In October 1985 the IIG-News succeeded in luring a
contribution from Professor Ian Witten:
"Why am I here?"
Hello and goodbye, members of the IIG. As you read this I will be
winging my way across the Atlantic towards the Great White North
of Calgary, Alberta. So really the title should be, "Why was I
here?". It's a frightening thing to be asked this kind of question.
To have to justify yourself. To say what you have achieved,
or to invent something to say. Nevertheless, having been asked, I
will try to answer.
My goals in coming to Graz were
1 a) To recover from 3 years as Head of Computer Science at Calgary.
1 b) To give up smoking and get fit.
1 c) To see something of Styria.
2 To learn what is the state of the art in videotex and massmarket CAI.
The IIG's goals where, I suppose
3 To obtain some course material on MUPID in Computer Science.
4 To let me discuss the work of a number of institute members.
What has been achieved?
Significant progress has been made on Goal 1 a), although I'm not
sure one ever really recovers from an experience like that! I
have certainly given up smoking, for this summer at least (and I
hope for ever) - until I left Calgary airport on June 29 I was a
heavy pipe-smoker. As for getting fit ... yes, I have tried; but
Austrian cooking (and especially icecreams and tortes) has done
its best to defeat me and turn fitness into fatness. Finally,
under the extremely knowledgeable guidance of your Institutevorstander,
I and my family have seen a great deal of your beautiful
province - from caves, castles, museums to coloured lakes,
iron mountains, alpine meadows, and many wonderful Jausenstations.