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International Conference on the History of Computing

Paderborn (Germany)

August 14 - 16, 1998


The International Conference on the History of Computing (ICHC'98) will be held at the HNF Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn (Germany) from Friday, August 14, to Sunday, August 16, 1998. ICHC'98 is sponsored by the DFG, the HNF, and the Konrad-Zuse-Gesellschaft. The Conference will take place on the weekend prior to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin (ICM'98) and is a satellite conference to this event.

The HNF (www.hnf.de) exhibition currently covers an area of 6.000 square metres and presents the world of information processing from antiquity to the present age. HNF combines the historical dimension of a museum with a forum that will provide a platform for discussion of technological and social change and the role of the individual in modern information society.


In recent years we have witnessed a renewed interest in exploring the roots of modern computer technology. Machines like Zuse's Z1 and Z3, Atanasoff's ABC, the Colossus at Bletchley Park and the University of Manchester's Mark I, have been or are in the process of being reconstructed.

The ENIAC has been simulated and implemented on a chip. Other early computers are being reactivated and can execute programs again. We can now attempt to draw a useful comparison of the architectures of the world's first computers.

ICHC'98 is a platform for experts involved in this research. We want to discuss not just the cultural and scientific environment which led to the construction of these computing machines, but we also want to explore their actual design and internal works.

The papers selected by the program committee will be discussed in five different sections. We will have invited papers dealing with the architecture and reconstruction of the oldest computers. The following researchers have already accepted our invitation to take part:

I. Bernard Cohen Harvard University (Aiken and the Mark I)
John Gustafson University of Iowa (ABC)
Tom Kilburn University of Manchester (Manchester Mark I)
Chris Burton BCS Computer Conservation Society (Manchester 'Baby')
Raul Rojas Freie Universitaet Berlin (Zuse Z1, Z3)
Anthony Sale Bletchley Park Museum (Colossus)
Jan Van Der Spiegel University of Pennsylvania (ENIAC-on-a-chip)
Michael Williams University of Calgary (The first computers)

We invite papers that relate directly to the history of computing and the following topics:

- Architecture of early computers

- Programming early computers

- Simulation, reconstruction and reactivation of early computers

- The first commercial computers

- The origins of abstract models of computation


Authors should submit three copies of an extended abstract to:

Prof. Dr. Raul Rojas ICHC'98
Freie Universitaet Berlin
Takustr. 9
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: 49/30/83875100 FAX: 49/30/83875109

Abstracts must be RECEIVED by APRIL 15, 1998. This deadline is firm.

More details about the conference are available from the web site


which will also be used to provide other program-related information. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or before Friday, May 31, 1998. Papers ready for printing will be due by June 30, 1998.

For further information about the location of the conference and the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum please contact

Ulf Hashagen
Chief Curator Department II (Calculating Machines, Computers, Mathematics)
HNF Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Fuerstenallee 7
D-33102 Paderborn, Germany
Tel.: 49/5251/306990 FAX: 49/5251/306989
ICHC@hnf.de (or: uhashagen@hnf.de)


The extended abstract (2-3 pages) should include enough details about the work to be presented at the conference. A full paper (limited to less than 20 pages) can be sent by those individuals who have already written one.

A cover letter specifying the contact author and his or her e-mail address should accompany the abstract.


At the discretion of the program committee, the program may consist of both long and short talks, corresponding to longer and shorter papers. We can also arrange for you to show your simulation of historical machines on a PC.


Margret Amedick (Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn)
Ulf Hashagen (Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn)
Raul Rojas (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Goetz Widiger (Freie Universitaet Berlin)


William Aspray (Computer Research Association Washington D.C.)
Friedrich L. Bauer (Technische Universitaet Munich)
Martin Campbell-Kelly (University of Warwick)
Paul Ceruzzi (Smithsonian Institution Washington D.C.)
I. Bernard Cohen (Harvard University)
John Gustafson (Iowa State University)
Ulf Hashagen (Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn)
Reinhard Keil-Slawik (Universitaet Paderborn)
Tom Kilburn (University of Manchester)
J.A.N. Lee (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg)
N. Joachim Lehmann (Technische Universitaet Dresden)
Hartmut Petzold (Deutsches Museum Munich)
Brian Randell (University of Newcastle)
Raul Rojas (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Anthony Sale (Bletchley Park Museum)
Robert W. Seidel (Charles Babbage Institute)
Jan van der Spiegel (University of Pennsylvania)
Roland Vollmar (Technische Universitaet Karlsruhe)
Michael Williams (University of Calgary)
Horst Zuse (Technische Universität Berlin)

Quelle = Email <H-Soz-u-Kult>

From: Raul Rojas <rojas@inf.fu-berlin.de>
Subject: CFP: History of Computing, Paderborn, 14.-16.8.98
Date: 05.02.1998

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