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European Control Award

The “European Control Award" (ECA) is to recognize outstanding contributions by a young researcher in the area of systems and control. The award is sponsored by the European Control Association (EUCA), and is presented during the annual European Control Conference. The recipient must have spent a major part of his or her career in Europe and, at the time of the nomination, must be working in a research institution or company in Europe. The ECA award committee (independent of EUCA members) selects the candidate, which is then approved by the EUCA Council.


2016: Ming Cao, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

2015 : Antonis Papachristodoulou, University of Oxford, UK.

2014 : Luca Schenato, University of Padova, Italy.


Award information

3,000 EUR, a plaque, and travel expenses to the ECC (round trip restricted coach air fare, conference registration, and three conference-rate hotel nights). The recipient will give a plenary lecture during the final day of the ECC, describing a significant contribution to systems and control science or engineering.

To be eligible the nominee must be 40 years old or younger on January 1st of the year of the award.

Basis for Judgment
Contributions to the theory or applications of systems and control.

Funded by the European Control Association and the ECC organization.

At the Awards (or Banquet) Ceremony of the ECC.

Award committee
Composed of 3 members, one of whom is the chairman. They are appointed by the EUCA council.  The term of a committee member is 2 years, with a possibility to renew for another 2 years.

Current members:

Nominations must be submitted electronically to the EUCA secretary ( by September 30th in the preceding year of the award. For example, the deadline for the 2017 award is September 30th, 2016. The nomination application package must include:

  1. A motivation letter from the nominator,
  2. The completed award nomination form, and
  3. Three supporting letters. The nominator and the authors of the supporting letters must not be members of the EUCA Council.

The committee then selects one candidate and one alternate, who are submitted to the EUCA Council for approval. 

Download the European Control Award Nomination Form.