The International Federation of Automatic Control just announced that the winner of the 2011 Harold Chestnut Control Engineering Textbook Prize is Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers by Karl Johan Åström & Richard M. Murray.
According to the IFAC’s call for nominations, this prize “is awarded to the author(s) of a control engineering textbook that has most contributed to the education of control engineers.”
Books are evaluated on their originality and innovation, their presentation of clear application to real problems, and in how well they meet education objectives. The prize (consisting of a monetary award, a certificate, and bragging rights for the next year) was formally presented at the Closing Ceremony of the 18th IFAC World Congress that was held in Milano, Italy earlier this month.
Feedback Systems is intended as a complete, one-volume textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses. A solutions manual is available upon request by professors who are assigning the book for courses and the authors are maintaining a wiki of additional content. A complimentary chapter is available for preview here. Instructors who wish to sample the complete book for their courses should follow the instructions here.
In addition to this prestigious award, Feedback Systems has received outstanding reviews in mathematics and engineering journals:
“This book provides an introduction to the mathematics needed to model, analyze, and design feedback systems. . . . Feedback Systems develops transfer functions through the exponential response of a system, and is accessible across a range of disciplines that use feedback in physical, biological, information, and economic systems. . . . Exercises are provided at the end of every chapter, and an accompanying electronic solutions manual is available.”–Mechanical Engineering
“[T]his is a refreshing text which is delightful to read, and which even experts in the area may find a valuable resource for its diverse applications, and exercises, and its clear focus on fundamental concepts that does not get side-tracked by technical details.”–Matthias Kawski, Mathematical Reviews
“This book provides an interesting and original introduction to the design and analysis of feedback systems. It is addressed to engineers and scientists who are interested in feedback systems in physical, biological, information and social systems.”–Tadeusz Kaczorek, Zentralblatt MATH
We hope you will join us in extending congratulations to the authors!