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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:
  • Cost-Oriented Automation (formerly TC 4.4)
  • Social Networks
  • Ethical Aspects of Technological Proliferation
  • International Development (Developing Regions)
  • International and Public Policy
  • Modelling Social and Environmental Change
  • Regional and International Conflict
  • International and Public Policy
  • The Digital Divide
  • Case Studies of Technology Transfer and Social Change
  • Knowledge networks and innovation in development contexts
  • Environmental Stability and Sustainability
  • Low cost technological solutions for less developed regions
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Complexity modelling
  • Globalisation and International Stability
  • Knowledge Society vs. International Stability
  • Engineering education as a stabilising influence in development
  • Advanced Medical Control and Automation Technologies
  • Systems Security and Privacy


Working Groups:
9.5.1 Ethics in Control Engineering

Chair:                                      Marion Hersh                   m.hersh(at)
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:
Organising invited sessions at SWIIS and other IFAC events Encouraging collaborative research between members Producing publications aimed at a wider audience. A book proposal is currently being worked on.
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.    
9.5.3  Non-Technological Aspects of ICT and Automation
Chair:                                Jozef Bogdan Lewoc                             


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 internaitonal stability and which include clear demonstreation of control and/or automatic (or semi--automatic) processing.

9.5.4  Working Group for Emerging Control and Automation Scientists and Engineers for International Stability (ECAS)
Chairs:                                Amy Stapleton ( and Natalia Kobza (

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.