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    Open Invited Track on

    Exhibition of Demonstrators for Educational purposes in Control sciences


    Abstract: This open invited track is focused on the exhibition of educational devices in order to promote the excellence of colleagues involved in learning process of control concepts. The exhibition will highlight the future applicative trends of automation and control teaching in academia or for professional degrees. A specific aspect is related to virtual and remote labs in control.



    IFAC technical committee for evaluation:            TC9.4 (Control education)


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    Detailed description:

    The scope for this open invited track concerns the IFAC technical committee TC 9.4 (Control education) from the CC 9 cluster (social system). It is focused on the exhibition of education devices related to:

    • University education and continuing education issues in control engineering.
    • Methodologies for improving the theory, practice and accessibility of control systems education.
    • Control engineering laboratories (based on low-cost technologies), experiments, computer aided design, distance and virtual education technologies, e-learning, and internet based teaching technologies. Cooperation and technology transfer between academia and industry.


    The open invited track devoted to Exhibition of Demonstrators for Educational purposes in Control sciences is meant to bring teachers, researchers and industrial partners together to share results, attractive challenges, network and feedback based on teaching practice. Organizers aim to provide a lively session to get fruitful exchanges and proposals for future collaborative research.

    Academic researchers and lecturers in control, R&D specialists in instrumentation, control and industrial automation, and practicing control engineers from a variety of industrial sectors are invited to submit their work and to carefully detail educational aspects of their demonstrator. For example the following questions could be highlighted:

    • How to evaluate the effect of demonstrator on the learning process?
    • How to bring academia and industry together to facilitate and develop learning experiences which attract students to control engineering?
    • How to use a demonstrator in order to promote control with its cross-boundary nature as a field that spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?
    • How to adopt and promote Internet-based methodologies for teaching control engineering?
    • How to develop a demonstrator in order to close the gap between control education practice and control engineering practice?


    Topics of interest include but are not confined to:

    • Teaching aids for control engineering
    • Virtual and remote labs, virtual reality in control education
    • University-industry co-operation in control engineering education
    • International programs in control engineering education
    • Teacher and student exchange programs between control labs
    • Embedded systems
    • Tele-operation
    • Distributed pedagogical agents and smart devices
    • Problem-based learning






    If you intend to bring your demonstrator device to the world congress in Berlin, please provide an additional document describing the needed space and needed infrastructure.


    The French association of teachers in automatic control (club EEA) representative, based on International Demonstrator Paper Prize Selection Committee recommendation, will deliver a special “best demonstrator for education” award.


    About Organizers…

    Anthony ROSSITER was educated at Oxford University (MA in engineering Science 1987, DPhil in Multivariable Control 1990) before taking up his first academic post at Loughborough in 1992 and subsequently moving to Sheffield in 2001. His main technical research interests have centred around predictive control where his core contributions have linked to the historical developments in and understanding of dual mode approaches and associated stability guarantees. Since joining Sheffield he has taken an increasing interest in education and how we make use of modern technology and pedagogical knowledge to improve the learning environment for University students, and indeed staff as well.. Currently he serves as chair of the both the IFAC and IEEE Technical Committees on Control Education


    Laurent AUTRIQUE received a postgraduate degree (DEA) in process control from the Ecole Centrale (Nantes, France) in 1992, and a Ph.D. degree in the same institute in 1995. He was a research scientist for the PROMES Research Institute (C.N.R.S. Perpignan, France) until 2002. Then he was from 2002 to 2007 in the EHF Department (Expertise Hauts Flux), DGA (Weaponry Department of French Ministry of Defence) Font Romeu, (France). He is currently professor in LARIS (Polytech’ Angers, France). His research works are devoted to parametric identification, inverse problems, and process analysis. Main publications are focused on nonlinear PDE system describing state evolution of complex thermal processes.



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