2007 American Control Conference, July 11-13, 2007, New York, NY USA

Special Sessions
Special session chair: Danny Abramovitch, danny@agilent.com


History Session: Tuesday 5-6 pm, before the opening reception
This session will be a few talks and a panel on the history and effects of the Information Dissemination Committee on the CSS.  Speakers will include Stephen Kahne and Abe Haddad. 

Special Finance Session: Wednesday afternoon & evening
This workshop presents a first principles development of subspace system identification (ID) using a fundamental statistical approach. This includes basic concepts of reduced rank modeling of ill-conditioned data to obtain the most appropriate statistical model structure and order using optimal maximum likelihood methods. These principles are first applied to the well developed subspace ID of linear dynamic models; and using recent results, it is extended to closed-loop linear systems and then general nonlinear closedloop systems.

National Science Foundation Open House
Kishan Baheti and Shankar Sastry are organizing a NSF open house.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Marriott Marquis Hotel, room TBD
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007

This year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting a “hospitality suite” to introduce students and new conference attendees to NSF and its Program Directors in a casual atmosphere. All conference attendees are invited and encouraged to visit the National Science Foundation Open House and learn about recent opportunities in NSF research funding. 

New Frontiers of Dynamic Systems: Thursday evening (Sorry, Cancelled)
Rahmat A. Shoureshi and Eduardo Misawa are organizing a session on “New Frontiers in Dynamic Systems.” This will be based on a NSF Workshop that will be held during March 1 & 2, 2007. It will address dynamics in such areas as: Bio, Nano, Infrastructure, and Social systems.

ISA Special Session: Thursday evening (maybe Wednesday)
R. Russell Rhinehart, Randy Buchanan; Dale Lee will lead a special ISA session described as follows:

The ISA Automation Engineering Taskforce would like to have an open, feedback, discussion session at the 2007 ACC.  The topic is creating an Automation Engineering (or some similar title) B.S. degree in the US.  We would anticipate a 15-minute presentation about market need, draft curriculum, and how to implement it; and would be wanting feedback from engineering educators about the concepts as well as soliciting faculty participants and likely colleges for initiating it.

How Not to Present Your Work: Friday, noon
Danny Abramovitch, Mark Balas, and Bob Bitmead will give students tips on how to lower the level of their tutorial from bad to completely inscrutable. A few recommendations will also be given for those who for some reason want to avoid this.

Women in Control Lunch, Wednesday, 11:30