Major Awards

Giorgio Quazza medal

The Giorgio Quazza medal recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions of a researcher and/or engineer to conceptual foundations in the field of systems and control.This IFAC award, created in 1979,  is a memorial to the late Giorgio Quazza, a leading Italian electrical and control engineer who served IFAC in many capacities in a most distinguished manner. The medal is presented by the President at each IFAC Triennial Congress at the Opening Ceremony. A prize is presented to the recipient together with the medal.

For the 2014 - 2017 triennial period, the Quazza Medal Selection Committee has the following composition:
(Chair)
Members: David Mayne, Lennart Ljung, Alberto Isidori and Tamer Basar.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
1981 Kyoto John F. Coales UK
1984 Budapest Yakov Z. Tsypkin SU
1987 Munich Karl J. Åström SE
1990 Tallinn Petar Kokotovic US
1993 Sydney Edward J. Davison CA
1996 San Francisco Alberto Isidori IT
1999 Beijing Brian D. O. Anderson AU
2002 Barcelona Lennart Ljung SE
2005 Prague Tamer Basar US
2008 Seoul Graham Goodwin AU
2011 Milan Hidenori Kimura JP
2014 Cape Town David Mayne

UK

2017 Toulouse

Roger Brockett

For trend-setting contributions to the theory and practice of linear and nonlinear control.

US

Harvard University

Nathaniel B. Nichols medal

The Nichols Medal, created in 1996, recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual to design methods, software tools and instrumentation, or to significant projects resulting in major applications and advancement of control education. The spirit is captured by the name of Nathaniel Nichols, one of the pioneers of control engineering. The medal is awarded by the IFAC Council on the recommendation of a selection committee. A monetary prize is presented at the IFAC World Congress to the recipient together with the medal.

For the 2014 - 2017 triennial period, the Nichols Medal Selection Committee has the following composition:
(Chair)
Members: Katsuhisa Furuta, Pramod Khargonekar, Jan Maciejowski and Reza Moheimani.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
1996 San Francisco Jürgen Ackermann DE
1999 Beijing Gunther Stein US
2002 Barcelona Carl Nett US
2005 Prague William F. Powers US
2008 Seoul Gerd Hirzinger DE
2011 Milan Siva Banda US
2014 Cape Town Reza Moheimani AU
2017 Toulouse

Lennart Ljung

For making state-of-the art system identification techniques easily accessible to engineers and scientists through long-term commitment to software development.

SE

Linkoping University

Manfred Thoma medal

The Manfred Thoma medal, created in 2015, recognizes outstanding contributions of a young researcher and/or engineer under the age of 40 to the field of systems and control in its widest sense. It is named after Manfred M. Thoma, a leading contributor to the field of control and to IFAC, and supporter of the careers of many young scientists. The medal is awarded by the IFAC Council on the recommendation of a selection committee. A monetary prize is presented to the recipient together with the medal.

For the 2014-2017 triennial period, the Manfred Thoma Medal Selection Committee is composed as follows: (Chair)
Members: Richard Braatz, Lei Guo, Manfred Morari and Lihua Xie.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
2017 Toulouse

Ming Cao

For contributions to distributed and cooperative control.

NL

University of Groningen (ENTEG)

Industrial Achievement award

This is an IFAC award to an individual, or a team of individuals, who has made a significant contribution to industrial applications of control. The award is given in technical fields covered by IFAC. The selection is based on industrial achievements measured in terms of:

  •     Inventions in the control area
  •     Engineering significance of products and projects
  •     Industrial leadership
  •     Promotion of control technology in industry
  •     Impact of patents
  •     International recognition

For the 2014 - 2017 triennial period, the Industrial Achievement Award Selection Committee has the following composition:
(Chair)
Members: Florian Kongoli, Giorgio Rizzoni, Detlef Zühlke and Doo Yong Lee.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
2002 Barcelona Yasuo Ichii, Shoji Murayama and Takahiro Yamasaki JP
2005 Prague Serge Boverie FR
2008 Seoul not awarded
2011 Milan Anton van Zanten DE
2014 Cape Town Giovanni Cherubini, Jens Jelitto, Mark Lantz, and Angeliki Pantazi CH
2017 Toulouse

Francesco Borrelli, David Germann, Dejan Kihas, Daniel Pachner, Jaroslav Pekar, Greg Stewart


For the development and application of advanced control for automotive powertrains and the productization of the OnRAMP Design Suite.

US/CA/CZ

University of California, Berkley

Honeywell International Inc.

High Impact paper award

This IFAC Award was introduced in 2009 and first awarded in 2011. It acknowledges the impact of a paper published in any of the official IFAC journals on the broad areas of Automatic Control theory and application. A monetary prize is presented to the recipient together with a plaque.

For the 2014 - 2017 triennial period, the High Impact Paper Award Selection Committee has the following composition:
(Chair)
Members: David Mayne, Manfred Morari, Carsten Scherer, Tohru Katayama, Panos Antsaklis and Naomi Leonard.

Winners

YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
2011 Milan

David Mayne, J.B. Rawlings, C.V. Rao, P.O.M. Scokaert

paper: "Constrained Model Predictive Control: Stability and Optimality", published in the IFAC Journal Automatica, vol. 36, pp 789-814, 2000.

UK, US, BE
2014 Cape Town

Manfred Morari and Alberto Bemporad

paper: "Control of systems integrating logic, dynamics and constraints", published in the IFAC Journal Automatica, vol. 35, pp 407-427, 1999.

IT, CH
2017 Toulouse

Franco Blanchini

paper: "Set Invariance in Control", published in the IFAC Journal Automatica, vol. 35, no. 11, 1999.

IT