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, 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Franklin 1
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."


Panel Sessions

Improving Students’ Learning in Control Education with Data- and Feedback- Driven Methodologies

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

Monday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Franklin Hall 3 & 4
Organizers: Steffi Knorn, Uppsala University, Sweden; Damiano Varagnolo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Atanas Serbezov, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, USA
Panelists: Ryan S. Baker, Penn Center for Learning Analytics, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Cristina Maniu, Laboratory of Signals and Systems, CentraleSupélec, France; Ramon Vilanova i Arbos, Department of Telecommunications and Systems Engineering, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Feedback control is a pervasive concept that is applicable even to the framework of managing university control curricula.

Quantitative information on student learning outcomes can prompt program reviews that initiate changes in program structures and/or teaching methods. For the individual students, receiving quantitative feedback on how they perform in relation to the overall program can improve their motivation and lead to greater sense of responsibility for their learning. This panel discussion will explore possibilities, benefits, and drawbacks of data- and feedback- driven methodologies to

  1. Improve information gathering and feedback sharing mechanisms among various participants and stakeholders in a control curriculum;
  2. Improve teaching methods by assessing the level at which students master the concepts and fulfill the program goals of a control curriculum;
  3. Avoid compartmentalization and provide continuity in a control curriculum by assessing its structural functionality with respect to its program goals;
  4. Improve collaboration between course instructors by fostering multidisciplinary partnerships and teamworks.

Industry, Academia and Government-Best Practices for Interaction

Tuesday, July 9,  9:45 am -11:00 am 
Location: Franklin 3 and 4 

Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas)
Co-Chair: Atanas Serbezov (Rose-Hulman Instittute of Technology) 

PanelistsIrina Dolinskaya (National Science Foundation), Frank Doyle (Harvard University), Fariba Fahroo (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), Sonja Glavaski (Pacific Northwest National Lab), Iven Mareels (IBM Research Australia), Tariq Samad (University of Minnesota), Dawn Tilbury (National Science Foundation and University of Michigan) 

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