Bratislava, Slovak Republic, June 1-3, 2016

The First IFAC Workshop on "Integrating Teaching and Research at All Levels in Promoting Control as a Field that Spans Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)"

Organizers: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Anthony Rossiter

Other panel members: András  Benedek,  Atanas Serbezov, Sadaf Shariati

The IFAC TC Education Liaisons who represent technical committees will be invited to present at this workshop with its purpose to make a significant change in bringing the important visibility to integrating closely research and education. " We all do education" in our progressive innovative methods of teaching that involve introducing research engagement of students at all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate and beyond. The workshop is open to all participants from universities and industry wishing to make contributions to better understanding of the role of integrating teaching and research in education and in the society.

Session organisation (90 minutes)

The session will be in the form of a panel session with short 3-4 minute presentations from a few delegates followed by open discussion. The main idea is to present and share ideas on how, and why  research/independent learning can be integrated into teaching?

Session Layout

There needs to be some display equipment that allows the audience (and speaker) contributions to be captured and displayed concisely for all to see. This could be simple power point onto a data projector but alternatives are possible.

Session output:

Proposal for a shared paper/vision which can be presented at IFAC 2017 and expected contributors to such a paper.


ANDRAS BENEDEK: In the frame of engineer teachers’ training courses at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics we dealt with the questions of searching for a pedagogical paradigm related to the “Systems and control are all around us” approach. We improved open education resources (OER) within the frames of our experiment implemented in 2015, we found that the students’ participation offered great potentials in content and methodology.

BOZENNA PASIK-DUNCAN: The Importance, power, beauty, and excitement of integrating research and teaching will be illustrated with examples of mathematics courses designed for engineers (Stochastic Adaptive Control – Integrating Research and Teaching).

ANTHONY ROSSITER: Anthony will talk about a project with bioengineers and encouraging them to engage with control engineering. He will show how facilitating students in doing research, or student led approaches to learning has led to a far greater engagement with and understanding of the relevance of control to their discipline.

ATANAS SERBEZOV: The practice of Process Control involves multidisciplinary competencies, which in a typical undergraduate curriculum are touched upon in a myriad of courses, some of them required, some of them elective, offered by different departments. These competencies range from mathematical theory and conservation principles to field installation of sensors and final control elements. Many undergraduate students find it difficult to put all pieces together in a coherent Process Control track. Meaningful laboratory projects developed in collaboration with industry provide opportunities to showcase the multidisciplinary nature of Process Control and to inspire students to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in the field.


 Summary Biographies of Panel Members

Andras Benedek is a professor in the Department of Technical Education, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, has published approximately 150 papers to date in connection with human resource development issues. He studied systems analysis on a scholarship and acquired a PhD at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. In 2004 he acquired a DSc at the Hungarian Academy of Science. 2005-2009, he was Head of Department of Technical Education between 2005-2015. He was Director of Institute for Continuing Engineering Education between 2008-2015. His research field: structure of vocational education and training, pedagogy of vocational training and adult education, formal and informal learning, mobile and visual learning. E-mail:; web:

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan received the Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Warsaw in 1970, and the Ph.D. and D.Sc. (Habilitation) degrees from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland in 1978 and 1986, respectively.  Before moving to the University of Kansas (KU) in 1984, she was a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at Warsaw School of Economics. At KU she is a Professor of Mathematics, a Courtesy Professor of both EECS & AE, and an ITTC Investigator, a Chancellors Club Teaching Professor, and a member of the KU Women's Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and CSS Distinguished Member Award. She has served in many capacities in several societies including IEEE CSS Vice President and two term CSS BoG member. Her current service includes Deputy Chair of the CSS TC on Control Education, Chair of the AACC Education Committee, a member of the IFAC TB as the Education Liaison, a member of IEEE WIE Committee and Chair of its Outreach, the CSS Liaison to the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and its BoG member, and a member of the SIAM Activity Group on Systems Theory and Control Conference Steering Committee. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic systems & adaptive control and in control & STEM education. She is a recipient of many awards including Service to Kansas, H.O.P.E.. IREX, Kemper, L. Hay, and Polish Ministry of Higher Education Award.

John Anthony Rossiter is an academic in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. In addition to research interests in predictive control, he has parallel interests in how to generate an effective learning environment for engineering undergraduates. He has working in several areas but most significantly in the use of technology to empower student independent learning and encourage deeper engagement. Email:

Atanas Serbezov is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Process Control from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY,  USA. Dr. Serbezov has had a number of industrial consulting appointments in parallel to his academic position. His passion in teaching is bringing the best industrial practices to university classrooms and laboratories.

Sadaf Shariati is  Research Assistant in the Institute of Automatic Control, RWTH University Aachen. She received engineering degrees from the Technical University of Dortmund and the KNTU Technical University in Tehran. Since 2012, She has been teacher assistant in different courses in the field of Automatic Control such as Control Engineering and Rapid Control Prototyping. In addition, She has conceived and organized a two-days workshop on the Model Predictive Controllers for students and research assistants.