IndCom Publications and Reports

Publications arising out of the work of IndCom
Best Practices Guide for IFAC Events and Technical Committees

This document is a best-practices guide providing recommendations for engaging more industrial participation in IFAC events and TCs, to facilitate successful collaborations that benefit all participants. This document has been prepared by a task force of the IFAC Industry Committee. Comments and suggestions for future versions can be sent to the task force chair, Philippe Goupil, at More material from the Industry Committee, including additional resources to facilitate industry outreach, is available at

Industry engagement with control research: Perspective and messages

An article written by members of IndCom discussing the key area we are concerned about Samad, T., Bauer, M., Bortoff, S., Di Cairano, S., Fagiano, L., Odgaard, P. F., ... & Sosseh, R. (2020). Industry engagement with control research: Perspective and messages. Annual Reviews in Control, 49, 1-14.


Survey of committee members. Includes questions on the impact of various advanced control technologies.

The impact of control research on industrial innovation: What would it take to make it happen?

Silvia Mastellone, Alex van Delft The history of automatic control narrates how this pervasive discipline has enabled large leaps in technological innovation as well as impacted our everyday lives by driving our energy and transportation systems, industries and cities. Automatic control has evolved in time in synchronicity with the surrounding echnology, from analog to digital control, from linear to nonlinear and hybrid control. In an era of further technology transformation, encompassing digital and energy transitions, it is paramount to define how control is evolving to take part in this transformation. Looking at the innovation process led by societal needs and long term visions, we propose a framework to increase the impact of control research on technology innovation. Our journey begins by formulating an idea, a vision and asking the fundamental question: what would it take to make it happen?.

Making Practice Publishable

This article was initially published as an IFAC blog, but the blogs are no longer. The article discusses a paper in which it is asserted that "The failure to facilitate a creative interface between practitioners and academics results in waste: the waste of academic work that lies untranslated for practice, the waste of practitioner knowledge that lies untheorised. It impoverishes discourse in both places, leading to a situation where bakers bake bread only for other bakers"

Industry and Academe Collaboration

Publications concerning improving collaboration in research. These are the result of the industry and academe taskforce which is now closed