Waves and Transducers
UFFC-S Special-Topic School
May 13 – 17, 2019
Shenzhen, China

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Waves and Transducers
UFFC-S Special-Topic School
May 13 – 17, 2019
Shenzhen, China

Medical acoustical imaging is based on two fundamental pillars: waves and transducers. The waves are essential to probe the interior of the human body 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 at an advanced physics and engineering level. They will cover topics related to wave propagation (ranging from acoustic field equations to full-wave form inversion), and materials and transducers (ranging from piezo-ceramics and piezo-crystals 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 course will be held principally in the Paul C. Lauterbur Research Center for Biomedical Imaging, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China. This research centre has a large number of faculty engaged with many different aspects of ultrasound research. The School itself will be hosted by Prof. Hairong Zheng, Vice President of SIAT, and Dr Weibao Qiu. Additional facilities for teaching are available in Shenzhen University, which is co-located with SIAT.

This Special-Topic School will be 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. Koen W.A. van Dongen, Delft University of Technology;
  • Dr. Weibao Qiu, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology;
  • Prof. Sandy Cochran, University of Glasgow;
  • Dr Holly S Lay, FUJIFILM VisualSonics, Inc.

Course details

  • Tentative Duration May 13 – May 17, 2019.
  • All lectures and labs will be held in SIAT / Shenzhen University.
  • There will be an opportunity to visit a company locally working in ultrasound.
  • Students will be housed in nearby hotels.
  • Students will be given a meal card to use in SIAT’s catering facilities.