The ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, October 22–24, at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. On behalf of the DSCC 2014 Operating Committee and the Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME International, we cordially invite you to enjoy an exciting technical program and a unique opportunity to network against the beautiful and friendly backdrop of historic San Antonio.
The conference hotel is uniquely situated on 6.5 acres in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. It is conveniently located just 2 blocks from the celebrated and renowned River Walk. An eclectic cluster of shops, restaurants, galleries and boutiques are all within walking distance with many options for strolling, sightseeing, dining, music, and nightlife. Attendees will appreciate the serene and relaxing atmosphere amid its lush, natural Texas landscape, sparkling fountains and charming, historic buildings. Amongst the breathtaking scenery dwell peacocks and Chinese pheasants. The Marriott Plaza San Antonio features three historic buildings that date back to the 18th century and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The DSC Conference is the showcase technical forum of the DSCD. It provides a focused and intimate setting for dissemination and discussion of the state of the art in dynamic systems and control research, with a mechanical engineering flavor. The 2014 DSC Conference technical program will cover the modeling, simulation, analysis, design, and control of dynamical systems. Topics will include control theory, industrial applications, and innovations in dynamical systems and control education. Technical themes for the conference—including advanced manufacturing, renewable and traditional energy, bioengineering and biomedical engineering, and cybersecurity for critical infrastructure—will be featured in special tracks. The program will include contributed sessions, invited sessions, tutorial sessions, special sessions, workshops, and exhibits.
Proceedings containing all accepted papers will be distributed to attendees on CD, and will be published through the ASME Digital Collection.
A Message From the 2014 DSCC Organizing Committee
Dr. Suhada Jayasuriya, General Chair of the 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, passed away on July 12, 2014. Suhada died while playing cricket, a sport he dearly loved. Suhada played cricket like he did everything in his life—with great joy, with good fellowship, and with complete commitment.
The Organizing Committee of the 2014 DSCC had the pleasure and great fortune to work closely with Suhada for over a year leading up to the conference. He was a shining example of personal compassion and professional integrity. While Suhada's energy and leadership are irreplaceable, to the best of our abilities, this is the conference that Suhada envisioned.
Taking the helm of the 2014 DSCC was the latest in a long history of service that Suhada gladly provided to the Dynamic Systems and Control community. From 2007 to 2010 he advocated for DSC research as Director of the Control Systems program at the National Science Foundation. Previously Chair of Mechanical Engineering departments at Texas A&M University and the University of Central Florida, Suhada had just taken on a new mission, as Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University. Besides the challenge of leading an already strong department to greater heights, this new position finally gave Suhada the time he craved with his beloved wife and family. In less than a year, strong mutual respect and affection grew between Suhada and the department faculty; his collegial leadership and contagious cheer will be sorely missed. Despite the time and energy devoted to his many leadership roles, Suhada was a prolific scholar in the area of cooperative control and robust control design.
Suhada received many awards and honors for his leadership and achievements, including election as Fellow of the ASME and of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He was the recipient of the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering, the Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Research Investigator Award, and the Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award, all from ASME, and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Wayne State University. However, perhaps the greatest recognition that Suhada earned was the everlasting gratitude and affection of the many young faculty members he advised and nurtured at formative times in their careers.
The DSCC 2014 Conference Organizing Committee dedicates this conference to Suhada Jayasuriya, our beloved colleague, mentor, and friend. You are invited to join us on Thursday, October 23rd, at 6:30 PM in a celebration of Suhada’s achievements and contributions to the DSC community.
The 2014 DSCC Organizing Committee