On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to welcome you to Brooklyn, New York City, for the 17th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Control Systems, ICALEPCS 2019.
This series of conferences facilitates fruitful collaborations among the world´s control system specialists from major scientific installations, such as particle accelerators, light sources, laser facilities, telescopes, tokamaks, etc. The series of ICALEPCS conferences started in 1987 in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), hosted by CERN. The conferences subsequently rotated between three major areas of the world: America (including North, Central and South America), Asia (including Oceania) and EMEA (Europe including Russia, the Middle East and Africa). Over the years the conferences have seen a growing number of participants, institutions, and countries.
We are excited about the program we have put together, with the help of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) and Program Committee. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with other experts from around the world, interact and build new collaborations. We hope to see both new faces and those we know from past conferences, coming to share ideas and learn new things.
ICALECPS 2019 is being hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), home to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II), both world class and unique particle accelerators that support research in nuclear physics and basic energy sciences. BNL is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. To learn more about BNL programs and history, visit www.bnl.gov.
The conference venue is the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Conference Center, located just across the river from Manhattan in Brooklyn Heights. This venue has over 47,000 ft2 (over 4366 m2) of recently renovated meeting space, including the expansive Grand Ballroom. It is ideally suited for a meeting the size of ICALPECS, with space for oral presentations, industrial exhibition, and poster sessions. It is also in an ideal location for access to the rest of NYC, being near multiple subway stations and sitting right at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
As a major metropolitan center, NYC is a place with a long and rich history and a highly multicultural heritage. There is something for everyone here, including museums, music and theater, Broadway, Central Park, and much more. But perhaps less well known is Brooklyn, the city’s most populous borough, home to over 2.6 million residents. If Brooklyn were an independent city it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Brooklyn has long been the melting pot of the United States. It is home to as many as 200 different languages and a population that is nearly 40 percent foreign born. Brooklyn’s diversity is a shining example of multi-culturalism at work. This diversity makes Brooklyn the perfect place to host this year’s ICALEPCS, which is following a theme of diversity, inclusion, and education.
To highlight diversity, inclusion, and education, we have structured this conference in ways that offer an inclusive environment, open up discussion on diversity and inclusion with the ICALEPCS community, and provide avenues for students to be greater participants to the conference. We plan to have a panel discussion during the conference on diversity and inclusion. We are also offering a number of ways for students to participate and become involved with our community, including student poster sessions, a reduced rate for student registrants and a limited number of free one day passes for students.
We look forward to meeting you in Brooklyn,
Kevin Brown & Richard Farnsworth
Conference co-Chairs (your hosts)
IEC and ISAC Chair