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2021: Miroslav Krstic
Recipient of Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award

For transformational contributions in PDE control, nonlinear delay systems, extremum seeking, adaptive control, stochastic nonlinear stabilization. And their industrial applications


Miroslav Krstic is Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, holds the Alspach endowed chair, and is the founding director of the Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UC San Diego. He also serves as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSD. As a graduate student, Krstic won the UC Santa Barbara best dissertation award and student best paper awards at CDC and ACC. Krstic has been elected Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, ASME, SIAM, AAAS, IET (UK), and AIAA (Assoc. Fellow), as well as foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and of the Academy of Engineering of Serbia. He has received the SIAM Reid Prize, ASME Oldenburger Medal, Nyquist Lecture Prize, Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award, Ragazzini Education Award, IFAC Nonlinear Control Systems Award, Chestnut textbook prize, Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award, the PECASE, NSF Career, and ONR Young Investigator awards, the Schuck (’96 and ’19) and Axelby paper prizes, and the first UCSD Research Award given to an engineer. Krstic has held the Springer Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Invitation Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and has been awarded four honorary professorships outside of the United States. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Systems & Control Letters and Editor in Automatica, has served as Senior Editor in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and is editor of two Springer book series. He has served as Vice President for Technical Activities and BoG member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and, for a triennium, as chair of the IEEE CSS Fellow Committee. Krstic has coauthored fifteen books on adaptive, nonlinear, and stochastic control, extremum seeking, control of PDE systems including turbulent flows, and control of delay systems.

2021: Xudong Chen
Recipient of Donald P. Eckman Award

For contributions to control, estimation, and analysis of large-scale multi-agent systems, including ensemble control theory, ensemble estimation theory, ensemble system identification, and networked control theory


Xudong Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He obtained the B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2014. He is an awardee of the 2020 Air Force Young Investigator Program, a recipient of the 2021 NSF CAREER award, and the recipient of the 2021 Donald P. Eckman award. His current research interests are in the area of control theory, stochastic processes, optimization, game theory and their applications in modeling, analysis, control, and estimation of large-scale complex systems.

2021: Graham Goodwin
Recipient of John R. Ragazzini Education Award

For extraordinary contributions to Control Engineering Education through numerous authored textbooks and through education leadership.


Graham Goodwin is an Emeritus Laureate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with B.Sc. (Physics), B.E. (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. in 1965, 1967 and 1971 respectively. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Field Award and in 2013 he received the Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Other international awards include the 1999 IEEE Control Systems Society Hendrik Bode Lecture Prize, a Best Paper award by IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, a Best Paper award by Asian Journal of Control, and two Best Engineering Text Book awards from the International Federation of Automatic Control in (1984 and 2005). He received the 2008 Quazza Medal from the International Federation of Automatic Control, the 2010 Nordic Process Control Award, and the 2011 Asian Control Association Wook Hyun Kwon Education Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London; a Fellow of IEEE; an Honorary Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Australia; a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; a Member of the International Statistical Institute and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden and the Technion Israel. He is the co-author of ten books, and numerous papers. In 2021 he was appointed as Officer of the Order of Australia. He has presented 64 Keynote Addresses at international conferences. Graham is a Distinguished Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology (China), Northwestern University (China), Zhengzhou University (China) and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile). He holds 16 International Patents covering rolling mill technology, telecommunications, mine planning and mineral exploration. His current research interests include Industrial Control, Power Electronics, Mobile Communications and Management of Type 1 Diabetes.

2021: 2021 ACC Paper (Theory): Accuracy Prevents Robustness in Perception-based Control
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award


Abed AlRahman Al Makdah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2014 and 2016, respectively. His research interests include analysis and control of dynamical systems, machine learning, and data driven control.

Vaibhav Katewa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering and an associate faculty member of the Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside from 2017-2019. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and 2016, and B.Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur in 2007, all in Electrical Engineering. His broad research interests are in the analysis and design of dynamical systems and networks using tools from control theory, optimization, communication theory and network science. Specific areas of interest include security and privacy for cyber-physical systems, sparse feedback control design, distributed detection, estimation and control, networked control systems and robust control.

Fabio Pasqualetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2012, a Laurea Magistrale degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in Automation Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2007, and a Laurea degree (B.Sc. equivalent) in Computer Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2004. He has received several awards, including the 2020 Control Systems Letters Outstanding Paper Award, a Young Investigator Research Award from AFOSR in 2019, a Young Investigator Award from ARO in 2017, and the 2016 Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award. His main research interests are in the areas of cyber-physical systems, distributed systems and networks, and learning.