The world’s most prestigious organization in the field of automation will hold an international conference in Baku

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With the support of the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) – the world’s most influential organization in the field of automation – on 13-15 September in Baku an International Conference will be held. The event is called the 18th IFAC International Conference on Technology, Culture and International Stability – TECIS (Technology, Culture, and International Stability). The conference will be attended by IFAC President, Vice President of the German Research Foundation Frank Allgöwer.
IFAC which was founded in 1957 in Paris has been continuing its activity since 1978 in Austrian Luxembourg. IFAC incorporates automated control and engineering organizations from 49 countries. TECIS Technical Committee, one of the first committees in the IFAC structure, is preparing to celebrate its 35th anniversary in Baku.
The IFAC partner in organization of TECIS 2018 from Azerbaijan is Azerbaijan Robotics and Automation Society (ARAS) Public Union. ARAS was founded in Baku and within a short period of time a huge organizational work has been done. After three-year inspection and nomination phase ARAS was admitted to IFAC membership on June 7, 2018. Membership of ARAS will enable the Azerbaijani scientists to have the rights to participate, perform their results and vote at international congresses as part of this prestigious federation.
The first and last meeting of IFAC in Baku took place on 2-6 April 1980. Submission of articles to this prestigious international conference which returned in Baku after 38 years was stopped on June 6, 2018. More than 370 co-authors submitted over 200 articles mainly covering such emerging areas of our time as robotics, automation, humanoid robots, mechatronics and etc. Co-authors represent 30 different countries such as USA, Austria, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait, India, Hungary, Italy, France, Ireland, England and etc. Azerbaijani scientist submitted about 50 articles. In accordance with created conditions authors of the articles anonymously selected by the international reviewers-scientists will be free of participation fees. At present, the articles are in the review process. Along with the plenary sessions, the science conference will have six parallel sessions.
IFAC officials Larry Stapleton (Ireland) and Peter Kopacek (Austria) visited Baku on 6-11 June to have meeting with organizational committee and internally get acquainted with the organizational work. At the same time guests had the seminar at ADA (Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy) and meetings at ANAS (Azerbaijan national Academy of Sciences), Azerbaijan Technical University, Baku Higher Oil School and other organizations where relevant decisions were made.
Peter Kopacek, professor of Vienna University of Technology, one of the organizers of the conference in Baku, is the specialist in robotics and automatic control. Bahadur Ibrahimov, another organizer is President of ARAS. He received a Ph.D. degree in robotics at Vienna University of Technology in 2017.
Organizers of the conference are IFAC, Azerbaijan Robotics and Automation Society (ARAS) and Vienna University of Technology (IHRT). Travel support is provided by PASHA Travel.
Along with IFAC sponsor of the event is Boulevard Hotel (the event will be held at this hotel on 13-15 September). Besides the conference is supported at the local level by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, leading universities (ADA, Baku Higher Oil School, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction and etc.) and at the international level – Austrian non-governmental organizations and universities (for example Webster University).
More information about participation at the conference is available at www.tecis18.net.