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Scope of TC 9.5 To identify, define, and improve factors that significantly influence international stability. To outline ways in which IFAC can use its own systems and control capabilities to enhance international stability and build a more peaceful world. To interact with other organisations having similar goals. Our work addresses theoretical and practical issues related to international stability, technology and culture including but not limited to:
  • We bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including control and automation systems engineers, social scientists, information technologists, mathematicians and many other disciplines to address issues related to global system stability. Our committee takes a "global" perspective - local and regional issues have global system effects and so we investigate systems in both local and global contexts

    To give an idea of the broad scope of our activities here is an overview of 18 research areas in which TC9/5 has been actively publishing over the last ten years, with examples of what we have been working on:

  •  Advanced Robotics: For example the application of robots in “agile” manufacturing,  robot swarms for landmine clearance (humanitarian demining)
  • Cross-Cultural Aspects of Engineering: For example the application of universal value theories in engineering development methodologies
  • International Development
  • Engineering Ethics: For example process-based engineering ethics (in process and production automation (Production 4.0).
  • Health Informatics and Tele-Medicine Applications: For example, an assessment of engineering management issues for large-scale telemedicine interventions in post-conflict developing countries.
  • Environmental Systems: For example a review of environmental pressures and a control systems perspective of causes and effects.
  • Energy Systems: For example country case studies of energy system failure with analysis of causes and effects, renewable energies in developing countries.
  • Terrorism: For example the application of control systems theories to an analysis of global terrorism.
  • Engineering Education: For example reports on engineering management projects to development new education programs in post-conflict regions to improve stability and build new capacities.
  • Technological Factors in Conflict and Other Unstable Regions:  For example, country case studies of the role of international policy upon stabilization in post-conflict regions
  • Engineering Applications for Environmental Stability: For example End of Life Management (EOL) - automated industrial systems for intelligent disassembly and re-use
  • Enterprise Integration Technologies and agile manufacturing: For example the adoption of supply chain integration systems in Post-Conflict countries.
  • Technology Innovation and Knowledge Networks: For example the application of knowledge management and innovation systems to improve stability in less stable regions
  • Control Systems Approaches to Conflict Resolution: For example cybernetic and system theory applied to global and regional conflict and negotiations
  •  Cost Oriented Automation: For example, low cost service robots for poorer regions 
  • Social Networks: for example, web 2.0 applications which improve stability by encouraging cross-cultural interactions and understanding
  • Intelligent systems and applications.
  • Sustainable design and control


Working Groups:

9.5.1 Ethics in Control Engineering

Chair:                                      Marion Hersh                  
Examination of the ethical issues associated with control, automation and advanced technologies Encouragement of ethical working practices The development of new theory, including through the application of feedback and other modelling techniques.
Promotion of awareness throughout IFAC of ethical issues in relation to control, automation and advanced technologies
The Working Group implements these aims in the following ways:
Organizing invited sessions at TECIS and other IFAC events. Encouraging collaborative research between members Producing publications aimed at a wider audience. A book was published and another is in preparation.



9.5.2 Automation in End of Life (EoL) Management

Chair:                                Bernd Kopacek                        bernd.kopacek(at)

End of Life Management (EOL) is currently a hot topic not only in the electronics industry. Currently mostly IT equipment and goods of consumer electronics are considered. In the nearest future automation equipment has also to be taken into account. There are three possibilities depending on the age and kind of the device: Resell – Reuse – Recycle called the “3R`s”.For recycling fully or semi-automated disassembly will gain in importance in the nearest future especially for automation devices. Developers of automation devices have to take into account EoL because of regulations and laws as well as according to ethical codes contributing to protection of the environment.
Automation can contribute to EoL by automate and humanize the recycling process – “Green Recycling”.    



9.5.3  Non-Technological Aspects of ICT and Automation

Chair:                   Jozef Bogdan Lewoc                            jblewoc(at)


Improvement of the Non-technological aspects for ICT systems in emerging economies. The WG focuses especially on technology-driven change and its implications for international stability with special emphasis on emerging economies. The WG is especially interested in soft-technology applications which can improve international stability and which include clear demonstration of control and/or automatic (or semi-automatic) processing.


9.5.4   Young Researchers  in Technology and International Stability 

Chairs:                                 Amy Stapleton (amystapleton89(at) and

                                               Natalia Kobza (nkobza(at)


This is a young members forum for encouraging emerging ideas and new members to share their thoughts and engage with IFAC, especially TC 9-5, and through TC 9-5 with other non-IFAC communities and forums. It's roots lie in the 2013 TC 9-5 conference during which a number of young thinkers from a variety of subject areas came together and organised a special session to identify challenges for international stability and control, and share ideas about how these challenges might be addressed. It provides a form in which to discuss the needs, perspectives and priorities of the young researchers and particularly the young members of IFAC. It attempts to engage young scientists, engineers and others interested to engage in international stability challenges in the important work of IFAC in this space, as well as offer feedback as to how IFAC should engage with these challenges. The forum is closely aligned with European students networks such as MITRA and ESTIEM and is open to people of any discipline interested to contribute to the discourse about international stability and how technology, especially control and automation technologies, systems and practices, can help identify new solutions and help solve old problems.

This WG also provides a vehicle by which new members can become published, both within IFAC and on into the international journals. The WG has a regular forum in one of the important international journals in the field of the Social Effects of Control and Automation Systems Engineering and Science, Artificial Intelligence and Society.