The Impact of Control Technology — 2nd Edition

This report reviews a number of control technology accomplishments and presents prospects for future opportunities for the field. The material is in the form of 68 two-page full-color flyers, categorized in two sections:

  • Success stories of deployed products and solutions that have been enabled by advanced control. All of the developments featured in this category have gone beyond simulation or laboratory demonstration and have achieved “real-world” impact.
  • Research challenges that outline new opportunities for control technology toward future impact. The challenges are expressed in terms of societal and industry need, not control theory gaps, and point to the field’s promise and potential. /impact-control-technology

Individual flyers can be accessed in pdf form from the table of contents below and compilations for each section can also be downloaded. Two appendices contain e-mail addresses for corresponding authors, also by section.

Except where otherwise indicated, the report content is freely and publicly available for reuse with acknowledgement of the source. The report can be cited as: The Impact of Control Technology, 2nd edition, T. Samad and A.M. Annaswamy (eds.), IEEE Control Systems Society, 2014, available at Titles and authors of individual flyers should also be acknowledged as appropriate.

The first edition of this report, which includes additional flyers and other material, can be accessed here

The Impact of Control Technology is sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society and the American Automatic Control Council.

ISBN: 978-0-692-24262-9


Tariq Samad

Honeywell Labs
United States

Anuradha Annaswamy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States



The Impact of Control Technology (2nd Ed) - Intro (application/pdf) Download (431.788 KB)

Part 1: Success Stories for Control

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Auto-tuners for PID Controllers (application/pdf) Download (388.355 KB)
Control in Mobile Phones (application/pdf) Download (240.82 KB)
Nonlinear Multivariable Flight Control (application/pdf) Download (422.615 KB)
Advanced Control of Pharmaceutical Crystallization (application/pdf) Download (423.046 KB)
Autopilot for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (application/pdf) Download (3088.177 KB)
Controlling Energy Capture from Wind (application/pdf) Download (341.221 KB)
Mobile-Robot-Enabled Smart Warehouses (application/pdf) Download (639.963 KB)
Trip Optimizer for Railroads (application/pdf) Download (338.668 KB)
Control in Stroke Rehabilitation (application/pdf) Download (332.263 KB)
Advanced Control for the Cement Industry (application/pdf) Download (332.244 KB)
Dynamics and Control for Deep-Sea Marine Risers (application/pdf) Download (421.257 KB)
Active Safety Control for Automobiles (application/pdf) Download (250.353 KB)
Advanced Energy Solutions for Power Plants (application/pdf) Download (529.933 KB)
Optimal Ship-Unloading Solutions (application/pdf) Download (923.383 KB)
Automotive Engine-Based Traction Control (application/pdf) Download (446.906 KB)
Automated Manual Transmissions (application/pdf) Download (305.218 KB)
Ethylene Plantwide Control and Optimization (application/pdf) Download (445.541 KB)
Digital Printing Control: Print Shop in a Box (application/pdf) Download (280.311 KB)
Verification of Control System Software (application/pdf) Download (1061.138 KB)
Coordinated Ramp Metering for Freeways (application/pdf) Download (679.353 KB)
Advanced Zinc Coating Control in Galvanizing Lines (application/pdf) Download (963.805 KB)
Digital Fly-by-Wire Technology (application/pdf) Download (485.674 KB)
H-infinity Control for European Telecommunication Satellites (application/pdf) Download (552.543 KB)
Road Grade Estimation for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (application/pdf) Download (323.118 KB)
Controller Performance Monitoring (application/pdf) Download (645.538 KB)
Control for Formula One! (application/pdf) Download (472.772 KB)
Advanced Control Design for Automotive Powertrains (application/pdf) Download (432.657 KB)
Control of NASA's Space Launch System (application/pdf) Download (294.72 KB)
Robust Adaptive Control for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (application/pdf) Download (450.476 KB)
Improved Audio Reproduction with Control Theory (application/pdf) Download (657.526 KB)

Part 2: Challenges for Control Research

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Avoiding Pilot-Induced Oscillations in Energy-Efficient Aircraft Designs (application/pdf) Download (216.98 KB)
Resilient Cyberphysical Systems (application/pdf) Download (555.729 KB)
Thermal Control of Manycore and Multicore Processors (application/pdf) Download (481.052 KB)
Controlling Modern Radars (application/pdf) Download (280.699 KB)
Discrete-Event Control Theory for Flexible Manufacturing (application/pdf) Download (1894.153 KB)
City Labs for Intelligent Road Transportation Systems (application/pdf) Download (524.143 KB)
Control-Theoretic Approaches in Neuroscience and Brain Medicine (application/pdf) Download (452.697 KB)
Distributed Control for Turbine Propulsion (application/pdf) Download (487.394 KB)
Batch Control and Trajectory Optimization in Fuel Ethanol Production (application/pdf) Download (411.196 KB)
Actuated Wingsuit for Controlled, Self-Propelled Flight (application/pdf) Download (508.317 KB)
Control Engineering for Cancer Therapy (application/pdf) Download (388.496 KB)
Control of Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles (application/pdf) Download (812.272 KB)
Biological Oscillators (application/pdf) Download (810.978 KB)
Dynamics and Control for the Artificial Pancreas (application/pdf) Download (380.77 KB)
Human Interactions With Complex Networks (application/pdf) Download (1282.009 KB)
Control for Floating Structures in Offshore Engineering (application/pdf) Download (536.206 KB)
Vehicle-to-Vehicle/Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Control (application/pdf) Download (397.579 KB)
Control Challenges in Mobile Telecommunications (application/pdf) Download (232.896 KB)
Control of Powered Prosthetic Legs (application/pdf) Download (301.757 KB)
Management of Complex Water Networks (application/pdf) Download (546.187 KB)
Control for Grid Responsiveness (application/pdf) Download (549.299 KB)
Addressing Automotive Industry Needs with Model Predictive Control (application/pdf) Download (404.949 KB)
Design Science for Cyberphysical Systems (application/pdf) Download (431.065 KB)
Control of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Power Plants with CO2 Capture (application/pdf) Download (562.583 KB)
Geoengineering the Earth’s Climate: The World’s Largest Control Problem (application/pdf) Download (334.988 KB)
Process Manufacturing Networks (application/pdf) Download (399.254 KB)
MEMS-Based Nanopositioning for On-Chip Atomic Force Microscopy (application/pdf) Download (391.276 KB)
Toward Verifiably Correct Control Implementations (application/pdf) Download (127.027 KB)
Preserving Privacy in Cyberphysical Systems (application/pdf) Download (382.924 KB)
Opportunities for Control Theory in Stock Trading Research (application/pdf) Download (392.787 KB)
Preview Control of Wind Turbines (application/pdf) Download (343.899 KB)
Supply Chain as a Control Problem (application/pdf) Download (368.473 KB)
Control for Energy-Efficient Buildings (application/pdf) Download (270.232 KB)
Stair-Climbing Assistive Robots (application/pdf) Download (434.924 KB)
Lithium-Ion Battery Management (application/pdf) Download (1498.749 KB)
Estimating Heavy-Tailed Distributions in Finance (application/pdf) Download (1104.092 KB)
Modeling Cancer Dynamics and Tumor Heterogeneity (application/pdf) Download (314.457 KB)
Control of Tokamak Plasmas (application/pdf) Download (284.792 KB)


Corresponding Authors for Success Stories (application/pdf) Download (116.612 KB)
Corresponding Authors for Research Challenges (application/pdf) Download (17910.993 KB)