The Computer Science Association
invites you to participate in
19th Australasian Computer Science Conference
31 January - 2 February 1996
Australasian Database Conference
29 - 30 January 1996
Computing: The Australasian Theory Symposium
29 - 30 January 1996
University of Melbourne and RMIT
The Computer Science Association is pleased to present ACSC'96,
ADC'96, and CATS'96, to be jointly hosted by RMIT and the University of
The aim of these conferences is to stimulate the exchange of ideas
and information among computer scientists, especially those working
in academic and research institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
The proceedings of the conferences are published by the CSA as issues
of the Australian Computer Science Communications.
ACSC'96: Nineteenth Australasian Computer Science Conference
ACSC is the premier Australasian conference for the presentation of Computer
Science research. Since the first conference in 1978 it has built a
substantial reputation as a forum for the presentation of world-class research
across the range of computer science. Invited speakers include:
In 1996 ACSC will feature a prize of $1000 awarded to the best paper
presented by a full-time student.
- Dr. Dewayne Perry (AT&T Research)
- Professor Gordon Rose (University of Queensland)
- Professor Ray Jarvis (Monash University)
ADC'96: Seventh Australasian Database Conference
ADC is the region's most important forum for the dissemination of results in
database systems theory and practice. Invited speakers include:
- Dr. Rakesh Agrawal (IBM Almaden)
- Dr. David Abel (CSIRO)
CATS'96: Computing: The Australasian Theory Symposium
CATS is the region's principal forum for research in theoretical computer
science. Invited speakers include:
- Professor Kurt Mehlhorn (Max-Plack-Institut, Saarbruecken)
- Professor Dale Miller (University of Pennsylvania)
The conferences will be held at the attractive and historic campus of
the University of Melbourne, in an inner suburb of
Melbourne city, the capital of the state of Victoria.
Melbourne is well known
for its verdant gardens, bustling business district and cultural
The city is also a gourmandes delight, with more than
1000 restaurants from over 50 cultures within a two kilometre radius
of the city centre.
January marks the middle of summer, and is usually fine and sunny.
Maximum temperatures can be expected to average about 27 degrees,
and vary between 18 and 40 degrees.
Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport has direct air links with all other
Australian capital cities, several ports in New Zealand, most major
European and Asian cities, and Hawaii and California.
The airport is thirty minutes by taxi from the University of
From the University trams run every few minutes into the city centre,
a journey of about ten minutes; shuttle buses are available from the
airport to the city centre.
We are pleased to announce that Qantas has been appointed official
airline for the conferences.
A discount of 45% off the full economy airfare applicable at the time
of ticketing has been negotiated, subject to seat availability in "V"
There are no minimum stay or other restrictions on this airfare.
Qantas will also be pleased to assist you with information about
other promotional fares that are available from time to time.
To make reservations, phone Qantas on 1 800 650 200 (or Sydney 951
4395), and quote the conference name as "1996 Computing Conferences".
You will also be asked to state the dates of the conference.
International visitors should contact Qantas in their home country;
there is, however, no discount available on international flights.
Social functions at the conferences include dinner for ACSC attendees
at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, located at the foot of St
Kilda pier on Port Philip Bay; and a joint dinner for ADC and CATS
attendees at the RACV Club, located on the top floor of a central
Welcoming receptions will be held on Sunday and Tuesday evenings; and
catered lunches will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday.
Additional tickets to the two conference dinners may be
ordered on the conference and tutorial registration form.
Melbourne and the surrounding region of southern Victoria form one of
Australia's most diverse holiday destinations.
In addition to the cultural and commercial attractions of the inner
city, there are many exciting day trips.
Destinations include the Healesville Sanctuary, which hosts
a wide range of
Australian native animals; the Yarra Valley winery district; the
Great Ocean Road; and Phillip Island, renowned for the nightly penguin parade.
The magnificence of the Great Dividing Range and the scenic splendour
of Tasmania are also both readily accessible from Melbourne.
Internet-connected X-terminals will be made available to conference
A range of computing-related books will be on display from Tuesday 30 January
to Thursday 1 February.
Up to the minute
information about the three conferences will be stored at
Budget accommodation is available at St Mary's College, adjacent to
A tariff of $38 applies for bed and breakfast, single room and shared
Accommodation charges for lodging at St Mary's must be paid in full
at the time of booking, and can be reserved through the
conference and tutorial registration form.
The neighbouring suburb of Carlton also offers many other
Several hotels/motels are available; some of these are listed below.
Participants preferring hotel/motel accommodation should make their own
arrangements directly with the establishment of their choice.
Special rates have been negotiated for delegates.
To obtain these rates you must indicate that you are attending the
1996 Computing Conferences.
- Travel Inn, Cnr Grattan and Drummond Streets, Carlton 3053
Telephone: (03) 9347-7922, Fax: (03) 9347-1424.
Discount rates from $95.00.
- The Townhouse Hotel, 701 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053
Telephone: (03) 9347-7811, Fax: (03) 9347-8225
Discount rates from $A90.00.
- Elizabeth Tower Motel, Cnr Elizabeth and Grattan Streets, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9347-9211, Fax: (03) 9347-0396
Discount rates from $A80.00.
- Country Comfort Old Melbourne Hotel, 5-17 Flemington Road, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9329-9344, Fax: (03) 9328-4870
Discount rates from $A99.00.
- Parkville Place, 124 Brunswick Road, Brunswick 3056
Telephone: (03) 9387-8477, Fax: (03) 9387-8477
Discount rates from $A65.00.
- Hotel Ibis, 15 Therry Street, Melbourne 3000
Telephone: (03) 9639-2399, Fax: (03) 9639-1988
Discount rates from $A84.00.
Registrations may be lodged using a hardcopy of the
conference and tutorial registration form
or by completing a printed conference brochure (these
will be available early November).
Student registration for any of the conferences includes admission to
all sessions for that conference, a copy of the proceedings,
a copy of the
programme handbook, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch on Tuesday 30 January
(for ADC/CATS attendees) and on Thursday 1 February (for ACSC
The Carlton and University precincts offer a wide range of lunch
venues for the other days.
In addition to these, full registration includes tickets to the
welcoming receptions and the conference dinners.
Attendees at CATS'96 and ADC'96 are welcome to attend sessions of ADC'96
and CATS'96 (respectively); they will, however, be issued with only one
proceedings, that of the conference they have registered for.
Copies of the ADC and CATS proceedings will be on sale at the
conference registration desk; and may be ordered through the
conference and tutorial registration form.
Members of the Computer Science Association are eligible for $15
discount off the full registration fees.
A list of current departmental members is available at http://www.cs.monash.edu.au/~ajh/csa/csa.html.
A late registration fee of $50 applies to registrations received after
15 December 1995.
In 1996 a programme of tutorials
will be held on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 January.
Topics offered are:
These are described in more detail on the separate tutorial information brochure.
All tutorials will be offered subject to demand; to be sure of registering
your interest in a particular tutorial please return your
conference and tutorial registration form
by December 1, 1995.
- Security in the WWW and Electronic Commerce
(Luke O'Connor, DSTC, Brisbane);
- Programming Languages for Parallel and Distributed Computing
- Information Retrieval
(Ross Wilkinson, RMIT);
- VISP: Visual and Interactive Discrete Event Modelling and Simulation
(S. Sevinc and Kamil Bagde, University of Sydney);
- Text Compression
(Tim Bell and Ian Witten, University of Canterbury and
University of Waikato, New Zealand);
- Persistent Programming Systems: The Future of Databases?
(Ron Morrison and
Richard Connor, University of St Andrews, Scotland);
- Image Compression
(Ian Witten and Tim Bell, University of Waikato and
University of Canterbury, New Zealand); and
- Real-time Computing: Motivation, Implementation and Applications
(Jane You and
Weiping Zhu, Griffith University and University of South Australia).
Tutorial fees are $140 for full registration,
$120 for CSA-member registration, and $60 for student registration.
Enrolment in second and subsequent tutorials is
$100 per registration (full or member) and $50 per registration (student).
Demand for tutorials has been sufficiently weak that the only one
that will be offered is Information
Retrieval. All of the other tutorials have been cancelled,
and those who registered for them will be given a full refund.
The conference satchels will be cheap and nasty - shoddy scraps of
plastic only slightly better than supermarket bags.
We encourage attendees to recycle by bringing satchels from previous
computer science conferences, and will award prizes to the best
satchels we see.
Criteria for an award-winning satchel include age, colour (the more
eye-catching the better), and eccentricity.
of the week is available here;
detailed paper schedules and links to abstracts are also available:
The meeting is currently sponsored by:
The Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute are providing
the best student paper prize.
- Collaborative Information Technology Research Institute;
- Cooperative Research Centre for Intelligent Decision Systems;
- Key Centre for Knowledge-Based Systems;
- Open Software Associates;
- RMIT; and
- The University of Melbourne.
Department of Computer Science, RMIT
Department of Computer Science, University of Melbourne.
ACSC'96 Programme Committee Chair
Professor Ramamohanarao Kotagiri, University of Melbourne.
Original ACSC'96 call for papers (expired).
ADC'96 Programme Committee Chair
Professor Rodney Topor, Griffith University.
Original ADC'96 call for papers (expired).
CATS'96 Programme Committee Chair
Professor Peter Eades, University of Newcastle.
Original CATS'96 call for papers (expired).
Guozhu Dong, University of Melbourne
James Harland, RMIT
Warwick Harvey, University of Melbourne
Roslyn Littler, University of Melbourne
Alistair Moffat, University of Melbourne (Co-chair)
Harald Sondergaard, University of Melbourne
Justin Zobel, RMIT (Co-chair).
While every effort has been made to make the information contained in
this brochure as accurate as possible,
the organising committee, the host institutions, and
the sponsors will not be held responsible for any changes in the
structure or content of the technical program, registration fees,
accommodation costs, or any errors in this brochure.
alistair / csse.unimelb.edu.au,
14 December 1995.