Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Seoul and to the 2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, and Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detectors workshop. The 2013 Conference will be held, for the 1st time in Asia-Pacific region, in the beautiful and historical city of Seoul, Korea, from October 27th – November 2nd, 2013 at the spacious and modern COEX convention center.

The conference center is located in the south part of the city, with easy access to the airport, and within walking distance of a variety of other hotels in many categories. It is conveniently linked to the city center, the historical museums and the ancient palaces by walk or by public transport. The hotels are a short walk from a collection of restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and other options in the Downtown city area.

Our theme for 2013 is “Beyond Imagination of Future Science” and the Organizing Committee is planning a meeting of high scientific level that will include both oral and poster presentations and refresher courses on important topics. A commercial exhibition that will showcase state-of-the-art products and services from a wide range of companies will be held in parallel to the scientific sessions. The exhibit space will be specifically setup to allow both the exhibitors and attendees amble space for discussions and exploration of common interests. In addition the presentation of original work, the conference also provides extensive educational opportunities via short courses and special emphasis seminars before and during the conference. The popular refresher courses will be held during the week to review current topics of special interest. As in past years, the conference will be making special efforts to obtain support grants for students to attend this important meeting and take full advantage of this unique scientific and educational opportunity. This meeting has always been a great opportunity to get together with old friends and to make new ones, to exchange ideas and share knowledge and experience in the nuclear science, medical imaging, and room-temperature semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray detector fields. This meeting expects to bring more peoples from Asia-Pacific areas to make 2013 conference very special and meaningful so that the IEEE NSS/MIC/RTSD get promoted greatly.

The City of Seoul not only provides an excellent venue for our professional meeting, but also is an ideal location for attendees to bring their families. A variety of interesting tours will be offered so attendees and their companions can experience Seoul and the surrounding region to the full. City Tours are the most convenient and comfortable way to explore cities. The major sights and attractions of big cities are presented on a single tour. Nestled around the Han River is the Korean capital Seoul, a city of old and new. With thousands years of history, it has well preserved royal palaces, historical relics, and cultural treasures, yet state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructures as well. The Seoul City Tour bus runs a course that covers major points of interest in Seoul. Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years. Seoul has developed into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political, economic, social, and cultural matters. The Han River runs through the heart of the city. The river divides the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal point for culture and history, while the southern part is well known for its business district. In Seoul you can find ancient palaces and Royal Shrines of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as modern architectures and historical places such as Seoul World Cup Stadium, 63 CITY building, Insa-dong, Itaewon, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Markets.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I encourage you to make plans now to attend the 60th exciting NSS conference of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. I look forward to welcoming you to Seoul in October 2013 for the NSS-MIC-RTSD.

Hee-Joung Kim
General Chair