1997 Events archive

May 1st

First Newsletter

The first in a series of numbered newsletters was produced in May and distributed to 619 Queensland Section members. The newspaper editors were Andrew West and Dr. A M Khambadkone. In its columns the newsletter illustrates the wealth of activities and events the section membership engaged in during 1996 and 1997.

The 1997 newsletter was distributed by post because personal e-mail addresses were relatively rare at the time, and it was required that the newsletter be registered with the postal authorities for this form of distribution. The postal registration number appears at the top of the first page. Delivery by post continued for several years but was eventually replaced by e-mail delivery.

A copy of the first issue of the newsletter was discovered at the University of Queensland in July 2014, 17 years after it was published.

The May 1997 newsletter is located here.

May 28th

Workshop on Personal and Wireless Communication

Organised by the Signal Processing/Communications Societies joint chapter, the workshop explored the anticipated convergence of computers and telephony over the 13 years from 1997 to 2010. The workshop was presented by IEEE Communications Society 1997 Distinguished Lecturer Professor David Goodman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. The workshop was held at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

1997 was the year in which the term 'mobile commerce' was coined, meaning the delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand, anywhere, via wireless technology. Mobile commerce services commenced delivery in 1997, when the first two mobile-phone-enabled Coca Cola vending machines were installed in Helsinki, Finland. The machines accepted payment via SMS text messages. In 1997 the first mobile-phone-based banking service was launched in Finland, also using SMS (source: Wikipedia).

A profile of Professor Goodman is available here.

The workshop announcement is available here.

July 9th

Experiments with Rocket-triggered Lightning

This seminar was presented by Professor Mat Darveniza, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. The seminar was co-hosted by Engineers Australia Queensland Division and was held at Engineering House, 447 Upper Edward Street, Brisbane.

December 2nd-4th


TENCON '97, an IEEE Region 10 annual conference, was held at the University of Technology, Brisbane. The theme of the conference was Speech and Image Technologies for Computing and Telecommunications. Professor Miles Moody, Queensland University of Technology, was General Chair of TENCON ’97. Other IEEE Queensland Section members featured prominently on the organising committee and over 200 papers were presented at the three-day event.

Social activities included a civic reception given by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Jim Soorley, for delegates and their partners. A bus trip to the Gold Coast was followed by dinner and entertainment at the Nara Sea World Resort, attended by the Mayor of the Gold Coast, Councillor Gary Baildon. The function was heavily subsidised by the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast Mayor.

The formal Conference Dinner was held in the function rooms of Parliament House adjacent to the Queensland University of Technology. The Queensland Government was represented by The Honourable Santo Santoro, Minister for Training and Industrial Relations.

The TENCON '97 conference proceedings are located here.

Last modified: 7 November, 2014