Waves and Transducers
Monday October 9 – Friday October 13, 2023
Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands

Acoustical imaging is based on two fundamental pillars: waves and transducers. The waves are essential to probe the interior of the human body, a metal structure or the earth whereas the transducers are essential to generate and receive the acoustic waves. This topical school is built around those two pillars.

The lectures will be taught in English at an advanced physics and engineering level. They will cover topics related to wave propagation (ranging from acoustic field equations to full-wave forminversion), and materials and transducers (ranging from piezoceramics and piezocrystals through to miniaturized high-frequency matrix transducers for integration with electronics).

By combining theory with simple hands-on practical work using computers, instrumentation and piezoelectric materials, the students will gain significant understanding about the foundations of medical ultrasound and other related applications.

The topical school will be held at Delft University of Technology and is focused on the region 8: Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

This topical school is generously supported by the IEEE-UFFC Society.


The primary objectives of the course are:

  • to enhance the knowledge of the fundamentals of acoustic wavefield theory;
  • to become familiar with the range of materials used in ultrasonic transducers;
  • to enhance knowledge of the fundamentals of design and fabrication of the transducers.

Teaching faculty

  • Dr. Holly S Lay, Acoustiic Inc.
  • Prof. Sandy Cochran, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Omer Oralkan, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Koen W.A. van Dongen, Delft University of Technology

Contact information

Any questions can be directed by email to Dr. Koen W.A. van Dongen:, please use as subject line: IEEE-UFFC School 2023