This special issue is dedicated to Professors David Colton and
Rainer Kress in honor of their contribution and leadership in the
area of direct and inverse scattering theory for more then 30
years. The papers in this special issue were solicited from the
invited speakers at the International Conference on Inverse
Scattering Problems organized in honor of the 65th birthdays of
David Colton and Rainer Kress held in the seaside resort of Sestry
Levante, Italy, May 8-10, 2008.
As organizers of this conference and close collaborators of Professors Colton and Kress, we are very honored to have had the opportunity to facilitate this special scientific and social event. It was a particular occasion that gathered together long term colleagues, collaborators, former students and friends of Professors Colton and Kress. And now it gives us particular pleasure to be guest editors of this special issue of Inverse Problems and Imaging which is a collection of original research papers in the area of scattering theory and inverse problems. Much of the work presented here has been directly or indirectly influenced by these two scientists, offering the reader a glimpse of their significant impact in this research area.
We would like to thank all of those who have contributed a paper for this special issue. A special thanks goes to the Editor in Chief of Inverse Problems and Imaging, Lassi Päivärinta, for supporting and facilitating this publication. We would also like to thank all the participants of the Sestri Levante Conference who made such a successful, stimulating and pleasant event possible. Last (but definitely not least!) we would like to thank the sponsors of the conference: the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development of the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the University of Genova, the University of Verona, the Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica - Gruppo Nazionale di Calcolo Scientifico, the University of Göttingen, the University of Delaware and INRIA Center of Saclay Ile de France.