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Inverse Problems in Engineering - vol I

Theory and Practice

Helcio Rangel Barreto Orlande

This book contains the papers presented in the 4 th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice. This conference is or-ganized under the auspices of United Engineering Foundation and is held in a three-year cycle. Previous versions took place in Palm Coast, Florida, in 1993; in Le Croisic, France, in 1996; and in Port Ludlow, Washington State, in 1999. The series of Inter-national Conferences on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Prac-tice finds its roots in the informal seminars organized by Prof. James V. Beck at Michigan State University, which were initiated in 80’s.

The 4 th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice was held during May 26 – 31, 2002, in the beautiful Hotel Portobello Resort & Safari, located near the city of Rio de Janeiro. The resort provided a unique atmosphere for 99 conference participants, from 21 different countries, to present their most recent research results and for the technical discussion of their findings. The 4 th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice was co-promoted by the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences (ABCM), the Brazilian Society of Computational and Applied Mathematics (SBMAC), and by COPPE, which is the graduate school in engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). It was co-sponsored by the following agencies of the Brazil-ian Government: CNPq, from the Ministry of Science and Technology; CAPES, from the Ministry of Education and Culture; and the National Oil Agency (ANP), from the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The 4 th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice counted with 159 submitted abstracts, resulting on 104 accepted papers. A total of 98 papers were scheduled for presentation in the conference, distributed in 25 oral sessions and in 1 poster session. Invited key-note lecturers were presented by Prof. A. Yagola (Russia), Prof. G. Chavent (France), Prof. O. Alifanov (Russia), Prof. Y. Jarny (France) and Prof. N-Z. Sun (USA). Prof. K. Woodbury (USA) and Prof. B.Blackwell (USA) were invited to give tutorial sessions. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the organizing and scientific committees for playing a fundamental role towards the success of the conference, as well as to the invited speakers for kindly accept-ing my invitation to share with the participants their knowledge on important sub-jects in the inverse problems field. Because of the large number of papers sub-mitted, several other reviewers were invited to give their contributions to the con-ference by evaluating papers, in addition to the members of the organizing and scientific committees. They include Prof. J. P. Kaipio (Finland), Prof. L. Olson (USA), Prof. A. Haji-Sheikh (USA), Prof. J. G. Berryman (USA), Prof. R. Y. Qassim (Brazil), Prof. B. Dennis (Japan), Prof. G. R. Liu (Taiwan), Prof. H. Telega (Poland), Prof. V. Steffen Jr. (Brazil), Prof. F. Rochinha (Brazil) and Prof. M. D. Mikhailov (Brazil).

It was a great honor for Brazil to host the 4th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice and, personally for myself, to be its chairman. The next conference shall take place in the United Kingdom in 2005 and Prof. Daniel Lesnic has agreed to lead the organizing committee for that event.

Helcio R. B. Orlande
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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