Student Programs

43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

December 14-17, 2004
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas


Student Travel Support

The deadline for applications was September 1, 2004.

The 2004 CDC Organizing Committee recognizes the value of graduate students who attend the Conference and who represent the future of the systems and control community. It also recognizes the importance of the Conference to those graduate students who are about to launch their careers. The IEEE CDC has for over forty years provided perhaps the best scientific forum for deliberations in systems and control theory, as it brings together researchers from around the world and facilitates their interaction in an attractive setting.

In addition to the special reduced registration fee for students, we will be able to provide limited support to qualified students who will be presenting their papers at the 2004 CDC. Specifically: Students awarded such support will receive a cash amount to defray the cost associated with registration, subsistence and travel to the 2004 CDC at the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, The Bahamas. In the past, the amount of such travel support has been in the range of $300-$500 as it depends on the number of applicants and the funds available.

Please note that this support is contingent upon available National Science Foundation (NSF) funds and a decision on a proposal submitted to NSF to provide student support is still pending. If NSF funding is not available, alternative sources may still be possible.

Eligibility and Requirements for Support by an NSF Travel Grant


A) At the time of application, the student must be enrolled at an institution of higher learning in the United States.

B) The student must be an author or co-author of a paper accepted for presentation at the 2004 CDC.

C) The student will register for the 2004 CDC and present the paper.

To apply, the student and his/her advisor must provide the following information to the 2004 CDC Student Affairs Chair, Prof. Panos Antsaklis ( Please send all materials together, in a single email.


Provided by the Student Applicant:

  1. Name (First Name, Middle Initial, and Last Name)
  2. Institutional Address
  3. Phone/Fax/E-mail/IEEE membership number
  4. Advisor's Name
  5. Advisor's Phone/Fax/E-mail
  6. Session, Title and Authors of the Paper to be presented
  7. Amount of support requested (actual support will depend on the number of applicants and funds available)
  8. A paragraph of justification for the request for financial support
  9. The student should also indicate other sources of funding that may be available to him/her to cover his/her remaining 2004 CDC expenses.

Provided by the student's Academic Advisor:

  1. A brief letter of certification and support from the student's academic advisor, stating that he/she is currently enrolled as a student, is in good academic standing and is planning to attend and present a paper at the 2004 CDC.

For reimbursement after the conference, the student must submit a statement summarizing his/her expenses at the 2004 CDC4, including copies of receipts showing conference registration, travel and hotel costs.

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Student Best Paper Award

The deadline for nominations was September 1, 2004.

Purpose: The purpose of the Student Best Paper Award is to recognize excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a student member of the IEEE.

Basis: Selection is based on originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations of control.

Guidelines: To be eligible,

  1. The primary and first listed author must be a student at the time of original submission.
  2. The paper must be accepted for presentation at the 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.

Nominations must be made by the student's major professor (advisor), certifying the above. The student must be an IEEE member and the student's IEEE membership number must be included in the nominating letter. The advisor's telephone number, fax number, and electronic mail address must also be included. Electronic nominations are preferred (pdf files only).

Procedure: Please email a pdf file with the nominating letter to the Chair of the CDC Best Student Paper Committee, Prof. Mario Sznaier at

or send a hard copy to:

Mario Sznaier
Chair of the CDC Best Student-Paper Committee
Department of Electrical Engineering
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

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Roommate Location Service

Note, this service ends November 12, 2004.

On behalf of the Women in Control (WiC), Prof. May-Win Thein from the University of New Hampshire is organizing a Roommate Location Service for CDC 2004 attendees.  If you would like to share a hotel room and need assistance finding a roommate, see the Travel Information page for instructions.

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Student and Newcomer Reception

A reception to welcome all CDC students and newcomers will take place on Tuesday, December 14, 7:00-8:15pm. See the Social & Recreational Activities page for details.

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