Journal Awards

Automatica Paper Prize

The Automatica Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of control engineering or control science, documented in a paper published in the IFAC Journal Automatica. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of three selected papers published in Automatica in the three years preceding the Congress. The prize funds are provided by the publisher of Automatica, Elsevier Ltd.

Winner

YearCongress siteWinners (1. Survey, 2. Theory/Methodology, 3. Application)Country
1981 Kyoto 1. T. Söderström, L. Ljung, I. Gustavsson: A Theoretical Analysis of Recursive Identification Methods, 14, 231-244, 1978

SE

2. J. Rissanen: Modeling by Shortest Data Description, 14, 465-471, 1978

CA

3. G.K. Lausterer, W.H. Ray, H.R. Martens: Real Time Distributed Parameter State Estimation Applied to a Two Dimensional Heated Ingot, 14, 335-344, 1978

DE/US

1984 Budapest 1. K.J. Åström: Theory and Applications of Adaptive Control - A Survey, 19, 5, 471-486, 1983

SE

2. H. Kimura: Perfect and Subperfect Regulation in Linear Multivariable Control Systems, 18, 2, 125-145, 1982;
R. Rouhani, R.K. Mehra: Model Algorithmic Control (MAC); Basic Theoretical Properties, 18, 4, 401-414, 1982

JP/US

3. T. Shiraiwa, Y. Sakamoto, S. Kobayashi, S. Anezaki, H. Kato, A. Kuwabara: Automatic Control of Casting Speed in Ingot Casting, 17, 4, 613-618, 1981

JP

1987 Munich 1. W. Leinhard: Microcomputer Control of High Dynamic Performance AC-Drives - A Survey, 22, 1, 1-19, 1986

UK

2. D.W. Clarke: Self-Tuning Control of Nonminimum-Phase Systems, 20,5,501-517, 1984;
J.C. Willems: From Time Series to Linear Systems, Part 1: Finite Dimensional Linear Time Invariant Systems, 22,5, 561-580, 1986; Part 2: Exact Modeling, 22, 6, 675-694, 1986; Part 3: Approximate Modeling, 1, 87-115, 1987

NL/BE

3. O.L.R. Jacobs, R.E.S. Bullingham, P. Lammer, H.J. McDuay, G.O. Sullivan, M.P. Reasbeck: Modeling, Estimation and Control in the Relief of Post-Operative Pain, 21, 4, 349-360, 1985

UK

1990 Tallinn 1. V. Kucera, P. Zagalak: Fundamental Theorem of State Feedback for Singular Perturbations, 24, 5, 653-658, 1988

CZ

2. B.R. Barmish, Z. Shi: Robust stability of Perturbed Systems with Time Delays, 25, 3, 371-381, 1989

US

3. I. Hoshina, Y. Maekawa, T. Fujimoto, H. Kimura, H. Kimura: Observer-Based Multivariable Control of the Aluminum Cold Tandem Mill, 24, 6, 741-754, 1988

JP

1993 Sydney 1. L. Ljung, S. Gunnarsson: Adaptation and Tracking in System Identification - A Survey, 26,1, 7-21, 1990

SE

2. B.R. Barmish, R. Tempo: The Robust Root Locus, 26, 2, 283-292, 1990

US

3. C.I. Byrnes, A. Isidori: On the Attitude Stabilization of Rigid Spacecraft, 27, 1, 87-95, 1991

US

1996 San Francisco 1. R. David, H. Alla: Petri Nets for Modeling of Dynamic Systems - A Survey, 30, 2, 175-202, 1994

FR

2. P. van Overschee, B. de Moor: N4SID: Subspace Algorithms for the Identification of Combined Deterministic-Stochastic Systems, 30, 1, 75-94, 1994

BE

3.A. J. Sorenson, O. Egeland: Design of Ride Control System for Surface Effect Ships Using Dissipative Control, 31, 2, 183-200, 1995

NO

1999 Beijing 1. B.D.O. ANDERSON: From Youla-Kucera to Identification, Adaptation and Nonlinear Control, 34, 12,1485-1506, 1998.

AU

2. N. LEONARD: Stability of Bottom-Heavy Underwater Vehicles, 33, 3, 331-346, 1997.

US

3. A. SEEM: A New Pattern Recognition Adaptive Controller with Applications to HVAC Systems, 34, 8, 969-982, 1998

US

2002 Barcelona 1. F. BLANCHINI: Set Invariance in Control, 35, 11, 1747-1767, 1999.

IT

2. M. VIDYASAGAR: Randomized Algorithms for Robust Controller Synthesis Using Statistical learning Theory, 37, 10, 1515-1528, 2001.

IN

3. T.I. FOSSEN: Nonlinear Passive Weather Optimal Positioning Control (WOPC) System for Ships and Rigs: Experimental Results, 37, 5, 701-715, 2001

NO

2005 Prague 1. J.P. RICHARD: Time Delay Systems: An overview of some recent advances and open problems

FR

2. J.P. HESPANHA and A.S. MORSE: Switching Between Stabilizing Controllers.

US

3. C. BONIVENTO, A. ISIDORI, L. MARCONI and A. PAOLI: Implicit Fault-tolerant Control: Application to Induction Motors

IT

2008 Seoul 1. P.F. HOKAYEM and M.W. SPONG: Bilateral teleoperation: An historical survey

US

2. S.C. BENGEA and R.A. DECARLO: Optimal control of switching systems

US

3. E. PREMPAIN and I. POSTLETHWAITE: Static H-infinity loop shaping control of a fly-by-wire helicopter

UK

2011 Milan 1. V. ANDRIEU and L. PRALY: A Unifying Point of View on Output Feedback Designs for Global Asymptotic Stabilization

FR

2. D.-Z. CHENG and H.-S. QI: Controllability and Observability of Boolean Control   Networks

CN

3. H.-L. CHOI and J.P. HOW: Continuous Trajectory Planning of Mobile Sensors for Informative Forecasting

KR

2014 Cape Town 1. H. OHLSSON, F. GUSTAFSSON, L. LJUNG and S. BOYD: Smoothed state estimates under abrubt changes using sum-of-norms regularization

SE/SE/SE/US

2. T.B. SCHON, A. WILLS and B. NINNESS: System identification of nonlinear state-space models

SE/AU/AU

3. J.W. SIMPSON-PORCO, F. DORFLER and F. BULLO: Synchronization and power sharing for droop-controlled inverters in islanded microgrids

US

2017 Toulouse 1. G. PILLONETTO: A new kernel-based approach to hybrid system identification.

 IT

2. J. SCHIFFER, R. ORTEGA, A. ASTOLFI, J. RAISCH, T. SEZI: Conditions for stability of droop-controlled inverter-based microgrids.

 UK/FR/DE

3. J.K. SCOTT, D.M. RAIMONDO, G.R. MARSEGLIA, R.D. BRAATZ: Constrained zonotopes: A new tool for set-based estimation and fault detection.

 US/IT

Control Engineering Practice Paper Prize

The Control Engineering Practice Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the practical application of control techniques and advanced control theory, documented in a paper published in Control Engineering Practice. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of three selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the Congress. The prize funds are provided by the publisher of Control Engineering Practice, Elsevier Ltd.

Winner

YearCongress siteWinners (1. Survey, 2. Theory/Methodology, 3. Application)Country
1996 San Francisco N.G. Walker, G.F. Wyatt-Mair: Sensor Signal Validation using Analytical Redundancy for an Aluminum Cold Rolling Mill, 3,6, 753-760 US
1999 Beijing 1. P. BIDAN, L.K. KOUADIO, M. VALENTIN and G. MONTSENY: Electrical assistance for SI engine idle-speed control, 6, 7, 829-836, 1998.

FR

2. J.H. MORTENSEN, T. MOELBAK, P. ANDERSEN and T.S. PEDERSEN : Optimization of boiler control to improve the load-following capability of power-plant units, 6, 12, 1531-1539, 1998.

DK

3. M. WU, M. NAKANO and J.H. SHE: A distributed expert control system for a hydrometallurgical zinc process, 6, 12, 1435-1446, 1998

JP

2002 Barcelona 1. H. SEKI, M., OGAWA, S. OOYAMA, K. KAMATSU, M. OHSHIMA and W. YANG: Industrial Application of a Nonlinear Model Predictive Control to Polymerization Reactors, 9, 8, 819-828, 2001.

JP

2. A.J. SMERLAS, D.J. WALKER, I. POSTLETHWAITE, M.E. STRANGE, J. HOWITT, A.W. GUBBLES: Evaluation H-infinite Controllers on the NRC Bell 205 fly-by-wire helicopter, 9, 1, 1-10, 2001.

UK

3. M. JÄRVENSIVU, K. SAARI, S.-L. JÄMSÄ-JOUNELA: Intelligent Control System of an Industrial Lime Kiln Process, 9, 6, 589-606, 2001

FI

2005 Prague 1. S. JOE QIN and THOMAS A. BADGWELL: A survey of industrial model predictive control technology, 11, 7, 733-764, 2003

US

2. C. A. BODE, B. S. KO, and T. F. EDGAR: Run-to-run control and performance monitoring of overlay in semiconductor manufacturing, 12, 7, 893-900, 2004

US

3. OLIVER SAWODNY, HARALD ASCHEMANN, and STEPHAN LAHRES: An automated gantry crane as a large workspace robot, 10, 12, 1323-1338, 2002

DE

2008 Seoul 1. Z. K. NAGY, B. MAHN, R. FRANKE and F. ALLGÖWER: Evaluation study of an efficient output feedback nonlinear model predictive control for temperature tracking in an industrial batch reactor, Volume 15, Issue 7, pgs 839-850. DE
2. M. MENSLER, S. JOE and T. KAWABE: Identification of a toroidal continuously variable transmission using continuous-time system identification methods", Volume 14, Issue 1, pgs 45-58. JP
3. S. HAUGWITZ, P. HAGANDER and T. NOREN: Modeling and control of a novel heat exchange reactor, the Open Plate Reactor, Volume 15, Issue 7, pgs 779-792. SE
2011 Milan 1. SEUNGWUK MOON, ILKI MOON and KYONGSU YI: Design tuning and evaluation of a full-range adaptive cruise control system with collision avoidance. KR
2. M. CORNO, S.M. SAVARESI, M. TANELLI,  L. FABBRI: On optimal motorcycle braking IT
3. C.A. MONJE, B.M. VINAGRE, V. FELIU, YANGQUAN CHEN: Tuning and auto-tuning of fractional order controllers for industry applications ES
2014 Cape Town 1. G.M. HOFFMANN, H. HUANG, S.L. WASLANDER and C.J. TOMLIN: Precision flight control for a multi-vehicle quadrotor helicopter testbed. US/US/CA/US
2. T. CHAI, J. DING and F. WU: Hybrid intelligent control for optimal operation of shaft furnance roasting process. CN
3. M.HILAIRET, M. GHANES, O. BETHOUX, V. TANASA, J.-P. BARBOT and D. NORMAND-CYROT: A passivity-based controller for coordination of converters in a fuel cell system. FR
2017 Toulouse J. MONNIN, F. KUSTER, K. WEGENER: Optimal control for chatter mitigation in milling, Part 1: Modeling and Control Desing, Part 2: Experimental Validation. CH

Journal of Process Control Paper Prize

The Journal of Process Control Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the theory, practice or survey of process control engineering, documented in a paper published in the Journal of Process Control. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of three selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the Congress. The prize funds are provided by the publisher of the Journal of Process Control, Elsevier Ltd.

Winner

YearCongress siteWinners (1. Survey, 2. Theory/Methodology, 3. Application)Country
2005 Prague 1. R. K. PEARSON: A survey of industrial model predictive control technology, 13, 1, 1-26, 2003 CH
2. N. F. THORNHILL, BIAO HUANG and H. ZHANG: Detection of multiple oscillations in control loops, 13, 1, 91-100, 2003. UK/CA
3. N. PETIT, P. ROUCHON, J.-M. BOUEILH, F. GUÉRIN and P. PINVIDIC: Control of an industrial polymerization reactor using flatness, 12, 659-665, 2002. FR
2008 Seoul 1. M. FUJIWARA, Z.K NAGY., J.W. CHEW: First-principles and direct design approaches for the control of pharmaceutical crystallization (2005) Journal of Process Control, 15 (5), pp. 493-504;
S. ENGELL: Feedback control for optimal process operation, Journal of Process Control 17 (2007) 203–219.
US/DE
2. R.D Braatz, R.C. Alkire, E. Seebauer, E. Rusli, R. Gunawan, T.O. Drews, X. Li and Y.He: Perspectives on the design and control of multiscale systems , Journal of Process Control, 16 (3), p.193-204, Mar 2006 US
3. S. Caux, J. Lachaize, M. Fadel, P. Shott and L. NICOD: Modelling and control of a Fuel Cell System and Storage Elements in transport applications (2005) Journal of Process Control, 15 (4), pp. 481-491;
E. Zamprogna, M.Barolo, D.E. Seborg: Optimal selection of soft sensor inputs for batch distillation columns using principal component analysis; Journal of Process Control, 15 (1), p.39-52, Feb 2005
UK/IT/US
2011 Milan 1. Youqing Wang, Furong Gao and Francis J. Doyle III: Survey on iterative learning control, repetitive control and run-to-run control, (2009) Journal of Process Control, 19 (10), pp 1580-1600. US
2. M. Chebre, Y. Creff and N. Petit: Feedback control and optimization for the production of commercial fuels by blending (2010) Journal of Process Control, 20 (4), pp 441 - 451. FR
3. V. Adetola and M. Guay: Integration of real-time optimization and model-predictive control (2010) Journal of Process Control, 20 (2), pp 125 - 133 CA
2014 Cape Town 1. Best Survey Paper: Not awarded for 2014.
2. R.HUANG, E. HARINATH and L.T. BIEGLER: Lyapunov stability of economically oriented NMPC for cyclic processess. US
3. G. PIN, V. FRANCESCONI, F.A. CUZZOLA and T. PARISINI: Adaptive task-space metal strip-flatness control in cold multi-roll mill stands. IT
2017 Toulouse 1. M. LÖHNING, M. REBLE, J. HASENAUER, S. YU, F. ALLGÖWER: Model predictive control using reduced order models: Guaranteed stability for constrained linear systems. DE/CN
2. F. SCHAUSBERGER, A. STEINBOECK, A. KUGI: Optimization-based reduction of contour errors of heavy plates in hot rolling. AT
3. P. DAOUTIDIS, M. ZACHAR, S.S. JOGWAR: Sustainablity and process control: A survey and perspective. US/IN

Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Paper Prize

The Journal of Engineering Applications of AI Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding papers on theory or practice of artificial intelligence published in Journal of Engineering Applications of AI. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of two selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the Congress. The prize funds are provided by the publisher of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier Ltd.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinners (1. Theory, 2. Symbolic AI, 3. Sub-Symbolic AI)Country
2005 Prague 1. YIXIN DIAO AND KEVIN M. PASSINO: Immunity-based hybrid learning methods for approximator structure and parameter adjustment, 15, 6, 587-600, 2002 US
2. MANO RAM MAURYA, RAGHUNATHAN RENGASWAMY and VENKAT VENKATASUBRAMANIAN: Application of signed digraphs-based analysis for fault diagnosis of chemical process flowsheets, 17, 5, 501-518, 2003 US
3. E. MUHL, P. CHARPENTIER and F. CHAXEL: Optimization of physical flows in an automotive manufacturing plant: some experiments and issues, 16, 4, 293-305, 2004 FR
2008 Seoul 1. M.Barletta, A.Gisario, S.Guarino: Modelling of electrostatic fluidized bed (EFB) coating process using artificial neural networks, EAAI, vol 20 issue 6 (2007), 721-733 IT
2011 Milan 1. Yong-Ming Li, Xiaoping Zeng, Liang Han, Pin Wang: Two coding based adaptive parallel cogenetic algorithm with double agents structure CN
2. N. Nariman-Zadeh, M. Salehpour, A. Jamali, E. Haghgoo: Pareto optimization of a five-degree of freedom. IR
2014 Cape Town 1. A. AL-KHAZRAJI, N. ESSOUNBOULI, A. HAMZAOUI, F. NOLLET and J. ZAYTOON: Type 2 fuzzy sliding mode control without reaching phase for nonlinear systems. FR
2. Y. BLANCO-FERNANDEZ, M. LOPEZ-NORES, J.J. PAZOS-ARIAS and J. GARCIA-DUPAC: An improvement for semantics-based recommender systems grounded on attaching temporal information to ontologies and user profiles. ES
2017 Toulouse 1. B. LI, Y. LI, L. GONG: Protein secondary structure optimization using an improved artificial bee colony algortihm based and AB off-lattice model. CN
2. X. LAI and J.K. HAO: Iterated variable neighborhood search for the capacitated clustering problem CN/FR

Mechatronics Paper Prize

The Mechatronics Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the field of mechatronics documented in a paper published in the IFAC Journal Mechatronics. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of three selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the Congress. The prize funds are provided by the publisher of Mechatronics Elsevier Ltd.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnersCountry
2008 Seoul 1. A. Notenboom, D. Bruijnen, E. HOMBURG, R.v.d. MOLENGRAFT, L.v.d. BEDEM, M. STEINBUCH:Mechatronic design of an active printhead alignment mechanism for wide format printing systems, 2007 Mechatronics 17 (2-3), pp109-120 NL
2. E. van WEST, A. YAMAMOTO, T. HIGUCHI: The concept of "Haptic Tweezer", a non-contact object handling system using levitation techniques and haptics, 2007 Mechatronics 17 (7), pp 345-356 JP
2011 Milan 1. V. De Saars, S. Haliyo, J. Szewczy: A practical approach to the design and control of active endoscopes FR
2. G. Schitter, P.J. Thurner, P.K. Hansma: Design and input shaping control of a novel scanner for high spreed atomic force microscopy. AT
3. M.H. Kimman, H.H. Langen, R.H. Munnig Schmidt: A miniature milling spindle with active magnetic bearings. NL
2014 Cape Town 1. R. OUNG and R. D'ANDREA: The distributed flight array. CH
2. H. ZHANG, Y. LIU and G. LIU: Multiple mode control of a compact wrist with application to door opening. CA
3. D.J. KLUK, M.T. BOULET and D. L. TRUMPER: A high-bandwidth, high-precision, two-axis steering mirror with moving iron actuator. US
2017 Toulouse 1. D. AMIN-SHAHIDI and D.L. TRUMPER: Design and control of a piezoelectric driven reticle assist device for prevention of reticle slip in lithography systems. US
2. F. BOEREN, D. BRUIJNEN, N. VAN DIJK and T. OOMEN: Joint input shaping and feedforward for point-to-point motion: Automated tuning for an industrial nanopositioning system. NL
3. C.T. FREEMAN, P. SAMPSON, J. H. BURRIDGE and A.-M. HUGHES: Repetitive control of functional electrical simulation for induced tremor suppression. UK

Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Paper Prize

Being established in 2015, the Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Paper Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the field of hybrid systems documented in a paper published in the IFAC Journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. At each IFAC World Congress the prize is awarded to the authors of two selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the Congress.The prize funds are provided by the publisher of Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Elsevier Ltd.

YearCongress siteWinners
2017 Toulouse F. BLANCHINI, D. CASEGRANDE, G. GIORDAON, U. VIARO: A switched system approach to dynamic race modelling. (IT)
J. LIU and N. OZAY: Finite abstractions with robustness margins for temporal logic-based control synthesis. (CA/US)