PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium, also known as Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium
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Considering the COVID-19 situations in the world, authors can choose onsite or online(web) presentation method during the On-Line-Submission process of this hybrid PIERS. Different presentation time has been allocated for onsite talk (15 mins) and online talk (10 mins). The registration fees are different for onsite and online participants. Authors are strongly advised to pay attentation to this change before abstract submission and registration.

1 PIERS Subcommittees and Topics

PIERS: PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium, also known as Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, provides an international forum for reporting progress and recent advances in the scientific theories and experiments and the technologies of electromagnetics and photonics.

PIERS scope include electromagnetic theory, quantum electromagnetics, optics, photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, antennas, microwaves, computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, scattering, random media, remote sensing, radars, radiometry, imaging, radiative transfer, inverse problems, machine learning, quantum optics, material effects, acoustics, and all other modern developments.

Five Subcommittees with 59 topics have been formed since 2013, however, the topics are not limited to these areas.

2 Focus Sessions

In PIERS 2021 Hangzhou, a dozen of Focus Sessions will be planned. Each focus Session should be focused on a specific hot topic that must be timely and reflect the future trends or the latest scientific advances in the area. The leadership of the conference will select the topics of focus sessions and the responsible organizers. The organizers may adjust the title of the focus session to make it e.g. more specific/focused and should make the best effort to ensure the high quality of the session by inviting high-profile keynote speakers (30 min for each; 0-2 keynote speakers for each focus session) and excellent invited speakers (20 min for each), etc. Some contributed oral talks (15 min each) are encouraged, however, quality must be very well controlled by the organizers with a typical acceptance ratio of less than 50%. Each focus session will last for a half-day (with a coffee break) or a full-day (with a lunch break and two coffee breaks).

Please visit the list of confirmed focus & special session at this page.

3 Keynote Speakers

High-profile Keynote speakers need to be approved by the PIERS Conference Quality Committee in advance. Before the session organizers send out the invitation to the keynote speaker, please email the name and web link of the keynote speaker to PIERS OFFICE for approval in advance. The list of confirmed keynote speakers will be highlighted on this website.

4 Young Scientist Program

Best Student Paper Award 2021

To encourage more students to present their good research results in PIERS, Best Student Papers will be awarded after their presentations in each PIERS. Three Prize Winners (First, Second, and Third Prizes) and 1-2 Honorable Mentions will be selected for each category (SC1 to SC5) by the PIERS Young Scientist Program Committee. Each winner will receive a cash award and a banquet ticket to attend the Award Ceremony.

A student competing for best student paper award must be listed as the first author as well as the presenting author of a paper submitted for ORAL presentation. A full-length paper is required for the evaluation of the technical quality. The full-length paper should be submitted by the full-length paper submission deadline and registered by the pre-registration deadline. The final score is 50%*(paper review score) + 50%*(presentation score).

Young Scientist Award 2021

The Young Scientist Award (YSA) provides a more general young scientist program in comparison with the BSPA. To qualify applications for the YSA, the applicant must have PhD degree in science/engineering and under 40 years of age by the conference date. The applicant must be listed as the first author as well as the presenting author of a paper submitted for oral presentation. A curriculum vitae with publication list must be submitted together with the abstract. A full-length paper of 5-10 pages should be submitted by the full-length paper submission deadline and registered by the pre-registration deadline. Awardees will be selected after peer-review of the applications by the PIERS Young Scientist Program Committee.

The BPSA/YSA full papers are to be reviewed only by the judges. After the conference, authors can choose to publish or not to publish their papers in PIERS Proceedings on IEEE Xplore.

Best Session Organizer Award 2021

The Best Session Organizer Award (BSOA) has been established to reward session organizers for their outstanding contributions and services to each PIERS since 2021. One or two best sessions per subcommittee will be selected at this PIERS 2021 in Hangzhou. All organized sessions will be evaluated by the PIERS Award Committee together with Chairs of the five subcommittees (SC1-5) according to the number of registered and quality-controlled invited talks in the final program. During the evaluation process, the balance in the number of best sessions among different subcommittees will be taken into account. All the best sessions will be announced at the Award Ceremony during the Banquet, and the organizers of each best session will receive a certificate together with a cash award. They will also receive 1-2 free banquet tickets to attend the Award Ceremony.

5 Abstract Submission Deadline - 20 June, 2021

Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract in English with at least 250 words. Full-length paper is not required for technical participation in PIERS. The abstract should explain clearly the content and relevance of the proposed technical contribution. On a separate page, please list the following information: (1) Title of the paper, (2) Name, affiliation, and email address of each author, (3) Corresponding author and Presenting author, (4) Topic or Session Organizer, if applicable, (5) State if poster presentation is preferred. Co-authors of the abstract will be informed about the paper submission. The abstract may not be posted on the PIERS review system and online program until email addresses of all co-authors are submitted.

Each contributed talk will be 15 minutes in this PIERS 2021 Hangzhou. Please visit Authors Guidelines for more detailed instructions on paper submission.

6 Full-length Paper Submission Deadline - 25 August, 2021

Author of an accepted abstract is invited (but not required) to submit a full paper of 3–10 pages. Full papers will be reviewed by session organizers and/or TPC members. Accepted and presented full papers will be included in the final PIERS proceedings after the conference. Feedback from the physical conference presentation may affect the final decision. Note that presenting author(s) must register and pay the non-refundable conference registration fee in order to present a paper at PIERS.

PIERS full papers will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore.The final PIERS proceedings will be reviewed by IEEE Societies that technically co-sponsor PIERS, including the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), for quality check before submission to IEEE Xplore for publication. IEEE GRSS can reject the paper for not meeting the quality standards and the policies on conference publications. Please visit the detailed authors guidelines for the latest PIERS sample files. The deadline for the submission of full papers is 25 August 2021.

7 Pre-registration Deadline - 20 August, 2021

All presenting authors must pay non-refundable pre-registration fee and is limited to present no more than three papers in oral and poster sessions. Only pre-registered and paid submissions before 20 August, 2021 will be scheduled in the symposium program. Inclusion of the submissions in the final Technical Program (abstracts only), and PIERS Proceedings (full-length papers only) is guaranteed only after the pre-registration of the presenting author is completed. Your pre-registration will be valid only provided the payment is received timely.

The pre-registration deadline is 20 August, 2021. On-site registration opportunity is for non-presenting authors only. Registration fee for your articles is non-refundable.

For this hybrid PIERS, different presentation time has been allocated for onsite talk (15 mins) and online talk (10 mins). The registration fees are different for onsite and online participants. Authors are strongly advised to pay attentation to this change before abstract submission and registration.

Registration Fee Onsite Participants Online Participants
Early Students Fee (before August 20) USD 380 / RMB 2400 USD 260 / RMB 1700
Students Fee (after August 20) USD 490 / RMB 3100 USD 340 / RMB 2200
Early Regular Fee (before August 20) USD 620 / RMB 4000 USD 430 / RMB 2800
Regular Fee (after August 20) USD 730 / RMB 4700 USD 510 / RMB 3300
Talk Limit of contributed talk 15 mins 10 mins

Please visit registration webpage for more detailed and latest instructions.

Contact us

Inquiry about paper submission, registration, and program schedule, please email to:

Usually, inquiry to PIERS OFFICE will be replied within 1-2 working days. If you cannot get reply timely, please keep trying both emails, or change another email account to contact us to avoid the unpredictable email correspondence problem between us.