Panel Sessions

Two panel sessions will offer discussions with renowned researchers.


Wednesday, July 15, 16:00-17:30

Industry, Academia and Government — Best Practices for Interaction

Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas, USA)
Co-Chair: Atanas Serbezov (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA)
Panelists: Karl Åström (Lund University, Sweden), Frank Doyle (Harvard University, USA), Sonja Glavaski (Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA), Iven Mareels (IBM Research Australia), Tariq Samad (University of Minnesota, USA), Dawn Tilbury (National Science Foundation, USA)

To help researchers, in particular, young researchers focus on engaging more with the industry by showcasing their scholarly activity in an accessible way. The event includes a presentation period by those who have been engaged in interaction activities among industry, academia and government to share their success stories based on opportunities and challenges and to discuss with attendees their experiences and ideas for these important interaction activities. This session will serve as an excellent training for young scientists on how to discover, be inspired and motivated by real applications to advance control theory as well as how to be prepared for existing opportunities and challenges in finding real applications in the modern world. Open to all IFAC Congress Delegates. Students and young scientists are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

Thursday, July 16, 16:00-17:30

First Control Course for Engineers: Findings from a Survey of the Global Control Community

Organizers: Anthony J. A. Rossiter (University of Sheffield, UK), Atanas Serbezov (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA), Katarina Zakova (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia), Mikulas Huba (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia), Antonio Visioli (University of Brescia, Italy)
Panelists: Dennis Williams (Lyondell Chemical, USA), Margret Bauer (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Nicanor Quijano (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Craig Buhr (Mathworks, USA)

Undergraduate students in many engineering programs around the world take only one control course. The focus of this panel session is on the most important topics and concepts that need to be included in this one and only control course. This issue is relevant to both academia and industry. The IFAC Technical Committee on Education (TC 9.4) in cooperation with the IFAC Industry Committee has completed a comprehensive survey of the global control community. The panel session will briefly introduce the most significant findings of the survey, and will initiate a live conversation with the audience about their interpretation.