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American Control Conferences

ACC Overview

The American Control Conference (ACC) is an annual 3-day meeting that brings together an international community of researchers and practitioners in all areas related to the engineering and science of control systems. It features presentations and discussions on the latest scientific developments as well as application successes and lessons learned. Participants convene to discuss the latest advances in the discipline, to shape its future directions, to provide training and educational opportunities for attendees, and to develop and maintain scientific and professional networks. The ACC program features plenary and semi-plenary lectures, contributed and invited papers, and tutorial and special sessions. Several pre-conference workshops are held. Annual awards recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to control theory and practice. The conference typically attracts about 1300 participants and features about 1000 refereed papers. It is internationally recognized with about 40% participation from outside the United States. Normally held in June, the ACC venues rotate from the west, midwest, and east regions to maximize audience and professional impact.

The ACC is held under the auspices of American Automatic Control Council (AACC), the US National Member Organization of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). The AACC is governed by its Board of Directors with board members from the eight sponsoring technical societies:  the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Automation (ISA), the Society for Computer Simulation (SCS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Planning ACC

Planning for the ACC starts five years in advance of the actual conference with the selection of the General Chair (GC) who is approved by the AACC Board of Directors (AACC BoD). The GC and Chair of the AACC Technical Meetings Committee then survey potential cities and hotels that can accommodate the requirements of the ACC and follow up with site visits. Hotel contracts are negotiated and reviewed, and a shortlist of cities/hotels is proposed to the AACC BoD for consideration, and one venue is selected, approved, and secured four years in advance. The GC selects a Program Chair, with AACC BoD approval, and the two individuals start to fill out their ACC Operating Committee (OpCom) members at least three years in advance. The OpCom positions include the Vice Chair (VC) for Invited Sessions, VC for Industry Activities, VC for Special Sessions, VC for Workshops, and Chairs for Finance, Student Programs, Publications, Registration, Exhibits, Publicity and Local Arrangements.  The technical program is supported by a Program Committee of about 40 individuals and eight Society Review Chairs.  All individuals involved in the planning and execution of the ACC are volunteers from the control systems divisions of the eight member societies associated with AACC.  If you are interested in participating in any ACC activities, please send a short description of your interest and previous organizational activities to the AACC Vice President along with a couple of reference contacts who are familiar with your previous activities. Members from industry and national laboratories are especially urged to participate in organizing the ACC.

Recent ACC Highlights

Location:  The 2012 ACC was held in Montreal, Canada; the first ACC held outside of the United States.

Attendance The 2013 ACC (Washington DC) had a record 1475 registrants.

Public Lecture (open to the public):  2013 ACC (Washington DC):  “How We Interact with Robots, Feedback Loops, and Autonomous Systems: Historical Perspectives and a Look Forward,” 750+ in attendance.

Awards:  A separate, more intimate awards ceremony held to honor award recipients. 

Student Activities:  Nearly $50,000 in student travel grants, reduced registration/hotel costs, students invited to banquet

Receptions:  Several held outside of the hotel venues and included the World Forestry Center (Portland), National Air and Space Museum (Washington DC), Baltimore Aquarium, Top of the Met (St. Louis), Seattle Space Needle, and Nicollet Island (Minneapolis).

Future ACCs

2017       Seattle, Sheraton                                   May 24-26    Jing Sun (GC), Rajesh Rajamani (PC)

2018       Milwaukee, Hilton City Center             June 27-29   Jordan Berg (GC), Zongli Lin (PC)

2019       Philadelphia, PA, USA                           July 10-12    Douglas Lawrence (GC), Andrea Serrani (PC)

2020       Denver, CO, USA                                    July 1-3         Santosh Devasia (GC), TBD (PC)

ACC 2013  ACC 2014

2013 American Control Conference -- ACC2013
Washington, DC, USA
June 17-19, 2013

2014 American Control Conference -- ACC2014
Portland, OR, USA
June 4-6, 2014

ACC 2015  ACC 2016

2015 American Control Conference -- ACC2015
Chicago, IL, USA
July 1-3, 2015

2016 American Control Conference -- ACC2016
Boston, MA, USA
July 6-8, 2016

ACC 2017 ACC 2018

2017 American Control Conference -- ACC2017
Seattle, WA, USA
May 24-26, 2017

2018 American Control Conference -- ACC2018
Milwaukee, WI, USA
June 27-29, 2018

ACC 2019 ACC 2020
2019 American Control Conference – AACC2019
Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 10-12, 2019
2020 American Control Conference – ACC2020
Denver, CO, USA
July 1-3, 2020