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The first American Control Conference was held in 1982 at Arlington, VA.  Since that time, is has grown in scope, attendees, and activities.  Figure 1 shows registrations for the ACC over the most recent ten-year period increasing at a rate of about 35 attendees per year, which we attribute as an indicator of the quality and relevance of the technical program.   Each third year (2008, 2011, 2014) seems to show a consistent decrease in attendees.  This is not surprising since these conferences are held during the same year as the IFAC World Congress. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s an interesting story:  The name for AACC assigned by the Internal Revenue Service was the “American Automatic Control Council Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn”.  Former AACC Treasurer Jordan Berg discovered that it had been that way from May 11, 1964, when the IRS granted the 501 (c) 3 status to the AACC, to just recently, after current AACC Treasurer Linda Bushnell sent a letter to the IRS in June 2014 requesting the change. Our official IRS name has now returned to the original (from the founding on March 16, 1957) “American Automatic Control Council.”  Yea!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The AACC gives six awards annually. They are the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, the Control Engineering Practice Award, the Donald P. Eckman Award, the John R. Ragazzini Education Award, and the O. Hugo Schuck best paper awards--one emphasizing theory and one emphasizing practice.

Monday, May 11, 2015

President's Message

Photo of President - Tariq Samad

Welcome to the American Automatic Control Council (AACC, aka A2C2)!  AACC is an umbrella organization encompassing the groups and individuals of member societies with an interest in control science and engineering.  At present AACC has eight member societies:  AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ISA (International Society of Automation), SCS (Society for Modeling & Simulation International), and SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).  As is evident from the diversity of these organizations, the existence of AACC is an endorsement of the fact that control, both in its theory and its applications, transcends traditional engineering disciplines.  In the U.S., AACC is the leading organization responsible for pursuing these cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations for broad-based societal impact.