IFAC was founded in September 1956 in Heidelberg (Germany).

On September 12, 1957, the First General Assembly convened at the constituent meeting in Paris and Delegates from 18 countries representing their national organizations assembled at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers under the chairmanship of Victor Broida. They voted on the Constitution and By-Laws; they elected Harold Chestnut, as the first President.

IFAC's Aims

The International Federation of Automatic Control is a multinational federation of National Member Organizations (NMOs), each one representing the engineering and scientific societies concerned with automatic control in its own country. The purpose of the Federation is to promote the science and technology of control in the broadest sense in all systems, whether, for example, engineering, physical, biological, social or economic, in both theory and application. IFAC is also concerned with the impact of control technology on society.

IFAC pursues its purpose by organizing technical meetings, by publications, and by any other means consistent with its constitution and which will enhance the interchange and circulation of information on automatic control activities. International World Congresses are held every three years. Between congresses, IFAC sponsors many symposia, conferences and workshops covering particular aspects of automatic control.

Information on activities appears on the IFAC homepage http://www.ifac-control.org/ and in the IFAC Newsletter which may be obtained free of charge from the IFAC Secretariat, Schlossplatz 12, A 2361 Laxenburg (Austria) or can be downloaded from the web. IFAC closely cooperates with many other international organizations, by mutually co-sponsoring technical meetings.