CSS Technical Activities

Joao Hespanha

VP Technical Activities; CSS Board of Governors, term ending 31 December 2020 (elected)
University of California-Santa Barbara

Control Systems Society Technical Committees organize activities around a specific technical area. Typical activities include organizing invited sessions for conferences, special issues in journals, technical meetings (workshops and conferences), maintaining websites for technical resources, and publishing electronic newsletters that focus on various technical areas.

The list of technical committees appears below. This web page should be viewed simply as a pointer to the many technical committees. Please consult the TC websites and contact the appropriate TC chair for additional information or if you wish to join a TC.  Membership in any technical committee is open to any interested CSS member. It is our hope that you will find the collaborations and resources useful.

Aerospace Controls

Mission Statement

To foster a community of members who advance the technology and provide forums for the theoretical and practical  consideration of techniques, devices, and systems for the control of flight vehicles and the control of related aerospace systems. 

For more information, please visit the TC website:



Richard Hull

Aerospace Controls Technical Committee Chair

Automotive Control

The scope of interest of the Technical Committee on Automotive Control covers modeling, simulation, identification, estimation, control and diagnostics of present and future automotive systems. The Technical Committee has been in existence since 1999 and has approximately 50 active members, with many other researchers in the field benefiting from its activities. Benefiting from both academic and significant industrial participation, the committee coordinates activities towards improving understanding of challenges, problems and effective methods of controlling automotive systems.


Jason B. Siegel

Automotive Controls Technical Committee Chair

Discrete Event Systems

A discrete event system is a dynamic system with discrete states the transitions of which are triggered by events. This provides a general framework for many man-made systems where the system dynamics not only follow physical laws but also the man-made rules. It is difficult to describe the dynamics of these systems using closed-form expressions. In many cases simulation is the only faithful way to describe the system dynamics and for performance evaluation. It is the focus of this TC to promote the research on performance analysis, evaluation, and optimization of discrete event systems.


Kai Cai

TAC Associate Editor Osaka City University

Distributed Parameter Systems

The purpose of the IEEE TC on DPS is to promote activities within the field of distributed parameter systems (infinite dimensional systems modeled by delay or partial differential equations) fostering development of both basic scientific methodology and emerging applications.The research activities are related to modeling, analysis, estimation, control and numerical simulation and analysis of these systems.


Yann Le Gorrec

Distributed Parameter Systems Technical Committee Chair Institut Franche-Comté Electronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique

Healthcare and Medical Systems

The mission of the CSS Technical Committee on HealthCare and Medical Systems (TC-HCMS) is broad and multifaceted, emphasizing the extension and application of control systems principles to problems in biomedicine, disease treatment and management, healthcare delivery, behavioral health, and personalized medicine.  


Alexander Medvedev

Healthcare and Medical Systems Technical Committee Chair Uppsala Universitet

Hybrid Systems

The Technical Committee on Hybrid Systems is dedicated to providing informational forums, meetings for technical discussion, and information over the web to researchers in the IEEE CSS who are interested in the field of hybrid systems and its applications.


Ricardo Sanfelice

Hybrid Systems Technical Committee Chair

Intelligent Control

Mission Statement:

To foster a community of members who advance the science and technology and provide forums for the theoretical and practical considerations of intelligent control techniques and their application to devices and systems. 

For more information, please visit the TC website:

Technical Committee on Intelligent Control Website


Warren Dixon

CSS Board of Governors, term ending 31 December 2019 (elected); Intelligent Control Technical Committee Chair; Distinguished Lecturer; CSM Technical Associate Editor; Newton C. Ebaugh Chair University of Florida

Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Control

The Technical Committee on Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Control is an official organization of the IEEE Control Systems Society. Its primary goal is to facilitate interactions and provide technical resources and opportunities for collaboration among researchers interested in control theory and application in robotics and automation.

Please visit the TC website at http://manufacturing-automation.ieeecss.org/


Yue Wang

Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Control Technical Committee Chair Clemson University

Networks and Communication Systems

Mission Statement

There has been an increasing volume of research on networks within the CSS community. This research is not confined to work on traditional communication networks, but also extends to a broader set of networks including other technological networks such as transportation and energy networks, social, economic, and financial networks, and biological networks.


Giacomo Como

TCNS Associate Editor, Networks and Communication Systems Technical Committee Chair Lund University

Nonlinear Systems and Control

The IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control aims to advance the development of nonlinear systems and control theory and promote its practical applications.

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Hiroshi Ito

Nonlinear Systems and Control Technical Committee Chair Kyushu Institute of Technology

Power Generation

As the world population grows and becomes more developed, the energy demand steadily increases while conventional energy sources deplete. It is a fact that power generation is becoming more expensive and its environmental impact starts to be felt. To avoid a potential energy shortfall worldwide without impacting the environment, there is an urgent need to develop new sources of clean energy, make current sources of energy cleaner and optimize energy utilization. It is anticipated that systems, optimization and control methodologies will play a crucial role in this endeavor.


Joseph Bentsman

Power Generation Technical Committee Chair University of Illinois

Process Control

Process control has long been associated with the control of chemical and petrochemical processes. The process control community has evolved considerably over the last 25 years. This community, which has been predominantly associated with the chemical and petrochemical industry, has been increasingly involved in the research and development of many new application areas. Correspondingly, many key process control technologies, such as MPC, have found a very broad spectrum of application which goes beyond the traditional control of industrial processes.


Rolf Findeisen

TCNS Associate Editor Institute for Automation Engineering

Robust and Complex Systems

This TC will provide a venue for the discussion of computational aspects of the analysis and design of systems, with particular emphasis on the fact that practitioners are now often faced with very large data sets (Big Data) that might be fragmented and/or subject to significant noise.


Constantino Lagoa

Computational Aspects of Control System Design Technical Committee Chair

Smart Grids

Mission Statement

To understand, anticipate, and respond to current and future Smart Grids' control needs and opportunities in a broad array of areas, including:


Ian Hiskens

Smart Grid Technical Committee Chair University of Michigan

Systems and Synthetic Biology

Systems Biology involves the quantitative analysis of networks of dynamically interacting biological components, with the goal of reverse engineering these networks to understand how they robustly achieve biological function. Such networks are dynamic in nature and involve feedback at various levels of organization. Therefore, many opportunities exist for systems and control theorists for making important contributions to this emerging field.

Up to date activities of the Systems Biology Technical Committee are posted at:


Steffen Waldherr

Systems Biology Technical Committee Chair

Systems Identification and Adaptive Control

The System Identification and Control Technical Committee is responsible for promoting, co-ordinating and organising activities sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society in the areas of system identification and adaptive control. The system identification scope includes all aspects of system modelling and identification, from theoretical and methodological developments to practical applications. This includes, among others, the topics of model selection, identification methods, tracking and adaptation, model validation, fault detection, and experiment design.


Guillaume Mercère

Systems Identification and Adaptive Control Technical Committee Chair University of Poitiers

Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control

The Technical Committee on Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control (TCVSSMC) is responsible for promoting, coordinating and organizing activities sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society in the areas of variable structure and sliding mode control. Variable structure systems are a class of systems whereby the control law is deliberately changed according to some defined rules which depend on the state or performance of the system.


Christopher Edwards

TAC Associate Editor; Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control Technical Committee Chair, TAC Associate Editor University of Exeter