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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.
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!
After selection by the Steering Committee and approval by the Board of Directors, AACC is pleased to announce that Douglas A. Lawrence will be the General Chair for the 2019 ACC, and Santosh Devasia for the 2020 ACC.
The 2015 ACC will be held at the Hilton Palmer House, Chicago, July 1-3, 2015, with workshops on June 29&30. Richard D. Braatz, General Chair, reports 1654 total submissions, including 57 invited sessions and 8 tutorial sessions. Sixteen workshops and 8 special sessions were accepted. The technical program is being finalized. Plans are underway for a High School Student and Teacher workshop on control. For more information, visit the conference site at http://www.a2c2.org/conferences/acc2015/index.html.