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Computer Laboratory: EDSAC 99

15-16 APRIL 1999

On 6 May 1949 the EDSAC, the first full-scale electronic, stored program, digital computer, came into operation in Cambridge, built by Maurice Wilkes and his team. In EDSAC 99 the Computer Laboratory is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of this historic event, with a two-day programme including talks, historic exhibits, displays on the Computing Service, demonstrations of current research, and a dinner. The programme of talks is as follows:

Thursday, 15 April, 2 p.m. - 5.45 p.m.

Robin Milner: Introduction: a new discipline
Maurice Wilkes: EDSAC 1: getting it all going
David Wheeler: EDSAC 2
Lab Engineers: Incidents and anecdotes
Roger Needham: The Titan years
David Hartley: Serving the University

Friday, 16 April, 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Andy Hopper: Rings and things
Michael Gordon: Proving computers correct
Frank King: Teaching it straight
Stewart Lang: Displaying dimensions
John Daugman: Eyeing the use
Ian Leslie: What about the future?
Karen Sparck Jones: Conclusion: getting there

Admission will be by ticket only, and there will be a charge for the dinner (15 April). To register and for further information contact EDSAC 99 at the Computer Laboratory (e-mail edsac99@cl.cam.ac.uk, fax 01223 334678, tel. 01223 334600). Fuller details will appear on the Laboratory's Web page: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 17 February 1999
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