At ACE we will be running a number of different interactive sessions to involve participants in discussion, learning, support and even training. We have already planned a number of these as seen below, but please do contact the organizers directly if you wish to propose a session that will be a good contribution to this symposium.

  • Demonstration session by students
  • Poster session by students 
  • Reception and discussion session for women 
  • Panel session on best practices in collaboration between industry and academia

Special Session

The Power, Beauty and Excitement of Cross-Boundaries Nature of Control, a Field that Spans Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) -  Workshop for Elementary & Middle & High School Students,Teachers & Parents

at IFAC Advancement in Control Education (ACE'2019) Symposium ( organized in conjunction with ACC’2019 (

Monday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel
Co-Organizers: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, University of Kansas, USA & Afef Fekih, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA 
Program Committee: Members of AACC Technical Committee on Education, IFAC Technical Committee on Control Education, and  IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education

This outreach event is designed to increase the general awareness of the importance of systems and control technology and its cross-disciplinary nature among high school students and teachers. Control is used in many common devices and systems: cell phones, computer hard drives, automobiles, and aircraft, but is usually hidden from view. The control field spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The success of all STEM disciplines depends on attracting the most gifted young people to science and engineering professions. Early exposure to middle and high school students and their teachers is a key factor. The goal of these outreach efforts is to promote an increased awareness of the importance and cross-disciplinary nature of control and systems technology.

Workshop activities include presentations, informal discussions, and the opportunity for teachers, parents and students to meet passionate researchers and educators from academia and industry. The talks are designed to be educational, interactive, motivating and inspirational showing the excitement of STEM education. 

Ramla Qureshi, CEO and Founder, Women Engineering Pakistan is an invited Guest Speaker to present an amazing activity “STEM is for Girls! - Interactive Game-Based Learning."

Special Event

Lunch for Women in IFAC 
Tuesday, July 9, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel
Organizers: Women in IFAC - Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Founder of IEEE CSS WIC & Past Chair of IEEE WIE 
Sponsor: University of Kansas 
Program: Conversation with Bonnie Ferri, a Plenary Speaker at IFAC ACE2019 and Past Chair of AACC Technical Committee on Education 

Special Event

Special Activity for Students and Young Scientists 
Interactive Poster Session on Interesting Work in Progress 
Monday, July 9, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

We invite students and young scientists who wish to share any of their work in progress. Please submit about 500 words as an extended abstract to Anthony Rossiter ([email protected]).  
We have extended the deadline to May 31st for this submission route. The abstract will receive a light touch review to confirm the proposed material is suitable, but will not be published in the conference proceedings. 
This poster session gives students and young scientists a great opportunity to receive an advice from participants of the conference. 

Refreshments will be served.

You will be provided a 36"H x 48"W cardboard display board and push pins. Posters should be displayed by 2:30 pm in room Franklin A. One poster per individual. You must be present for the Poster Session on Monday from 2:30-3:30 pm.  Any posters left after the conference will be disposed of.