IEEE Professional Communication Society - Japan

IEEE PCSJ Annual Seminar 2008

Conference Timetable

November 16, 2008 (Sun) 10:00-17:30
Main Speaker:
Dr. George Weir (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Ohkubo Campus. Building 62, West-Tower.
Language: English
Proceedings: PCSJ 2008 Conference Page

The IEEE Professional Communication Society - Japan Chapter Annual Seminar is the premier Japanese conference for academics and industry professionals working in the area of scientific, technical, and professional communication. PCSJ 2008 was held at Waseda University, Ohkubo Campus, Tokyo, Japan, on November 16th, 2008.

The seminar featured a keynote speech by Dr. George Weir of the University of Strathclyde, UK. Dr. Weir has a unique background that extends from philosophy, applied linguistics, and language learning, to human-computer interaction, internet-based information technology, and second-language support systems. In his talk, Dr. Weir will be reviewing some of his many projects, in addition to describing his current work on readability assessment.

The seminar also included open sessions covering a wide range of topics related to professional communication. After the seminar, participants were invited to attend an informal dinner at a local restaurant near the site.

Welcome Address (10:00-10:15)

Keynote Lecture (10:15-11:30)
Textual Analysis, Readability Assessment and Communication (George Weir)


Session 1 (11:45- 12:45)
Designing Surgical Patient Education Modules and Complexities in Spatial Perspectives: A Challenge for Technical Communicators
(ROY, Debopriyo)
Developing a Competent Presentation Style Utilizing Tacit Knowledge
(WILKINSON, Valerie)


Session 2 (14:00-15:30)
Developing English Communication Expertise for Engineering Graduate Students in the Global Age
(ONO, Yoshimasa A; MORIMURA, Kumiko)
Training Postdoctoral Researchers: A Model for Professional Development
(ROZYCKI, William; CONNOR, Ulla)
Writing for Publication: An Undergraduate Course for Students in Computing
(ORR, Thomas; CHANG, Won-Du; INOMATA, Sho; ITABASHI, Kana; ITAGAKI, Takuya;MA, Dongxue; NA, Gun-Ho; NODA, Koichi)


Session 3 (15:45-16:45)
Successful Communication for Academic Management: Case Study of One Outstanding University President
(YAMAUCHI, Kazuaki)
The Implementation of a Task-based Syllabus for an English for Specific Purposes Program

Closing Address (16:45-17:00)

(PCSJ Planning Meeting (open to all participants: 17:15 - 17:45)
(Informal dinner at restaurant near site: 18:00 - 20:00)

Paper Submissions
Prospective authors were invited to submit proposals (1 page max.) to Laurence Anthony (email below) by October 31st, 2008. Instructions: "Please submit the proposal as an attached Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007 file (.doc / .docx) following the template (.doc | .pdf). All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts, with successful authors receiving notification by November 3rd. Following the seminar, authors will be invited to submit short papers for possible inclusion in the PCS-J 2008 Annual Seminar Proceedings, which we plan to make available via IEEE Explore."

Important Dates:
Submission of Papers was November 4, 2008

Seminar November 16, 2008

Conference Details:
Total time for each talk: 30 minutes (20 minutes for the paper, 10 minutes for the Q&A session)

Registration fees (lunch included) for the conference were as follows.
IEEE Members: 2000 yen
Non-IEEE Members: 3000 yen
IEEE Student Members: 1000 yen
Non-IEEE Student Members: 1500 yen

Instructions were: "Note that if you are not currently a member of IEEE, but have registered for 2009 membership, please print out your receipt and bring this to the seminar to qualify for the IEEE member rates. All registration fees are to be paid in cash at the registration desk on arrival. Receipts will be issued."

Seminar Committee:
Seminar Chair Laurence Anthony
Assistant Seminar Chair Debopriyo Roy
Seminar Treasurer Kazuaki Yamauchi
Seminar Program Chair Pauline Kawamoto

Laurence Anthony (Seminar Chair)


Waseda University, Ohkubo Campus
Building 62, West-Tower, 1st Floor, Middle Meeting Room (Room 62W-1-08)