The idea for an IFAC conference dealing with problems associated to international stability started in the early 1980s stimulated by Hal Chestnut, the first president of IFAC and Peter Kopacek. They founded in IFAC the Technical Committee on this subject and organized the first IFAC Workshops on these topics in Laxenburg, Austria (1983).The event was a great success, gathering deep interest from IFAC community members. Further conferences, symposia and workshops were organised in Cleveland, Ohio, USA (1986), in Budapest, Hungary (1989), in Toronto, Canada (1992), Vienna, Austria (1995), Sinaia, Romania (1998), Ohrid, Macedonia (2000). From 2001 regular conferences took place in Vienna, Austria (2001), Waterford, Ireland (2003), Vienna, Austria (2004), Prishtina, Kosovo (2006 & 2010), Bucharest, Romania (2009), Waterford, Ireland (2012), Prishtina, Kosovo (2013), Sozopol, Bulgaria (2015), Durres, Albania (2016) and finally in Baku, Azerbaijan (2018).
IFAC TECIS 2018 provided a forum for professionals, researchers, experts and practitioners from industry and academia to give an overview of the state of the art, to present new research results and to exchange ideas and experiences in the field of international stability. Technology development leads to dramatic changes in international stability. It has never been so important to examine system stability. Currently and during the recent years social international and national systems of control have been shown to be inadequate and prone to be fundamental
and most basic instability. Many basic assumptions are no longer certain and definitely have to be questioned. The first goal of the 2018 international conference was to systematically examine these topics. Another goal of the SWISS/TECIS events was to propose new approaches in dealing with globalization effects and investigating international system complexity and the management of knowledge in that context.
This Conference selected 159 contributions namely 8 plenary talks, 60 invited papers and 91 regular papers, cover a very broad field of interest for those subjects like Social Aspects of Technology, Modelling of Stability, Application of Control Principles, Engineering Ethics, Environmental Systems, Cost oriented Automation, Mechatronic Systems and Robotics, Intelligent Systems and Applications and End of life Management (EoL).
This event offered scientists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and across the Caspian sea region the chance to present their research results at an International event.
We are extremely grateful to the International Program Committee (IPC) members for reviewing these papers, the members of the National Organising Committee (NOC) for the successful organisation of the event and especially to all attendees for participating in and contributing to this event and we hope that you enjoyed the familiar atmosphere which stimulated intensive and successful discussions.Prof. Peter Kopacek
IPC Chair and Editor
Dr. Bahadur Ibrahimov
NOC Chair and Editor
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