IAAC actively seeks to promote and support graduate students in all areas of control engineering and systems science. Graduate students in these areas are strongly encouraged to take part in IAAC workshops. IAAC also organizes special graduate students workshops and research awards, as detailed below.

Financial Support

Graduate (and undergraduate) students enjoy discounted registration fees to all IAAC workshops and courses. Additional support, including complete waiving of registration fees, may be possible upon request for full-time students who are not supported by their adviser or institution.

Student Travel Scholarship program

One of our goals is to encourage the participation of Israeli graduate students in international conferences and schools in various areas of control. To this end, IAAC sets up a Student Travel Scholarship program, IAAC-STS, to assist with travel expenses for research graduate students. See the links below for details and application / reimbursement procedures:

available in both Hebrew and English.

GSC Workshops

IAAC maintains a sequence of annual GSC (Graduate Students in Systems and Control) workshops, where graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results. These meetings provide an opportunity for the graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry, as well as get acquainted with each other's work. For details on past and future GSC workshops see the Events section.

GSC Award

The prize is awarded to the best GSC presentation, see the award rules and regulations. The recipients are

Ron Ofir (EE, Technion, supervised by Michael Margaliot and Yoash Levron)
“Contraction and k-Contraction in Lurie Systems with Applications to Networked Systems”
Gal Barkai (ME, Technion, supervised by Leonid Mirkin and Daniel Zelazo)
“On the Internal Stability of Diffusive Coupling and the Dangers of Cancel Culture”
Pietro Lorenzetti (EE, Tel-Aviv Univ, supervised by George Weiss)
“Saturating PI Control of Stable Nonlinear Systems Using Singular Perturbations”
Anna Clarke (TASP, Technion, supervised by Per-Olof Gutman)
“Human motor control strategy for performing aerial maneuvers at competitive level”
Dror Freirich (EE, Technion, supervised by Ron Meir)
“A Distributional Perspective on Learning in Control Problems”

Velger Prize

The Velger Prize for Graduate Students in Systems and Control  has been established jointly by Elop and IAAC on the name of the late Dr. Marko Velger, a distinguished member of the Israeli control community, who passed away in 2008. The prize was awarded annually, from 2009 through 2018, to the best GSC presentation. The main criteria for the prize were novelty, scientific merit, applicability, and quality of presentation.


Daniel Segal (EE, Technion, supervised by Nahum Shimkin and Aharon Bar-Gil)
“Max-Range Glides in Engine Cutoff Emergencies Under Severe Wind”
Eyal Weiss (EE, Tel-Aviv Univ, supervised by Michael Margaliot)
“Minimal Controllability of Conjunctive Boolean Networks”
Yoram Zarai (EE, Tel-Aviv Univ, supervised by Michael Margaliot)
“Controlling mRNA translation”
Ari Berger (CEE, Technion, supervised by Per-Olof Gutman)
“Time Optimal Trajectory Planning with Feedforward and Friction Compensation”
Naty Shemer (CEE, Technion, supervised by Amir Degani)
“Control of SLIP Modelled Robot Using a Simplified Instantaneous Model”
Dmitriy Laschov (EE, Tel-Aviv Univ, supervised by Michael Margaliot)
“Minimum-time control of Boolean networks”
Guy Scher (ME, Technion, supervised by Yoram Halevi)
“Control of a Flexible Beam using Infinite Dimension Transfer Functions”
Daniel Sigalov (AE, Technion, supervised by Yaakov Oshman, joint work with Tomer Michaeli)
“Linear Optimal State Estimation in Systems with Independent Mode Transitions”
Liron Its'haki-Allerhand (EE, Tel-Aviv Univ, supervised by Uri Shaked)
“Robust Stability and Stabilization of Linear Switched Systems with Dwell Time”
Maxim Kristalny (ME, Technion, supervised by Leonid Mirkin)
“On the Four-Block Model Matching Problem with Preview”