Welcome To The
40th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

December 4-7, 2001
at the
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
in Orlando, Florida


On behalf of the IEEE Control Systems Society, the Operating and Program Committees invite you to participate in the 40th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). The CDC is the annual meeting of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), conducted in cooperation with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the INstitute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

The IEEE Control Systems Society was founded in 1954 and today has over 10,500 members all around the world. It is internationally recognized as the premier scientific and engineering organization dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control.

The 40th IEEE CDC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday December 4, through Friday December 7, 2001. Tutorial workshops will precede the Conference on Monday, December 3. The Program Committee has assembled a technical program covering a broad spectrum of topics in decision and control. It consists of plenary lectures, special presentations and thirteen parallel tracks consisting of invited and contributed sessions. The Operating Committee has made every effort to create an environment whereby participants derive maximum benefit from the Conference. We hope that you will participate in this scientific meeting and help make it a memorable event.

This marks the third time for holding the CDC in the Orlando area. Orlando now enjoys the distinction of having the largest concentration of theme parks in the world. It boasts four Walt Disney theme parks in addition to Universal Studios and Sea World. The major theme parks, as well as all the other supporting attractions, dining, and entertainment establishments, make Orlando a perfect vacation destination. The entertainment opportunities are not limited to young families: in recent years much has been done to create attractions for all ages. The CDC offers a great opportunity to blend business and pleasure, so come join us and bring the family.

Ted Djaferis, General Chair