TC 3.1. Computers for Control

Welcome Message from the Chair


Welcome to the web pages of the IFAC Technical Committee 3.1 on "Computers for Control".

TC 3.1 focuses on different disciplines related to embedded and cyber-physical systems:

·       Software & hardware architectures

·       Model-driven Software engineering

·       Verification & Validation

·       Certification

·       Safety

·       Security

·       Real-time aspects

There are four Working Groups at the moment:

·        Model Based Engineering (Cesare Fantuzzi)

·        Semantic Technologies in control engineering (Aljosha Köcher)

·        Industrial Agents (Birgit Vogel-Heuser)

·       Software analysis of IEC 61131-3 control code and recommendations for actions (Eva-Maria Neumann)

Special interest of the committee is to promote the application of these methods, techniques, and platforms in different application fields such as,
aerospace, automotive, railway, process control, robotics, autonomous systems, healthcare, home automation or industrial automation systems.

The goal of the technical committee is to coordinate and promote technical activities in this challenging field of science and Technology. Any researcher or practitioner who is willing to contribute is very welcome to do so.


How to join

If you would like to become a member of the TC 3.1, you have several possibilities:

  • Being nominated by your National Member Organization.
  • Write a letter to the IFAC Secretariat + CV, that will be forwarded the Chair of the Committee.
  • Contact directly the chair of the Technical Committee


Individual involvement in IFAC

Anyone interested in Control Engineering may become an IFAC Affiliate. IFAC Affiliates receive the IFAC Newsletter free of charge. The Newsletter contains information about IFAC technical meetings as well as about other matters of interest to the control community. IFAC Affiliates will also receive Calls for Papers for technical meetings in their selected areas of interest and are entitled to a special rate for subscriptions to the IFAC Journals Automatica, Control Engineering Practice, Annuals Review in Control, Journal of Process Control, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

You can register as an IFAC Affiliate using the on-line registration form.


Looking forward to a fruitful discussion and joint progress on computers in control.

Prof. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

Elected Chair of TC 3.1 Computers in Control
Chairwoman of FA 5.15 Agents in Automation of the German NMO of IFAC, GMA