The Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics 2011 (TIPP 2011) conference is the second in the new series of international conferences in the field of particle physics sponsored by IUPAP. The program focuses on all areas of detector development and instrumentation in particle physics, astro-particle physics and closely related fields.

Here is a rough general guideline: for the existing experiments/projects (running, under construction, or in the plan, or large R&D projects), we are soliciting two types of talks. One type is the overview talk (~25+5 min) for each experiment/project, the other type is more elaborate/focused/short talks on sub-detectors (15+5 mins).  For individual smaller scale (R&D) work, one abstract/talk should be good enough (length somewhat flexible, typically short). 

The areas covered by the parallel tracks are categorized as follows:
Experimental detector systems
Gaseous detectors
Semiconductor detectors
Particle identification
Photon detectors
Dark Matter Detectors
Neutrino Detectors
Astrophysics and space instrumentation
Front-end electronics
Trigger and data acquisition systems
Machine Detector Interface and beam instrumentation
Instrumentation for medical, biological and materials research

Since this is a science driven cross-disciplinary conference on Technology and Instrumentation, the overview talks from each experiment should not be the usual "beauty contest" type of presentations shown at typical physics or hardware conferences. The overview talk for a given experiment should start from science motivations, then focus on the challenges in technology and instrumentation, and how the experiment/project overcame the challenges, the experience of designing and building such systems and lessons learned. What would especially be good to hear is not only what the challenges were, but what challenges they are still struggling to overcome! This conference is not for polished talks about all that is beautiful and works well. We'd like to hear what the limitations are of the current experiments and how it limits the science and focus on ideas on how to break these barriers. The overview talks could reference/advertise the shorter (more focused) talks from the same experiment. One could think of the overview talks as "mini-plenary" talks (one per experiment/project). In some cases, especially large sub-detectors, it is also possible to consider an overview talk (with a few abstracts on the details). 

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