Computing underpins so many important areas that drive the success of our society. As a discipline it is tremendously exciting and one of the outstanding achievements of our times.

The subject is not only vibrant and growing, but more rigorous, more interdisciplinary, more experimental and more user-oriented than ever. Examples of ingenious computational ideas that have had significant impact include the use of programming languages to model cell biology, retrieving documents from the internet based on quantum theory, and building new kinds of massively parallel computers that mimic the human brain.

At the same time, computing has a distinguished heritage, emerging from a rich variety of other disciplines. This together with the ever increasing acceleration of computing has resulted in fragmentation of the communities engaged in its advancement. Hence, there is a need for a unifying forum to provide integration and coherence across education, research and business.

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