IFAC Industry Committee

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The IFAC Industry Committee (IndCom)

Indcom aims to strengthen the engagement of industry and industry representatives in IFAC activities, enhance the value of IFAC to industry, help control research realize its full potential for industry impact and to ensure that research and education in academia is informed by industry perspectives

Starting from the 2017 World Congress in Toulouse (France), IFAC has established an Industry Committee (IndCom), reporting to the IFAC Council. The goals of the committee are to:

  • Strengthen the engagement of industry and industry representatives in IFAC activities
  • Enhance the value of IFAC to industry
  • Help control research realize its full potential for industry impact
  • Help research and education in academia be better informed by industry perspective

The committee currently numbers about 100 members, more than half of whom are affiliated with industry (most of the rest have had substantial industry experience over their careers). The Industry Committee welcomes additional members with significant industry experience. If you are interested please contact the IndCom chair, Tariq Samad (tsamad(at)umn.edu) or the chair of the IndCom Communications subcommittee, Kevin Brooks (Kevin.Brooks(at)hatch.com)

Indcom Excom

The Executive Subcommittee of the IFAC Industry Committee, currently consisting of nine members.
Image-Samad Tariq Samad (chair) Univ. of Minnesota (US) tsamad(at)umn.edu
Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks

Hatch /University of the Witwatersrand(ZA) kevin.brooks(at)wits.ac.za
sdcSquare.jpg Stefano Di Cairano

Mitsubishi Electric

dicairano(at)ieee.org
Philippe Goupil Philippe Goupil Airbus (FR) philippe.goupil(at)airbus.com
Steve Kahne Steve Kahne Retired (US) s.kahne(at)ieee.org
Iven Mareels Iven Mareels IBM (AU) imareels(at)au1.ibm.com
Silvia Mastellone Silvia Mastellone FHNW (CH) silvia.mastellone(at)fhnw.ch
Atanas Serbezov Atanas Serbezov Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (US) serbezov(at)rose-hulman.edu
Alex van Delft Alex van Delft

Consultant (NL)

alex(at)vandelft.it

IndCom Roster

Membership roster for the IFAC Industry Committee. Includes keywords for industry sector background/expertise. The "I/A/G/X" column refers to the whether the member is currently affiliated with industry (I), academia (A), government (G), or unaffiliated (X--e.g., retired). For those members who also serve as the Industry vice chairs for technical committees, the TC number is noted in the "TC Ind VC" column.
Last name First name Country Affiliation I/A/G/X E-mail IFAC Role TC Ind VC Industry Sector(s)
Aalto
Hans
FI
Neste Engineering Solutions Oy
I
Hans.Aalto(at)neste.com
 
5.4
Process industries (petroleum refining, petrochemicals, chemicals); natural gas transmission
Abramovitch
Daniel
US
Agilent
I
danny001(at)pacbell.net
 
 
Mechatronic storage (optical and magnetic disk drives); high-performance instrumentation; atomic force microscopes; mass spectrometers
Abrashov
Sergey
FR
Continental Engineering Services
I
sergey.abrashov(at)conti-engineering.com
 
 
Automotive (Tier 1)
Adachi
Shuichi
JP
Keio University
A
adachi(at)appi.keio.ac.jp
WC2023 Ind Cochair
 
 
Adouane
Lounis
FR
Université de Technologie de Compiègne
A
lounis.adouane(at)hds.utc.fr
 
7.5
Automotive (autonomous vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles), defense (autonomous ground vehicles, cooperative air/land robots, swarm robots)
Anisi
David
NO
Norwegian Univ. of Life Sci.
A
david.anisi(at)nmbu.no
 
 
Oil & gas
Ankersen
Finn
NL
ESA
G
finn.ankersen(at)esa.int
 
7.3
Aerospace; power generation and conversion
Arnaiz
Aitor
ES
IK4 Tekniker
I
aitor.arnaiz(at)tekniker.es
 
5.1
process industries; manufacturing; renewable energy
Asano
Kazuya
JP
JFE Techno-research Corporation 
I
ka-asano(at)jfe-tec.co.jp
WC2023 Ind Cochair
 
Metals (steel)
Badgwell
Tom
US
Collaborative Systems Integration
I
tom.badgwell(at)gmail.com
 
6.1
Oil and gas
Barve
Jayesh
IN
GE
I
barve.jayesh(at)gmail.com
 
 
Power generation, oil & gas, appliances, transportation, water management, cement, discrete manufacturing
Bauer
Margret
DE
Univ. Hamburg
A
margret.bauer(at)haw-hamburg.de
 
 
Process industries (chemical, metals, minerals, mining, pulp and paper, power generation); building automation
Benchaib
Abdelkrim
FR
SuperGrid Institute
I
Abdelkrim.BENCHAIB(at)supergrid-institute.com
 
Power systems
Bhouri
Neila
FR
IFSTTAR
G
neila.bhouri(at)ifsttar.fr
 
7.4
 
Blom
Rogier
US
GE
I
blom(at)ge.com
 
 
Renewables; power generation; aviation; oil & gas; transportation; additive manufacturing; robotics
Bonavita
Nunzio
IT
ABB
I
nunzio.bonavita(at)it.abb.com
 
 
Technology ventures
Bresch-Pietri
Delphine
FR
Mines-Paristech
A
delphine.bresch-pietri(at)mines-paristech.fr
 
2.6
 
Bortoff
Scott
US
Mitsubishi Electric
I
bortoff(at)merl.com
 
 
HVAC; buildings (elevators); factory automation (robotics); HVAC; aerospace (engines, power distribution)
Brooks
Kevin
ZA
Hatch
I
kevin.brooks(at)wits.ac.za
 
6.2
oil refining; pulp and paper; mining, metals, minerals (MMM)
Burchell
John
ZA
Sibanye-Stillwater
I
burchell.john(at)gmail.com
 
 
Mineral processing; mining
Chioua
Moncef
CA
Poly. Montreal
A
moncef.chioua(at)polymtl.ca
 
 
Pulp and paper, oil and gas
Corona
Francesco
FI
Aalto Univ
A
francesco.corona(at)aalto.fi
 
8.4
Process industries; environmental (water treatment)
Cuzzola
Francesco
IT
Confidential
I
francescoalessandro.cuzzola(at)polimi.it
 
6.2
Metals
Das
Kaushik
IN
Tata Consultancy Services
I
kaushik.da(at)tcs.com
 
 
 
David
Robert
BE
Technord
I
r.david(at)technord.com
 
 
Food and beverage; pharma; cement; water distribution
Desborough
Lane
US
Nudge BG
I
ldesboro(at)gmail.com
 
 
Biomedical; process industries
Di Cairano
Stefano
US
Mitsubishi Electric
I
dicairano(at)ieee.org
 
2.4
Automotive; aerospace; industrial automation
Diagne
Mamadou Lamine
US
RPI
A
diagnm(at)rpi.edu
 
1.2
 
Engelbrecht
Japie
ZA
Stellenbosch Univ.
A
jengelbr(at)sun.ac.za
 
 
Aerospace, UAVs
Engell
Sebastian
DE
TU Dortmund
A
sebastian.engell(at)bci.tu-dortmund.de
 
 
Process industries (steel, biotechnology); automation
Eun
Yongsoon
KR
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institue of Science & Technology 
A
yeun(at)dgist.ac.kr
 
 
 
Fagiano
Lorenzo
IT
Politecnico Milano
A
lorenzo.fagiano(at)polimi.it
 
 
Power systems (generation and transmission); industrial, manufacturing, and grid automation
Gallestey Alvarez
Eduardo
CH
Honeywell
I
eduardo.gallestey(at)honeywell.com
 
 
Power generation; process industries; mining and minerals processing; upstream oil & gas
Ganguli
Ankur
US
General Motors
I
ankur.ganguli(at)gm.com
 
 
Automotive
Garcia-Sanz
Mario
US
Department of Energy
G
mario.garcia-sanz(at)hq.doe.gov
 
 
Renewable energy
Genc
Sahika
US
Amazon
I
genc.sahika(at)gmail.com
 
 
Healthcare; energy; IT
Gonzalez Martin 
Rafael
ES
Repsol
I
rgonzalezm(at)repsol.com
 
 
Oil refining
Goodall
Roger
UK
Loughborough Univ.
A
R.M.Goodall(at)lboro.ac.uk
IFAC Advisor
 
Railways; aerospace; advanced transportation (maglev, Hyperloop, ...)
Goupil
Philippe
FR
Airbus
I
philippe.goupil(at)airbus.com
 
 
Aerospace
Grosman
Benny
US
Medtronic
I
cerdlbg(at)gmail.com
 
 
Medical technology 
Guardiola
Carlos
ES
Univ. Polit. Valencia
A
carguaga(at)mot.upv.es
 
7.1
Automotive
Gusekhin
Oleg
US
Ford Motor Company
I
ogusikhi(at)ford.com
 
5.2
Supply chain management, manufacturing, IoT, automotive, smart mobility
Hadjicostis
Christoforos
CY
Univ. of Cyprus
A
chadjic(at)ucy.ac.cy
 
1.3
Social networks
Hamdi
Mostapha
TU
INSAT
A
mfhamdi(at)gmail.com
 
 
Manufacturing; agriculture; biomedical
Hassani
Vahid
NO
OsloMet Univ.
A
vahidhas@oslomet.no
 
7.2
Marine vehicles and platforms
Havlena
Vladimir
CZ
Honeywell
I
Vladimir.Havlena(at)Honeywell.com
 
 
Power generation; automotive; Li-ion batteries; heat pumps; building automation
Heertjes
Marcel
NL
ASML
I
Marcel.Heertjes(at)asml.com
 
 
Semiconductor processing; motion control
Herbst
Gernot
DE
Zwickau Univerist of Apllied Sciences
I
gernot.herbst(at)fh-zwickau.de
 
 
Power electronics
Ibrahimov
Bahadur
AZ
Konica Minolta
I
bahaduribrahimov(at)gmail.com
 
 
Robotics; oil and gas pipelines
Ilic
Marija
US
Mitsubishi Electric
A
ilic(at)mit.edu
 
9.2
Power systems
Jansen
Christoph
DE
Flensburg Univ. of Applied Sci.
A
christoph.jansen(at)hs-flensburg.de
 
9.5
Energy management; digital engineering and IT security
Jia
Qing-Shan
CN
Tsinghua Univ
A
jiaqs(at)tsinghua.edu.cn
TC 9.3 chair
 
Buildings; power systems
Jones
Thomas
ZA
S-Plane Automation
I
jones(at)s-plane.com
 
 
Aerospace (specifically aero)
Jumar
Ulrich
DE
IFAK
I
ulrich.jumar(at)ifak.eu
 
 
Electrical and electronics manufacturing; automation industry
Juuso
Esko
FI
Univ. of Oulu
A
esko.juuso(at)oulu.fi
 
 
Process industries (forest, steel, mining); energy systems; biomedical; buildings; machines; water treatment
Kahne
Steve
US
retired
R
s.kahne(at)ieee.org
IFAC Advisor
 
Aircraft systems
Katupitiya
Jay
AU
Univ New South Wales
A
j.katupitiya(at)unsw.edu.au
 
8.1
Agriculture; mining; road construction
Koivo
Heikki
FI
Aalto Univ
A
Heikki.Koivo(at)aalto.fi
 
 
Process industries (pulp and paper, mining, mineral processing); renewable energy; mechatronics
Kordon
Arthur
BU
Kordon Consulting LLC
I
arthur(at)kordon-consulting.com
 
 
Process industries
Kowalczuk
Zdzisław 
PL
Gdansk Univ. of Technology
A
kova(at)pg.gda.pl
 
 
Process industries; automotive; aircraft; maritime industries
Lees
Michael
AU
Carlton & United Breweries
I
Michael.Lees(at)cub.com.au
 
 
Process industries (food and beverage)
Lu
Jianbo
US
Ford
I
jlu10(at)ford.com
 
 
Automotive; railway; aerospace
Mahoney
Robert
AU
Australian National Univ.
A
robert.mahony(at)anu.edu.au
 
2.3
UAVs
Manzie
Chris
AU
Univ of Melbourne
A
manziec(at)unimelb.edu.au
 
 
Automotive; aerospace; mechatronics; transportation; energy systems
Mareels
Iven
AU
IBM
I
imareels(at)au1.ibm.com
 
 
IT, power and utilities
Marcos
Andres
UK
Technology for Aerospace Control
I
andres.marcos(at)tasc-group.com
 
 
Aerospace 
Mastellone
Silvia
CH
FHNW
A
silvia.mastellone(at)fhnw.ch
 
 
Power and energy
Meyer
Jonathan
BE
UCB
I
jon(at)tuks.co.za
 
 
Pharma; mining
Ming
Ge
CN
KT Control
I
ming.ge(at)ktcontrol.com
 
 
Process industries
Odgaard
Peter
DK
Goldwind Energy
I
odgaard(at)ieee.org
 
6.4
Wind energy; fossil-fired power plants; power grid; consumer electronics
Pekar
Jaroslav
CZ
Garrett
I
jaroslav.pekar(at)garrettmotion.com
 
 
Automotive
Pereira
Carlos
BR
UFRGS
A
cpereira(at)ece.ufrgs.br
TB VC
 
Process industries; buildings
Pickl
Stefano
DE
Univ. Bundeswehr Munchen
A
stefan.pickl(at)unibw.de
 
6.3
 
Puleston
Paul
AR
Univ. Nacional de La Plata
A
puleston(at)ing.unlp.edu.ar
Renewable energy, fuel cells and hybrid energy system
Quijano
Nicanor
CO
Universidad de los Andes
A
nquijano(at)uniandes.edu.co
 
 
Energy systems; water distribution systems; microgrids
Quintero Montoya
O. Lucia
CO
Univ EAFIT
A
oquinte1(at)eafit.edu.co
 
 
Oil & gas
Rhinehart
Russ
US
Okla State Univ
R
rrr(at)okstate.edu
 
 
Process industries (chemicals and refining)
Rupenyan
Alisa
CH
ETH Zurich
A
rupenyan(at)inspire.ethz.ch
 
 
Manufacturing; robotics; technology transfer
Samad
Tariq
US
Univ of Minnesota
A
tsamad(at)umn.edu
IndCom chair
 
Process industries, homes and buildings, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing
Samar
Raza
PK
NESCOM
G
raza.samar(at)gmail.com
 
 
Aerospace (precision actuators, aircraft engines, unmanned aircraft)
Sanchez Pena
Ricardo
AR
Buenos Aires Inst of Tech
A
rsanchez(at)itba.edu.ar
 
 
 Biomedical, technology and aerospace
Selic
Bran
CA
Malina Software
I
selic(at)acm.org
 
 
Automotive; subsea oil & gas; telecommunications; embedded software
Serbezov
Atanas
US
Rose-Hulman Inst of Tech
A
serbezov(at)rose-hulman.edu
 
9.4
Process industries (chemicals and pharmaceuticals)
Silva
Javier Martinez
BR
SIDIA
I
javier.silva(at)sidia.com
 
 
 
Sobota
Jaroslav
CZ
Univ. West Bohemia
A
jsobota(at)ntis.zcu.cz
 
 
 
Sosseh
Raye
US
Seagate
I
raye.a.sosseh(at)seagate.com
 
 
Disk drives
Srinivasan
Krishnaswamy
US
Ohio State
R
srinivasan.3(at)osu.edu
 
 
 
Stewart
Greg
CA
Ecoation
I
greg.stewart555(at)gmail.com
 
 
Process industries; automotive; papermaking; data centers
Susto
Gian Antonio
IT
Univ. Padova
A
gianantonio.susto(at)gmail.com
 
3.2
Semiconductor manufacturing; home appliances; oil & gas
Tanaka
Kenichi
JP
Mitsubishi Electric
I
tanaka.kenichi(at)ah.mitsubishielectric.co.jp
WC2023 Ind Cochair
4.5
Electrical equipment
Thomessen
Trygve
NO
PPM Robotics
I
trygve.thomessen(at)ppm.no
 
4.3
Manufacturing; robotics
To
Thanh-Binh
DE
Volkswagen
I
thanh-binh.to(at)volkswagen.de
 
 
Automotive
Van Delft
Alexander
NL
[Consultant]
I
alex(at)vandelft.it
 
 
Process industry (chemicals)
van Nooyen
Ronald
NL
TU Delft
A
R.R.P.vanNooyen(at)tudelft.nl
 
8.3
Water management (irrigation, drainage, reservoir management, urban drainage, ground water management)
Vyhlidal
Tomas
CZ
Czech Tech Univ
A
Tomas.Vyhlidal(at)fs.cvut.cz
 
2.2
Steel industry
Wan
Zhe
CN
China National Gold Group
G
12990534(at)qq.com
 
9.1
Finance and economics 
Wang
Yalin
CN
Central South Univ
A
ylwang(at)csu.edu.cn
 
 
Process industries (minerals, metals, oil refining)
Weichhart
Georg
AT
Profactor
I
Georg.Weichhart(at)profactor.at
TC 5.3 chair
5.3
Production/manufacturing
Weissbach
Tobias
DE
TransnetBW
I
t.weissbach(at)transnetbw.de
 
6.3
 
Weyrich
Michael
DE
Univ. of Stuttgart
A
michael.weyrich(at)ias.uni-stuttgart.de
 
3.1
Automotive; manufacturing
Whidborne
James
UK
Cranfield Univ.
A
j.f.whidborne(at)cranfield.ac.uk
 
2.1
Aerospace; oil and gas
Williams
Dennis
US
LyondellBasell
I
Dennis.Williams(at)lyondellbasell.com
 
 
Process industries
Yamaguchi
Takashi
JP
Ricoh
I
takashi.yt.yamaguchi(at)nts.ricoh.co.jp
 
4.2
Hard disk drives, printers, medical devices.
Yang
Inseok
KR
Korea Aerospace Industries
I
jewill(at)hanmail.net
 
 
 
Yang
Insoon
KR
Seoul National Univ.
A
insoonyang(at)snu.ac.kr
 
1.4
 
Yuan
Xiaofeng
CN
Central South Univ
A
yuanxf(at)csu.edu.cn
 
 
Manufacturing; petrochemicals; iron and steel

IndCom Task Forces

IndCom uses Task Forces to execute its mandate
External Industry Outreach

An ongoing activity focused externally targeting industry-sector organizations related to control and to non-IFAC events and publications.

Indcom Achievements and Publications

Achievements of and reports. presentations and publications generated by the IFAC Industry Committee

Legacy Materials -- Pilot Industry Committee (2014-2017)

Surveys

Surveys undertaken by the Industry Committee

Committee Materials

Reports, presentations, notes, etc. from Industry Committee activities, including meeting presentations.

Workstream A: Benchmarking industry participation in IFAC

Collect data on industry participation in IFAC and any other related data (e.g., from other organizations such as IEEE CSS). Analyze data, summarize findings, and develop hypotheses. Analysis by industry sector, geography, and other factors would be useful. [Chair: Serge Boverie]

Workstream B: Industry engagement models in different geographies and sectors

There seems to be considerable variation in industry engagement in difference countries/regions and different sectors. This workstream will collect information on industry-engagement models (e.g., government co-funding programs, industry consortia) and attempt to identify best practices that other regions/sectors can learn from. [Chair: Kazuya Asano]

Workstream C: “Voice of industry”

Gather industry viewpoints on what issues they see with leveraging IFAC activities and academic research. These will probably also be specific to sectors, and perhaps to geographies as well. [Chair: Alex van Delft]

Workstream D: Enhancing industry participation in IFAC

Scope: Recommend changes to conferences, journals, and committees that are likely to increase industry participation and make IFAC more relevant to industry. Other mechanisms could also be looked at (e.g., start a webinar series?). The recommendations should be informed by outputs from the above workstreams. Workstream Chair: Roger Goodall

Workstream E: IFAC Constitution amendment for the Industry Committee

IFAC Constitution amendment for the Industry Committee (Tariq Samad, chair) – Formalize the notion of a permanent IFAC Industry Committee. Define a suitable structure and scope. Governance and leadership should also be defined. Propose changes to the constitution to this end. [Chair: Tariq Samad]

Reference Materials

Documents and links for reports, articles, etc. on industrial success stories for advanced control, perspective articles, interviews, etc.
The Impact of Control Technology (2011)

First edition of the Impact of Control Technology report, published by IEEE Control Systems Society. Includes 23 two-page flyers on "Success Stories" as well as discussions on the application of advanced control to application areas: aerospace, process industries, automotive, robotics, biological systems, and renewable energy and smart grids. Research challenges are also featured.

Identification and Control: The Gap Between Theory and Practice

Front matter from an edited volume published by Springer (2007). Editors are Ricardo S. Sánchez Peña, Joseba Quevedo Casín, and Vicenç Puig Cayuela. Includes preface, table of contents, and list of contributors. With thanks to Ricardo Sánchez Peña.

Industrial and Academic Experience in Aerospace Fault Detection and Diagnosis

This document is a report from an EU/IEEE-CSS workshop organized under the auspices of the EU FP7 project "Advanced Fault Diagnosis for Sustainable Flight Guidance and Control" (ADDSAFE). The reader's attention is drawn to Section 2.3 in particular, where industrial and academic perspectives are contrasted. This report provided courtesy of and with thanks to Andres Marcos.

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