History of the Inverse Conferences in Engineering
About 1986, Prof. James V. Beck was contacted by Dr. Sergei Rumyantsev, Prof. Oleg Alifanov’s colleague, for a possible sabbatical leave at Michigan State University (MSU). Since Sergei was a mathematician, Dr. Beck thought that it might not benefit him in to be his mechanical engineering department. He did spend a year at a Maryland or Delaware university. At the end of that year, Dr. Sergei Rumyantsev wanted to give a lecture at MSU on Alifanov’s method for solution of the inverse heat conduction problems (IHCPs). Because of that, Dr. Beck wanted his students also to give talks. Then he wanted to expand it to other universities including Purdue University. Dr. Ray Taylor of TPRC, Purdue, came; afterward Ray wanted to know if they were going to have another one. Dr. Beck said that they would. This was the beginning (1988) of IPS (Inverse Problem Symposium) meetings at Michigan State University which has continued with both national and international components. Without the involvement of some Russians, Ray Taylor and others, the IPS conferences might not have happened. These informal two-days meetings continue today to attract scholars from around the world to universities around the USA.
In 1993 Prof. Jim Beck and Prof. Jean-Pierre Bardon instigated a meeting at ISITEM (Institut des Sciences de I´Ingénieur en Thermique-Energétique et Matériaux) within the University of Nantes, France, which resulted in the creation of the International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering (ICIPE). The first international conference was held at Palma Coast, Florida, USA, in 1993, and after that, it is held every three years. Nicholas Zabaras broadened the scope of the first ICIPE conference, especially into the field of solid mechanics.
The primary objective of the ICIPE conferences is to bring together researchers and PhD students in sciences and engineering to present their research and achievements in inverse problems and to create the opportunity for discussion and exchange of an experience and knowledge both in theory and applications. But also start new international scientific cooperation.
Both the Scientific Committee Members and the Participants come from many countries all over the world: USA, Brazil, Russia, Poland, France, Japan, Italy among others.