Awards Program

The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) presents several awards annually for technical achievements in the areas of interest to the Society, as well as awards for service to the Society. An individual need not be a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and/or the CSS to be eligible to receive technical achievement awards of the CSS. Selection of the winner for each of those technical achievement awards is made by a CSS committee whose members have not been involved in the nominations for that award.

The CSS also supports awards given by the IEEE, which include the IEEE Control Systems Award and the CSS IEEE Fellows Award. Information can be found in Other IEEE Awards. The CSS also supports awards given by the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in its areas of interest. Links to further information about these non-CSS awards are listed in the side-bar. General information about CSS awards can be obtained from the Chair of the CSS Awards Committee. The CSS Awards program operates within the bylaws of the IEEE. Additional information about IEEE procedures, e.g. how to propose and get approval of a new CSS Award, can be found in the IEEE Awards and Recognitions Manual - available in pdf format from the IEEE website.

Joao Hespanha

VP Technical Activities; CSS Board of Governors, term ending 31 December 2020 (elected)
University of California-Santa Barbara

Call for Nominations

The Awards Nominations Chair has been appointed by the IEEE Control Systems Society to help solicit nominations for deserving people for various society awards.  Please contact the Awards Nomination Chair with any questions.

Awards Nominations Chair

Mark Spong

Awards Nominations Chair; President - 2005 University of Texas at Dallas

IEEE CSS Awards

Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize

To recognize distinguished contributions to control systems science or engineering.

Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize

This award is to recognize distinguished cutting-edge contributions by a young researcher to the theory or application of systems and control.

George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize an outstanding paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology.

IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize an article or column published in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

Control Systems Technology Award

To a team or individual for an outstanding control systems technology contribution in either design and implementation, or project management.

Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award

To a distinguished contributor to the transition of control and systems theory to practical, industrial, or commercial systems.

Conference on Control Technology and Applications Best Student Paper Award

To recognize excellence in a CCTA paper whose primary contributor(s) is a (are) Student Member(s) of the IEEE.

Conference on Decision and Control Best Student Paper Award

To recognize excellence in a conference paper whose primary contributor(s) is a (are) Student Member(s) of the IEEE.

IEEE CSS Outstanding Chapter Award

To recognize an outstanding Chapter of the Control Systems Society.

Distinguished Member Award

To recognize significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society.

Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control

The award will be given annually to a person or team of people that performed an aerospace control engineering activity during the previous 36 months that demonstrates excellence and significant results with demonstrated impact.

Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize an outstanding paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology.

IEEE Control Systems Award

To recognize outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science or technology. 

Roberto Tempo Best CDC Paper Award

To recognize outstanding papers presented at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control Award

The award will be given annually to a person or team of people that performed an aerospace control engineering activity during the previous 36 months that demonstrates excellence and significant results with demonstrated impact. Examples of results evidence are either a paper appearing in an IEEE publication that specifically addresses aerospace controls issues, or a patent application or award that significantly advances the state-of-the-art in aerospace controls. Innovative products that have appeared on the marketplace will also be considered. The award is similar to the outstanding paper awards for the CSS transactions and magazine in the sense that it recognizes an outstanding paper or patented idea as opposed to cumulative contributions over a career. 

IEEE Control Systems Letters Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize an outstanding paper published in the IEEE Control Systems Letters.