June 29 - July 2, 2021

Virtual Conference


June 29 - July 2, 2021

Virtual Conference


Best Student Paper

Eligibility and application procedure

The ECC21 Best Student Paper award recognizes excellence in a paper presented at the European Control Conference whose primary author is a student at the time of submission. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

  • be the primary author of a paper accepted for presentation at ECC21
  • be a student (PhD, Master or Bachelor student) registered at an academic institution
  • present the paper at the conference

The nominations will be only possible after the final paper has been uploaded. To apply, nominators must upload to PaperCept the nomination application on a letterhead of the nominator. The letter should also include a declaration that the nominee was enrolled as a student at the date of the paper submission. Each nominator can apply for only one student. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2021.

Award Committee

The ECC 2021 Award Committee chaired by Prof. Arjan van der Schaft (University of Groningen) is formed by: Prof. Carsten Scherer (University of Stuttgart), Prof. Paolo Rapisarda (University of Southampton), and Prof. Joaquin Carrasco Gómez (University of Manchester).

The winner of the ECC2021 Best Student Paper Award was announced during the closing session on Friday July 2. Because of the high quality of the papers the jury decided to declare two winners: Thomas Chaffey and Hamed Taghavian.

The five finalists of the ECC2021 Best Student Paper were:


Thomas Chaffey, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge


R. Sepulchre

Title of paper

Monotone RLC circuits



Rami Katz, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Emilia Fridman

Finite-dimensional control of the heat equation: Dirichlet actuation and point measurement


Hamed Taghavian, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 

Mikael Johansson

Preservation of external positivity in discretization of linear systems


Omar Farhat, Control and Optimization Lab, American University of Beirut

Dany Abou Jaoude, Mathias Hudoba de Badyn

H∞ Network Optimization for Edge Consensus


Manuel Schaller, Technische Universitat Ilmemau, Institute for Mathematics, Germany

Friedrich Philipp, Timm Faulwasser, Karl Worthmann and Bernhard Maschke

Control of port-Hamiltonian systems with minimal energy supply