George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award

To recognize outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Award Information
Certificate laminated on a plaque (one for each author).
Funded by the IEEE Control Systems Society.
Up to three (3) awards presented annually at the Awards Ceremony of the CSS.
Authors of papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during the two calendar years preceding the year of the award.
Basis for Judgement: 
Originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity.
Award Nomination
Nomination Deadline: 
May 15 of each year.

Nominations and reference letters are due by May 15 and must be submitted using the CSS Awards Nomination system at Please download the nomination form and follow the instructions.

Award Recipients

2014 - "A Nonstochastic Information Theory for Communication and State Estimation,’’ IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, Vol. 58, No. 6, June, 2013, pp. 1497-1510.

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Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

2013 - “Coherence in Large-Scale Networks: Dimension-Dependent Limitations of Local Feedback,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 9, pp. 2235-2249, Sept. 2012.

2012 - “Model Reduction by Moment Matching for Linear and Nonlinear Systems,” IEEE TAC, Vol. 55, No. 10, pp.2321-2336, October 2010

2011 - “To Sample or Not to Sample: Self-triggered Control for Nonlinear Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 55, no. 9, pp. 2030–2042, September 2010, by Adolfo Anta and Paulo Tabuada

2010 - "Feedback Control in the Presence of Noisy Channels: ‘Bode-Like’ Fundamental Limitations of Performance,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 1604–1615, July 2008.

2009 - "Approximation Metrics for Discrete and Continuous Systems," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 782-798, May 2007

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University of Pennsylvania

2008 - "The Scenario Approach to Robust Control Design," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 51, No. 5, pp. 742-753, May 2006

2007 - "A Characterization of Convex Problems in Decentralized Control, " 51:2, 274-286, Feb. 2006

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Australian National University
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Stanford University

2006 - "Generalized KYP Lemma: Unified Frequency Domain Inequalities with Design Applications,"

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The University of Tokyo

2006 - "Uniform Stability of Switched Linear Systems: Extensions of LaSalle's Invariance Principle." IEEE Trans. on Automat. Contr., 49(4):470—482, Apr. 2004.

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University of California-Santa Barbara

2005 - "Coordination of groups of mobile autonomous agents using nearest neighbor rules," 48:6, June 2003

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Yale University