In addition to the wonderful food, the participants enjoyed four keynote lectures by authorities in the field from different technical and geographic areas. These lectures were given by J. V. Beck (Heat Transfer/USA), Bill Rundell (Mathematics/USA), Shiro Kubo (Mechanics/Japan), and O. M. Alifanov (Heat Transfer/Russia). Particularly enjoyable was the lecture delivered by Bill Rundell on the second day of the conference.
Preliminary proceedings were distributed at the conference, but bound formal proceedings will be prepared by the Engineering Foundataion. As some of the papers required further review before publication, these proceedings may not be available until the end of the year. By the way, all of the keynote lectures should be available in the final proceedings.
The conference was beautifully organized under the direction of the conference chairman, Didier Delaunay of ISITEM (University of Nantes). He and his many assistants (especially Ms. Isabelle Mace', the conference secretary) are due a large debt of gratitude.
Plans are already beginning for the 3rd International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering (3icipe), which is tentatively scheduled for June, 1999. Keith Woodbury (USA) will be the conference chairman, and co-chair support will be provided by Marc Bonnet (FRANCE), Yvon Jarny (FRANCE), and Shiro Kubo (JAPAN).
The area of inverse problems is thriving in many countries. There are plans to have national conferences in the USA and France in 1997 and Japan has an active large committee. Russia is planning an International meeting in Moscow, possibly for 1997. Mathematics societies are having meetings on this topic. Other countries, societies and groups regularly have sessions on inverse problems. The area is growing in size and importance.