International Federation of Automatic Control
20th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace - ACA 2016
21-25 August, 2016, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Scope & Topics

Best Student Papers Award

Congratulations to the winners and all students who participated.
See winners in page Best Student Paper Award.


The programme is avalaible in page
Technical & Social Programme.


Welcome Reception21.08.2016
Mayor's Reception22.08.2016
Technical tours24.08.2016
Industrial visits24.08.2016
Foresta Lumina23.08.2016 & 24.08.2016
Best Student Paper Award25.08.2016
Closing Ceremony25.08.2016
Farewell Banquet25.08.2016


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Focusing on aerospace applications, the symposium will cover all aspects of dynamics, navigation, guidance and control in astronautics and aeronautics, spanning from theoretical studies to industrial applications.

It will include navigation, guidance and control of aircraft, helicopters, missiles, satellites, probes and launchers. Autonomous, intelligent, unmanned and networked are key words for rapidly evolving fields of aerospace systems. Particularly, cooperative/distributed control for multiple air/space vehicles including formation flight and air traffic control is currently a topic of high interest. Space exploration and transportation to planets, satellites, comets, asteroids, etc., are typical application fields of automatic control. Papers on these topics are also sought.

Recent progresses in electronic technologies, which have provided inexpensive microprocessors and sensors including cameras and GPS receivers, have encouraged students to design and launch/fly small satellites, UAVs and MAVs. This symposium will offer an opportunity for presentation of students' projects.

In addition, forthcoming trends, perspectives and future research projects are welcome, as well as current projects and technologies.


  • Aircraft/helicopter dynamics, navigation, guidance and control
  • UAV dynamics, navigation, guidance and control
  • Spacecraft dynamics, navigation, guidance and control
  • Missile dynamics, navigation, guidance and control
  • Cooperative navigation, guidance and control of heterogeneous teams of land and flying vehicles
  • Launcher, RLV and ARV guidance and control
  • Filtering, estimation and identification theory
  • Sensor data fusion
  • Flight dynamics identification
  • Guidance and control theory
  • Cooperative/distributed guidance and control
  • High accuracy pointing
  • Flexible structure control
  • Engine control
  • Control algorithms implementation
  • Avionics and on-board equipment
  • Micro- and nano-aerospace vehicles/satellites
  • Space debris mitigation
  • Space robotics, including rovers
  • Space exploration and transportation
  • Air traffic management/communication, navigation and surveillance
  • Formation flying
  • Health monitoring, diagnosis and reconfiguration
  • Decision making and autonomy
  • Mission control and operations
  • Aerospace student projects

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