The 3rd International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications (COIA 2011) was held at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, during 22-24 August, 2011. The conference was organized by Bilkent University jointly with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It provided a forum where engineers, scientists and mathematicians from academia, industry and government organizations meet to share ideas on recent advances in all disciplines of science and engineering involving control and optimization.
As co-organizers, Bilkent University and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, have provided the main financial support for COIA 2011. Partial funding came from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and GATE Electronic.
The Conference started on Monday, August 22, 2011, with opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Ali M. Abbasov, Minister of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and by Prof. Dr. Abdullah Atalar, Rector of Bilkent University.
There were 70 participants at the COIA 2011: 23 from Turkey (19 with Bilkent affiliation), 19 from Azerbaijan, 8 from Japan, and the remaining 20 participants were from 13 different countries, namely, USA, Canada, Algeria, Iran, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine. During the conference 54 technical presentations were made, including plenary talks given by Professors E. Arikan, M. Konstantinov, Y. Ohta, P. Petkov, M. Vidyasagar and Y. Yamamoto.
After the technical presentations on Monday, August 22, plenary speakers and organizing committee members received their commemorative gifts during the welcome reception.
Social program of the COIA 2011 included a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and a brief tour around Ankara Citadel on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, before the conference banquet dinner, the same day, at The Forty Nine Restaurant on the campus of Bilkent University.
At the closing reception on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, Professor Mihail Konstantinov has announced that the next COIA will be held in the summer of 2013 in Bulgaria.