CSS Technical Activities

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.

VP Technical Activities

Ian Petersen

Professor in Research School of Engineering
Australian National University
10 (Asia and Pacific)

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. 

Gokhan Inalhan

Cranfield University
United Kingdom

Automotive Controls

The scope of interests of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee (TC) on Automotive Controls (AC) covers modeling, simulation, identification, estimation, control, optimization, and diagnostics of present and future automotive systems.

Alexander Katriniok

Eindhoven University of Technology

Control Education

The scope of the TC on Control Education comprises: University education and continuing education issues in control; Methodology for improving the theory, practice and accessibility of control systems education; Control education laboratories, experiments, computer-aided design, distance and virtual education technologies; General awareness among pre-college students and teachers of the importance of systems and control technology and its cross-disciplinary nature.

John Hedengren

Brigham Young University
United States

Discrete Event Systems

Welcome to the Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems (DESTC), a part of the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Activities Board. The DESTC was established on June 1, 1999, and subsumes the activities of the Working Group on Discrete Event Systems.


Xiang Yin

Shanghai Jiao Tong 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 the 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.

Lassi Paunonen

Tampere University of Technology

Energy Systems

TC on Energy Systems (TC-ES) convenes and works with systems and controls colleagues on the greatest smart grid challenges by providing technical resources, collaboration opportunities, and partnerships for numerous researchers worldwide, who are engaged in smart grids, in academic institutions, government laboratories, and industrial companies.

Mads Almassalkhi

University of Vermont
United States

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.  

Sergio Pequito

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

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.


Majid Zamani

University of Colorado, Boulder
United States

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.

Tansel Yucelen

University of South Florida
United States

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.



Networks and Communication Systems

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Giacomo Como

Politecnico di Torino

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. The technical committee is also responsible for coordination and organization of activities sponsored by the IEEE CSS in the area of nonlinear systems and control.


Andrea Serrani

Ohio State University
United States

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.


Jeff Scruggs

University of Michigan
United States

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 applications that goes beyond the traditional control of industrial processes.


Ali Mesbah

University of California, Berkeley
United States

Quantum Computing, Systems and Control

Mission The purpose of the TC can be divided into three parts: a) scientific, b) technological, and c) educational.

Daoyi Dong

Australian National University

Jr-Shin Li

Washington University
United States

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.

Necmiye Ozay

University of Michigan
United States

Security and Privacy

The mission of the Technical Committee (TC) on Security and Privacy is to promote the research related to the security and privacy of control systems and their applications in diverse areas, such as transportation, energy, water and gas distribution, and healthcare.

Quanyan Zhu

1 (Northeastern U.S.)

Smart Cities

Addressing our pressing challenges related to improving the quality of life of people who live in cities, we must make fundamental transformations in how we design and operate cities. A smart city (Figure 1) encompasses the interactions of three heterogeneous dimensions: (1) the technological dimension that includes technologies in conjunction with Big Data that can improve the efficiency of a city, (2) the social dimension that addresses the societal impact and implications of these technologies and infrastructure to residents, visitors, and travelers of a city, and (3) the institutional dimension that includes the behavior of organized units such as administrators that govern these technologies through policies.

Silvia Siri

University of Genova

Stochastic Systems and Control (SSC)

In the new era, stochastic systems and control play increasingly important roles. Not only are they used in the traditional fields such as engineering, but also in emerging application areas as financial engineering, economics, risk management, biology, ecology, neuroscience, actuarial sciences, large scale data, environmental sciences, social networks, to mention just a few among others. It is well known that a good understanding of randomness in systems is a critical and central issue in all areas of science. Stochastic systems and control is an interdisciplinary field.


Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

University of Kansas
United States

System Identification and Adaptive Control

The Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control (TCSIAC) is responsible for promoting, coordinating 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.


Simone Formentin

Politecnico di Milano

Systems and Synthetic Biology

The goal of TC Systems and Synthetic Biology is to expose the CSS community to challenging and important problems arising from biology. Understanding, analysis, design, and control of biological systems are challenging problems due to their large scales, nonlinearities, uncertainties, and stochastic effects. We strongly believe that the expertise and talent of CSS members can significantly contribute to this field. Concepts and techniques from control theory, optimization, graph theory, and formal methods have been successfully applied to analyze and control a variety of biological systems ranging from small synthetic gene networks to genome scale metabolic networks and to multi-cellular systems.

Steffen Waldherr

KU Leuven

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

University of Exeter
United Kingdom