Welcome Message

Hajime Asama

IFAC President 2020-2023

Since 1957, the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) has contributed greatly to promoting scientific activities and technological developments in the field of automatic control. The IFAC World Congress is the largest event in the field, held every three years. I am extremely excited that the next World Congress in 2023 will be hosted in Yokohama, Japan.

As revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many societal issues have emerged for scientists and engineers. To tackle societal problems for sustainable developments in the future, cooperation is especially important.

For IFAC 2023, we have proposed the vision of "Wa (Harmony)". In a broad sense, it represents the design of the large harmonious control loop to solve societal problems and to create societal values. From the Japanese perspective, it also means harmony of traditional culture and innovative technology.

We will make every effort for IFAC 2023 to be enjoyable both technically and socially and very much hope that many of you from all over the world will join us in Yokohama.

Jun-ichi Imura

General Chair IFAC 2023

On behalf of the National Organizing Committee, I would like to sincerely welcome all of you to the IFAC World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, in 2023. Yokohama City is adjacent to Tokyo and is a cultural and vibrant city where traditional culture and modern technology coexist in harmony.

The congress venue, PACIFICO Yokohama, is at the city center on the shore. It is the largest convention complex in Japan, with large halls for plenaries and exhibitions, and a conference center with many meeting rooms.

For the congress organization, we have a strong team with more than 100 people, who are very active in various capacities within the IFAC. The Program Committee will put together a strong program with a variety of special sessions, placing emphasis on discussions relating to the congress vision.

The Japanese team will do our best to organize an exciting World Congress and very much look forward to seeing all of you in Yokohama, Japan, in 2023.

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About Yokohama

In the space of 160 years, Yokohama has been transformed from a sleepy hamlet to Japan’s leading convention city.

The gateway to Japan when the nation opened up to the outside world, Yokohama swiftly became the hub of the nation’s commerce, but also the center of Japan’s cross-border ties of culture and friendship.
Today, while it has evolved into a leading metropolis, Yokohama retains an easy-going atmosphere that is unique in Japan. Less congested than other cities, it enjoys breezes off the Pacific Ocean and visitors can experience its unrivaled outdoor way of life.

Yokohama is the location of choice for hundreds of internationally minded companies and is a hub of academia and research. Organizations and businesses choose to be based in Yokohama because it is a place where ideas come together, where alliances can be forged and where the innovative is every day. Those same attributes have made this city the ideal location for global conferences.

Yokohama has unrivaled event facilities, including PACIFICO Yokohama, while the opening of the new facility, PACIFICO Yokohama North in early 2020 will build upon that excellence.
Conveniently located in the Minato Mirai waterfront district, PACIFICO Yokohama is within walking distance of transport links, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities, as well as many of the city’s historic sights.

Yokohama has a wide selection of accommodation, with more than 13,000 rooms available at properties that go up to five-star international brand hotels. And more hotels - all conveniently located and easily accessible - are opening in the coming months, providing an additional 1,400 rooms.

Welcome to Japan’s First Port of Call.

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IFAC Japan NMO (under the Science Council of Japan)
Japan Association of Automatic Control (JAAC)
The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
The Institute of Systems, Control Information Engineers (ISCIE)


Secretariat of the IFAC 2023 (c/o Congrès Inc.)

Secretariat of the IFAC 2023 (c/o Congrès Inc.)