TC 9.4. Control Education


Welcome to the IFAC TC 9.4 Control Education (EDCOM) web pages. For recent news, minutes of meetings and announcements please look in the news tab.

The technical committee aims at developing education on control at all levels, for example by increasing the general awareness of control systems in primary and high school students and by improving teaching for university students. 

In this period strongly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, control education plays indeed a key role and methodologies for developing distance learning, virtual and remote laboratories and new teaching methodologies are among the main tasks of the committee.

Other relevant tasks include (but are not limited to) the promotion of control, of its societal importance and of its multidisciplinary nature to the general public, the collection of educational requirements from industry, the promotion of discussions related to the content of control courses, the development of methodologies and tools for teaching effectively the different topics, and the organization of special sessions in international conferences.

Surveys are also organized in the control community to understand the main needs and directions for the future.

The main event organized by TC9.4 is the IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education, which is held every three years and which represents, together with the IFAC World Congress, the most important opportunity for meeting between the members of the committee. Another event organized by the TC is the IFAC Workshop on Internet Based Control Education (IBCE).

Anyone who is interested in joining the EDCOM is encouraged to make contact with the TC chair.