UKACC is the United Kingdom’s National Member Organisation of the International Federation of Automatic Control.
UKACC promotes the science and technology of automation and control.
UKACC is the link between the UK and the international automatic control communities.
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  • Funding Opportunity: Synthetic Biology and Biological Systems

    Over the past year there has been a UKRI wide initiative to explore ways of furthering Engineering Biology research. As a result of this work, the first opportunity in this area for funding is now live. Developing Engineering Biology Breakthrough Ideas will fund adventurous, short term research in the Engineering Biology space, with collaborative projects linking disciplines not traditionally associated with the area welcome.

    Details of the scheme, and how to apply can be found here

    For more information on the scheme, the contact is . To clarify, while the application process is administered through BBSRC, the opportunity is open to researchers in areas within the EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and NERC remit.

  • New Chair of UKACC

    UKACC welcomes its new Chair, Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan, who takes over from the outgoing Chair Professor Roger Dixon. Visakan is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield and is also the Director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre in Control, Monitoring and Systems Engineering.

    Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan

    He has been at Sheffield since 1993, preceded by his education at the University of Cambridge where he was awarded the B.A. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Information Sciences. He also served as a Head of Department at Sheffield from 2009-2014. In addition to serving on the UKACC Executive Committee in the recent years, he was the General Chair of 2018 UKACC Conference on Control, held in Sheffield. 

  • Cash Prize for PhD Excellence!

    The IET Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize 2021 is now open and taking applications.

    Do you know a student who deserves to win this year – the prize money on offer is £500!  The Prize recognises a student for their research excellence in the field of Control & Automation at a UK university, between 1 October 2019 up to 30 September 2021 and nominations are now open. Click here for details.


  • Control 2022

    The 13th UKACC International Conference on Control will be held on 20 – 22 April 2022, at the University of Plymouth.

    30/09/21Deadline for Full Paper (6 pages) & Extended Abstract (2 pages)
    15/01/22Review Results
    15/02/22Final Paper Submission
    01/03/22Early Bird Registration
    01/04/22Final Registration

    Special Session Proposals:  

    Proposals should be submitted on one A4 page to the conference email address: It must include the title, a brief outline, name, and affiliation of the organiser(s).

    Exhibition and Sponsorship:

    Organisations wishing to exhibit their control-related works/books/articles are invited to contact the organising committee through email to discuss the terms and necessary arrangements. 


Benefits of membership:

  • International networking via UKACC’s position as the primary gateway into IFAC and the international control community.
  • Hosting of UKACC events (e.g. Annual Lecture, Biennial Control Conference, PhD Showcase).
  • Opportunity to host IFAC events (workshops, conferences and symposia).
  • Nomination of persons for IFAC Technical Committees.
  • Active participation in the UK’s control community via the Executive Committee.
  • Promotion of member activities through UKACC website and mailing list. 
  • News of activities of interest to the control community.