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TECIS International Conference 2015 - Sozopol, Bulgaria

The 16th IFAC Conference on Technology, Culture and International Stability - TECIS 2015, organisaed by the Bulgarian IFAC NMO and held in beautiful and ancient Sozopol in the Black Sea, brought together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia to give an overview of the state of the art, to present new research results and to exchange ideas and experiences. The conference formally announced 1. the new "Young IFAC Members Forum" chaired by Amy Stapleton (MITRA Trajectories) and Nathalia Kobza (ESTIEM). 2. A new Working Group in Cost Oriented Automation to be chaired by Prof. Peter Kopacek The conference also held a convocation on its fringes to debate future directions for IFAC generally and how TC 9-5 might demonstrate leadership, in light of emerging concerns about uncertainty and instability in international affairs. More details of the important outcomes of the conference are included below, in the TC minutes and in the conference proceedings available from Elsevier.
When Sep 24, 2015 09:40 AM to
Sep 27, 2015 09:40 AM
Where Sozopol, Bulgaria
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Contact Phone +359 32 659 528
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Control and automation technologies can be used to improve the conditions in less developed regions by helping to create jobs and improving inflows of wealth. They can be also used to improve agriculture and to provide medical services in unstable regions.

Technology development leads to dramatic changes in international stability. It has never been so important to examine system stability. During recent years social international and national systems of control have been shown to be inadequate and prone to be fundamental and most basic instable. Many basic assumptions are no longer certain and are definitely questioned. This event systematically examined topics associated with these issues.

The conference was particularly concerned with the role of Cost Oriented Automation as a way of improving international stability, through its applications, technologies, processes and as part of larger systems contexts. With the current new technological developments and emerging trends the importance of the cost-oriented automation has increased significantly and may have a lasting impact on the society and international stability. After a sequence of successful symposia on "Low Cost Automation" (1986 - 2004) and on "Cost-Oriented Automation" or "Affordable Automation Systems" (2007 - 2010) this conference provided a place for the specialists in the field to discuss new methods for reducing the cost of automation systems considering not only the development and application of low cost components of control systems, but the control aspects of their life cycle regarding design, production, operating, maintenance, reconfiguration and recycling.

We had delegates from all over the world and special thanks go to the wonderful efforts of the Bulgarian NMO and the people of Sofia Technical University for hosting the event and making everyone feel so welcome and for hosting the convocation in their Sozopol campus.

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