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We have come a long way since that early morning call on 15th April 1912, when a high-pitched musical tone sang out for hundreds of miles across the North Atlantic in a desperate plea for help as The White Star liner ‘RMS Titanic’ was being engulfed by the majestic ocean. Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraph was the reason that 700 people survived that disaster. Wireless technologies hold the key to providing effective answers in many cases of environmental monitoring as well as addressing developmental challenges including social and health issues.
The future is already arriving; it is just a question of knowing where to look. To build resilience and improve survivability in humanitarian crisis, the ongoing technological revolution may be our greatest hope and opportunity. Wireless technology represents the forefront of modern science and innovation— something with infinite possibilities for the future. The undying need for speed and a growing appetite for wireless gadgets are fueling the growth of the RF and microwave industry. Products at frequencies up to millimeter waves are quickly becoming key components of emerging consumer and commercial applications.

The RF and microwave community in Latin America has a great potential for significant growth although smaller in comparison with other regions of the world. The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) is a proud initiator and sponsor of the Latin America Microwave Conference (LAMC) to be held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from 12th-14th December 2016 (www.lamc-ieee.org). The international conference will take place every two years in the second week of December around locations like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, etc.

Sometimes, you should take a break from your ‘work’ of your work to sharpen your skills. You deserve a weekend getaway to a beautiful location to refresh your mind from sitting in front of your computer trying to analyze that Smith Chart to match the impedance of your RF circuitry. Attending conferences can give you a whole new perspective about the current trends in technology. It’s necessary for a Young Professional to utilize the abundance of opportunities provided on a single platform. It’s a chance to mix and mingle, form new relationships, and strengthen existing ones.

LAMC-2016 aims to highlight an excellent set of world-class technical talks, including truly outstanding keynote speakers, highly relevant invited special sessions, as well as excellent regular and poster sessions.

For the first time, IEEE MTT-S Young Professionals and Internet Society (Silver sponsor for LAMC 2016) are hosting a Special Session on 14th December 2016:
Enabling Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Humanitarian Aid

Tushar Sharma (iRadio Lab, University of Calgary) and José E. Rayas-Sánchez (ITESO – The Jesuit University of Guadalajara)

The IEEE MTT-S and Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) are working together as a Special Interest Group in Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) to motivate high school students, young engineers, and professionals to apply low-cost innovative RF technologies for disaster readiness and humanitarian needs. To align with the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) vision, in this special session we introduce several humanitarian initiatives involving wireless RF technologies with impactful local changes. Given the social and economic configuration of Latin America, this region offers a great opportunity for SIGHT/HAC projects, particularly those involving RF and microwave technologies, with a very high potential for significant positive impact, including areas such as disaster management, health care, low-cost wireless solutions, internet of space, emergency ad-hoc networks, agriculture, food, energy, security, etc.

The flipside of learning new things is re-learning classic techniques. This panel would feature eight speakers and comprise of industry entrepreneurs, academics and researchers, and members of government agencies sharing their views and experience on innovative emerging technologies in key focus areas as follows:

  • Launching a career with Amateur radio
  • ICT solutions for Agricultural Challenges
  • Agile and Accurate Microwave system for human tracking
  • Wireless infrastructure for connecting the last billion
  • Literacy to Down syndrome students with RFID technology