a computer, and a printer. Light refreshments will available.
Knowing that the press and analysts often need a quiet place out of the main traffic for interviews and conferences APEC 2005 has also designated Room 403, next to the Press Work Room, as the Press Conference Room for this purpose. APEC is making it simple for the industry analysts, media-press and financial analyst community to attend APEC 2005 and network with the attendees and exhibitors. Many new products and technology announcements will be timed to coincide with APEC, and we want to make it easy for this networking to occur.
In summary, if you have involvement in any aspect of power electronics---be it business or technology---you should be at APEC 2005! If you have any questions please contact us via wwww.apec-conf.org