Welcome to ISSC 2011

Welcome to the 22nd IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference in Trinity College Dublin. The first national signal processing and control conference was held in Trinity in early 1990, followed by a Colloquium on the same themes later that year in Queen’s University Belfast. Since then, the series has missed just one year, and has gone from strength to strength. It is still very much an all-island event. This year’s programme again reflects concerns that range from fundamental signals and systems theory, to optimal implementations. There are strong application foci in telecommunications and circuit design, reflecting national economic priorities. The conference continues to draw strength from the active participation of delegates from indigenous multinationals that are, importantly, key national employers. Their contributions confirm the strategic importance of our research field to Ireland’s economic welfare, and to the global economy.

The 2011 technical programme comprises 46 papers, all of which have been reviewed by at least 2, and usually 3, expert peer reviewers. Sincere thanks to all the reviewers for their service, which is vital to the academic integrity of the event. To the authors, particularly the many students who submitted work, well done on meeting high review standards, which saw an acceptance rate this year of 76.3%.

In this year’s ISSC, there is a single track throughout the two days. The papers are divided into 2 poster sessions, and 5 thematically focussed lecture sessions. There was no criterion of quality used in determining the destination of each paper. Some of the highest-scoring papers will be presented as posters this year.

I am delighted to announce an outstanding plenary programme for ISSC 2011. Our invited speakers, from Aalborg, Edinburgh, MIT and Purdue, will add strength and depth to the technical programme.

I extend a particular welcome to all who will be coming to Trinity from beyond the Pale, and, indeed, beyond the island. I hope you’ll be glued to the seats and poster boards for the sessions, but will also take the opportunity to experience the immense cultural resource of Trinity College, and, beyond Front Arch, the grey bricks and declamatory bronze of the city itself. To help you settle in, we will host a welcome reception in the beautiful Georgian-era Common Room on the evening before the conference begins. During the coffee break after the Opening Session on Thursday morning, delegates will briefly be able to explore the wild side of science in the Science Gallery. Then, at the end of a hard first day, we will host a banquet in the great Dining Hall of the College. ISSC delegates will be offered a much-reduced rate for entry to the Long Room of the Old Library, undoubtedly Ireland’s finest space.

I have depended as chair of ISSC 2011 on the outstanding support of Paul Killoran and Starlight Solutions in Galway, in developing a superb web presence for the conference. I want also to mention those sponsors – Analog Devices, Cypress, IMEX, MIDAS, Movidius and Xilinx – whose material support has be a necessary condition for the success of this conference. There are others to thank, but for now, it’s time to get on with the conference.

I look forward to seeing you all at ISSC 2011.

Kind regards,
Anthony Quinn
Chair, ISSC 2011

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Analog Devices MIDAS Ireland IMEX IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
Science Gallery Cypress Semiconductor Movidius Xilinx Science Foundation Ireland