PIMRC conference enjoys today wide respect and represents anew trend in international conferences, one which is well suited to the evolving global market. It is uniquely identified by the following features:
The foundation for PIMRC was a 1989 workshop on Mobile Communications organised by Prof. Aghvami of King's College with the cooperation of the local IEEE Communication Society Chapter. Fewer than 100 people participated in the workshop to present about thirty technical papers. The workshop was a successful experience for this new industry that was about to explode.
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 in 1991. Dr. Rowbatham, director of BT Labs, was the chairman , Prof. Aghvami was the organiser and the TPC chair while Dr. Kato and Prof. Pahlavan were the area coordinators in Far East and North America, respectively. This event attracted around 200 participants that include several prominent figures in the industry.
The first PIMRC with an appearance of a major international conference organized in an off-campus facility was in Boston in the year 1992. This year conference attracted more than 500 people from over 25 different countries to present over 180 papers. To reflect the true international spirit of the conference in additional to local IEEE Boston chapter, the 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.
Helsinki, Finland was the host of the PIMRC for the first time in 1997 when the event was organised by Prof. Pentti Leppänen from the University of Oulu. The TPC chair was Prof. Savo Glisic and the general Chair Dr. Yrjö Neuvo, Senior Vice President of Research in Nokia Mobile Phones, also the General Chair for PIMRC’06. Altogether 440 papers were received and we were forced to reject a significant number of papers. The conference attracted 500 participants from around forty countries. A special book was printed to include 20 invited papers to the conference. The conference was financially supported by Nokia, Telecomm Finland, Elektrobit and the Academy of Finland.
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 http://www.pimrc98.wpi.edu/. PIMRC 1999 was held in Osaka, Japan and attracted 600 delegates http://pimrc99.kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp/. PIMRC2000 was held in London, UK . PIMRC2001 was held in San Diego, Cal, USA. PIMRC2002 was held in Lisbon, Portugal. It was hosted by the Instituto Superior Técnico - Technical Uiversity of Lisbon – and sponsored by Vodafone, Siemens, Ericsson and Lucent Technologies http://www.lx.it.pt/pimrc2002/. PIMRC 2003 was held in Beijing, China. PIMRC 2004 was held in Barcelona, Spain. PIMRC 2005 was held in Berlin, Germany: http://www.pimrc2005.de/Conferences_en/pimrc+2005/ .
This year PIMRC is held is Helsinki, Finland for the second time.PIMRC Chronology