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FOSA Member Meeting

2024 Member Mid-year Meeting
Fiber Optic Sensing Development, Commerce and the Greater Good

Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
June 4-6

 

  • FOSA is comprised of the top global innovators in the distributed fiber optic sensing world with a growing European presence

  • Join us in the picturesque city of Graz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • This event is made possible through the gracious help of our host, Dr. Werner Lienhart, of the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems at Graz University of Technology

  • Meeting includes keynote presentations by leading experts from universities and research centers and a tunnel tour

  • This is Graz 2024

  • Tuesday, June 4
     Welcome reception in the historic city of Graz
  • Wednesday, June 5
    All-day member meeting at TU Graz
    Most Austrian hotels include breakfast so we will have coffee and tea available at the meeting and assume you will eat breakfast at your hotel; lunch will be provided during the day; dinner in the evening at the top of castle hill is included.
    Confirmed speakers
  • Thursday, June 6
    8:00am meet at the university (exact location will be provided to attendees) to leave for the Tunnel Tour, returning mid-afternoon to Graz. The Tunnel Tour is a sensing adventure not to miss; a Graz led tour of the Tunnel research center in a spacious, antique heavy-load mining vehicle

REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 15. Registration for the meeting is now closed.

If you have any dietary requirements you need to email the information to JMolony@fiberopticsensing.org

Hotels: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from Graz, and their own accommodation. Numerous hotels serve the area, please book early for the best prices.
Lodging:
Recommended Hotels in walking distance to the university and city center

Hotels in the historic city center about 10 minutes by tram to the university:


Preliminary Agenda

  • Tuesday, June 4
     Welcome reception in the historic city of Graz
  • Wednesday, June 5
    All-day member meeting at TU Graz starts at 9am and is expected to go until 5pm. Most Austrian hotels include breakfast so we will have coffee and tea available at the meeting and assume you will eat breakfast at your hotel; lunch will be provided during the day. Dinner in the evening at the top of castle hill in the Skybar of the Schlossberg Restaurant is included. Dinner starts at 7pm. There will be a couple different designated meeting points where attendees can gather at 6:30pm to travel together to dinner.08:30 am Coffee available
    09:00 am Welcome remarks – FOSA Chairman Paul Dickinson, Dura-Line, and Werner Lienhart, Graz University of Technology
    Safety protocol
    Anti-trust information – FOSA Executive Director Mike Hines
    Attendee introductions
    09:30 am Civil Infrastructure Monitoring with Fiber Optic Sensing–Opportunities and Limitations
    Dr. Werner Lienhart, Graz University of Technology
    10:00 am Seismology and Volcanology – the impact of DAS in monitoring
    Dr. Andreas Fichtner, ETH Zurich
    10:30 am Coffee break/Lab tour Group 1
    11:00 am High-Resolution Distributed Acoustic Sensor based on ULEB Fibre
    Dr. Ali Masoudi, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton
    11:30 am Why monitor cables anyway?
    Dr. Chris Minto, Indeximate
    12:00 am Lunch/Lab tour Group 2 (starts at 12:30)
    01:00 pm Future trends in Brillouin Fibre Optic Sensing
    Dr. Luc Thévenaz, EPFL
    01:30 pm NORFOX Fiber Optic Array: architecture, experiments, results
    Dr. Andreas Wuestefeld, NORSAR
    02:00 pm Coffee break/Lab tour Group 3
    02:30 pm Company Spotlight talks
    03:50 pm Application and Market Focus session – Paul Dickinson, Mike Hines, and FOSA Technology Committee Chair Alasdair Murray, Luna Innovations
    FOSA 2024 Member Awards information – Paul Dickinson
    Closing remarks – Paul Dickinson and meeting host Werner Lienhart
    Dinner at SKYBAR Graz (on the top of castle hill)
  • Thursday, June 6
    8:00am meet at the university (exact location will be provided to attendees) to leave for the Tunnel Tour, returning mid-afternoon to Graz. The Tunnel Tour is a sensing adventure not to miss; a Graz led tour of the Tunnel research center in a spacious, antique heavy-load mining vehicle

Meeting FAQs

1.Do you recommend flying into Vienna and taking the train to Graz or flying into Graz?
It is more convenient to fly directly to Graz, however, if there are no suitable flight connections to Graz, Vienna is a great option. There are train connections every hour, either direct or with one change at Vienna main station. The travel time with the train from Vienna Airport to Graz Main Station is 3 hours. Tickets can be bought online at https://shop.oebbtickets.at/en/ticket, via the Oebb Tickets app or at the ticket machine at the airport. The one-way ticket not bounded to a specific train is about 48 €. Tickets linked to a specific train (“Sparschiene”) are cheaper. Below are the time schedules for both directions.
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4.Where exactly at TU Graz will the meeting be held?
The meeting will be held at Graz University of Technology. Exact location will be emailed to registrants.

5.How far is the tunnel center from TU Graz? How far is the ride to it?
The tunnel center is 80 km north of Graz. The ride is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

6.Is it cold in the tunnel, do I need to bring a warm jacket for the tour?
Warm clothing and sturdy shoes – sneakers are appropriate. Standard clothing, a sweater/jumper and a light jacket, should be fine.

7.Is there a particular type of clothing I should wear on the tunnel tour?
Sport shoes and jeans are appropriate clothing on the tunnel tour.

8. Is there a dress code for the meeting?
The assumption is attendees will wear business casual clothing to the all-day meeting at the university.

9.Is there a waiver I need to fill in to go on the tour?
Yes, you will need to fill in a there is a waiver to go on the tunnel tour and this will be distributed to those attending closer to the tour date.

10.Is there a registration deadline?
Yes, the registration deadline was May 15. Registration is now closed.