President's Corner President's Corner

I am pleased to report on the very successful ACC 2000 held in Chicago this past June. My sincere thanks go to Galip Ulsoy, General Chair, and Suhada Jayasuriya, Program Chair, and to the members of both the Operating and Program Committees for a job well done. The total number of paid participants exceeded 1000, along with 107 who attended the six workshops.

Pedro Albertos, President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) attended the Conference and participated in the AACC board meeting. He is excited about enhancing technical interactions between IFAC and AACC. I am pleased to announce that the IFAC Council has accepted our invitation to hold their 2001 meeting in conjunction with ACC in Washington, D.C. Mike Masten is currently developing plans for some of the joint activities during their stay in the US. I am sure you will be hearing more on this from Mike in his "Global Concerns" column.

The first National Science Foundation Workshop for High School Teachers of Mathematics and Science was held in Chicago just prior to the 2000 ACC. The one-day workshop, which included a long list of distinguished speakers and more than fifty magnet-school teachers participating, was organized by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan. It is hoped that this event will be repeated in future years and will excite a new wave of students to study engineering with some focus on control systems.

In addition to the five AACC awards presented during the ACC Awards luncheon, John Zaborsky was recognized for his longstanding efforts in nurturing ACCs and in documenting the history of the AACC. Bill Perkins also received a plaque for his services including Past AACC President and for his efforts to complete the History Report, expected by the end of this year. The draft of this report is on the AACC homepage.

Nearly 33% of the ACC attendees this year were from outside the US, providing strong evidence that the ACC is indeed an international conference. Countries with more than 10 participants include Sweden, China, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, and Canada.

We are encouraged by the continued emphasis on applications and industry participation at the ACC. This year, 5 parallel tracks (a total of 45 sessions) were applications oriented. It is impressive to see how, over the past few years, these tracks have reached a more streamlined stage which should be beneficial to ACC attendees.

Another interesting feature this year was a session on control education with emphasis on the "Role of the Web". There are a lot of interesting activities by many educators around the world attempting to see how the internet can be better utilized to enhance the student learning experience. Since there appears to be no standards to follow, or agreement on what the best approach might be, there are a vast number of opportunities to explore.

I want to conclude by sharing with you the dates and locations of the next four ACCs:

  • 2001: Washington, D.C. - June 25-27
  • 2002: Anchorage, Alaska - May 8-10
  • 2003: Denver, Colorado - June 2-4
  • 2004: Boston, Massachusetts - June 30 - July 2
  • For comments or questions, please email me at kheir@oakland.edu .