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Papers Highlight Leading Thinking on Web Security, Virtual Reality, Tools and Browsers, and Commercial Web Growth

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- October 17, 1995 -- Organizers of the Fourth International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference today announced that 58 papers from around the world were selected for presentation at the Conference, December 11 - 14, at the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel. Titled The Web Revolution, the Conference is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) and The Open Software Foundation (OSF). The Conference will unite approximately 2,000 world-class researchers, developers, industrial leaders and users to discuss major contributions advancing the state of Web technology in key areas such as security, virtual reality, tools and browsers, authoring environments and collaborative systems.

More than 200 papers were submitted to the Conference program committee covering major areas of Web-related research and technology. The program committee was headed by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, principle research scientist at M.I.T.'s LCS and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The committee was comprised of a group of Web experts, academics and industry leaders representing organizations including: CERN; Digital Equipment Corporation; Hewlett-Packard; Institut National de Recerche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA); Internet Society; LCS; National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) at the University of Illinois; National Library of Medicine; Online Computer Library Center; Open Market; OSF; SpyGlass; and Xerox. Papers will be presented December 12 and 13 during the Conference's technology sessions.

We were overwhelmed by the quality and number of papers we received, said Berners-Lee. They range from solutions from research for pressing market needs, to experience deploying exciting new ideas. W3C's primary goal is to realize the full potential of the Web. By sponsoring events such as the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference, we encourage technical and commercial communities to come together to achieve this.

The International World Wide Web Conference Series has sparked a tremendous international following since the series began in 1994. The first conference was held in Geneva in May 1994, the second in Chicago in October 1994, and the third in Darmstadt, Germany in April 1995. The fifth will be held in Paris in May 1996.

The Fourth International World Wide Web Conference is comprised of tutorials and workshops on December 11, a Technical Conference and Exhibition on December 12 and 13, and a Developers Day on December 14.

For those unable to attend the Conference, key sessions will be broadcast via Multicasting Backbone (M-BONE) on the Internet. For further information on attending the Conference contact Julianne Orsino at (617) 253-4087 or by e-mail at www4reg@lcs.mit.edu, or visit the Conference home page at: http://www.w3.org/WWW4/. Reporters interested in receiving additional information or details on how to attend the Conference should contact Janice Cashman at (617) 661-7900 or by e-mail at jcashman@webergroup.com.

The W3C exists to develop common protocols and reference codes for the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is an industry consortium hosted by M.I.T.'s Laboratory for Computer Science and INRIA. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; a reference code implementation to embody and promote protocols; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. Membership is open to any organization. To date, the Consortium comprises more than 90 organizations. For more information about the Consortium and its members visit the W3C homepage at: http://www.w3.org/.

Now in its third decade, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science is at the forefront of the computer revolution, playing a vital role in advancing information technology and its uses. LCS has helped information technology grow from a mere curiosity to 10 percent of the industrial world's economies by its pioneering efforts in interactive computing, computer networking, distributed systems and public key cryptography. LCS members and alumni have started some thirty companies and have pioneered the Nubus, the X-Window System, the RSA algorithm, the Ethernet and spreadsheets. Today the LCS is dedicated to the invention, development and understanding of information technologies expected to drive substantive technical and socio-economic change. Its primary areas of research comprise five major themes: Information Infrastructures, Computers and People, Computers and Science, Computer Systems Research and Theory.

The Open Software Foundation (OSF) delivers technology innovations in all areas of open systems, including interoperability, scalability, portability, and usability. OSF has created a coalition of worldwide vendors and users in industry, government and academia that leverage their economic investments by working together to provide the best open systems technology solutions for distributed computing environments. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in Brussels, Grenoble and Tokyo, OSF has more than 380 members worldwide.

Created 18 Oct 1995
Last updated 18 Oct 1995