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Invitation to IFIP96 - 14th World Computer Congress

Tom Worthington

From Tom Worthington, President of the Australian Computer Society

SEE: Daily news and photo library from the 14th World Computer Congress

Canberra in September 1996 will be the venue for three outstanding information technology conferences:

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These three specialised world conferences make up the 14th World Computer Congress (IFIP96) to be held from 2-6 September 1996 and hosted by the Australian Computer Society.

The conferences will share a common venue, technical exhibition and social events. Delegates to each conference will be able to break out of the specialised program of their own conference and take part in the activities of the other two.

These conferences are addressing some of the most important issues in computing and telecommunications of today. You can hear and meet with some of the leading experts in the world in these fields.

The congress also features exciting workshops (including one by me on Internet). These give you the opportunity to interact with some of the leading practitioners in the world on a range of leading-edge topics.

IT Tools Logo 1996 World Conference on Advanced IT Tools, focuses on the latest developments in multimedia, information highways and intelligent systems. Innovative applications in the public sector is one theme of this conference. Canberra, as the national capital, is a fertile forum for advanced applications in this field.

Mobile Logo 1996 World Conference Mobile Communications, looks at the growing area of mobile computer systems and applications. Issues of authentication and security will be a special emphasis in this conference.

Teleteaching96 Logo 1996 World Conference Teleteaching 96, beaks out of the traditional conference presentation mode, with international collaboration via live multimedia presentations on the Internet. The conference will feature its own Internet rock radio station, an global discussion on Internet "nasties", demonstrations of the "Virtual University".

Canberra is the seat of national government in Australia, is a unique and beautiful city, with a diversity of attractions and also my home. The social events organised for the Congress will allow you to see some of Canberra's many cultural attractions. You can join a private tour of the National Gallery of Australia, with its collection of Aboriginal art and the National Science and Technology Centre, or fly above in a hot air balloon.

For the overseas visitor, there are optional pre and post conference tours, to give you a chance to see more of Australia. If you are coming to Australia for the Congress then please take the opportunity to see some of the sights: the Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House, Ayres Rock, the Great Barrier Reef.

If you use the Internet, after looking at the conference details you might like to join me in an on-line tour of Australia's people and culture. Members of the Australian Computer Society, government, industry and academia, along with many others, have compiled on-line details of Australia.

The IFIP Congress, held every two years, is the flagship event of the International Federation for Information Processing. For you and your family, IFIP96 could be the trip of a lifetime.

Tom Worthington MACS
President of the Australian Computer Society

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