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The detailed preliminary World Congress program will be available in March 2017 and will feature the accepted presentations (submission deadline 31 October 2016 for Regular Papers, and 30 November for Extended Abstracts and Tutorial/Workshop proposals). Workshops and Tutorials will take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9, July 2017. Regular and Extended Abstract contributions will be presented at oral, interactive and demonstrator sessions from Monday 10 to Friday 14, July 2017.

The sessions will be organized by gathering together papers on close topics, accordingly to the IFAC technical areas and their keywords, and based on the proposed invited sessions and open invited tracks. Plenary and Semi-Plenary presentations will respectively take place each morning and end of afternoon.

The preliminary World Congress global schedule provides a quick overview of all the program features.

Plenary lectures are summarized below. See the Plenary Lectures page for abstracts and biographies. 

Plenary and Semi-Plenary speakers

Christos Cassandras
Autonomous Mobility in Smart Cities
Charles Champion
Pioneering the future of aerospace
Jean-Michel Coron
Some Key Steps in the History of Feedback Control
Frank Försterling
Electronic Horizon: Cloud based solution for automated driving.
Jong-Hwan Kim
Towards Smart Service Robots with Task Intelligence
Iven Mareels
Systems Engineering in Water Engineering
Carlos Eduardo Pereira, Shimon Nof and Gérard Morel
Historical Survey & Emerging Challenges in Manufacturing System Control – A Global Perspective
Kristin Pettersen
Snake Robots: from Biology, through University, towards Industry
A Tribute in Memory of Roberto Tempo
Dawn Tilbury
Hybrid Processes for Controlling Cyber-Physical Manufacturing Systems
Qing-Chang Zhong
Synchronized & Democratized Smart Grids

Panel sessions

"Preparing Tomorrow's Scientists and Engineers for the Challenges of the 21st Century" chaired by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan & Frank Doyle, on Wednesday 12 July, 2017 from 10:00 till 12:00
"Your Research Sharing through Outreach" chaired by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Linda Bushnell & Sebastian Trimpe, on Wednesday 12 July, 2017 from 13:30 till 15:30
"How to Enhance Industry/University Collaboration on Advanced Control" chaired by Roger Goodall & Alex van Delft, on Thursday 13 July, 2017 from 10:00 till 12:00
"Advanced Control in Industry: The Path Forward" chaired by Tariq Samad and Kazuya Asano, on Friday 14 July, 2017 from 13:30 till 15:30