Automatic Controls and Robotics Division

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Automatic Controls and Robotics Division

The Automatic Controls and Robotics Division (ACARD) of ISA aims to address the control demands of complex systems by exchanging knowledge with leaders regarding new and innovative solutions that are relevant to industrial applications, geological processes, and principles and practices of automatic control.

The intrinsic value of ACARD membership aligns your personal interests with your professional goals. By recognizing that what you do does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are enjoyed more when shared with others. Furthermore, the contacts made through ACARD will be valuable throughout your professional career and you have the opportunity to share your experiences as well as the opportunity to learn from your peers.

There are numerous benefits and professional opportunities presented by the ACARD Division. Please feel free to get in touch with

Division Director : Prakash Bapat at

Director- Elect : Rohit Kadam at

Why be a member of ACARD ?

As an ACARD member, you will join one of the largest divisions within ISA.  There are numerous benefits and professional opportunities presented by ACARD:

  • Leadership Opportunities - The opportunity to improve your personal leadership skill level and participate on panel discussions as well as serving as a session developers for ACARD conferences and symposia.
  • Technical Writing - Reviewing papers or writing articles for the ACARD newsletter or Web pages.
  • Networking - Increase your visibility in the ACARD industry to benefit both you and your employer and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the industry.
  • Valuable Information Resources - In addition to the above, ACARD membership supplies:

Two to three comprehensive industry newsletters per year featuring articles and papers from the ACARD Members and symposium participants.

Access to the ACARD website that provides industry technical papers, web seminars, and a list serve of industry peers

How to Join our Division?

Join us if you want to learn, contribute, network, and help build the Division to create a better world through automation.

You can join our Division at no additional charge. Please click here to add our Division to your membership.

More about ACARD

Some of the important areas of our activities include:

  • Industry Reach and Awareness – Establish and advance the division’s relevance and credibility as the home of automation for the industries we serve, working with stakeholders to develop and deliver pertinent technical content. Provide industry expertise to industry and education by developing external partnerships.
  • Member Development and Engagement – Enhance member value and engagement opportunities to nurture and grow a more diverse and global automation community within the industries we serve.
  • Technical Education and Certification – Become the recognized leader in automation and control education for the industries we serve, providing relevant and topical resources to enable our members to meet technological and industrial challenges.
  • Leadership and Business Skill Development – Create opportunities for our members to improve critical leadership skills, build a network of industry professionals, and develop the next generation of automation professionals to serve our industries.

ISA ACARD's On Point Resources :

ISA ACARD upcoming Connect Live Sessions :

  • To be announced soon

The ISA Scholarship Application Portal :

Plan Ahead: 

Next year, the ISA Automatic Controls and Robotics Division will  utilize the ISA Scholarship

Application Portal to collect the applications to benefit students to be considered for scholarships. ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. One of the foundational goals of the scholarship program is to recognize as many outstanding talents in instrumentation, systems, and automation as possible in their early careers and to support students studying and/or doing research in instrumentation, systems, and automation.

University students who have outstanding potential in fields related to automation should apply for an ISA scholarship. Scholarship applications will be accepted from December through the end of February; all applications must be submitted no later than the last day of February.

For details and eligibility requirements, visit

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Scholarship Chair, Rohit Kadam ( directly. 

Recent Blog Posts:

Take a look at our recent ISA blog posts made by our members.

ISA  FIEPER Project :

  • What is FIEPER Project ?
  • Please click the link  to know more about FIEPER.
  • For more Details, please click here.

Technical Discussions :

Do you have a ACARD technical question? Ask your question in the ISA Technical Discussion Forum and tag # Automatic Controls # robotics .

Want to see all the ISA Technical Discussion Posts that are tagged with#Automatic Controls? You can usethis search featureand it filters on tags with #Automatic Controls 

Want to see all the ISA Technical Discussion Posts that are tagged with #Robotics? You can use this search feature and it filters on tags with #Robotics.

Social Media :

  • LinkedIn Page

  • LinkedIn Group  :

Recognition and Awards :

Congratulations to Anand Iyer ACARD Outstanding Member of the year! Anand serves on the Board as FIEPER Board Chair. This award is being presented to him due to his phenomenal efforts to start the FIEPER Project that educates students in the field of robotics, vision systems and image classification.

Director's Message :

Welcome to one and all the members of ACARD - Automatic Controls and Robotics Division (ACARD’ian if I may call so). As a Director of ACARD for the years 2022-23, it is my pleasure to welcome you all. The Division has seen good health and exhibits growth based on continued cooperation from you all. Glad to mention that the members strength of 3,800 Members is in the top three Divisions. 

During the last decade or so we all have seen lots of variety as well as growth in the field of Robotics. At the Pandemic times we saw Robots in hospitals for healthcare - serving patients from a safe distance. Industrial robots of our main focus have extended from Material handling to Processing, Machining to even the Assembly. Robots are also helping in the field of Agriculture to Mobile applications to even Space. Usage of Robots in Hazardous areas is a class in itself. Many of our ACARD Members - are professionally working in various industry sectors engaged in the activities such as Manufacturing, Servicing, Diagnostics, Q-C to even the areas of Research and Development. Division will be happy to hear from you through formats like OnPoint, Connect Live, Newsletter, ISA interchange, InTech etc. widely made available to ISA members to exchange your thoughts or disseminate the information you wish to share   

Further I wish to strongly suggest a good lot of networking opportunities beyond just the board Members of ACARD. I am honestly amazed to see the diversity - almost all continents and members from over 25 Countries Abu -Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and of course the United State of America - Hqtrs of ISA! 

Here is the link to reach out to the ACARD'ian of the Country of your choice.

Some of you may have noticed the mailbox within ISA Connect for ease of contact with the ISA- ACARD Member

I wish to draw your attention to the Working Groups of ACARD. You may like to actively participate (P) or you may just like to be the Observer(O) as per your liking and get in touch with the respective Heads of the Working Group(H) mentioned below . Quite likely your experience and expertise in the domain is strong. You may also like to indicate the choice of Leadership Role(L) Following are the current working groups with the contact info of the Heads as per ISA data

A- Autonomous Vehicles - Dr Jayesh Barve

F- FIEPER - Field Operated Robot- Anand Iyer -

U- Utility Management - Vinod Joshi -

V- Vision Systems - Vikas Anwekar -

Z- Zero Effect and Zero Defect - Satish Pathak-

We are also open to hear from you if you wish to add another Working Group with your intent and plans to Lead(L) the same, please get in touch with Director Elect -Rohit Kadam -  

Last but not the least our Newsletter editor Satish Pathak welcomes your contributions in any form like just a flash news, your own brainstorming thought, featured article/ Series of articles, short video clips to even just a small animated robotic clown or cartoon on a lighter side. You may directly email the same to E- Editor:

Let's make it a more live and interactive exchange to enhance the pool of information and try and lift it to knowledge and wisdom. All ACARD'ians welcome once again to this this wonderful world of ISA – Automatic Controls and Robotics Division. Wish you good luck during this journey 

-Prakash Bapat, ACARD Director



  • ACARD Winter 2021 Newsletter released


    The Automatic Controls and Robotics Division (ACARD) is happy to release the last newsletter of year 2021

    This newsletter tells more about four Working groups of ACARD viz. FIEPER, VISION Systems, UTILITY Management and ZED

    It also gives inputs on some joint activities such as a Tech Talk on ‘Digital Twin’ organized by ACARD jointly with Industry Division - CHEMPID and many more....

    Do enjoy reading and send your comments, suggestions or feedback to us on 

    Wish you a very happy and healthy new year !!

    Warm regards

    Nitin Kirloskar
    Marketing Chair


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