Textbook Award

Harold Chestnut Control Engineering Textbook Prize

This award is presented at each Triennial Congress for the best Control Engineering textbook for which the first edition(s) occurred not later than the Congress just prior to the one at which the award is presented. It recognizes the author(s) of the textbook(s) judged to have most contributed to the education of control engineers. The candidates for the prize are nominated by a selection committee, while the books under consideration come before the committee through recommendation of the control engineering community. The prize consists of a monetary prize and a certificate. This prize was created in 1986 and renamed in 2002. The prize is named after Harold Chestnut, IFAC’s first president. 


YearCongress siteWinnerCountry
1987 Munich G. Goodwin, K.H. Sin: Adaptive Filtering, Prediction and Control, Prentice Hall, 1984 AU
1990 Tallinn G.F. Franklin, J.D. Powell, E. Emami-Naeini: Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Addison Wesley, 1986 US
1993 Sydney K.J. Åström, B. Wittenmark: Computer Controlled Systems, Theory and Design, Prentice Hall, 1984 SE
1996 San Francisco J.M. Maciejowski: Multivariable Feedback Design, Addison-Wesley, 1989 UK
1999 Beijing C.G. CASSANDRAS: Discrete event systems: modeling and performance analysis, R.D. Irwin, Inc. And Aksen Associates, Inc., Boston, MA, 1993 US
2002 Barcelona HASSAN K. KHALIL: Nonlinear Systems (Prentice Hall, 1996 and 2002) US
2005 Prague G. GOODWIN, S. GRAEBE, M. SALGADO: Control Systems Design (Prentice Hall, 2001) AU/AT/CL
2008 Seoul not awarded
2011 Milan K.J. Astrom, R. Murray: Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers (Princeton University Press) SE, UK
2014 Cape Town M. Krstic and A. Smyshlyaev: Boundary Control of PDEs: A Course on Backstepping Designs (SIAM, 2008)


2017 Toulouse P. Albertos and I. Mareels: Feedback and Control for Everyone (Springer, 2010)


2020 Berlin Y. Shtessel, C. Edwards, L. Fridman, A. Levant: Sliding Mode Control and Observation (Birkhäuser, 2013)