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2014 ACC – Portland – A Success

Monday, December 1, 2014
More than 1200 registrants (including 350 students) from more than 40 countries enjoyed the technical and social programs. Most conference activities were held at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel in downtown Portland, one of the most walking- and biking-friendly cities in the US.  Eleven workshops were held before the conference on Monday and Tuesday, on topics ranging from Battery Management Systems to Robust Control.  The opening reception at the hotel featured a “beer tasting” including several of Portland’s famous micro-brews. The closing reception was held off-site at the World Forestry Center, a short ride on the MAX light rail (public transportation) from the Hilton. Participants viewed exhibits about forests both in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe, while enjoying food and drinks under sunny skies.  Industry participation included 8 Gold and 13 Silver Sponsors, four of which hosted lunchtime special sessions describing their products or introducing opportunities at their companies.  Many of the sponsors also had booths in the exhibit hall, enabling them to interact with the attendees on an informal basis during the conference.  The sun shone all week in Portland, the mountain was visible, the food was tasty and plentiful, and ACC attendees had a memorable conference.
 
– Dawn Tilbury, General Chair, 2014 American Control Conference.
 
Photos show Dr. Tilbury opening the conference, the plenary session, award recipients, behind the scenes coordination by AACC officers, and discussion about control during free time.