IEEE CSS Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize

To recognize outstanding achievement in research in systems and control by a young researcher and to honor the memory of Dr. Antonio Ruberti.

Historical Background:

Established in 2005; Revised 2015.

The Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Antonio Ruberti. Antonio Ruberti was one of the first three Professors of Automatic Control in Italy (together with Giorgio Quazza and Antonio Lepschy). In 1964 the first chair of Automatic Control was established at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and he was hired to occupy that position. He was Faculty Dean and later Rector (for 11 years) of "La Sapienza", Minister of Minister of University and Scientific Research, Commissioner of the EU for Science, Research and Education, and he later held several other positions in EU Commission till his sudden and unexpected death in 2000. His scientific interests in the field of system and control were very wide. In particular, he was one of the early pioneers of geometric control methods for nonlinear systems. For further information about Professor Ruberti, please follow this link to the following website dedicated to his contribution - currently under construction.

$5,000, photo-engraved Plaque, and travel expenses to the CDC (round trip restricted minimal coach air fare), conference registration, and up to 4 conference-rate hotel nights for a 3-day conference, and up to 5 conference-rate hotel nights for a 4-day conference).
Funded annually by the Antonio Ruberti Foundation through an MOU agreement with the Society.
At the annual awards ceremony of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
Basis for Judging:
Based on the research contributions of the nominee. Contributions to either the theory or applications of systems and control will be considered equally. The determining factor will be the perceived impact of the nominee on the field as evidenced by publications, patents, products, or other tangible items. The broader impacts of the contribution towards the benefit of society at large and towards the CSS diversity and inclusiveness goals in terms of geography, gender, and work sector.
The nominee must be 40 years old or younger on January 1st of the year nominated. IEEE or CSS membership is not required.
Nomination Details:

Nominations and reference letters are due by May 15 and must be submitted using the IEEE Control Systems Society Awards nomination system at

Nomination Form

Nomination System Instructions


George J. Pappas

For fundamental contributions to embedded, hybrid, and networked control systems

João Hespanha

For fundamental contributions to adaptive control and to the theory of switched and hybrid systems

Rodolphe Sepulchre

For contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear dynamical systems, in particular, coordination, synchronization, and control

Alessandro Astolfi

For contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear control systems

Vincent Blondel

For fundamental contributions to control theory, especially stabilization, computational complexity issues, and decidability

Richard Braatz

For theoretical results in the robust control of complex systems, and their application in the process, pharmaceutical, and microelectronics industries