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Special Sessions

Special sessions about the following topics will be presented:

MathWorks Special Session

Time and Location: Monday, December 14, 14:00-15:00 (UTC), Event Hall 1 on JVCC

Title: Teaching Dynamics and Control with Arduino-based TCLab

Speaker: John D. Hedengren, Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University

Abstract: The small, inexpensive, and take-home temperature control lab (TCLab) reinforces process dynamics and control theory with real data. A 2015 NSF-sponsored report "Chemical Engineering Academia-Industry Alignment: Expectations about New Graduates" identifies a strong industrial need for practical understanding of process control and system dynamics. Industry feedback also suggests more focus is needed on translating process control theory into practice. At many universities, this need is met by integrating laboratory experiences into the process control course. In-person laboratory resources are difficult to schedule and manage, especially with COVID-19 restrictions. The TCLab hardware consists of an Arduino shield that fits onto a standard Arduino Leonardo or UNO microcontroller. This talk highlights a few examples of how the TCLab can be interfaced with and run from MATLAB live scripts and Simulink. The TCLab module demonstrates many process control modalities such as SISO, MIMO and cascade control. Students implement the control modalities by coding control algorithms including relay, PID, and model predictive control. The lab is integrated at various points in the process dynamics and control course to reinforce theory with a practical application.

Biography: Dr. John Hedengren is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University in the Chemical Engineering Department. He leads the BYU Process Research and Intelligent Systems Modeling (PRISM) group with a current focus on structured machine learning for optimization of energy systems, unmanned aircraft, and drilling. His area of expertise is in process dynamics, control, and optimization with applications in fiber optic monitoring, automation of oil and gas processes, unmanned aerial systems, systems biology, and grid-scale energy systems.

Presidents' Panel 1: The Role of IEEE in Advancing Technology for Humanity

Time and Location: Tuesday, December 15, 13:00-13:30 (UTC), Event Hall 1 on JVCC

Toshio Fukuda, IEEE President
Jose Moura, IEEE President (2019)

Moderator: Anuradha Annaswamy, IEEE CSS President

Abstract: In this unique panel, you will hear the two IEEE Presidents, Toshio Fukuda (2020) and Jose Moura (2019), present, discuss, and expand IEEE's motto, "Advancing Technology for Humanity." In this momentous year, as the entire world has adapted to the singular impact of the pandemic, this motto is more relevant than ever. The session will be a live telecast of the conversation between the panelists and the moderator.

Presidents' Panel 2: The Role of Control Systems in Science and Technology for Humanity

Time and Location: Tuesday, December 15, 13:30-14:00 (UTC), Event Hall 1 on JVCC

Hajime Asama, President, International Federation of Automatic Control
Jay Farrell, President, American Automatic Control Council
Keum-Shik Hong, President, Asian Control Association
Jacquelien Scherpen, President, European Control Association

Moderator: Anuradha Annaswamy, IEEE CSS President

Abstract: Several societal-scale problems are now being tackled using scientific and technological tools. Control Systems is at the heart of many of these efforts. This is exemplified not only through varied application domains but also through efforts that are ongoing at several locations across the globe. The four panelists, who are presidents of various associations of Control Systems in different continents, will discuss the role of systems and control for various societal-scale challenges as exemplified by their association, opportunities, and challenges. The session will be a live stream of both pre-taped segments where you will hear from each panelist and a live conversation between the panelists and the moderator.

Meet the Faculty Candidates Poster Session 1, 2

Time: Wednesday, December 16, 12:00-13:00 and 17:30-18:30 (UTC)

Location: Spatial Chat - Links will be provided through the Jeju Virtual Convention Center (JVCC)

Organizer and Moderator: Elisa Franco, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Building on the success of the past several events, the 2020 CDC will feature an entirely virtual "Meet the Faculty Candidates" poster session on Spatial Chat. This poster session will be split in two parts to facilitate participation of candidates and recruiters in different time zones. This is a great opportunity for faculty, search committee members, and recruiters to speak directly with current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are seeking faculty positions.

Faculty candidates, registered for the conference, are invited to register for this poster session by completing this online registration form by December 1st, 2020.

Registered presenters will receive information and instructions on how to submit their poster. Posters will have to be submitted by December 5th, 2020.

Presenters will likely be more successful providing high-level discussions of their work such as motivation, strategies, unique insights, rather than narrow mathematical detailed discussions, unless asked specifically for those details. Presenters are also encouraged to bring copies of their CV for distribution. If you have questions please contact Elisa Franco at

Recruiters: Meet great faculty candidates! If you are looking for brilliant and dynamic candidates, feel free to visit! No registration is needed.

Girls in Control Workshop

Time and Location: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Organizer: Steffi Knorn, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Abstract: What connects robots, diabetes and the stock exchange? What subject will allow you to work in aeronautics, automotive, industrial processes and medical technology? Control Engineering or Control for short is an engineering discipline that moves technical, economic and biological systems! In this workshop, girls between 10 and 15 years will learn about the principles of control, feedback and program their own solution for playing chase. The workshop will be offered in various languages, including Bangla, English, French German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Urdu.

See the flyers page for workshop times and contacts for registration. A link to the material for running the workshop can be found there as well.

Flyer for the English edition:

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COVID-19 Related Announcements

PaperPlaza Submission Site

Key Dates (2020)
Submission Site Opens:January 6
Initial Paper
Submissions to L-CSS with CDC Option Due:
March 3
March 17
Invited Session
Proposals Due:
March 10
March 24
Initial Paper
Submissions Due:
Firm deadline, no extension!
March 17
March 31
Workshop Proposals Due:May 1
Paper and Workshop
Decision Notification:
Best Student Paper
Nominations Opens:
July 20
Final Submission Open:August 1 August 15
Registration Opens:August 1
August 15
Best Student Paper
Nominations Closes:
(Note: Final Paper Required)
August 15
August 31
Accepted Papers Due:September 10
September 20
Early Bird Closes:October 1

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