Report of the Technical Committee on Control Education
November, 2002
Prepared by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, chair of the TCCE

Contents:

  1. Open Planning Meeting of the TCCE in Alaska Minutes
  2. Partnership with IFAC in Control Education

  3. 2002 CONTROL AWARENESS DAYS
    A WORKSHOP FOR LAS VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON THE UBIQUITY OF CONTROL 

  4. Meeting of the TCCE IN LAS VEGAS open to ALL MEMBERS

  5. 2003 TCCE Activities at 2003 ACC in Denver and 2003 CDC in Hawaii, proposals

  6. Joint project with Standing Committee on Women in Control, Proposal for NSF-CSS Mentoring Travel Grants for Women
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  7. Joint project with Standing Committee on Women in Control,
    Proposal for CSS Workshop for Women Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D.'s in Honor of Cheryl Schrader, 2003 President of CSS

  8. Members and Corresponding Members of the TCCE

  9. Collaborative Effort in Control Education 

  10. Web Page and Related Links

  11. Call for members' input 

  12. Acknowledgments

 

1.   Open Planning Meeting of IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education

American Control Conference 2002
Anchorage Hilton
09 May 2002

Meeting Minutes:

Participants Present: John Westman, Chair (JW) - UCLA , Floyd Hanson Co-Chair (FH) - UIC , Kishan Baheti (KB) - NSF,› Won-jong Kim (WK) - Texas A & M Univ

Chris Kozlowski (CK) - Poznan Univ. of Technology, Poland, Bob Leland (BL) - Univ. Alabama, Molly H. Shor (MS) - Oregon State Univ

Agenda:

1.  Objective: Contribute beyond a mailing list.

2.  Introduce Audience.

   a. Get List of Names.

   b. Request Nominations for TC on Control Education.

3.  Suggest Richard Murray report of the Panel on Future Directions in Control,› Dynamics, and Systems education chapter as a basis for discussion of the need to make control more accessible: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/cdspanel/

4.  CDC02 Panel

5.  CDC03 Workshop (Part II of ACC00).

6.  Seek activities or links of other Control groups in USA and abroad.

7.  Highlight on web Control Groups›

8.  Seek Links to existing and new control programs, courses and control education papers.

9.  Collaborate with other international control education programs such as IFAC.

10. Develop useful TC on Control Education webpage.

The Minutes: Summary:

Suggested interaction with ACC03 and ACC04. For local high school teachers, must show lesson plan

Sports demos/projects best for high school students

Need about 200 local high school students.

At Johns Hopkins = 10-15 min. talks for 10-15 demos. At› Cornell, robots used. Plus poster sessions would be good if done by 3pm.

›››› Suggested population dynamics using Maple demo.

›››› MATLAB good for control demos.

›››› Need for progressive approach.

›››› See Richard Murray (CalTech) report of the Panel on Future Directions in Control, Dynamics, and

›››› Systems at website: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/cdspanel/

›››› Education chapter is a good basis for making control accessible at many levels.

›››› Suggested submitting

›››› Webpages (links) to hanson@uic.edu for TC on Control Education webpage›

›››› CDC02 (Las Vegas) Panel on Control Education?

›››› CDC03 (Maui, Hawaii) follow-up workshop to ACC00.

›››› Contact Mathworks for demos. For teachers, Block diagrams useful.›

›››› REU programs - Robotics demos:

›››› See Cornell Demo; BYU RoboSoccer. Contact REU PIs.›

›››› MAA, SIAM, IFAC interactions.

››› Successful robotic soccer. In Poland, Simple computer + PI + ...New program:›

›››› Control and Robotics course. Change course, so students can get better jobs.

›››› History of control; Industry control panels; ACCXX interactive demos.

›››› Use local community colleges and local high schools.

›››› Grow a repository of TC on Control Education.

›››› From Notes of Floyd Hanson.

›››› Edited on November 10,› 2002 by Bozenna Pasik- Duncan

2.›› Partnership with IFAC in Control Education

Exciting News! A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TWO COMMITTEES--the CSS EDCOM and the IFAC ED COM has been formally established at the last IFAC Congress in Barcelona, July, 2002. Chairs of both committees become co-chair of the other committee.

See Minutes from the 15th IFAC World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.

SEE THE IFAC EDCOM's Project Initiatives at: www.gu.edu.au/centre/icsl/edcom/

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3.››› 2002 CONTROL AWARENESS DAYS

A WORKSHOP FOR LAS VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON THE UBIQUITY OF CONTROL

Control Engineers and Control Engineering Students Team Up to Show High School Students Control is Everywhere.

OVER› 130 High School Students and 10 Teachers from Las Vegas Magnet High Schools will attend the Workshop.

December 11, 2002
The Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada
in conjuction with the
IEEE 2002 Conference on Decision and Control

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Organizer: The CSS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON CONTROL EDUCATION
Sponsored by: National Science Foundation and CSS Technical Activity Board
Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, University of Kansas
Co-chairs: Sun, Jing, Molly Shor, Floyd Hanson, John Westman, Krzysztof Kozlowski

 

STUDENTS + WORKSHOPS = SUCCESS + FUN
High School Students from the Las Vegas area
will meet control people at the

2002 CDC
DECEMBER 11, 2002
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m
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Students will attend the CDC plenary talk that day.

 

Welcome given by
Bozenna Pasik- Duncan, chair of the TC on Control Education Leonard Shaw, President of CSS, Cheryl Schrader, President-Elect, John Baillieul, Vice President for Technical Activities, Umit Ozguner and Kenneth A. Loparo , chairs of the 2002 CDC,Kishan Baheti, NSF

Presentations and Demonstrations

Control Researchers and their Students will present success stories in control.

The list of speakers include: C.Cassandras, R.D'Andrea,T. Djaferis,T.Duncan, K. Furuta, P.R. Kumar, R.Murray, M.Spong

Students will Meet Control People including Members of the Control Education Committee and some› former National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Awardees who will share their success stories. ›››››››

Discussions and a tour through the exhibits with the assistance of the students/participants of conference.

 

The Purpose of the Workshop:

The purpose of this Workshop is to expose high school students to control applicatons and› research, to initiate such workshops as regular events at each of the two major conferences and also to initiate a series of similar workshops at every University having a control group around the world. This workshop will bring together undergraduates, graduates and high school students.

The purpose of the Workshop is to describe control and systems ideas and technology, and to› increase the general awareness of the importance of control and systems technology and its cross-disciplinary nature among high school students.

Former control undergraduates and current graduates› will show that control› education can take them everywhere, not only to engineering but also to medicine, finance, telecommunications, physics, astronomy or to philosophy of science.

A Proclamation of Control Awareness Days prepared by the Technical Committee on Control Education and approved by the BOG will be arranged and done in the office› of the Mayor of Las Vegas, with assistance of students, participants of the CDC and teachers of local high schools.

The Control Education Committee believes that this type of outreach program will attract students to control and related fields.

The Program, presentations, report and recommendations will be posted on the Workshop's web page:

http://www.math.ku.edu/ksacg/CSS/caworkshop1202.html

 

4. Meeting of the TCCE in LAS VEGAS is open to ALL MEMBERS

The committee will meet on December 11 to prepare the report and recommendations for
Future Workshop for High School Teachers and Students and the Committee will have a regular open meeting on the same day.

Next open meeting of the TCCE
WEDNESDAY,› DECEMBER› 11, 2002
AT›› 5:00-6:00 IN ROOM HP3
The Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas

 

5. 2003 TCCE Activities at 2003 ACC in Denver and 2003 CDC in Hawaii, proposals

The Workshop for High School Teachers of Math, Science and Technology will be organized at the 2003 ACC in Denver. This Workshop will be follow up

The First NSF Workshop for High School Teachers of Math and Science on Ideas and Technology of Control Systems, June 2000, ACC in Chicago

See report posted on http://www.math.ukans.edu/ksacg/nsf_hswkshop.html

The Workshop for High School Students will be organized at 2003 CDC in Hawaii

›A session (s) on Control Education will be organized jointly with the IFAC EDCOM

 

6. Joint project with Standing Committee on Women in Control,

Proposal for NSF-CSS Mentoring Travel Grants for Women›››
The Committee is in the process of discussing with the NSF and preparing new Proposal.

The objective of the NSF-CSS Mentoring Travel Grants is to help junior women to develop a long-term working and mentoring relationship with a senior engineer.› This relationship should help the junior engineer to establish her research program and eventually receive tenure. Each grant will fund travel, accommodations, and other required expenses for an untenured woman engineer to travel to an institute or a department to do research with a specified individual for one month.› The full proposal will be submitted to the executive committee with endorsement from the Vice-President of Technical Activities and the Vice-President of Membership Activities.› The project has been discussed in the Women in Control Group for over two years.

 

7. Joint project with Standing Committee on Women in Control,

Proposal for CSS Workshop for Women Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D.'s in Honor of Cheryl Schrader, 2003 President of CSS

The TCCE would like to honor Cheryl Schrader, the President of CSS in 2003 by organizing the First Workshop for Women Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D'S in conjunction with the 2003 CDC.

We would like to initiate a series of Workshops for Women Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D's in conjuction with major control conferences.

Proposal for the Workshop to be submitted to NSF and CSS Executive Committee

FORMAT: The Workshop will consist of a poster session by graduate students and two or three mini-symposia featuring selected recent Ph.D.', plus an informational mini-symposium directed at starting a career. The graduate student poster sessions will include all areas of research, but each mini-symposium will have a definite focus selected from the specified research areas.

Funding for travel and two days subsistence for the selected participants would be most desirable.

All control (female and male) will be invited to attend the program.

Departments will be urged to help graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s obtain supplementary institutional support to attend the workshop presentations and the associated CDC .›

DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS: We are› planning to seek volunteers to lead discussion groups and to act as mentors for workshop participants.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for selection ( and possible funding), a graduate student must have begun work on her thesis problem, and a recent Ph.D. must have received her degree within approximately the last five years, whether or not she currently holds a postdoctoral or other academic or non-academic position.› All non-US citizens must have a current US address.› All› applications should include a cover letter, a summary of research work (one or two pages), a title and abstract (75 words or less) of the proposed poster or talk, and a curriculum vitae.› A supporting letter of recommendation from a faculty member or control researcher› who knows her research will be required for graduate student applicants, and will be recommended but not required for Ph.D.'s.››

SELECTION PROCESS: The CSS Technical Committee on Control Education will be in charge of selection process.

All selected (and possibly funded) participants are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the full› one or two› -day program. Those individuals selected will be notified by the Chair of Control Education Activities and will need to submit a title and abstract with name, affiliation, address, etc. by mid-June or July to the CDC Program Chair for the meeting program; instructions with the notification will be provided.› Some advice on the application process will be provided on the CDC web site.

8.  Members and Corresponding Members of the TCCE

The committee has become a "dynamical› system", it changes in time.

Only those who have been expressing interest in working on control education are current› Members of the Committee. All› interested in being informed only have become Corresponding› Members. The list of those is very long. The door is open to all CSS members with new initiatives, who have› a lot to offer to control education.

9.  Collaborative Effort in Control Education

The Committee believes in collaborative work.

In recent years many new application areas of control have arisen, e.g. medicine and telecommunications.› While researchers from CSS are involved in these applications, there does not seem to be› courses for graduate students to develop a suitable expertise in control applications to these other important areas.› Such courses seem to be very important for the next generation of control researchers.

The Committee is seeking for remarkable examples of collaboration between Engineering School and other schools or other departments. These examples should serve as models for others. We are looking for examples of new control engineering courses that has been created recently and have useful applications towards the future.

 

10.Web Page and Related Links

The TCCE is in the development stage and needs your input.

We would like to have links to your new courses,› to conferences On Control Education, DISTINGUISHED LECTURES ON CONTROL EDUCATION , all Society educational offerings,

The Committee needs to work closely with other Technical Committees.   It is time for vertical and parallel collaboration.

Vertical means: engineers, graduate students, undergraduate students, high school students and elementary students ( read the article " Engineers and Educators Team Up to Show Students Technology is Everywhere" The Institute, November 2002, Vol.26,No.11, p.4)

Parallel means: engineers, mathematicians, educators, medical doctors, and business schools, science and even fine arts researchers.

 

11. Call for members' input

THE COMMITTEE IS WAITING FOR SUCCESS STORIES IN SHOWING CONTROL IN THESE TYPES OF COLLABORATIONS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL HIGHLY APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.› IT IS TIME FOR› PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION AND PROGRESSIVE EDUCATORS.› IT IS MOST EXCITING TIME FOR ALL OF US AND OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE STUDENTS.›

 

12. Acknowledgments

The chair of the Committee would like to take the opportunity› to thank all current members of the Committee› for their outstanding work and the current Executive Committee for their outstanding assistance on all projects. Special thanks go to John Baillieul, Vice President for Technical Activities for his most beautiful assistance and trust, to the General Chairs and Organizing Committees of the 2002 and 2003 CDCs› and 2003 ACC and to Kishan Baheti for his valuable advice and support.› Many people who are not mentioned by names are involved in this committee's activities. The committee says BIG THANKS TO ALL OF THEM.