ThermoSense XXXVIII Program

18 – 21 April 2016 | Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Infrared Applications, ThermoSense Conference promotes the worldwide exchange of information about the uses and applications of Infrared (IR) imaging technology.

This includes Infrared thermography, thermal infrared sensing, as well as IR imaging and measuring instruments. ThermoSense encompasses technical papers, workshops and short-courses.

Over the past thirty-seven years these activities have included topics from the fundamentals of infrared imaging and infrared system calibration to virtually all civilian infrared applications. Special emphasis has been placed on problem solving and turning new developments into standard practices.

In 2016 it is one of the SPIE Conferences being held in Baltimore MD, USA under the category: SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging (formerly Sensing Technology + Applications) that offers conferences on sensors, imaging and image processing, and photonics technology innovations for agriculture, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceutical, transportation, information systems, and environmental applications.

Conference Sessions

Conference Chair

Conference Co-Chair

  • Paolo Bison, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Additional Conference Information

View the Call for Papers PDF Flyer.

Steering Committee Emeritus Members: Robert Madding, RPM Energy Associates (USA); John R. Snell, Snell Infrared (USA).

Thermosense In Memoriam Honorary Committee Members: Lee R. Allen, Allen Applied Infrared Technology (USA); Ermanno G. Grinzato, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); Sven-Åke Ljingberg, Univ. of Gäyle (Sweden).

BEST PAPER AWARDS: The Conference Chair, Co-Chair and Program Committee would like to recognize pioneers in the field with Best Paper Awards. Two candidates will be selected: one winner for the Best Paper Award (FLIR One Product – Sponsored by FLIR) and a Best Student Paper Award ($300 USD – Sponsored by IRCameras).

This award is open to all authors who present in this conference. Please see the Best Paper Awards page for complete award eligibility requirements.

Monday 18 April
Session 1:- Vendor Presentations and Reception: Infrared Applications: ThermoSense XXXVIII
Monday 18 April 2016 – 12:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

Session Chairs: Andres E. Rozlosnik, SI Termografía Infrarroja (Argentina); Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
The Infrared Applications: ThermoSense XXXVIII Vendor Session and Reception will be held on Monday afternoon, 18 April, 2016 as part of SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2016 in Baltimore. The session will feature brief presentations from hardware and software vendors whose product lines impact thermal imaging applications.Unlike the technical sessions, there are no “commercial content” restrictions in these presentations. This event allows vendors to showcase new products on display at this year’s exhibit, and provides attendees with an advance glimpse of “what’s new” in thermal imaging applications.All exhibitors are eligible to present.The Vendor Session was started twelve years ago and has been a popular, well-attended success. It allows the busy technical conference attendees to better prioritize their time when visiting the exhibits. It also provides a relaxed atmosphere for informal conversations between vendors and conference attendees. The session begins with 10-15 minute presentations and is followed by a reception and mixer with snacks and soft drinks.VENDORS IN PRESENTATION ORDERSCD.USA, LLC (SemiConductor Devices) (Booth 509)
What’s New for 2016 at SCD
Robert McDaniel, President & CEO SCD.USA InfraredStingRay Optics, LLC (Booth 826)
StingRay Optics Standard Products 2016
Sam Wyman, Standard Products SpecialistNew Imaging Technologies (Booth 302)
Latest developments from New Imaging technologies in SWIR and I-CMOS
Federico Volonteri, Sales Area Manager

TELOPS (Booth 431)
New infrared imaging products and applications at Telops
Vincent Farley, Business Development Manager

Xenics (Booth 523)
Low-cost, High Frequency SWIR Cameras
Ankur Anchlia, Analog Design Engineer, Xenics

HGH Infrared Systems, Inc. (Booth 343)
The Test and Characterization of Infrared Reference Sources
Xavier Elbaz, Sales Engineer Thermography and Metrology, HGH Infrared Systems North America

Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (Booth 952)
New SWIR Arrays and Cameras
Martin H. Ettenberg, Ph.D, CEO Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Booth 822)
New X6900sc High Speed Thermal Camera – World’s Fastest 640×512 Thermal Camera
James Ramsey, Science Segment Engineer, FLIR

IRCAM GmbH (Booth 729)
Infrared Cameras for Scientific Applications
Oliver Schreer, Managing Director

SOFRADIR EC (Booth 408)
New developments in cooled and uncooled detection
Chris Alicandro, Vice President of Sales and Business Development – Sofradir EC

Photon Spot, Inc. (Booth 1031)
Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) for experiments in the NIR and beyond
Vikas Anant, CEO Photon Spot, Inc.

Ophir Optronics Ltd (Booth 817)
See Spot & 40-300mm LWIR lenses
Moshe Leibovich, Marketing Director

Sensors Unlimited – UTC Aerospace Systems (Booth 617)
Improved performance InGaAs linear arrays and new 1.45 micron cutoff option for Handheld Raman
Douglas Malchow, Mgr, Business Development for Industrial Markets, Sensors Unlimited Inc.

InfraTec GmbH (Booth 314)
Latest innovation of the cooled high-end infrared camera series ImageIR
Sven-A. Wode, Manager Business Development International

MOOG INC. (Booth 124)
MOOG UAS Security Solution
Jon Paine, Business Development Manager

ISR Systems – UTC Aerospace Systems (Booth 617)
Launching SUI SWIR into the global market
Brendan M. Murphy, Account Manager

Defense + Commercial Sensing Plenary Session

Monday 18 April 2016 – 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318
You can find more information about the Plenary Session Speakers and their presentations here.
Tuesday 19 April
Session 2: Additive Manufacturing and Processing Industries
Tuesday 19 April 2016- 8:00 AM – 10:10 AM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

In-process thermal imaging of the electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process (Invited Paper)
Paper 9861-1
Author(s): Karen Taminger, Robert A. Hafley, Joseph N. Zalameda, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States); Christopher S. Domack, Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. (United States); Eric R. Burke, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Four-color imaging pyrometer for mapping temperatures of laser-based metal processes
Paper 9861-2
Author(s): Daryl J. Dagel, Grant D. Grossetete, Danny MacCallum, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Multiple sensor detection of process phenomena in laser powder bed fusion
Paper 9861-3
Author(s): Brandon Lane, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States); Eric P. Whitenton, Dakota Consulting, Inc. (United States); Jarred Heigel, Shawn Moylan, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Decay temperature measurement of ABS + carbon fiber composite during the big area additive manufacturing process
Paper 9861-4
Author(s): Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Vlastimil Kunc, Brian Post, Lonnie J. Love, John M. Lindahl, Matthew R. Sallas, Oak Ridge
Assessing the use of an infrared spectrum hyperpixel array hyperspectral imager to measure temperature during additive and subtractive manufacturing
Paper 9861-5
Author(s): Eric P. Whitenton, Brandon Lane, Shawn Moylan, Jarred Heigel, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Calibrating IR cameras for in-situ temperature measurement during the electron beam melting process using Inconel 718 and Ti-Al6-V4
Paper 9861-6
Author(s): Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Ryan R. Dehoff, Michael M. Kirka, Larry E. Lowe, G. S. Marlow, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)

Session 3: Robotic Scanning and Remote Sensing
Tuesday 19 April 2016- 10:40 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

  • Session Chairs:
  • Beata Oswald-Tranta, Montan Univ. Leoben (Austria);
  • Junko Morikawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Robotized line scan thermography inspection and advanced signal processing for the evaluation of the state of conservation of mosaics
Paper 9861-7
Author(s): Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Univ. Laval (Canada); Stefano Sfarra, Univ. degli Studi dell’Aquila (Italy); Panagiotis Theodorakeas, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece); Fariba Khodayar, Yacine Mokhtari, Univ. Laval (Canada); Nicolas P. Avdelidis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece), Univ. Laval (Canada); Stefano Perilli, Dario Ambrosini, Univ. degli Studi dell’Aquila (Italy); Maria Koui, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece); Matthieu T. Klein, Adel Ziadi, Visiooimage Inc. (Canada); Xavier Maldague, Univ. Laval (Canada)

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In-situ thermographic inspection for automated fiber placement systems
Paper 9861-8
Author(s): Peter Juarez, K. Elliott Cramer, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

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Thermal and visible remote sensing for estimation of evapotranspiration of rainfed agrosystems and its impact on groundwater in SE Australia
Paper 9861-9
Author(s): Rakhshan Roohi, John A. Webb, La Trobe Univ. (Australia)

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Tomato freshness prediction using step heating and infrared thermography
Paper 9861-10
Author(s): Jing Xie, Huazhong Agricultural Univ. (China); Sheng-Jen Hsieh, Hongjin Wang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States); Zuojun Tan, Jian Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural Univ. (China)

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Lunch and Exhibition Break 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Session 4:
Vibro-Thermography and Nondestructive Testing
Tuesday 19 April 2016
1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

Development of sonic infrared imaging and its applications on defect detections in materials and structures (Invited Paper)
Paper 9861-11
Author(s): Xiaoyan Han, Wayne State Univ. (United States)

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Application of burst vibrothermography to characterize planar vertical cracks
Paper 9861-12
Author(s): Arantza Mendioroz, Univ. del País Vasco (Spain); Ricardo Celorrio, Univ. de Zaragoza (Spain); Angel S. Cifuentes, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico); Agustin Salazar, Univ. del País Vasco (Spain)

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Evaluating impact damage in graphite epoxy composite by using low-power vibrothermography
Paper 9861-13
Author(s): Daria Derusova, Vladimir P. Vavilov, National Research Tomsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)

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Combining passive thermography and acoustic emission for large area fatigue damage growth assessment of a composite structure
Paper 9861-14
Author(s): Joseph N. Zalameda, Eric R. Burke, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States); Michael R. Horne, National Institute of Aerospace (United States); Eric I. Madaras, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

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Infrared thermography for CFRP inspection: computational model and experimental results
Paper 9861-15
Author(s): Henrique C. Fernandes, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil); Hai Zhang, Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Fernando Lopez, Xavier Maldague, Univ. Laval (Canada); José R. Tarpani, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)

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Session 5:
Nondestructive Testing and Composites
Tuesday 19 April 2016
3:50 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

Active thermal NDT: problems and solutions
Paper 9861-16
Author(s): Vladimir P. Vavilov, Tomsk Polytechnic Univ. (Russian Federation)

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IR thermography for the assessment of the thermal conductivity of thermoelectric modules at intermediate temperature
Paper 9861-17
Author(s): Paolo Bison, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); Stefano Boldrini, Alberto Ferrario, Francesco Montagner, Alvise Miozzo, Monica Fabrizio, CNR-IENI (Italy)

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Fracture behavior of reinforced aluminum alloy matrix composites using thermal imaging tools
Paper 9861-18
Author(s): Nicolas P. Avdelidis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece), Univ. Laval (Canada); Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Univ. Laval (Canada); Stefano Sfarra, Univ. degli Studi dell’Aquila (Italy); Xavier Maldague, Univ. Laval (Canada); Theodore Matikas, University of Ioannina (Greece)

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Superimpose signal processing method for micro-scale thermal imaging of solar salt at high temperature
Paper 9861-19
Author(s): Junko Morikawa, Yukitaka Kato, Massimiliano Zamengo, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)

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Optimizing components and evaluating technical performance of IR thermographic NDT systems
Paper 9861-20
Author(s): Arsenii Chulkov, Vladimir P. Vavilov, Sachin S. Pawar, Tomsk Polytechnic Univ. (Russian Federation)

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Session 6:- Thermal Modeling and Signal Processing
Wednesday 20 April 2016- 8:00 AM – 10:10 AM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

Simulation of thermographic responses of delaminations in composites with quadrupole method (Invited Paper)
Paper 9861-21
Author(s): William P. Winfree, Joseph N. Zalameda, Patricia A. Howell, K. Elliott Cramer, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Regression analysis of non-contact acousto-thermal signature data
Paper 9861-22
Author(s): Amanda K. Criner, Air Force Research Lab. (United States); Norm Schehl, Univ. of Dayton Research Institute (United States)

Comparison of time and frequency behavior in TSR and PPT evaluation
Paper 9861-23
Author(s): Beata Oswald-Tranta, Montan Univ. Leoben (Austria)

Interpretation and modeling of thermographic NDT based on thermographic signal reconstruction (TSR)
Paper 9861-24
Author(s): Steven M. Shepard, Maria Frendberg Beemer, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)

Tracking composite material damage evolution using Bayesian filtering and flash thermography data.
Paper 9861-25
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Gregory, Stephen D. Holland, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)

Thermography and k-means clustering methods for inspection of scratch and bubble defects in anti-reflective coating film
Paper 9861-26
Author(s): Xunfei Zhou, Hongjin Wang, Sheng-Jen Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

Dedicated Exhibition Time and Lunch Break
Wednesday 20 April 2016 – 10:10 AM – 1:40 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall

Enjoy Wednesday morning coffee break with a complimentary continental breakfast while walking the exhibition floor and connecting with reps from the largest prime contractors, key suppliers, and dynamic startups. Meet with vendors showcasing their newest products and cutting-edge technologies in optics, photonics, sensing, and imaging. Various food outlets are also located in the Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo Hall and will be open for lunch during Exhibition Hours.
Session 7:- Building Materials and Infrastructure Applications
Wednesday 20 April 2016- 1:40 PM – 4:10 PM
Location: Convention Center. Room 318

Classification of electrical problems detected by infrared thermography using a risk assessment process
Paper 9861-27
Author(s): Gregory B. McIntosh, Teasdale Consultants Ltd. (Canada); Roy Huff, The Snell Group (United States)

Flame attenuation effects on surface temperature measurements using IR thermography
Paper 9861-28
Author(s): Jaap de Vries, FM Global (United States)

A simplified method for the thermographic measurement of building dynamic behavior
Paper 9861-29
Author(s): Giovanni Ferrarini, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy); Alessandro Bortolin, Gianluca Cadelano, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); Michele De Carli, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy); Paolo Bison, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

Automatic thermographic scanning with the creation of 3D panoramic views of buildings
Paper 9861-30
Author(s): Giovanni Ferrarini, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy); Alessandro Bortolin, Gianluca Cadelano, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

Building thermography: reporting and interpretation of results
Paper 9861-33
Author(s): Timo T. Kauppinen, Sami Siikanen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland Ltd. (Finland); Sauli Paloniitty, Paloniitty Oy (Finland)

Applications for oblique thermal infrared imaging
Paper 9861-34
Author(s): Gregory R. Stockton, Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc. (United States)
Session PWed: -Interactive Poster Session: Wednesday Evening
Wednesday 20 April 2016- 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Convention Center Level 200 Mezzanine

All symposium attendees – You are invited to attend the evening Interactive Poster Session to view the high-quality posters and engage the authors in discussion. Enjoy light refreshments while networking with colleagues in your field. Authors may set up their posters between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm the day of their poster session. Special daytime previewing prior to the session from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Attendees are required to wear their conference registration badges to access Level 200, Mezzanine to view the posters.
Posters that are not set up by the 5:00 pm cut-off time will be considered no-shows, and their manuscripts may not be published. Poster authors should accompany their posters from 6:00 to 7:30 pm to answer questions from attendees. All posters and other materials must be removed no later than 8:00 pm. Any posters or materials left behind at the close of the poster session will be considered unwanted and will be discarded. SPIE assumes no responsibility for posters left up after the end of each poster session.
Emissivity retrieval from indoor hyperspectral imaging of mineral grains
Paper 9861-47
Author(s): Bardia Yousefi, Saeed Sojasi, Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Univ. Laval (Canada); Georges Beaudoin, Univ. Laval (Canada); François Huot, Xavier Maldague, Erik Lalonde, Univ. Laval (Canada)

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Session 8:
Detectors and Imaging Systems
Thursday 21 April 2016
8:20 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 318

DMD illuminated spatial-temporal modulated thermography
Paper 9861-35
Author(s): Joshua D. Pribe, Qizi Zhang, Srinivas C. Thandu, Zhaozheng Yin, Edward C. Kinzel, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)

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Non-destructive testing of mid-IR optical fiber using infrared imaging
Paper 9861-36
Author(s): Marc-André Gagnon, Telops (Canada); Vincent Fortin, Réal Vallée, Ctr. d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (Canada); Vincent Farley, Philippe Lagueux, Telops (Canada); Éric Guyot, Telops France (France); Frédérick Marcotte, Telops (Canada)

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Wide dynamic rang logarithmic InGaAs SWIR sensor suitable for eye-safe active imaging
Paper 9861-37
Author(s): Yang Ni, New Imaging Technologies (France)

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A simple blackbody simulator with several possibilities and applications on thermography
Paper 9861-38
Author(s): Laerte dos Santos, Alisson M. Lemos, Marco A. Abi Ramia, Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. (Brazil)

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IR camera system with an advanced image processing technologies
Paper 9861-48
Author(s): Syuichi Okubo, Tetsuo Tamura, Nippon Avionics Co., Ltd. (Japan)

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Session 9:
Biological and Medical Applications
Thursday 21 April 2016
10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 318

Quantitative dual-spectrum IR breast imaging system: early detection and chemotherapy response monitoring
Paper 9861-39
Author(s): Chi-En Lee, National Taiwan Univ. College of Medicine (Taiwan); Chung-Ming Chen, Chia-Yen Lee, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

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Standardization of infrared breast thermogram acquisition protocols and abnormality analysis of breast thermograms
Paper 9861-40
Author(s): Mrinal Kanti Bhowmik, Usha Rani Gogoi, Kakali Das, Anjan K. Ghosh, Tripura Univ. (India); Debotosh Bhattacharjee, Jadavpur Univ. (India); Gautam Majumdar, Agartala Government Medical College (India)

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Pain related inflammation analysis using infrared images
Paper 9861-41
Author(s): Mrinal Kanti Bhowmik, Shawli Bardhan, Kakali Das, Tripura Univ. (India); Debotosh Bhattacharjee, Jadavpur Univ. (India); Satyabrata Nath, Agartala Government Medical College (India)

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IR camera temperature resolution enhancing using computer processing of IR image
Paper 9861-42
Author(s): Vyacheslav A. Trofimov, Vladislav V. Trofimov, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)

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Lunch and Exhibition Break 11:50 AM – 1:20 PM
Session 10:
Remote and Multi-Discipline Imaging
Thursday 21 April 2016
1:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 318

Mineral identification in hyperspectral image using sparse endmember estimation
Paper 9861-43
Author(s): Bardia Yousefi, Saeed Sojasi, Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Georges Beaudoin, François Huot, Xavier Maldague, Univ. Laval (Canada)

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Evaluation of terrestrial photogrammetric point clouds derived from thermal imagery
Paper 9861-44
Author(s): Jeremy P. Metcalf, Richard C. Olsen, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)

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A comparative study of experimental and finite element analysis on submillimeter flaws by laser and ultrasonic excited thermography
Paper 9861-45
Author(s): Hai Zhang, Henrique C. Fernandes, Univ. Laval (Canada); Lingyao Yu, Laval University (Canada); Marc Genest, National Research Council Canada (Canada); Francois Robitaille, University of Ottawa (Canada); Simon Joncas, Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada); Xavier Maldague, Univ. Laval (Canada)

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Nondestructive evaluation technique using infrared thermography and terahertz imaging
Paper 9861-46
Author(s): Takahide Sakagami, Kobe Univ. (Japan)

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Awards Ceremony
Thursday 21 April 2016
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 318

Conference Chair: Joseph N. Zalameda, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Conference Co-Chair: Paolo Bison, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

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