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Cambridge Seminar 1998

Thursday 10th December 1998


Cambridge University Engineering Department

Trumpington Street, Cambridge

The Cambridge Seminar is being organised by the Cambridge Area Committee of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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This Seminar centres upon the development of your PC, desktop or electronic terminal, as a communication tool to the world for speech, vision, mail, trading and data.  It is aimed at anyone who uses a PC or desktop terminal, whether at home or at work. Delegates will gain an overview of key applications in a single day.  Everything that is discussed is available now, or will be in the immediate future.  The speakers are leaders in their fields and are drawn from a wide range of service providers and end users.

Expert speakers from:-

Some of the topics to be covered by speakers in this one-day seminar:-


08.30 Registration and Coffee

09.15 Welcome and Introduction
David Owen, Chairman, IEE Cambridge Area Committee

09.15 Keynote Address
David Baxter, Project Director, Information Society Initiative, Department of Trade and Industry
The Government's approach to and strategy for the Information Age. Gaining competitive advantage and ensuring access for all.

09.45 Intranets
Paul Smith, Web Marketing Manager, UUNET
From basic to advanced intranets.

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Desktop Conferencing
Martin Russ, Group Leader, Audiographics Unit, BT
It's good to talk, but often you need to focus that talk on a document, some figures or a diagram.  Desktop conferencing is a simple but effective solution to some everyday business communication problems.

11.45 Knowledge Management
Matthew Whitcombe, Director, Hyperknowledge
Summary of the "Knowledge Management" market and industry, and explanation of the categories of Knowledge Management technologies and tools. Case studies will be included of how PC/Desktop technology has been used to capture and share knowledge.

12.50 Buffet Lunch

14.00 Newspapers on line to the World Wide Web
Bill Thompson, Director, On-Line Publishing
More and more media organisations have a web presence, and the information provided can be of great value to a desktop PC user. This talk will look at what is available, how to find and search online news sources, and at future prospects of agents and portals.

14.45 Home Banking
Guy French, Business Architect, Retail Delivery and Planning, Barclays Information Technology Centre
Current and future access devices and the availability of financial services in the home/work environment.

15.30 Tea

16.00 Retail Sales
John Pelling, Chief Technical Officer, Tesco Stores Ltd
Computing is playing an increasing part in the Retail Business.  Where and how may not be so obvious; and what changes are in prospect for the future?

16.45 Close of Seminar


Fee: The fee is 40, which includes registration, buffet luncheon, and morning and afternoon refreshments.
A concessionary fee of 20 is available to:-

Cheques should be made payable to "IEE".


09.15 - 16.45 on Thursday 10th December 1998
Registration and coffee 08.30 - 09.15

Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street

Parking is not available at the University Engineering Department.   However, car parking is available on the city outskirts (Madingley Road A1303), with a free bus service to and from the Seminar.  An application form is available on which you can request details of the 'Park and Ride' service.

Directions to the University Engineering Department and a map showing the locality are available on the Web.


Registration for the Seminar is on a first-come, first-served basis, by means of an application form obtainable from Dr J Porter (see below for contact details), with payment by cheque.  Please register as soon as possible and not later than 29th November.

For more information about the event please write or telephone :

Dr J Porter
2 Glebe Road
Cambs   CB1 4SZ

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