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NOBUGS 2002 conference
announcement and call for papers

November 4-6, 2002

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

NIST Press Release

NEWS, Oct 2, 2002

Schedule: The proposed schedule for the NOBUGS 2002 conference is available now that abstract submission is closed. Please take a look at it and feel free to comment to the organizers at It should be considered a work in progress at this point.

NOBUGS poster is available; please print it out and display prominently, to help us reach a wider audience.


Abstracts, Posters, Manuscripts
General Information (Accommodations, FAQ's, Contact Info)


The fourth NOBUGS conference will be held in November, 2002 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, USA.

NOBUGS 2002 provides a unique venue for developers and users of computer techniques in scientific instrumentation, especially as employed at large scale user facilities, e.g. synchrotron-radiation and neutron-scattering facilities. The conference features oral and poster presentations related to recent developments in software, techniques, and standards in the information technology areas relevant to the scientific research facilities.

The conference seeks to improve the user's scientific productivity by focusing on the interaction between the experimenter and the facilities' infrastructures, apparatus, and data.

The conference topics include, but are not limited to:

A tour of NIST and NIST Center for Neutron Research facilities will be provided, as well as the traditional conference banquet.

Gaithersburg's location near Washington DC, Annapolis and Baltimore provides easy access to tourism and entertainment opportunities for conference attendees and their accompanying persons.


The early registration deadline is August 1, 2002. We encourage everyone to register by this date, in order to take advantage of the substantial discount in the registration fee. The conference registration fee is USD 245, but early registrations made before August 1, 2002 will be charged USD 195, reflecting a discount of USD 50. The conference fee includes lunches, transportation between the hotels and NIST, the conference banquet and the Monday reception. All registrations must be received by October 21, 2002.

Online Registration Form

Due to increased security, no on-site registrations will be accepted and all attendees must be pre-registered. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus.

Request for cancellation or refund must be submitted in writing by October 21, 2002 to the registration contact:

            Teresa Vicente
            NIST,   MS 3461
            Gaithersburg MD 20899,  USA
            Telephone: (301) 975-3883
            Fax: (301) 948-2067

Abstracts, posters and manuscripts

Abstracts must be submitted for all papers for consideration by October 1, 2002. The deadline for submission of completed manuscripts is October 20, 2002, in order to allow for compiling the conference proceedings index and CDROM (see Author Guidelines for further details).

Please indicate your preference for an oral or poster session. US Government regulations require a copyright release for all submitted material. We expect both oral and poster presenters to submit manuscripts for the proceedings.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee and confirmation of acceptance will be e-mailed to the submitting author.

For detailed manuscript, poster information, and abstract submission instructions please see the Author Guidelines

General Information