Guest blog: Barbara Ainsworth – Monash Museum of Computing History, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
- Prof Hartree – Keynote speaker and guest from Cambridge
- UniversityIntroduction to automatic calculating machines.
- Automatic digital calculating machines.
- Introduction to programming.
- Numerical methods and automatic calculating machines.
- Trevor Pearcey – CSIRO
- Programming of the C.S.I.R.O. digital machine.
- Programming for punched card machines.
- The functional design of an automatic computing machine.
- Trevor Pearcey and Maston Beard – CSIRO
- Digital calculating machines used by the C.S.I.R.O.
- David Myers – University of Sydney
- Some analogue computing devices
- David Myers and Ross Blunden – University of Sydney and CSIRO
- The C.S.I.R.O. Differential Analyser
- David Myers, D.L. Hollway, C.B. Speedy, B.F. Cooper – University of Sydney and CSIRO
- Some new developments in equipment for high-speed digital machines.
- Ross Blunden – CSIRO
- Digital-analogue conversions.
- E.O. Willoughby, G. Rose, W.G. Forte – University of Adelaide and SA School of Mines
- An Analog Computer to Solve Polynomial Matrices with Real Coefficients
The dawn of Australia’s digital age will be celebrated at The Riding the Digital Wave Summit being held at the University of Sydney on 30 September 2021.
1 Dr E.G. Bowen to Prof D.M. Myers 16 November 1949 NAA C3830 A8/8/1A Part 1; the CSIRO partially funded the costs for Hartree’s trip and the Australian National University also contributed funding.
4 Myers, D.M. 1994 p.14 in Bennett, J.M. et al (eds.) Computing in Australia: the development of a profession. Pp9-14, Hale & Ironmonger, Sydney.
CSIRO and EE Department, University of Sydney (1952) Proceedings of Conference on Automatic Computing Machines held in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, August 1951. Melbourne: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in conjunction with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sydney (220 p.,  p. of plates)
McCann, D. (2008) Summary of main discussions of the 1951 Computer Conference in Museums Victoria Collections. https://collections.museumsvictoria.com.au/articles/2718
Bennett, J.M. et al (eds.) (1994) Computing in Australia: the development of a profession. Hale & Ironmonger, Sydney. This book has a series of articles including text by Trevor Pearcey and David Myers who both recall the first conference.
Prof David M Myers, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, date 1950. Source University of Sydney Archives G3 224 2788. https://www.sydney.edu.au/arms/archives/media/me_objects/5800
Newspaper photograph of the differential analyser at University of Sydney in 1951.Source: The Sunday Herald, “Meet the Brain” 15 April 1951 p.1 (article re differential analyser at University of Sydney) https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/18501167
Trevor Pearcey sitting in front of CSIR/CSIRO Mark 1, later called CSIRAC, in September 1951 just a month after the computer conference. It was located in the Madsen Building, University of Sydney. Source CSIRO Archives Scienceimage 3539 https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/3539/