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Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 19:14:21
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From: Ely Bernardi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: use of computers in engineering: international symposium



9-10 NOVEMBRO 1998





Computer technology is used extensively in engineering today, performing
from very simple analysis to very sophisticated design tasks. The
continuous improvement in capacity and power and the reduction in costs,
related to computer technology certainly contribute to that effect. A
similar contribution is due to the proliferation of low-cost engineering

Productive use of computers in engineering started during the 1960s,
with the introduction of third generation computers and the development
of effective computational methods, such as the finite element
technique. Initially most computer usage was performed at universities,
mostly in research activities. Computers were very expensive and
commercial software practically non- available. Professional
applications were few, usually performed by specialists, as partial
tasks of the design cycle. Then, during the 1970s and 1980s the price of
computers started to decrease rapidly, commercial software was developed
and offered and computational techniques were introduced in the academic
curricula. As a result, the use of computers grew considerably. However,
engineering applications were still mostly in the hands of engineers
with specific training, using mainframes and workstations.

During the l990s a drastic transformation in the application of
computers in engineering takes place, particularly due to the personal
computers becoming a device having the capacity and power necessary to
develop professional applications. The cost of hardware becomes very
low, the cost of engineering software is considerably reduced and
man-machine interaction takes place through colorful menus orienting the
user how to proceed. In addition, there is a clear tendency towards a
strong automation of the computer engineering design process, from
initial conceptual design to automatic preparation of fabrication

As a result of the developments outlined above, the use of computers in
engineering has become standard, adopting a universal character. It is
to be noticed, however, that children to play electronic games at home
using the same machines employed by their fathers to develop engineering
design! But engineering is not a game; it is a very serious activity,
which must be carried out by knowledgeable and responsible engineers,
applying adequate techniques through the use of effective and reliable
hardware/software tools. Is that really the case now?

This International Seminar will focus on the danger of improper
application of computers in engineering, and will attempt to propose
some basic solutions to the current problems. lt is oriented to the
educator responsible for engineering curricula, to the developer
responsible for the quality of engineering software, and particularly to
the practicing engineer, who must be able to identify proper and
efficient hardware/software tools for his job, acquire adequate
training, and possess the relevant knowledge both for effective modeling
and solution validation.


November 9, 1998

08:30 hrs - Registration of the participants
09:00 hrs - Opening Session
09:15 hrs - Interval
09:30 hrs - Keynote Lecture by Prof.  A. J. Ferrante
10:30 hrs - Keynote Lecture by Prof.  L. Z. Emkin, Georgia Institute of

12:30 hrs - Lunch

13:30 hrs - Keynote Lecture by Prof. Nelson Ebecken, COPPE,
 Univ. Federal do  Rio de Janeiro
14:30 hrs - Presentations by participants
15:30 hrs - Interval
16:00 hrs - Keynote Lecture
17:00 hrs - Presentations by participants
18:00 hrs - End of first day

November 10, 1998

09:00 hrs - Keynote Lecture on Computers and Engineering: Pain or
            Blessing, by Dr. N.
Radhakrishnan, Director of Information Technology Laboratory, Waterways
Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi
10:30 hrs - Interval
11:00 hrs - Presentations by participants
12:30 hrs - Lunch
13:30 hrs - Keynote Lecture by Prof. Paulo Pimenta, Escola Politecnica,
 Univ. de S=E3o Paulo
14:30 hrs - Presentations by participants
15:30 hrs - Interval
16:00 hrs - Keynote Lecture by Prof. Ney Dumont, Pont=EDficia Univ.
            Cat=F3lica do Rio de Janeiro
17:00 hrs - Round table Discussion on
"Use of Computers in Engineering, Main Problems and Basic Solutions"
Keynote Speakers and Participants
18:30 hrs - Closing Session


Papers are invited, covering the one or more of the following subjects:

        T'he training of the Engineer of the Third Millenium
        Engineering software development techniques
        Engineering software quality assurance and quality control
        Software validation by users
        Vendor validation by users
        Proper modeling techniques
        Solution validation
        Automated design
        Engineering Systems
        Other related subjects


Persons desiring to present one or more contributions must submit a
one-page abstract of their candidate/s paper/s on or before June 15,
1998.  The abstract must clearly state the contents of the proposed
contribution and must include the title, the name/s of the author/s and

The abstracts received within the date limits established will be
reviewed by a qualified panels of experts, which may accept them without
changes or may recommend modifications to be introduced, to enhance
their interest. Authors of accepted contributions, who will be notified
on or before July 15, 1998, must then prepare and submit the
contribution manuscript, on or before September 15, 1998.  The
manuscripts must be typed in A4 format and cannot exceed 10 pages,
including figures.

All accepted contributions will be included in the program of the
Seminar and will be part of the proceedings. The time available for each
presentation will be up to 25 minutes, plus 5 more minutes for
questions, comments and debate.


June 15, 1998                   Limit for the presentation of Abstracts
July 15, 1998           Letters of acceptance for accepted papers are mailed
September 15, 1998              Final day for the submission of the manuscripts
November 9, 1998                Opening of the International Seminar


A. J. Ferrante
Nelson Ebecken
Ney Dumont
Martius Rodriguez


Cid Gesteira, U. da Bahia
Clovis Maliska, U. de Santa Catarina
Ely Bernardi, IPT, S=E3o Paulo
Gabriel Oliveira, U. de Minas Gerais
Guillermo Creus, U. de Rio Grande do Sul
Helena C. Antunes, EESC-USP
Leandro Palermo Jr., Unicamp
Paul Partridge, U. de Brasilia
Paulo Pimenta, EPUSP
S=E9rgio Scheer, U. de Parana


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