President's Corner President's Corner

It is with pleasure that I send you my best wishes for the new year and the new millennium. The AACC's most recent meeting took place in early January in Dallas, Texas, and I will share with you a few important items that were discussed at that meeting.

The 2001 ACC is almost upon us and will be held Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. This is a prime location that is well-connected to Washington, DC via the Metro subway system, and about forty museums can be reached in just a few minutes. More than 950 invited and contributed technical papers will be presented as well as 9 industrial tutorial sessions. In addition to the conference exhibits and tutorial workshops, 30 poster sessions will be presented (this is a first for any ACC meeting). Further, on-line web-based registration will be possible through the conference web page. To take full advantage of technology, there will be both overhead projectors and LCD projectors (for laptop computers) available in every room for the oral presentation sessions. The 2001 ACC will also include three special sessions on "National Research Initiatives", "The History of Feedback Control", and "From Theory to Wall Street." I add my invitation to General Chair Bruce Krogh's for you to take part in this conference.

As you may recall from my article in the last newsletter, AACC will be hosting the IFAC Council as well as most of the IFAC committees' meetings during the 2001 ACC. This will be truly a unique opportunity for ACC attendees to interact directly with IFAC officials. The US has been well represented over the years in IFAC activities, but there is always room for membership on technical committees for those who are interested to serve. Plans are also underway for formal discussions between IFAC leaders and the AACC to explore novel avenues for US control engineers to expand their activities within IFAC for increased international cooperation.

As AACC is always looking for your input, I urge you to take part in the 2001 ACC Pulse questionnaire survey. Following two years of using the short form, the expanded version will be used this year. Take a few moments during the ACC to complete the form. For additional questions or comments, please contact the AACC Vice President Christos Georgakis at c.georgakis@lehigh.edu.

Now let me conclude my column with a few words on next year's ACC in Anchorage, Alaska planned for May 8-10, 2002. General Chair Russ Rhinehart and his organizing committee are in the midst of their preparations. AACC has recently approved the creation of a new Chair for Student Affairs in order to coordinate the various student activities for the ACC Conferences, with the first such Chair working to ensure that during the 2002 ACC the experience of both students and professional attendees is enhanced by students' participation.

I invite you to learn more about the 2001 ACC and beyond by visiting the ACC conference web page at http://www.acc.a2c2.org.

As always, you may direct your comments or questions to me at kheir@oakland.edu.