Workshops and Special Sessions

2011 American Control Conference — ACC 2011

Special Education Session: Emerging Control Education Issues.  Plain Talks on Systems & Control for a Wide Range of the Public (Revisited) 

Organizer and Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, University of Kansas and Chair of CSS and AACC Technical Committees on Control Education

Sponsored by: CSS, AACC and University of Kansas

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM,  Imperial A

This Special Education Session will focus on multiple challenges and opportunities that are presented to young investigators preparing for careers in science and engineering and will address important control engineering education issues of balancing math, science and technology in engineering education. Invited international control engineering scholars and educators from academia and industry will share a word of wisdom in addressing the following and other related questions: How do we integrate research and education? What we, scientists and educators, should do about cultivating student interest in science, math and engineering? Is it important for control engineering students to know math and science? Should control engineering education focus mostly on engineering? What kind of control engineering textbooks are popular among students? Do they need textbooks? This event follows a series of similar successful events and celebrates the 11th Anniversary of the Control Systems Society and American Automatic Control Council Outreach Program.  This special Session will also revisit the project "Plain Talk on Systems & Control for a Wide Range of the Public" initiated at the 2006 CDC in New Orleans and discuss the follow up project. One of the major challenges for the controls community is to enhance its own public image and convey the essence and contribution of the field to outsiders; for this, coordinated effort has to take place.  The purpose of this follow up project is to prepare “Plain Talk about the Power, Beauty and Excitement of  the Cross Boundaries Nature of the Systems & Control for the Non-Control Engineering Audience.”  A sample of short talks given at various workshops for high school teachers and students as well as for a target audience of non-control engineering professionals and the general public will be presented and discussed.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Professor, Department of Mathematics
503 Snow Hall, University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Telephone: (785) 864-5162

Resources & Links

IFAC Control Resources

IFAC Technical Committee on Control Education

Math Awareness Month

International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)

7th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE'06) 2006

Women in Control, CDC/ECC Seville, Spain 2005 (Photo Gallery)

2nd NSF Workshop Denver 2003


STC Workshop Proceedings 2001 (free download)

NSF Workshop - Chicago 2000