SAIEE Centenary year Bernard Price Lecture

October 20th, 2009, Published in Articles: Vector

SAIEE Centenary year Bernard Price LectureOn 30 September 2009, the annual Bernard Price lecture was presented in the Great Hall of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). This yearly series of lectures was sponsored by the South African chapter of the IEEE, and organised locally by the SAIEE. Each year, a prominent scientist or engineer who aand development is invited to give presentations on their work. The event at Wits was the culmination of a marathon tour, during which the presentation had already been seen in eight other places – Bloemfontein, Vanderbijl Park, Cape Town, George, PE, East London, Durban and Secunda, between 14 September and 30 September.

This year, Dr. William A Gruver, an IEEE SMC Distinguished Lecturer gave an illustrated presentation entitled “New technologies of intelligent systems for a global world”. He outlined the history of intelligence in machines, starting in the 1940s and developing this theme through to the present day. Dr. Gruver was introduced by the president of the SAIEE during its centenary year, Du Toit Grobler.

Dr. Gruver is president of Intelligent Robotics Corporation and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. He received the BScEng, MScEng and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and DIC in automatic control systems from Imperial College of Science and Technology.

This highly topical event was well attended, generating much discussion after the talk.

Contact Du Toit Grobler, SAIEE, Tel 011 407-8431,

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