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 in 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.
Recent News Items
The American Automatic Control Council sponsors five awards, to recognize excellence in scientific, technological, or educational contributions to automatic control. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Thomas F. Edgar, Magnus Egerstedt, Francis J. Doyle III, Aaron D. Ames, Richard P. Mason, Antonis Papachristodoulou, Matthew Bellman, Teng-Hu Cheng, Ryan J. Downey, and Warren Dixon. Use the Awards Programs menu to link to award descriptions, citations, and background for the recipients. Also each ACC determines the best student paper. Congratulations to Hector E. Perez and his faculty mentor Scott Moura
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.
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!