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SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Best SICON Paper Prize

The prize was established in 2007 and recognizes noteworthy papers published in the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON). It is awarded to the author or authors of the two most outstanding papers, as determined by the selection committee.

Prize Description

Prize Description

The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Best SICON Paper Prize (SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize) is awarded every two years to the authors of the two most outstanding papers, as determined by the prize committee, published in SICON in the three calendar years preceding the award year.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate paper must make significant research contributions to the field of control and systems theory and must have been published in SICON in one of the three calendar years preceding the year of the award.

For the 2021 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020.

Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate paper
  • Bibliographic citation for candidate paper
  • Digital version of the candidate paper (PDF required)

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The SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize will be awarded at CT21 in Spokane, WA.

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Selection Committee

Selection Committee


François Dufour
Universite Bordeaux I


Pauline Barrieu
London School of Economics
Fariba Fahroo
Rafal Goebel
Loyola University Chicago
Chao Zhu
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

About the Award

About the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Best SICON Paper Prize

Two SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prizes will be awarded each prize cycle and includes a plaque. If the selected paper has multiple authors, each author will receive a plaque. At least one recipient for each prize paper is invited to attend the award ceremony and present the paper as a short plenary lecture at the meeting. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony and giving the lecture.

Award Date

The prize will next be awarded at the 2021 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications.

Award Presentation

The Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory will announce the awards at the meeting and present the awards to the recipient(s). At least one author of each paper is encouraged to attend. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News.

Prize History

Prize History


  • Daniel Hernandez-Hernandez and Mihai Sirbu, “Zero-Sum Stochastic Differential Games Without The Isaacs Condition: Random Rules of Priority and Intermediate Hamiltonians,” SICON 56 (2018) pp. 2095-2119
  • Nader Motee and Qiyu Sun, “Sparsity and Spatial Localization Measures for Spatially Distributed Systems,” SICON 55 (2017), pp. 200-235

Selection Committee

Anthony Bloch (Chair)
Francois Dufour
Suzanne Lenhart
Ian Petersen
Qing Zhang


  • William M. McEneaney and Peter M. Dower, “The Principle of Least Action and Fundamental Solutions of Mass-Spring and N-Body Two-Point Boundary Value Problems,”
  • Michele Palladino and Richard Vinter, “Regularity of the Hamiltonian Along Optimal Trajectories,”

Selection Committee

George Yin (Chair)
Michael Demetriou
Helene Frankowska
Arjan van der Schaft
Qing Zhang


  • Amir Ali Ahmadi, Raphaël Jungers, Pablo Parrilo, and Mardavij Roozbehani, “Joint Spectral Radius and Path-Complete Graph Lyapunov Functions,” SICON 52 (2014), pp. 687-717
  • Jason R. Marden, H. Peyton Young, and Lucy Y. Pao, “Achieving Pareto Optimality Through Distributed Learning,” SICON 52 (2014), pp. 2753-2770

Selection Committee

Qing Zhang (Chair)
Francesco Bullo
Asen Dontchev
Maurizio Falcone
Mary Ann Horn


  • Francesco Bullo, Ruggero Carli, and Paolo Frasca, “Gossip Coverage Control for Robotic Networks: Dynamical Systems on the Space of Partitions,“ SICON 50 (2012), pp. 419-477
  • Bernard Chazelle, “The Total s-Energy of a Multiagent System,” SICON 49 (2011), pp. 1680-1706

Selection Committee

Jorge Cortes (Chair)
Anthony Bloch
Piermarco Cannarsa
Maurizio Falcone
Stephane Gaubert


  • Jean-Pierre Raymond, "Feedback Stabilization of a Fluid-Structure Model," SICON 48 (2010), pp. 5398-5443
  • Mou-Hsiung Chang, Tao Pang, and Jiongmin Yong, "Optimal Stopping Problem for Stochastic Differential Equations with Random Coefficients," SICON 48 (2009), pp. 941-971

Selection Committee

George Yin (Chair)
Anthony Bloch Eduardo Casas-Renteria
Paul Dupuis
Fariba Fahroo


  • Yves Achdou, "An Inverse Problem for a Parabolic Variational Inequality with an Integro-Differential Operator," SICON, 47 (2008), pp. 733-767
  • Luc Bouten, Ramon Van Handel, Matthew R. James, "An Introduction to Quantum Filtering," SICON, 46 (2007), pp. 2199-2241

Selection Committee

Arthur J. Krener (Chair)
Eduardo Casas-Renteria
Karl Kunisch
George Yin
Thaleia Zariphopoulou


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