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Overviews, histories and lectures

EMC: Founders War Stories - A special session from the 50th Anniversary IEEE EMC conference in 2007, where several founding members of the society gave their recollections of the early days.

History and Overview of the Internet - Lecture presented by Robert Kahn on 10/19/1999 regarding the internet's history

History of FFT with Cooley and Tukey - History of the FFT with James Cooley and John Tukey presented at Plenary Session Presentation, 1992 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP '92), San Francisco, 25 March 1992.

Land Mobile Radio from the 20s to the 80s‎ - Presented by Stuart Meyer, Ex-VP of Radio Club of America at Joint meeting of RCA & VTS Santa Clara Valley, CA, Oct 7, 1988, Dunfey Hotel, San Mateo, CA

Miracle Force - Educational video explaining current technologies, produced in 1984. Narrated by Orson Welles.

Numerical Control System‎ - Professional video produced by Sperry Rand circa 1950s

Numerical Machine Control‎ - Professional video produced by Sperry Rand circa 1950s

The Numerically Controlled Inspection Center‎ - Professional video produced by Sperry Rand circa 1950s

Respect the Unstable - Lecture given by Gunter Stein, Inaugural Bode Prize Lecture, Tampa, Florida, December 1989

Professional Development and Engineering Education

Careers for Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers and Scientists - Part of Sloan Career Cornerstone Series, a general informational video geared towards students interested in a career in engineering

Electromagnetic Interference - A Global Engineering Challenge - A video produced by the IEEE EMC on the challenges engineers face regarding electromagnetic interference.

The Future Awaits - A 1988 video, done as a recruitment tool for leadership positions in IEEE student branches on college campuses.

The Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing - Prepared by IEEE Educational Activities. Sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society. Tape 1, tape 2, tape 3, tape 4, tape 5.

Meeting the Future - Promotional video for continuing education, featuring Robert Lucky, IEEE Copyright, 1990.

Professional Development - Where Do You Stand? - 2000 video regarding continuing education.

Professional Vitality through Life-Long Learning - Presentation by Ken Laker on the relationship between the profession and education.

RF Device Technologies for Communications Systems - Prepared by IEEE Educational Activities in 2002. Sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society. Tape 1, tape 2, tape 3, tape 4, tape 5.

Technical Literacy Counts - A brief (seventeen minute) video produced by IEEE in 1998 on the necessity for technological literacy in an educational setting.

Institutional History

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison on Progress - A commercial produced for the IEEE Centennial showing Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison discussing their favorite subject, progress.

IEEE Centennial Report - IEEE Centennial Report, brief, 12 minute video, giving a general report of the IEEE's activities as of 1984, as well as showing various clips from the Franklin Institute Centennial Technical Convocation

Generations of Giants - Highlights from Generations of Giants, IEEE Centennial Convocation, Boston, May 14, 1984. Skit where actors play Benjamin Franklin, Charles Steinmetz, Nikola Tesla, Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Johann Von Neumann

More than the Sum - Promotional video for IEEE

On the Shoulders of Giants - Promotional commercial for IEEE

The Second Century Begins - In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first IEEE technical meeting held in conjunction with the International Electrical Exhibition of the Franklin Institute. Featured speakers are Ronald Reagan, IEEE President Richard Gowen, Edward David jr., Bernard Oliver, Charles Townes, Alvin Toffler, Joshua Lederberg, and concludes with a discussion panel.

Winter Power Meeting, 1984, tape 1, tape 2, tape 3, Awards Luncheon - A Centennial themed meeting of the Power and Energy society, which includes a historical presentation on the first 100 years, a panel discussion on the future of electric power, and announcement of the IEEE Centennial Award winners

The Worlds First Congressional Testimony by a Robot on Behalf of Congress - A robot testifies to Congress on behalf of the IEEE.

IEEE Centennial Technical Convocation

A Technical Convocation held on October 9th and 10th, 1984 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

Session 1 - Bowen C. Dees, Franklin Institute (moderator), Richard J. Gowen, IEEE President, William C. Hittinger, Ex. VP-RCA Corporation, Robert A. Frosch, VP - General Motors Corp., James C. Fletcher - University of Pittsburgh

Session 2 - Bowen C. Dees, Franklin Institute (moderator), Robert W. Lucky - AT&T Bell Labs, Leonard Kleinrock - University of California

Session 3 - Bowen C. Dees, Franklin Institute (moderator), Herman P. Schwan - University of PA, Leon Kaufman - University of California

Sessions 4 and 5 - Session 4: J.L. Everett, III, Chief Executive Officer (moderator), Robert N. Noyce - Vice Chmn - Intel Corp., Carver A. Mead - California Institute of Technology, Session 5: J.L. Everett, III, Chief Executive Officer (moderator), Ralph E. Gomory - VP. Dir. of Research - IBM, Andries van Dam - Chmn., Computer Sciences Dept, Brown Univ.

Session 6 - J.L. Everett, III, Chief Executive Officer (moderator), R. David Middlebrook - Calif. Institute of Technology, John G. Kassakian - Mass. Institute of Technology

Session 7 - Richard T. Nalle - Pres., Franklin Institute (moderator), Koji Kobayashi - Chairman of the Board - CEO, Nippon Electric Co., D. Raj Reddy - Carnegie-Mellon University, John G. Linville - Stanford University, John B. Slaughter - Chancellor, Univ. Of Maryland, George E. Pake - Group VP - Xerox, George H. Heilmeier - Senior VP - Texas Instruments


American Control Conferences


Lets Control Everything - by Christos G. Cassandras

Enterprise Optimization in Process Industries and Beyond - by Tariq Samad

Challenges, Theory and Applications in Process Control - by Richard Braatz

Evening Session with Otto Mayr

Stuart Bennett interviews Otto Mayr

Robotics and Automation Conference Video Proceedings

Robotics and Automation Conference Video Proceedings, 1997‎

Robotics and Automation Conference Video Proceedings, 1998‎

Robotics and Automation Conference Video Proceedings, 1999‎

Robotics and Automation Conference Video Proceedings, 2000

Vehicular Technology Society Conference

Awards presentations at the IEEE VTS Conference at Dallas in 1986

Old Time Radio Night - 21 May 1991 Vehicular Technology Conference. Slide Presentations by Al Gross, Stu Meyers, Charlie Higginbottom, Roger Madden and Fred Link

Oral History

Conversations with the Elders - Harold Chestnut - Conversations with the Elders is a series of interviews done by The Control Systems Society in Cooperation with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Harold Chestnut was 1973 IEEE president.

Conversations with the Elders - Nathaniel Nichols - Conversations with the Elders is a series of interviews done by The Control Systems Society in Cooperation with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Nathaniel Nichols was a pioneer in control theory who wrote the influential text Theory of Servomechanism.

Fred M. Link interviews author A. Collins and James O. Weldon - Fred M. Link interviews Arthur A. Collins (inventor of Aircraft Radio and founder of Collins Radio Corp.) and James O. Weldon, who built super power broadcast stations and low frequency U.S. Navy Radio Systems

Fred Link reminisces with James Weldon and others

Samuel R. McConoughey interviews Fred Link - Samuel R. McConoughey intervies Fred Link about the early days of amateur and mobile radio at the IEEE VTS Conference in Tampa, FL, June 13, 1987.

Larson Collection Oral Histories

Clarence E. Larson Collection - A collection of video interviews with over 40 engineers

The Computer Pioneers Video Oral History

Intended to be a series of documentaries, The Computer Pioneers, produced by Richard Solomon in the early 1980s, is a collection of several raw interviews with many prominent development teams who worked on some of the world's first computers.

The Development of the IBM 701 - This segment of the series discusses the development of the IBM 701 model computer, also known as the Defense Calculator, in the early 1950s. These interviews were conducted on July 12th, 1983 and feature several members of the IBM 701's development team including Jerrier Haddad, Clarence Frizzell, Nathan Rochester, and Richard Whalen.

Electronic Developments During World War II - Originally intended to be part of a larger project about early developments in computing, these interviews and group discussions include commentary on many of the electronic developments during the World War II era which lead to advancements in computing. Participants in these discussions include Kenneth Bowles, Jay Stratton, Albert Hill, Perry Crawford, and Gordon Brown. Recorded May 12th, 1983.

ENIAC - The footage in this segment details the development of ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania's Ballistic Research Laboratory.  Participants include Kay Mauchly, Herman Goldstine, Dave Mackey, Richard Clippinger, and John Grist Brainerd.

An Experiment in Video Oral History Part One: Origins of Electronic Computation During World War II - Intended to be a documentary series, "The Computer Pioneers: An Experiment in Video Oral History Part One: Origins of Electronic Computation During World War II" was the only segment in the "Computer Pioneers" series which was edited and produced. Included here is this as well as the raw interview footage of Brian Randell and Michael Woodger and an introduction by Richard Solomon from which the production was created from.

Garry J. Tee Discusses Charles Babbage - Garry J. Tee, a former professor of mathematics at Auckland University who taught classes on the history of computers, discusses Charles Babbage and several of Babbage's ideas and inventions.

IBM Discussion Group - An informal discussion group comprised of Jerrier Haddad, Clarence Frizzell, and Nathan Rochester. The topics discussed in the video include developments in mobile computing, computer aided instruction and educational video games, the Von Neumann architecture, Maurice Wilkes, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, the selectron tube, microfabrication, clean room manufacturing, magnetic tape, artificial intelligence, and the IBM PC club

Switched Output: Time-sharing at MIT - Switched Output is an oral history project produced by Richard Jay Solomon. This segment of the unfinished documentary chronicles the development of time-sharing operating systems at MIT in the 1960s. The discussion was taped on May 14th and 15th in 1983 and includes participants Fernando Corbato, Philip Morse, John McCarthy, Robert Fano, Herbert Teager, and Edward Fredkin.

The TX-0 - The TX-0 computer was built in 1955 and made operational in 1956. It was, in essence, a transistorized version of MITs Whirlwind computer, although it was much smaller and slightly faster than the Whirlwind. This footage was shot on November 13, 1983, none of the participants are identified in the video.

Weizmann Institute - A video oral history project produced by Richard Jay Solomon, which chronicles the building of the Weizac and Golem computers at the Weizmann Institute. Spanning six DVDs, these interviews are unedited and were conducted over April 22nd - April 27th, 1983 at the Weizmann Institute, Rehoveth, Israel.

The Whirlwind Computer - The United States Navy approached MIT about building a computer to power a flight simulator to train pilots during World War II. This computer, which would come to be known as the Whirlwind computer, was completed and put online in 1951. The Navy lost interest with it after a few years, but the United States Air Force was intrigued by the Whirlwind's capability to aid in ground controlled interception of aircraft and took over the project in the mid-1950s. This series of videos contains discussions by several key members of the Whirlwind development team including Jay Forrester, Perry Crawford, James Killian, Norman H. Taylor, Charles Adams, Dean Arden, J.T. Gilmore, Hal Laning, Robert Everett, and Robert Taylor.