The conference is on the topic of Inverse Problems that are typically ill-posed, and where the values of some model parameters is obtained from the observed data. Inverse problems are commonly encountered in transport processes, structural mechanics, and medicine. Inverse problem techniques find applications in boundary condition reconstruction in heat transfer, parameter identification, non-destructive testing and evaluation.

The objective of this award is to support the International Conference in Inverse Problems in Engineering (ICIPE) scheduled to be held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, on May 4-6, 2011. The conference will provide a forum for exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries. Funds are requested for a keynote lecture by an international authority and for several graduate students.

The conference will highlight recent developments in the area of inverse problems in transport, and engage an open discussion on these topics with international participants to enhance dissemination of these results. It is anticipated that the younger audience will be stimulated by the open discussions.

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The 7th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering (ICIPE 2011) was held May 4-6, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida. Papers were presented by graduate students, faculty, and scientists from the US and abroad. A major goal was to disseminate inverse problem techniques and new research and development via the conference and workshop venues. This international meeting drew participants from throughout the US who were joined by researchers from several countries around the world including, the UK, France, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. The meeting consisted of 3 days of technical presentations with 3 keynote lectures. The financial support from the United States National Science Foundation made possible the Workshop on Parameter Estimation and the Inverse Heat Conduction Problems (IHCP) delivered over the course of two days by Professors James Beck, Robert McMasters and Kirk Dolan. The featured workshop speaker, Professor Beck is a pioneer in the field of inverse problems, and he brought several decades of research experience in inverse problems to the workshop lectures. The NSF funds also supported selected graduate students to attend the meeting and participate in the workshop. The workshop was open to all conference attendees, faculty and graduate students. Workshop Powerpoint presentations and associated materials are available for download from the conference website: ttp:// The next meeting in this series will be held in 2014 in Poland and hosted by Prof. Irek Szczgiel of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland.

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