President's Corner President's Corner

As you find in the last page of this Newsletter, my term as the President started at the closure of the meeting of the AACC Board of Directors at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in San Diego last December. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Perkins for his excellent service as the AACC President for the past two years. Dagfinn Gangsass has completed his six year term as an AACC officer, and Naim Kheir has initiated his service as the Vice President. Thanks Dagfinn, and welcome Naim. Abe Haddad and Mal Beaverstock have agreed to continue as the Secretary and the Treasurer during my term as President. Their experience and wisdom is a great asset to AACC, and I thank them for their dedicated service.

The 1997 ACC was another success. Thanks to General Chair Naim Kheir, Program Chair Steve Yurkovich and members of the Operating and Program Committees for their excellent job. You can find a detailed report by Naim Kheir in the December 1997 issue of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. A notable new feature of the 1997 ACC was an industry and applications track, which covered topics of special interest to engineers from industry. The results of the survey conducted during the conference indicate that this attempt was well received by participants. For more on the survey results, you will find another article in this newsletter.

General Chair Joe Chow and Program Chair Bonnie Heck are leading our planning for the 1998 ACC. AACC has established a new award, the Control Practice Award, and the first winner of this award will be announced at the 1998 ACC.

We are planning to have the 2002 ACC in Anchorage, Alaska. This should be an exciting event for many of us who have not visited Alaska. Please note that the event will most likely be in the early part of May because of availability of hotels in Anchorage. This might work rather well because we will have an IFAC Congress in Barcelona in July 2002.

As you recall, the AACC, as the National Member Organization of IFAC, served as the host for the 1996 IFAC Congress in San Francisco. The AACC also took financial responsibility for the Congress, and good planning led to the Congress generating a surplus. A portion of this surplus is being kept by the AACC to introduce new initiatives, which will benefit the control community in the United States as well as the entire world. One of the initiatives is to provide support for at-risk attendees to IFAC events in the US including ACC.

Your officers and directors are interested in hearing your comments and suggestions. Please send them by email to tomizuka@me.berkeley.edu .

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