Dear Colleagues:


In 2011 IEEE Control Systems Society, with support from other sponsors, published a report titled The Impact of Control Technology (Tariq Samad and Anuradha Annaswamy, eds.).  This report is available free of charge at


A revised edition is now in preparation, with support from IEEE CSS and the American Automatic Control Council (AACC).  This new report will consist entirely of two-page flyers, in “Success Stories” and “Research Challenges” sections.  These flyers were an especially popular feature of the original report (see Parts 2 and 4).  The report will continue to be freely available on the Web and we are also expecting to be able to have a print version available for purchase.  The report editors anticipate publication by year-end 2013 or early 2014.


Your contributions to the report are encouraged.  Please note the following:


•  “Success Stories” flyers should highlight practical successes of advanced control technology.  Some documentation of societal/industrial benefit should be included.  Simulations and laboratory demonstrations are not sufficient.


•  “Research Challenges” flyers should highlight opportunities for future societal impact through advances in control research.  These flyers should convey the excitement of an emerging area rather than focusing primarily on authors’ own works.


The flyers are intended to exemplify the accomplishments and the promise of our field, including to those not already immersed in it.  Thus the audience is not solely control engineers and scientists.  Content should be prepared accordingly.   You can review Parts 2 and 4 of the original for examples of appropriate material. 


If you are interested, please contact the report editors, Tariq Samad and Anuradha Annaswamy, at [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] immediately, who will communicate further details including a template for draft submissions.  The final layout will be done by a public relations and advertising agency that has been contracted for producing the flyers.




Masoud Soroush




Masoud Soroush

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 895-1710 (phone)

(215) 895-5837 (fax)

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