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IPCC 2003: The Shape of Knowledge

September 21-24, Orlando, Florida



Communication in the technical and professional realm involves giving shape to knowledge. As communicators and engineers, we synthesize information from many sources to create new practical knowledge. Engineers and subject matter experts give shape to knowledge, while professional communicators give new form to knowledge gained from such experts. We also creatively mine databases for inapparent knowledge. We respond to feedback from users, too, by reshaping existing knowledge. In these ways and more, we play a crucial role by transforming shapeless data into useful knowledge.

We invite you to explore how professional and technical communicators and engineers give shape to knowledge in a wide range of technical fields. Share your knowledge, experience, and interests. Please join us at IPCC 2003 in Orlando, Florida, September 21-24, 2003 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

Headlining the plenary speakers at this year's conference is our keynote, Peter Kincaid of UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training. We also look forward to hearing from Dan Jones, the Ronald S. Blicq Award winner for Distinction in Technical Communication Education.

Preliminary Program

The preliminary program is now available for online viewing here.

Plenary Speakers


Registration Rates

Registration fees are as follows:

CategoryEarly RegistrationAfter September 5, 2003

Secure online registration is now available. CLICK HERE to register online.

Disney Tickets

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Call for Papers

We are looking for individual papers in three broad areas, with suggested topics listed below. We are also interested in papers and workshops of general interest to our membership of professional and technical communicators and engineers.

Sources Users and Applications Shaping
  • Collecting information
  • Identifying sources
  • Managing information
  • Managing knowledge
  • Repurposing
  • International environments
  • Organizational challenges
  • Simulation and training
  • Research methods
  • Potential research areas
  • Usability
  • New technologies Special environments such as cell phones and PDAs
  • Language use
  • Rhetoric
  • Document design
  • Information modeling
  • Theories and their applications
  • Professional development
  • Interface between academics and professionals
  • Ethics
  • Mining information Repurposing


Proposals for individual papers and workshops for the IEEE Professional Communication Society should be postmarked by March 15, 2003 to:

Paul Dombrowski, IPCC 2003 Program Chair
Department of English
PO Box 161346
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida 32816-1346


Graduate students are especially invited to submit proposals to ensure representation from the full range of interests PCS serves.

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