I went to the Measurement Science Conference as I have stated previously. It was a good to see people who I haven’t seen in awhile, and to participate in some of the meetings. I also like that the MSC has returned to the Disneyland Hotel. Not to say that it was bad at Pasadena, but as my wife came with me, it was better for her to have something to do during the day. In the evenings, I did go to Disneyland. The rooms at the hotel have much improved over the previous time the MSC was held there.
I did spend a lot of time in the exhibitors area, clearly since ITS9 was held in conjunction with the MSC, there was significantly more exhibitors whose products were temperature related.
I had considered getting a booth for LearningMeasure.com at the conference, but the cost clearly was too high for the business it would likely bring in. I really don’t see the utility for spending something like $2500 for a booth, $100 for each electrical outlet, and then you have to rent tables, chairs, internet connections, not to mention the travel and hotel costs. I doubt that any of the exhibitors have a hope of getting back what they spend in increased business from the conference between conferences. Perhaps its main utility as a reward for the employees of each company, with some small possibility of a slight return.
The conference had a lot of talks from high school students which I think was a good thing for them. It is good to try to inspire the next generation. I think those involved with the Metrology Ambassador program are doing a great job there.
I enjoyed most of the talks that I attended, but the one I enjoyed the most was the talk on the upcoming changes to the SI units. As usual it was difficult to decide which talks to attend, as more often than not there were two talks I was interested in attending at the same time.
I was surprised to see a talk on systems engineering and some of the presenters saying they came from a systems engineering background. I have been considering adding basic systems engineering courses to the LearningMeasure.com course catalog. In particular I think both measurement and uncertainty analysis are important topics in systems engineering, and the design of new measurement capability could benefit from the discipline of systems engineering. One of the reasons I went to the conference is to get some feedback that I could use to plan what courses to develop.
Overall it was a good experience. I will probably attend the next one, although I don’t think it is particularly good for business, other than possibly a source of inspiration.