Washington, D. C. The Proceedings Publications Committee 1954. First Edition. xii, 224 pages. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Worn, corners turned, several penned notes on front cover, a well thumbed copy. Signed on the front page by H. Stockman, a presenter from Scientific Specialities Corporation. Good. Wraps. 
This conference is unlike most we've seen in the early computer period. It relates to components, the pieces with which one manufactures the equipment. The transistor was invented at Bell Labs in 1948 and immediately the implications of it became clear. Smaller footprint than vacuum tubes, potentially greater reliability, and a strong interest from the military. Those same themes come through in this symposium. The first 3 introductory speakers are from the military. Many speakers opine on reliability or lack thereof and how to get better.
This symposium highlights many of the same things - a practical, real world application drives innovation and understanding. While much of the presentations made are very technical in nature, the goal is clear - commercialize, as soon as possible, small reliable components. For someone studying the state of the industry from a technical perspective, this is a useful item. Many of the research players are present : Bell Labs, Sprague Electric, Motorola, Western Electric, RCA, GE, Raytheon, etc. Learn about metal whiskers if you dare!