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The first International Conference on Optical Fibre and Photonic Sensors for Industrial and Safety Applications (OFSIS) was held in Jinan, China in January 2015, organized jointly by the Shandong Academy of Science in China and City, University of London in the UK, in conjunction with the Information & Communications Working Group of the Chinese Work Safety Association and the Institute of Measurement and Control in the UK. This was followed by the 2nd OFSIS Conference which was hosted by Queensland University in Australia, in association with the Australian Mining Society. The OFSIS conference series has a unique strength in bridging between engineers from industries who are using or interested in using new sensor systems and optical scientists and engineers developing new optical fibre sensor (OFS) devices, to create intelligent solutions for improving safety, the environment and enhancing efficiency. It also draws on the work of researchers and University-based academics, with the aim of speeding up R&D and technology transfer in the optical fibre sensor field to create new industrial sensor products. The past two conferences have successfully attracted hundreds of engineers from across a wide range of sectors, including in particular the coal mining safety and energy sectors, to interact closely with the optical fibre sensor community. This key feature will continue to be emphasized at the 3rd OFSIS Conference, which will be held in 2018, in Belfast, UK and be running in parallel with the XXII IMEKO (International Measurement confederation) World Congress.
We are thus delighted to announce that OFSIS2018 will be held during 3rd - 6th September, 2018, in conjunction with the XXII World Congress of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO). Optical fibre sensors are amongst the most advanced measurement technologies available and this joint event will enable a strong interaction across the breadth of the sensing and measurement communities. In addition, a major exhibition reflecting new developments in the instrumentation and measurement field will be held in conjunction with the Conference.
We look forward to greeting our colleagues who have enjoyed the previous OFSIS Conferences and those new to this Conference series, including early-career researchers and engineers from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Belfast, to the splendid setting of the Waterfront Centre where the Conference is being held (and the magnificent Titanic Belfast Centre where the Conference Dinner is being held) in September 2018.
On behalf of OFSIS 2018
Kenneth TV Grattan, Tong Sun, Wei Jin and Tongyu Liu