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It is our great pleasure to host the 3rd IWSSD at the Tsukuba Campus of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) on Nov. 14-17, 2016. The 3rd IWSSD is sponsored by AIST and Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan (CSSJ), and supported by IEEE-Council on Superconductivity (IEEE-CSC) and European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS).Previous two workshops were successfully held at Korea Institute Standards and Science (KRISS) in Daejeon and at Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT).

The 1st IWSSD was chaired by Dr. Yong-Hamb KIM (KRISS, Korea) and Dr. Masataka OHKUBO (AIST, Japan) and held in Dajeon, Korea Dec 12-15, 2012. The 2nd IWSSD were hosted by Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the chair, Dr. Zhen WANG, SIMIT, CAS, China and vice-chair, Dr. Lixing YOU, SIMIT, CAS, China. The numbers of participants were 52 in 2012 and 74 in 2014 respectively. While the workshops were rather compact, it was a great success with high activity.

The field of superconducting sensors and detectors (SSDs) has become one of the very important topics in superconducting electronics with both of low Tc and high Tc superconductors. Some SSDs are routinely used in a wide range of places from hospitals close to our daily lives, synchrotron radiation facilities used for research and development of functional and structural materials, scientific measurements in astronomy, etc. Moreover, there are surely business markets. However, there are no specific conferences/workshops covering all of these correlated topics for superconducting sensors and detectors using low-Tc and high-Tc superconductors, although some topics appear in Applied Superconducting Conference (ASC), European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS), International Superconducting Electronics Conference (ISEC), International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors (LTD), and others. The theme of IWSSD is to exchange latest research results and information on superconducting sensors, detectors and their applications.

Another trigger to initiate IWSSD was IEC standardization in superconducting electronics. Under IEC TC90, an ad-hoc group was established in 2011 with 11 members from 6 countries to investigate the feasibility of international standards of superconducting sensors, taking into account of current and future markets. Please imagine that there are no international standards even for the devices using Josephson junction. They started to collect opinions from the community. We are currently working under the guide to IEC/IEEE cooperation. The first international standard for Superconducting electronic devices – Generic specification for sensors and detectors
will be published in 2017.

We welcome participants from all over the world.

Masataka Ohkubo, chair
Masahiro Ukibe, co-chair
on behalf of the IWSSD Committee Members and the member of CRAVITY