May 2010 Note from the Executive Committee of the IEEE CSS

Dear fellow CSS members:

This is another in an occasional series of mailings from the Society's Executive Committee.  We hope to keep you informed of CSS happenings of interest and we welcome your feedback; contact information can be found at the end of this note.

2010 CS Society election

Each year six new members shall be elected to the Board of Governors. The members elected will serve for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. This year's election continues to offer an electronic balloting option. More details are available in the CSS website under Latest News.

New Website Launched has a dynamic new look! CSS journals, conferences, recent awardees and President's  messages are now available. The section "Latest News" provides a list of recent activities and useful information. We plan to update the site regularly and we welcome your comments; use the link on the site to provide feedback.

Bode Lecture of Gunter Stein now available

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural 1989 Bode Lecture of Gunter Stein "Respect the Unstable" is now available on the CSS Online Lecture Library.  Other recent plenary lectures  from CSS sponsored conferences are also available.  More content is in theprocess  of being integrated.  The library is accessible at  Enjoy!

IEEE Workshop on The Future of Control in Transportation Systems

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of leading researchers and  practitioners in control science and engineering to broadly address the future of control in  transportation systems. The workshop will be held in Benevento, Italy, on May 27-28, 2010, and in Sorrento, Italy, on May 29, 2010.  More details are available in the CSS website under Latest News.

Anniversary of the Student Workshop

A Workshop for high school teachers titled "Ideas and Technology of Control Systems" for high school teachers will be held in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriott Hotel, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
This event is in Celebration of 10th Anniversary of the Control Systems Society and American Automatic Control Council Outreach Program.  This workshop is part of the 2010 American Control Conference.  More details are available in the CSS website under Latest News.

2010 American Control Conference

ACC 2010 will be held this year in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., June 30 - July 2.  More information and a registration link are available at The CSS Board of Governors meeting will be held on June 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. (this meeting is open to all members of the Society).

2010 IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control

MSC is one of two conferences of which IEEE CSS is the sole sponsor.  This year's event will be held in Yokohama, Japan, September 8 - 10.  Advance registration is open until June 30.  See for more information.

CSS Distinguished Lecturers

The Society maintains an active Distinguished Lecturers program with participation by several leaders in our field. At the request of a Society Chapter (or other IEEE groups), a lecture may be scheduled at a place and time that is mutually agreeable to both the Chapter and the Distinguished Lecturer.  If approved, the Society provides partial financial support.  The  current set of Distinguished Lecturers, seminar topics, and details on how to submit a request are available at

Reminder:  IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control on CD-ROM

At the CSS Board of Governors meeting in Shanghai in December, a new initiative has been approved.  In 2010, all member subscribers to the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control will receive the content of the journal on CD-ROM in addition to the paper copy. The CD-ROMs will be distributed with every other issue.  The first five discs will contain the contents of the current and previous month's issues.  The year-end disc will contain the full year's content.  The CD-ROM distribution will give members permanent electronic versions of the journal (members have access to CSS journals  through IEEE Xplore, but this access is only for the duration of their membership and therefore it is temporary).

Reminder:  New Paper Upload Policy for CSS Conferences

We would like to remind all members that in June 2009, the CSS Board of Governors approved a new policy for uploading accepted papers in CSS conferences. This policy will be effective starting with our 2010 conferences, MSC 2010 and CDC 2010.  Authors with full registration will be able to upload up to three papers.  Reduced-rate registrants (e.g., students) will be entitled to upload one paper.  Additional uploads in either case will incur an additional charge.

The 2010 CSS Executive Committee

Titles, names, and e-mail addresses for the CSS Executive Committee appear below. We welcome your questions, suggestions, and comments.  Don't worry if you don't know the right person to direct a question to;  we'll forward it appropriately.

       President:  Roberto Tempo
       Past President:  Tariq Samad
       President Elect:  Rick Middleton
       Vice President, Conference Activities:  Maria Elena Valcher
       Vice President, Financial Activities:  Pradeep Misra
       Vice President, Membership Activities:  Shinji Hara
       Vice President, Publication Activities:  Christos Cassandras
       Vice President, Technical Activities:  Shuzhi Sam Ge
       Executive Director:  Mario Sznaier