Victor Sreeram (Chair of the Board)

The University of Western Australia

Victor Sreeram (Director)

Victor Sreeram is currently a Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering, University of Western Australia.

He obtained Bachelor's degree in 1981 from Bangalore University, Master's degree in 1983 from Madras University, India, and PhD degree from University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1990, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked as a project engineer in Indian Space Research Organisation from 1983 to 1985.

He has successfully supervised over 25 PhD students. He is currently an associated editor of IET Control Theory and Applications and Asian Journal of Control.

He was the General Chair of 3rd Australian Control Conference, Perth, November 4-5, 2013 and the Vice Chair of Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, Perth, WA, September 28-1 October 2014. He was the Chair of National Committee on Automation, Control, and Instrumentation (Engineers Australia Technical Committee) during 2019-2020. He was the IFAC NMO representative for Australia during 2019-2021. He is currently the Vice President (for Technical Activity) of Asian Control Association.

Ljubo Vlacic (Director)

Griffith University

Ljubo Vlacic (Treasurer)

Professor Emeritus Ljubo Vlacic is with Griffith University's Institute of Intelligent & Integrated Systems and the School of Engineering and Built Environment. His career has encompassed senior management positions in Research & Development including

  1. Technical Director of Research Institute (industry);
  2. Project/Program Director (industry and academia); and,
  3. Head of School (academia);

and is built on his expertise in: (a) Industrial Plant Automation Research & Development, including commercial product prototype design and development; (b) Robotics and Mechatronics; (c) Co-operative Self-driving Vehicles Research & Development; (d) Intelligent Transport Systems and (e) University Research & Teaching.

His research achievements made news headlines, and were broadcast widely through various media outlets throughout the world.

In recognition of his achievements he has received 24 awards and distinctions including: the IEE Achievement Medal, Sir Lionel Hooke Award, the ITS World Congress Video Competition Award (Research Education), Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year Award, Engineers Australia -Queensland Project Excellence Award, JSPS Invitation Research Fellowship (Japan), DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Germany) and Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (USA).

Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE-Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (since 2017).

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Ian R. Petersen (Director)

The Australian National University

Ian R. Petersen (Secretary)

Ian R. Petersen was born in Victoria, Australia. He received a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from the University of Rochester. From 1983 to 1985 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. From 1985 until 2016 he was with UNSW Canberra where was a Scientia Professor and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Engineering and Information Technology.

He has previously been ARC Executive Director for Mathematics Information and Communications, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research for UNSW and an Australian Federation Fellow. From 2017 he has been a Professor in the School of Engineering at the Australian National University. From 2018 to 2019, he was the Interim Director of the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering at the ANU.

He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Systems and Control Letters, Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization.

Currently he is an Editor for Automatica. He is a fellow of IFAC, the IEEE and the Australian Academy of Science. His main research interests are in robust control theory, quantum control theory and stochastic control theory.

Iven Mareels(Director)

Fellow of IEEEĀ  (USA), IFAC (Austria), KVAB (Belgium), EA and ATSE (Australia),

Professor Iven Mareels

Lab Director
IBM Research Australia

Since early 2021, Iven Mareels is a partner in IBM Consulting, and Director for the Centre for Applied Research IBM Australia/New Zealand. He is also a non-executive director for Rubicon Water and the Vice President Financial Sustainability for the Academy of Engineering and Technology (Australia).

Iven received the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987, and the Master of Engineering (Electromechanical) from Gent University in 1982.

For nearly 40 years Iven has been active in conferences across all functions, from conference organisation, to co-contributing papers and as key note speaker. He supervised 50 PhD and 18MPhil students to completion, and he is supervising one PhD student. He is well known for his work on adaptive or learning systems and large scale systems (e.g. the electricity grid, irrigation networks, the epileptic brain).

For his contributions to (control engineering) research and education Iven has received numerous awards, inter alia Iven is a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, a Fellow of The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Australia (; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) (, the International Federation of Automatic Control (, Engineers Australia ( and he is a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (

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