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IEEE CSC Newsletter, Issue 3, 2015




Elie Track

Dear Colleagues,
Over the past two decades, the field of Applied Superconductivity has undergone strong stimulus and corresponding growth, due to advanced scientific and engineering needs, most notably from the establishment of two major international research facilities: LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The production of low temperature superconducting materials, in particular Nb3Sn, has increased from an annual production of few tons to more than 1,000 tons! In recent years, driven by the increasing need for energy efficient power generation and distribution, the use of high temperature superconductors for power transmission lines started, opening a market that in the next years could lead to major new superconducting products and markets.
This progress in technology application has inevitably led to an increase in the number of scientists, engineers, and technicians working in the field of applied superconductivity and enhanced the size and reach of the applied superconductivity community. The growth of the number of affiliated scientists and engineers of our Council to about 3,500 is another sign of this positive change in our community. If you are a member of the community of scientists and engineers working in applied superconductivity or are thinking about opportunities in this community and have not yet affiliated with our Council, I invite you to do so through this link.
My primary goal as President of the Council will be to sustain and grow our community, in size as well as in the quality of our research and engineering output. To support this goal, we will to encourage young researchers and graduates to continue on their path of continued and increased involvement in applied superconductivity through the activities of regional Chapters of our Council. I believe CSC Chapters can provide a very useful link to the local scientific and engineering communities, enhance networking for all who are active in our field, and offer unique learning as well as volunteering opportunities. The expansion and increased diversity of our Council through new and diverse members of our Chapters will be the key to our growth. 
Italy, which has about 900M€ of R&D and engineering contracts in superconductivity, has just launched the first Chapter of our Council and we hope that a Chapter in Germany will follow in the near future. 
My vision as President is to continue and grow this expansion and increased diversity, following humbly the laudable accomplishments of my predecessors.
I will seek and greatly appreciate your support and help to promote the applications of superconductivity in the service of humanity, consistent with IEEE’s motto of “Advancing Technology for Humanity.”
Antonio della Corte
President, IEEE Council on Superconductivity

2015 ExCom & AdCom Position Changes

As of January 1, 2015, Antonio della Corte began his term as the CSC President for the next two years. Bruce Strauss is now the Vice President (President-Elect) and Elie Track is the Treasurer of the Council. John Przybysz is now the Technical & Service Awards Committee Chair, Justin Schwartz is the Chair and Sam Benz is the Vice Chair of the Fellows Committee, and Nathan Newman is the Educational Grants Comittee Chair.
Visit the CSC website, under the Meet the Council menu, to view the entire Executive Committee and Administrative Committee roster.
Also, the IEEE Council on Superconductivity wishes to thank Elie Track for his service as the CSC President for the last four years. Elie was an inspirational and dedicated leader of the Council. We are happy to announce that he will continue to serve CSC as the treasurer for 2015 and for years following, as appointed by the CSC President. Thank you, Elie Track!


IEEE CSC Awards Nominations

Nominations for the IEEE CSC Awards in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted until 28 February 2015.
All information regarding the nomination procedure for the IEEE CSC Awards can be found here:

Videos of the CSC Awards Presentations at ASC 2014 are now online! 

During the 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference, held August 10-15, 2014 in Charlotte, NC, USA, a number of awards and prizes were presented to outstanding engineers, scientists, and managers who have made significant contributions to the success of the field of applied superconductivity. Videos of the awards presentations can be found at the CSC Video Library here:

Council Sponsored Oral Histories

At ASC’14 in Charlotte, NC, the IEEE Council on Superconductivity sponsored a series of oral histories that we hope will grow to be a valuable archive of both the history of the Council and the Transactions as well as the field of Applied Superconductivity. The interviews were conducted by Sheldon Hochheiser for the IEEE History Center and I think you will agree from the initial interviews that Sheldon was very well prepared and has produced interviews that are both informative and entertaining. The IEEE History Center is also very pleased with the results so far and they would like to continue to work with us on this project.
All Council sponsored oral histories can be found at:
We hope you find these interviews as entertaining and enlightening as we do!

Congratulations to the IEEE Fellows Class of 2015!

The IEEE Board of Directors has elected the Fellows Class of 2015. One of the newly elected Fellows was review by the Council on Superconductivity. This Fellow is Deepnarayan Gupta and he was elected for contributions to superconductor digital radio-frequency receivers.
Congratulations to Dr. Gupta and to all of the new IEEE Fellows!
See all IEEE Fellows with Expertise in Applied Superconductivity here:

Conference Information

To see a full list of upcoming conferences, please go to the CSC Events Calendar on the CSC website.


The 6th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC '15) will be held May 3-8, 2015 in the Richmond, VA, USA.

At IPAC'15, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Accelerator Scientists, Engineers, Students and Vendors while experiencing the Southern charm and hospitality of our host city. Jefferson Lab, the host for IPAC'15, is also well known to world travelers. Located about one hour from Richmond in Newport News, VA, Jefferson Lab is a world-leading nuclear physics research lab funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Conference Website:


The 2015 Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC 2015) will be held June 28 - July 2, 2015 in Tuscon, AZ, USA.

On behalf of the organizers of the 2015 Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend this 20th joint CEC/ICMC 2015. The conferences are returning to the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona, a large modern facility in a beautiful location that is within 50 acres of lush land across the Tucson Mountain Park. Tucson is located near many interesting Southwestern sites including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson Mountain Park, the historic White Dove or San Xavier Mission, Kitt Peak National Observatory, the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Titan Missile Museum, and many National Parks and Monuments.
The technical program of the conferences will, as usual, feature the latest research and state-of-the-art developments in all cryogenics areas, including superconductivity, cryocoolers, cryogenic materials, and applications. Tucson provides an exciting and relaxing backdrop for discussing the latest cryogenics results, sharing experience, and planning future collaborations and projects.
Conference Website:


The 15th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2015) will be held July 6-9, 2015 in Nagoya, Japan.

ISEC 2015 will be a four day conference bringing together leaders of the research, university, industrial, and commercial communities from around the world to discuss progress and challenges in the field of superconductive electronics. The ISEC 2015 will cover many rapidly developing areas such as SQUIDs and SQUID-array circuits and systems, energy-efficient mixed signal circuits, digital and memory circuits, quantum computing, detectors, metamaterials, superconducting spintronics, and device physics. The sessions are organized in a single, non-parallel track featuring plenary, invited, contributed talks and posters from about 180 attendees from many countries.
The ISEC 2015 Organizing Committee is very fortunate to have secured a venue in Nagoya, the third-largest city with a long history located in the middle of Japanese archipelago. Nagoya is the birthplace of three notable lords in the feudal era, and the largest manufacturing base in Japan. The conference site will be Nagoya University and Nagoya Noh Theater next to Nagoya Castle. You and your companions will be able to enjoy staying in Nagoya city with beautiful nature.
Conference Website:

The 12th EUropean Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2015) will be held Septmeber 6-10, 2015 in Lyon, France.

EUCAS is the biennial international conference on Superconductivity organized by ESAS. EUCAS provides a worldwide forum for applied superconductivity scientists and engineers to share the latest researches and developments in applied superconductivity (Materials, Large Scale and Electronics).

2015 will very rich in activities. After a long stop, LHC will operate again to reach its rated energy of 14 TeV. The 11.75 T ISEULT MRI should be fully operational and bring the first images about the brain. All the ITER conductors will be produced and qualified opening the construction of the machine. The Grenoble Hybrid 43 T magnet will be under commissioning.
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 27, 2015
Conference Website:

The International Conference on Magnet Technology 24 (MT24) will be held October 18-23, 2015 in COEX, Seoul, Korea.

MT24 will cover the magnet technology ranging from large scale magnets to magnets for home appliances. The most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hardron Collider (LHC) by CERN, cannot be fabricated without the magnet technology. Nuclear fusion reactor by International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is another example in which magnet technology played crucial role. During the Conference, there will be an official visit to the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) facilities which is operated by the National Fusion Research Institute, Korea. All components and materials related to the construction of magnets are the scope of the MT24. Design method and analysis tool of the magnet itself and magnet system are also the topics of MT24. MT24 will provide you with a great opportunity to see cutting-edge magnet technologies. 
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 5, 2015
Conference Website:

Superconductivity News Forum

Superconductivity News Forum Issue No. 31 is Accessible Online

The Superconductivity News Forum (SNF) Issue No. 31 of January 2015 is now accessible online.  This issue contains three major parts:
  • Selected plenary and invited presentations given at the International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS 2014) held in Tokyo, November 25 to 27, 2014.
  • Preprints winning the SNF Contest for ASC 2014 Best Contributed Papers and the runners up.
  • Highlights of recent papers published in or submitted to peer-reviewed journals that in SNF opinion deserve wide dissemination.

Contributions to Upcoming Issues

Submissions are being solicited, subject to review and approval. We invite members of the global superconductivity community to submit online contributions in the following categories:

Event Highlights
Letters to the Editor
New Papers and Results Highlights (Sci. & Techn. Highlights)
Regional News and History Papers
Science & Technology Communications
Science and Technology Papers

In addition, online issues of Superconductivity News Forum contain invited overviews of selected activity areas and of topics of interest. Suggestions and proposals for reviews by potential authors can be submitted at any time. For more information, click here.

Rebooting Computing

Call for articles for a Special Issue of Computer Magazine

Full paper submission deadline: 15 April 2015
Publication date: December 2015
Computer plans a December 2015 special issue on rebooting computing.
Alan Turing’s and John von Neumann’s ideas helped establish the computer industry, and Moore’s law helped set the pace for its growth, which has been remarkable. However, that historic growth for single-thread performance effectively ended a decade ago. Although parallelism through multicore provides a way forward, it is limited to certain applications and algorithms. Increasingly, the fundamental assumptions underlying modern computing require dramatic rethinking. Computer seeks articles proposing new ideas to “reboot” the computer industry and better position it to continue as a major economic driver.
Submissions should propose new, revolutionary approaches to computing. To the extent possible, authors should propose a range of applications, the architecture of a machine that could execute those applications, and a physical basis for machine performance and power consumption. Articles should present a comprehensive and consistent vision of computing in the future—preferably with an exponential improvement path.
Only articles describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered. Updates to ongoing research efforts are welcome, as long as the content is at least 30 percent different from published manuscripts, the new document cites the authors’ previous work, and the authors provide the editors with a description of how the new document differs. Articles should be understandable to a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership.
Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.
Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:
Tom Conte, Georgia Tech (
Elie Track, nVizix LLC (
Erik DeBenedictis, Sandia National Labs (
Abstract submissions are due 15 April 2015. Articles are due 1 June 2015. For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit:

Low-Power Image Recognition Challenge (LPIRC)
June 7, 2015
San Francisco, California, USA

Many mobile systems (smartphones, electronic glass, autonomous robots) can capture images. These systems use batteries and energy conservation is essential. This challenge aims to discover the best technology in both image recognition and energy conservation. Winners will be evaluated based on both high recognition accuracy and low power usage.
Important Dates 
2015/06/07 Competition in San Francisco as a one-day workshop in Design Automation Conference
2015/03 Reference code for interface with the referee program
2015/01 Announcement of the power meter. The power meter is Yokogawa WT 300. 
2014/11 Training and validation data available
More information can be found on the Low-Power Image Recognition Challenge (LPIRC) website here:

Rebooting Computing (RC) Summits

“Rebooting Computing” is an initiative of the IEEE to identify new directions in computing, a goal intentionally different from refinement of existing directions. The initiative is timely due to the emerging consensus that “Moore’s Law is Ending” or at least shifting direction.
To identify new directions, the Summits used an unusual format. A group of invited thought leaders and decision makers were asked to “check their agendas at the door” and participate in a 1½ day session on new ideas. This is in contrast to the overwhelming majority of workshops and conferences where people work on a topic for months or years and then present a paper with a polished exposition of a specific idea.
To this date, three RC summits have been held. For more details on these Summits, click on the following links: