American Automatic Control Council


The mission of the AACC is to promote cooperation among the various segments of the automatic control profession within the US, and to represent the US in international activities.

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Explore the History

Prior to World War II, control activity in the United States was mostly in the design of electronic feedback amplifiers and in chemical process control where the PID controller was king.

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Learn about AACC

The American Automatic Control Council (AACC) is an association of the control systems divisions of nine member societies to represent the United States (U.S.) to the world control community and to support the mission of the individual member societies in enhancing the role and contributions of automation to the benefit of humankind.

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Our Resources

View AACC’s Resources to see Plenary Lectures and Videos that reveal automation.

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President's Message


Welcome to the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) website. AACC was founded in 1957. Its mission statement is “to promote cooperation among the various segments of the automatic control profession within the US, and to represent the US in international activities.” To implement the mission, AACC is the United States’ National Member Organization of the International Federation for Control (IFAC). In this role, AACC facilitates participation in IFAC by US control engineers.

AACC does not have individuals as members. Rather, to widely promote cooperation throughout the control profession, our members include professional engineering societies that have an interest in automatic control. The current membership is: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Applied Probability Society (APM, a subdivision of INFORMS), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Society of Automation (ISA), Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Each member society selects a person to represent their organization on the AACC Board of Directors. AACC is a non-profit organization, returning our entire annual surplus to our member organizations.

In addition to representing the US in IFAC, AACC’s major activities include two high-quality annual conferences: the American Control Conference (ACC) offered in late Spring or early Summer, and the Modeling Estimation and Control Conference (MECC) offered in the Fall. The proceedings of these conferences are archived in IEEE’s Xplore and IFAC’s PapersOnLine, respectively.  AACC also coordinates all IFAC symposiums, workshops and conferences held in the United States, and sponsors a set of awards that are given annually at the ACC.

AACC is an all-volunteer organization, with only one part-time employee. If you are interested in volunteering, contact an officer, director, a member of the operating committee of any conference, or email me at (Click to show email).

Please feel free to browse this website to find more details about AACC.

Robert Judd
President, American Automatic Control Council

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