Photonics Society
of Poland
Military University
of Technology
Warsaw University
of Technology
Jagiellonian University
in Krakow

Following the successful Workshops in Peebles (1998), Santander (2004), Napoli (2007), and Porto (2010) Photonics Society of Poland has the privilege to organize in Kraków (Poland) in 2013 the fifth edition of the European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 5th EWOFS'2013.

This initiative aims at promoting a scientific meeting with a high level of interaction between participants, enabling an open debate and the assessment of new concepts, technologies and applications in the domain of optical fibre sensors, as well as establishment of new collaborations and networks. EWOFS'2013 also intends to complement in time and geographical location the international conferences in this area, and in particular the International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS).

Addressing scientific achievements, technological applications and commercial exploitation, our goal is to create a programme that will be attractive for both academics and professionals working in this area. We intend to assure a set of high-level invited talks that will consider, not only topics related to optical fibre sensors, but also other scientific domains that may cause an impact on their future development. Also, we will seek to strengthen the Workshops' unique features, including the discussion of technical contributions between young researchers and experienced scientists, identifying and highlighting the most significant contributions. Because everyone's active participation is important, we intend to organize a Workshop with an invigorating and appealing Social Programme that will encourage a true scientific socialisation.

Since past and future meet in the present, we intend to make EWOFS'2013 an opportunity to promote the productive interaction between young scientists, engineers and mature practitioners in this scientific and technological adventure around the subject of optical fibre sensors. At the same time, we want to honour the pioneers who have significantly contributed to its development, and encourage young researchers who chose to work in this field.

EWOFS'2013 will take place a decade after the beginning of this new century, of this new millennium. Mankind is currently facing great challenges in the search for a future characterized by global justice, fair and sustainable progress, as well as economic and social wealth. This is a demanding, yet necessary purpose, and Science and Technology create opportunities so that society may evolve in that sense. In its specific domain, EWOFS'2013 should encourage scientific and technological advances, and provide a forum where young and experienced researchers and entrepreneurs may interact in a mutually profitable relationship that is oriented to the development of optical fibre sensors and its impact on society. Pursuing this central objective, we commit ourselves to do our best to create the proper atmosphere. Therefore, we would like to invite you to participate in this meeting that will take place in the metropolitan area of Krakow, Poland, in May 2013.


GENERAL CHAIR - Prof. Tomasz Wolinski, Warsaw University Of Technology, Poland
CO-CHAIR - Prof. Wojciech Gawlik, Jagiellonian University, Poland



Prof. Brian Culshaw, University Of Strathclyde, UK
Prof. José Miguel López-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Dr. William MacPherson, Heriot-Watt University, UK



Dr. Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering, Inc., USA
Dr. Anna Grazia Mignani, IFAC-CNR, Italy
Dr. Robert Lieberman, Intelligent Optical Systems Inc., USA
Prof. Bishnu P. Pal, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Prof. Byoung Yoon Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science &Technology, Korea
Prof. David D. Sampson, University of Western Australia, Australia
Dr. Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Mexico
Prof. Hypolito José Kalinowski, Federal University of Technology, Brazil
Prof. Kazuo Hotate, University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Jiri Homola, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Republic
Prof. Moshe Tur, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Raman Kashyap, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Prof. Yanbiao Liao, Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Karsten Rottwitt, (OSA Representative) Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Prof. Wojtek J. Bock, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada
Prof. Wei Jin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China


Optical Fibre Sensors will be the core of the Workshop, but the scope is wide enough to include new concepts, developments and applications in the field of optical fibre technology. Relevant 10 topics are based on previously workshops topics and include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • CHEMICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL SENSORS - Biophotonics; Environmental Monitoring; Food; Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography; Instrumentation for Life Sciences; In-Vivo Applications; Medical Sensing; Remote Spectroscopy
  • DISTRIBUTED SENSING - Sensing Cable Designs; Rayleigh, Raman and Brillouin Detection Techniques; Time, Frequency and Coherence Domain Reflectometry
  • INTERFEROMETRIC & POLARIMETRIC SENSORS - Acoustic Sensor Arrays; Geophones; Gyroscopes; Hydrophones
  • MULTIPLEXING AND SENSOR NETWORKING - Applications; Remote fiber sensing; Multiplexing Techniques; Protection techniques; Topologies and Theories
  • NEW CONCEPTS FOR PHOTONIC SENSING - Diffractive Optics; Nanomaterials and Nano-Optical Devices; Metamaterials; Plasmonic Components and Materials; Quantum Optics Based Sensors
  • ADVANCED AND NEW WAVEGUIDING STRUCTURES - Hollow-Core Fibres; Multi-material Optical Fibers; Optical Fibre Tapers and Microfibres; Optical Resonators; Photonic Crystal Fibres; Polymer Optical Fibres
  • PASSIVE & ACTIVE DEVICES FOR PHOTONIC SENSING - Detectors; Fibre Gratings; Integrated Optics Devices; MEMS and MOEMS; Micro-Optic Components; Microfluidics; Modulators; Specialty Fibres; Sources
  • ELECTROMAGNETIC, PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PHENOMENA SENSORS - Acceleration; Displacement; Electric Current and Field; Flow; Force; Magnetic Field; Pressure; Rotation; Strain; Temperature; Vibration; Voltage
  • SMART STRUCTURES AND SMART MATERIALS - Composites and Boundary Conditions; Condition Monitoring Algorithms; Fibre Embedding Techniques; Infinite Element Analysis; Strain and Deformation Sensors; Structural Health Monitoring
  • SYSTEM APPLICATIONS AND FIELD TRIALS - Signal Processing Applied to OFS; Relevant Installations and Field Demonstration of Photonic-based Sensing Systems; Metrology Projects; Commercialization Efforts

Registration at 5th EWOFS'2013 website will be available until November 2013, and will be announced in a future mailing



The 5th EWOFS'2013 will be hosted by four star Qubus Kraków Hotel located in a quiet part of Krakow, next to Vistula River and near the historic district of Krakow, Kazimierz, 20 minutes walk to the heart of historic Centre of Krakow. All scientific sessions, meals, accommodation will be held in the Qubus Kraków Hotel.

Qubus is a colossal modern hotel that opened its doors in July 2006. It has brought a much-needed dose of investment to a rather neglected part of old Cracow. Indeed, it already looks like things are turning around as some luxury flats are going up nearby, whilst the popular Galeria Kazimierz mall is a short walk away. Qubus boasts a fantastic view over the river and the Kazimerz district, and guests are offered a complimentary boat-ride. More aquatic entertainment can be enjoyed in the swimming pool and jacuzzi, whilst businessmen can make use of the above par conference facilities. A staggering 194 rooms are available - all air-conditioned - so group bookings are very much on the cards.


A number of rooms in Qubus Kraków hotel have been blocked at the preferential rates for single and double occupancy. Several budget hotels located close to the workshop venue at the walking distance or within easy reach with public transport system will be offered. Hotel reservation access will be available at a later stage at www.5ewofs.eu



Kraków – a pearl of Polish art and cultural heritage, a great scientific centre and – in the same time – a modern, dynamically growing city, invites international mathematical community to take part in the 6th European Workshop of Mathematics on 2–7th July 2012. The Jagiellonian University, the oldest one in Poland established in 1364 and the Polish Mathematical Society founded in Kraków more than 90 years ago, co-organizers of the Workshop, would like to welcome cordially all of you. A unique intellectual atmosphere, historical tradition, the beauty of the old architecture, combined with the strong scientific basis formed by numerous university level schools and research institutes.

Kraków, the capital of Poland between the 11th and the 16th century, is full of great historical and architectural monuments. Places of particular importance for the city include: the Wawel Castlel, the St Stanislaus Church at Skałka – the death place of Stanislaus, the Bishop of Kraków and one of Poland's major patrons, where the Crypt of the Distinguished (including Czesław Miłosz, the Nobel Prize in Literature winner) is also located. You should definitely see the Altarpiece of Veit Stoss located in the St Mary's Basilica, as well as the famous Pope's Window from which Pope John Paul II talked to people who would gather in front of the Palace of Bishops. Particularly noteworthy are also the Main Market Square (the largest medieval town square in Europe), the Kościuszko Mound, the Błonia Park, Kazimierz (historical district of Kraków known for being home to a Jewish community), and the city's historical fortifications.

Kraków is also famous for a number of great museums. Particularly worth visiting are the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum in Szołayski House; the newly-opened Basement Museum situated in the Main Market Square, a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków; the Museum of Urban Engineering in Kraków; and the Oskar Schindler's Factory which showcases the tragic history of the Jewish nation during the first half of the 20th century.

Among others, Kraków is famous for being a student city. As many as around 120,000 young people study here at a number of universities. The latter include the Jagiellonian University (for details see other tabs), the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (the oldest artistic university in Poland), and the country's leading technical universities – the AGH University of Science and Technology and the Tadeusz Kościuszki University of Technology. Many also come to Kraków to study at the Pontifical University of John Paul II, the Kraków University of Economics, the Pedagogical University of Kraków, and the Agricultural University of Kraków, among others.

Kraków is the cultural capital of Poland and anybody will find something interesting for themselves here. Apart from great concerts organised at the city's Opera House and Philharmonic, a number of summer festivals are held here. From among the latter, particularly noteworthy are the Kraków Opera Summer Festival (www.opera.krakow.pl/), the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków (http://www.jewishfestival.pl/), and the Selector Festival devoted to the best contemporary music and multimedia.



650 €
regular fee (1st February –31st March 2013)
350 €
accompanying person ticket** (up to 31st March 2013)
550 €
registration in advance (up to 31st January 2013)
520 €
regular fee for student* who is the first author (1st February –31st March 2013)
720 €
late registration fee (1st April -15th May 2013)
580 €
late registration fee for student* who is the first author (1st April -15th May 2013)
390 €
late accompanying person ticket** (1st April -15th May 2013)
750 €
on-site registration

* a certificate of the student status is required during the registration
** the payment for an accompanying person should be made together with payment for the participant

entrance to all scientific sessions given in a programe
abstract book with removable pages
conference proceedings on a memory stick in a special form (our surprise)
welcome reception,
5 coffee breaks,
3 lunches,
WIELICZKA salt mine tour with a barbecue party under the ground,
Gala dinner in the district of KAZIMIERZ where past and future meet
Government taxes (VAT)

welcome reception,
5 coffee breaks,
3 lunches,
WIELICZKA salt mine tour with a barbecue party under the ground,
Gala dinner in the district of KAZIMIERZ where past and future meet
Government taxes (VAT)


Here are the important deadlines. The 5th EWOFS'2013 website will be systematically updated as soon as any information becomes available.

31st January 2013 Early bird registration with reduced workshop fee of 550 Euro is closed
24th February 2013 Dead-line for full paper submission (4-pages WORD)
10th March 2013 Authors notification about final paper acceptance
31st March 2013 Reduced rate for accommodation
  Dead-line for regular fee payment
  Dead-line for accompanying person ticket
10th April 2013 Dead-line for A5 poster submission (PDF to A5 abstract book)
15th May 2013 Dead-line for late all-payment in-line



5th EWOFS'2013 offers a variety of partnership opportunities suitable for small as well as large organizations. Partners of 5th EWOFS'2013 will gain visibility for their Companies, demonstrate their support of research and development, and contribute to the success of the workshop. Further information are given at www.5ewos.eu



Social and cultural programmes, promoting informal contacts between workshop participants and contact with rich cultural heritage of Krakow will be important components of the workshop activities. Welcome reception and conference dinner are planned.
A special program for accompanying persons will be arranged.

Prof. Leszek R. Jaroszewicz, PhD, D.Sc., Eng, Fellow of SPIE
Director of the Institute of Technical Physics
New Technologies and Chemistry Faculty
Military University of Technology
ul. Gen. Sylwestra Kaliskiego 2
00-908 Warsaw, Poland
fax: +48 22 683 9317
e-mail: jarosz@wat.edu.pl, leszek@jaroszewicz.com
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