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Research Conference 1998


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The 9th School of Computer Science & Software Engineering Research Conference

Conference details

Dates: 21-22 September 1998

Venue: Mandurah Gates Resort

Keynote speaker: Dr Roger Duke, Reader, School of Information Technology, University of Queensland and Dr Ben Robbins, Research Scientist, Systems Intellect

Draft papers: 28 August

Final papers: 4 September

Conference committee: Cara MacNish, Andrew Czarn, Paul Taylor.

Conference proceedings

View the conference proceedings.


This year's conference will be held at the Mandurah Gates Resort, 110 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah. This is just north of the Mandurah City Centre and Estuary on the old Mandurah road (just after Stewart St. on the right as you head into Mandurah), and is about 60 mins drive from the University of Western Australia.

For relaxing after a mentally invigorating day of talks the resort offers a swimming pool, heated spa, sauna, mini-golf, half-sized tennis court, volley ball, and games room. The beach is about 100m walk, and there is a licensed bar and restaurant.


Accommodation is in two bedroom self-contained apartments which include a sitting area, kitchen facilities, private bathrooms, TV, and reverse cycle air conditioning.

The basic unit contains one double bed and two single beds. An additional moveable bed can be added to each room to sleep up to five people.

Conference banquet

The Conference Banquet will take place at the Tai Wah Chinese Restaurant at 125 Mandurah Terrace, just across the road from the resort.

Calls for papers and presentations

In the past there has been some confusion about what is expected of students at various stages of their studies. This is clarified below. Following discussions earlier in the year the scope of the conference will also be broadened this year to invite contributions from staff and other interested participants, as well as participants from other Perth universities.


[Full-time PhD students within their first 3 years, part-time PhD students within their first 4 years, MSc students within their first 2 years.]

You are expected to submit a paper related to your work for inclusion in the proceedings, and to present a talk on the work at the conference. For those in their first year this might simply be a survey of the state of the art in your chosen field, and a discussion of problems you plan to address. For those in later years it is likely to include more of your own contributions, and might be used as a practice paper for a conference or journal. If you'd like to discuss further what is expected please see your supervisor or one of the organisers.

Finishing Postgraduates

[Postgraduates outside the above categories.]

You are strongly encouraged to give a talk on your work, but since it is recognised that you may be finishing off and writing up according to fairly tight deadlines, a single abstract page may optionally be submitted in place of a written paper. The page should contain title, author(s) and abstract (title and authors centred and abstract in a centred block flush left and right as it would appear on the front of a paper).

Staff, Visitors, Research Fellows, etc

You are invited to give a talk on a subject of interest, and submit either an abstract page (see above) or a paper for the proceedings. These may be technical research talks, or talks on topics of broader interest (eg. the future of computer science, etc).

Honours Students

If you have some work that you would like to showcase you are welcome to submit a paper. But otherwise (since it is understood you may be busy writing dissertations by then), you are invited to just come along, observe, question, discuss, and have fun!

Information for speakers

It is anticipated that each speaker will be allocated 30 minutes. The talks themselves should be 20 to 25 minutes in length, leaving 5 to 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Facilities available will include an overhead projector and computer projector. Please contact one of the organisers if you require any special equipment.

Information for authors

Papers should be prepared in single column format (right and left justified) using 10pt roman font. This is the default for LaTeX article class. Page numbers should not be included, but rather printed lightly in pencil on the back of the pages.

A sample LaTeX file that can be used as a template can be found here. For those using Gatesware, please view either the dvi output or the postscript output from the sample file and attempt to match it as closely as possible.

Further guidelines for preparing your camera-ready copy can be found in the Instructions for Authors.

Deadlines for papers and abstracts

The deadlines for papers submitted to the conference are as follows:

  1. Draft papers should be submitted to SUPERVISORS by FRIDAY 28th AUGUST
  2. Final papers and abstracts should be submitted to me or Andrew by FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER

These deadlines are necessary in order to allow time for reviewing, collating and printing the proceedings before the event.

Note that even if your draft paper is not complete on the 28th August you should still submit what you have so far to your supervisor at this time.


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