1999 IFAC World Congress 1999 IFAC World Congress in Beijing, China

During the recent IFAC Council and related meetings held in Nantes, France, the detailed status of the IFAC World Congress to be held July 5-9, 1999 in Beijing, China was reviewed and discussed. The Congress International Program Committee (IPC) and National Organizing Committee have thus far worked smoothly and satisfactorily.

The IPC has received 2,124 submitted and invited papers from 68 countries. About 70 percent of the papers will be accepted by the IPC. The accepted papers will be organized into 240 sessions that cover a broad spectrum of well established and emerging aspects of control theories, methodologies, and applications. Five Congress plenary sessions have also been confirmed. One of plenary sessions will present the recent advances of automatic control in China. Similar to the 1996 IFAC World Congress in San Francisco, CA, there will be Pre-Congress Tutorial and Industrial Workshops on control theories, methodologies, and industrial applications held July 3-4 just prior to the 1999 IFAC World Congress. To benefit the development of control industry in China, a large scale International Exhibition on Industrial Control, Instrumentation, and Computers will be held in the Beijing International Convention Center during the Congress.

To provide financial support for authors from developing countries and student authors, the IFAC China Foundation and a Financial Aid Committee have been set up. In addition to the technical program, various technical visits and pre- and post-congress tours are also being planned. The detailed updated information of the IFAC '99 Beijing Congress concerning registration fees, hotels, visa applications, and other information can be found on the IFAC '99 Congress Web Site at http://www.ifac-control.org/beijing99/ifac99.html.

On behalf of the IFAC and the Chinese Association of Automation, I invite you to participate in the last IFAC Congress of the 20th Century.

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