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Dear CPEM Attendees,

On behalf of the NCSLI/CPEM 2020 Organizing Committee, I sincerely wish that you and your family are doing well in this uncertain period. The COVID-19 pandemic will continue in the coming months to disrupt our personal life, work environment, and travel abilities. Many of you have expressed concerns about travel restrictions and the impossibility to attend the conference in person. To circumvent this issue, we are adding a virtual module to complement the NCSLI/CPEM 2020 in-person conference. Virtual sessions will be arranged by topic and each presentation will consist of a pre-recorded video uploaded by registered authors. A text-based discussion forum will be available on the platform for questions and answers. All registered attendees will have access to the full virtual conference content for an extended period, during and after the conference.

Every accepted CPEM summary paper can be presented in the virtual conference and must be presented to be eligible for publication in the conference digest and IEEExplore. Presenters must register prior to uploading their presentation on the virtual conference module. The deadline for participant to register has been extended to July 15, 2020. Details about recording options and uploading instructions will be published soon on our conference website (www.ncsli.org/aws). At this time, we encourage all presenters to prepare their extended paper for publication in the CPEM 2020 special issue of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. In addition to the virtual presentation, attendees may request to present their paper in person at the conference venue (either oral or poster). Please contact the CPEM technical chair by email (callforpapersCPEM@icpem.org) to be added to the in-person conference program.

The registration fee for the virtual module is $350 USD. We hope that this price will make the conference attractive to all institutions and companies, and perhaps extend the participant base beyond the traditional CPEM attendees.

The in-person meeting at the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center remains scheduled for August 24 to August 28, 2020. The NIST-Boulder laboratory tours and CPEM satellite meetings are cancelled. In case the local authorities in Colorado do not permit large gatherings at the time of the conference, NCSLI/CPEM 2020 will take place entirely on the virtual platform.

We would like to thank every author for the quality of the summary papers submitted. We are looking forward to sharing exciting results in a new way through the virtual CPEM 2020 module. Hopefully we will be able to meet all the CPEM community in person and without restrictions during CPEM 2022 in New Zealand.

Alain Rufenacht (NIST),
CPEM 2020 Conference Chair