Chairman’s Welcome Message

Dear participants and guest of VIII Semetro, it is a pleasure to welcome you all to the city of João Pessoa, in northeast of Brazil. From 17 to 19 of June, 2009, with the support of the Federal University of Campina Grande, of the National Institute of Metrology, Normalization and Industrial Quality and of the Brazilian Society of Metrology we are here for the 8th International Seminary of Electrical Metrology. The VIII-Semetro has the purpose of increasing the development of electrical metrology and instrumentation, particularly in Brazil and Latin America, gathering people and organizations to produce knowledge and scientific culture, encouraging discussions among academics, researchers and specialists from Brazil and abroad.

This 8th edition is consolidating the presence of the Brazilian universities, here represented by UFCG, in the Semetro as one of its pillars, that along with INMETRO and SBM, are contributing to elevate this conference to one of the most important on the measurement science in the south hemisphere.

Similarly to earlier editions, the VIII Semetro also welcomes those working with electrical instrumentation and urges them together with the metrology community, represented by people from the calibration laboratories and metrology networks, to participate in all sections of the event. The association of these two important and highly correlated fields has culminated in paper submission equally divided between both areas.

The electrical instrumentation community in Brazil was demanding a scientific forum where it could present and discuss its works. Some previous attempts were made to overcome this need, among them we can mention three regional meetings on instrumentation and scientific metrology – ERIMC – that took place in the UFCG from 2002 to 2004, with the participation of many academics, researchers and students from the north and northeast regions of Brazil. The association of this community to the already traditional Semetro has come to fulfill this need besides broadening the involvement of this field in the Semetro.

There were more than 120 papers submitted to the VIII Semetro, from 21 countries and from all regions and nearly all states of Brazil. This large increase in the numbers represents an important evolution on the promotion and interaction of all those working on electrical instrumentation and metrology in Brazil, Latin America and in many other countries.

The Federal University of Campina Grande – UFCG, the National Institute of Metrology, Normalization and Industrial Quality – INMETRO and the Brazilian Society of Metrology – SBM welcome and wish that all the participants of the VIII Semetro enjoy the fellowship, the stay in João Pessoa and have a beneficial participation in the Conference.

Raimundo Carlos Silvério Freire
Conference Chairman

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