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Harry Edgar
Symposium Chairman

The provision of information technology services is rapidly expanding into a new "knowledge based" industry. Many major initiatives are being taken to provide, develop and apply new and alternative technologies to improve access to information and knowledge.

Use of technology is increasing rapidly in education and vocational training and is being increasingly adopted in the management of information for industry.

Growth of the multimedia industry is dependent on establishing a high reputation for creativity and the ability to establish efficient and coherent multi-disciplinary teams to develop and commercially exploit high quality applications.

However, a number of both research and application issues of a technical and strategic nature need to be addressed in order to facilitate the appropriate widespread adoption of multimedia technology in the user and beneficiary community, and to introduce a competitive edge to this emerging industry. These issues may be summarised as follows:

Just as the need for an Australasian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association emerged from Australia's first International Interactive Multimedia Symposium in Perth, WA in January 1992, it is believed that this symposium will be an important catalyst in ensuring the pursuit of academic and commercial links to enable the development of cooperative strategies which will promote continuing growth of the multimedia industry in Australia.

Papers at this symposium have been selected for their high quality and relevance in demonstrating the linking of academic research and development with commercial development and to show the underpinning of the growth of an Australian multimedia industry founded on the development of high quality multimedia technology and techniques.

The Executive Organising Committee appreciates the efforts of the authors in providing their papers in time for these proceedings, and commends the endeavour of the Program Committee in producing an extremely high quality symposium program and proceedings.

As with the Proceedings of Australia's first International Interactive Multimedia Symposium in Perth, WA in January 1992, the papers contained in these proceedings will provide a valuable reference source for delegates and those unable to attend the symposium.

Dr T. H. Edgar
Symposium Chairman
Image Technology, Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U 1987, Perth 6001 WA
Tel. 09 470 2428 Email: TH@cc.curtin.edu.au

Symposium committee

Dr Harry Edgar (Chairman)
Dr Roger Atkinson
Roger Dickinson
Tom Docherty
Associate Professor Mike Grant
Richard Heale
Associate Professor Colin Latchem
Clare McBeath
Dr Rob Phillips
Steve Pretzel
Dr Geoff Ring
Anthony Temple
Overseas representatives
Peter Looms
Dr Tom Reeves


The Organising Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following Hosted by Curtin University of Technology, in association with the Australasian Interactive Multimedia Association and the Department of Commerce and Trade, Western Australia.

Please cite as: Edgar, T. H. (1994). Preface. In C. McBeath and R. Atkinson (Eds), Proceedings of the Second International Interactive Multimedia Symposium, ix-x. Perth, Western Australia, 23-28 January. Promaco Conventions. http://www.aset.org.au/confs/iims/1994/preface.html

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