conference enjoys today wide respect and represents a new trend
in international conferences, one which is well suited to the
evolving global market. It is uniquely identified by the following
Balance among academia, industry, and governmental organisations
- Truly international technical program endorsed by IEEE, IEE,
- Flexible organisation tailored to the conference venue
- Personal touch and care by the area coordinators, executive
committee members and a group of faithful individuals
The major reason for the success of the conference is the simplicity
and practicality of the organization, which has created a productive
and friendly environment with minimal administrative delays.
foundation for PIMRC was a 1989 workshop on Mobile Communications
organized by Prof Aghvami of King's College London with the
cooperation of the local IEEE Communication Society Chapter.
With fewer than 100 participants and about thirty technical
papers, the workshop was a successful experience for this new
industry that was about to explode. In 1990, King's College
organized a similar successful conference under the name ISSSTA.
The first PIMRC, as an international symposium, also took place
in King's College, with joint sponsorship of the local IEEE
Communication Society Chapter and close cooperation with BT
laboratories. Dr Rowbotham, director of BT Labs, was the honorary
chairman, Prof Aghvami was the organizer and the TPC chair while
Dr Kato and Prof Pahlavan were the area coordinators in Far
East and North America, respectively. The conference attracted
around 200 participants and several prominent figures in the
In 1992, PIMRC was scheduled for Boston. The conference attracted
more than 500 people from more than 25 different countries and
almost all the major figures in the cellular, PCS, wireless
LAN, and mobile data industries. To reflect the true international
spirit of the conference, IEEE Communication Society, IEE and
IEICE were invited to cooperate with the conference.
The following edition of PIMRC was held in Yokohama in 1993
with over 500 participants from more than 25 countries.
In the 1994 edition of PIMRC, held in the Hague, Holland, the
organization of the conference was for the first time endorsed
by the area coordinators to the local team; held in parallel
with WCN conference, it attracted 500 participants.
Toronto followed in 1995 with 600 participants from more than
thirty countries and about 270 technical papers; the IEEE Communication
Society sponsored the conference for the first time.
The following year, PIMRC'96 was held in Taipei with more than
600 participants from more than 35 different countries.
PIMRC'97 was held in Helsinki, Finland with 500 participants
from 40 countries and a record of 440 papers were received.
In 1998, PIMRC was held once again in Boston, gathering more
than 500 participants; the technical program included 300 technical
papers, 18 invited papers, and 15 tutorials.
PIMRC'99 was held in Osaka, Japan and attracted 600 delegates.
PIMRC2000 was held in London, UK
PIMRC2001 was held in San Diego, Cal.
PIMRC2002 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be hosted
by the Instituto Superior Técnico - Technical Uiversity of Lisbon,
sponsored by Vodafone, Siemens, Ericsson and Lucent Technologies.