Announcing the 2012 Frequency Control Symposium

2012  IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium

Tutorials on Monday, 21 May 2012,
Symposium on 22-24 May 2012

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


General Chairs:  Michael Driscoll, Consultant
Technical Program Committee Chair:  Wan-Thai Hsu, Discera

Abstract Submission Deadline:  January 16, 2012. Please refer to for details.

Conference Topics:

Group 1: Materials, Resonators, & Resonator Circuits
A.  Fundamental Properties of Materials
B.  Micro- and Macro-Fabrication Technology for Resonators and Filters
C. Theory, Design, and Performance of Resonators and Filters, including BAW,
     FBAR, MEMS, NEMS, SAW, and others
D. Reconfigurable Frequency Control Circuits, e.g., Arrays, Channelizers

Group 2: Oscillators, Synthesizers, Noise, & Circuit Techniques
A. Oscillators – BAW, MEMS, and SAW
B. Oscillators - Microwave to Optical
C. Heterogeneously Integrated Miniature Oscillators, e.g., Single-Chip
D. Synthesizers, Multi-Resonator Oscillators, and Other Circuitry
E. Noise Phenomena and Aging
F. Measurements and Specifications
G. Timing Error in Digital Systems and Applications

Group 3: Microwave Frequency Standards
A. Microwave Atomic Frequency Standards
B. Atomic Clocks for Space Applications
C. Miniature and Chip Scale Atomic Clocks and other instrumentation
D. Fundamental Physics, Fundamental Constants, & Other Applications

Group 4: Sensors & Transducers
A. Resonant Chemical Sensors
B. Resonant Physical Sensors
C. Vibratory and Atomic Gyroscopes & Magnetometers
D. BAW, SAW, FBAR, and MEMS Sensors
E. Transducers
F. Sensor Instrumentation

Group 5: Timekeeping, Time and Frequency Transfer, GNSS Applications
A. TAI and Time Scales, Time and Frequency Transfer, and Algorithms
B. Satellite Navigation (Galileo, GPS, …)
C.Telecommunications Network Synchronization, RF Fiber Frequency Distribution
D. All-optical fiber frequency transfer
E. Optical free-space frequency transfer
F. Frequency and Time Distribution and Calibration Services

Group 6:  Optical Frequency Standards and Applications
A. Optical Ion and Neutral Atom Clocks
B. Optical Frequency Combs and Frequency Measurements
C. Ultrastable Laser Sources and Optical Frequency Distribution
D. Ultrastable Optical to Microwave Conversion
E. Fundamental Physics, Fundamental Constants, and Other Applications

Plenary Session: Albert (Al) Pisano, "Harsh Environment MEMS for Energy & Power
Applications - Single–Chip, Self-Powered, Wireless Sensor Systems
", University of California at

Location: The 2012 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium will be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, located directly across the street from the Inner Harbor’s array of shops, restaurants, entertainment, and tourist attractions. Some popular tourist attractions include the U.S.S. Constellation, the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, and the Fort McHenry National Monument, all within close proximity to the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.


Student Travel Support: Limited funds will be available to support students.  Awards will be made on a competitive basis. Further information will be posted on the conference web site.

Student Paper Competition:
Students submitting abstracts for presentation are invited to participate in a student paper competition. To participate, the student must be the lead author and present the paper.  If the paper is selected for oral presentation, the student must also provide a poster to participate in the competition, since judging will be based partly on the students’ ability to articulate and explain their research to a panel of judges. Winners will receive an award and a certificate. Further information is on the conference web site.  Student authors selected for the Student Paper Competition will be given preference for travel support.  A request to be considered for the student paper competition must be made at the time of abstract submission.

On Monday, 21 May 2012, there will be a series of tutorials covering a wide range of related topics.  The tutorials include both the fundamental topics of frequency and timing at a level suitable for practitioners new to the field, and more advanced and specialized topics related to specific areas.  As such, the tutorials aim to provide useful knowledge to the beginners in the community, as well as those with extensive experience.  Additional information and topics will follow. The list of tutorials presented at the 2011 IFCS/EFTF joint conference can be found at

Exhibition: F
or information on arranging for exhibit space, please contact: Sue Kingston:

Award Nominations:
Nominations and suggestions of candidates for the IEEE/UFFC Cady, Rabi and Sawyer Awards should be sent to Gregory Weaver,  the IFCS 2012 Awards Chairman at

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts will be collected through a web-based submission tool.  For updates on abstract submission and conference information as it becomes available, please visit IEEE website at