1995 CSG meeting

[from Mary Powers 9505.04]

The original purpose of The Control Systems Group (begun in 1985)
was to enable the few and widely scattered people interested in
Perceptual Control Theory to establish and maintain contact with
each other, primarily through a newsletter and an annual
conference. Since 1990 that purpose has been mainly achieved
through the Internet, and the newsletter has been discontinued.

The annual conference continues: in 1995 it will be held in
Durango, Colorado, from July 19-23. While access to CSG on the
net is free, we continue as a membership organization, with dues
of $20 (students, $5). A small part of this fee is for office
expenses such as mailings, especially to non-net members, but
most of the funds collected are used to waive conference fees for
students (and people with limited incomes). To join the CSG, send
a check for $20 ($5) to

               The Control Systems Group
               %Mary A. Powers
               73 Ridge Place
               Durango CO 81301-8136

It will be very much appreciated.

There is a monthly informational post about CSG on the Internet.
If you missed it, or have any questions about it, or the
conference, you can write to the above address or post direct to


             ******* CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT *******

                    THE CONTROL SYSTEMS GROUP

The 11th annual meeting of the Control Systems Group will be held
at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, from Wednesday, July 19
- Sunday, July 23, 1995.

This is a small, informal conference. There are seven sessions,
morning and evening, for brief presentation and extended
discussion of various aspects of Perceptual Control Theory.
Attendees are encouraged to bring papers for distribution, which
can serve to bring others up to speed on your topic. A variety of
specialties in the life, social, and behavioral sciences will be
represented, as well as applications in education, counseling,
and management. There will be a Mac and a PC for demos, with a
projection plate, and a VCR. Afternoons will be available for
continued discussion, showing tapes and computer demos, or for

The first session Wednesday evening begins with scheduling those
people who want to speak, whether or not they have brought a
paper (bringing a paper carries no obligation to speak). The
number of speakers determines the amount of time each will have.

This is considered to be a very enjoyable meeting. It is relaxed
and informal, yet exciting and intensive.


Durango is in the southwest corner of Colorado, 350 miles from
Denver and 200 miles from Albuquerque, N.M., at an altitude of
6500 feet, hot and dry in the daytime, cool at night, with
possible afternoon thunderstorms. Major attractions in the area
include the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge steam train, Mesa
Verde (and other) 11th to 14th century Anasazi Indian ruins,
river rafting, mountain biking, etc., etc. For details on these
and other attractions, plus motel and B&B accomodations if you
prefer to stay off campus, you can call 1-800-463-8726 or write
DACRA, 111 S. Camino del Rio, Durango CO 81301.

The conference fees, which include registration, CSG membership,
room, board, coffee breaks, equipment, meeting room rentals, and
a banquet on Saturday night, will be as follows:

     Single occupancy...$220 Double occupancy...$175
     Double room with guest: Self...$175 Guest....$150
     Students (double only):..........$75
               (This is subsidized. If a further waiver is
                    needed, apply on registration form)
     Off-campus: Self...$120 Guest...$95
     Per night, before or after the meeting (Tues. or Sun.,
single or double...$25
               (for those who want extra time in Durango)

July 1 is the deadline for registration. Please make full payment
in advance of the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE by
sending the form with $25 plus $5 for each guest ($10 for
students). This is non-refundable. THE BALANCE DUE WILL BE YOUR

Conference fees include membership in the CSG. If you register
and do not come, your registration fee will count as your dues.

Again, register early. I have reserved a limited number of rooms
and will need to know if more are needed.

It is expensive to fly to Durango. If you are renting a car, it
may be cheaper to fly to Farmington, New Mexico, and drive 45
miles (again, renting a car - there is no public transportation).
Cheaper yet, if you have the time, may be to arrange to meet
other conferees in Albuquerque and share a rental car for the 200
mile drive to Durango*. There is heavy tourist traffic and other
conferences in the area, so don't wait too long to make your
travel arrangements. And plan to arrive in time on Wednesday to
get your meal ticket and get to the dining room before it closes
at 6 pm. The first conference meeting will be at 7 pm.

More details and a campus map will be sent when you register.

Oh, yes. Anyone in Durango on Tuesday is invited to dinner at the
Powers', which is 13 miles east of town. A map for that will be
sent to anyone who indicates early arrival.

                         * * *

                  1995 CSG CONFERENCE REGISTRATION



______________________________________ Phone_________________

Arriving (day & time)_______________________________________

Leaving (day & time)________________________________________

plane____ car____ (send maps) ____

I will be staying in the dorm the following nights (circle)

              tues WED THURS FRI SAT sun

single____ double____ staying off-campus____

I am bringing a guest (name)________________________________
(note: Guests are welcome to attend all sessions of the

At the banquet, I prefer (circle) wine beer pop juice

My guest prefers (circle) wine beer pop juice
Specifically? (red, white, diet, etc)

Mail this form with your enclosed check (made out to The Control
Systems Group) for registration ($25 regular, $5 per guest, $10
student) or for your total conference fee to

Mary A. Powers 73 Ridge Place Durango CO 81301-8136

     * * * *

STUDENTS (and limited income): fill out only if you are applying
for a waiver of fees over and above the built-in subsidy (but you
must register and pay $10).

I am undergrad____ grad____ just graduated('95)_____


I am applying for a waiver of the CSG conference fees.
Without the waiver I would be unable to afford to come.


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A thought for the hate speech thread, from Salman Rushdie:

     What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to
     offend, it ceases to exist.

Mary P.