IEEE/CSS Transition to Practice Award

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

$2,000, Galvanic (photo engraved) plaque for the recipient, and travel expenses to the CCTA (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 by the IEEE Control Systems Society and other sponsors.
At the CCTA.
Basis for Judgement:
The primary criterion is the nominee’s demonstrated applications and research impact. Other factors to be considered are: promotion and enhancement of industry employment of control engineering graduate students; improved products dependent on the nominated researcher; leveraging of current and new systems and control theory for economic advantage; broader benefits, both existing and anticipated, to society at large.
Individual (prior to 2013, this award was not restricted to individuals)
Nomination Details:

Nominations and reference letters are due by May 15 and must be submitted using the CSS Awards Nomination system at

Nomination Form

Nomination Instructions


Alberto Bemporad

For lasting contributions to theory and advanced applications of Model Predictive Control (MPC) culminating in mass production introduction of MPC for powertrain control in the automotive industry

Jagannathan Sarangapani

For the development of adaptive neural network feedback control schemes and decision tools, and their translation into industrial practice

Angeliki Pantazi

For development of advanced control technologies for magnetic tape data storage and nanopositioning applications

Petros Ioannou

For the research, development, and transition to practice of the Adaptive Cruise Control utilized by Ford Motor Company in their production vehicles

Robert Bitmead

For advanced control applications in a range of industry sectors where each has involved innovation in theory to achieve the practical outcome

Sirish Shah

For the development of control performance monitoring techniques and their translation into industrial practice

John Wen

For adaptive scanning optical microscopes and a high precision laser scanning system for the electronic manufacturing industry and for translation of systems theory to practice

Yutaka Yamamoto, Masaaki Nagahara, and Koji Fujiyama

For the introduction and development of the sound-processing technology incorporated in a large number of LSI chips by SANYO Semiconductor

Richard Braatz

For significant contribution to the control of crystallization processes in the pharmaceutical industry

Markos Papageorgiou, and Ioannis Papamichail

For the development and implementation of ramp metering algorithms, in particular at the Monash Freeway, Melbourne, Australia