Jacques Richalet receives the Nordic Process Control Award

The Nordic Process Control Award is awarded for lasting and significant
contributions to the field of process control. The ninth recipient of
this award is Dr. Jacques Richalet from France who is widely regarded
as the "grandfather" of model predictive control.

The award was presented to Dr. Richalet on August 23, 2007 during
the 14th Nordic Process Control Workshop held in Espoo, Finland.  The
title of his inspiring award lecture was "Origin and industrial 
application of predictive control".  His first industrial application of 
model predictive control was in 1973. He mentioned that it took 3 years 
to get his classic paper on MPC published, and when it was it was 
finally published in Automatica in 1978, this was
apparently against the advice of the majority of the reviewers.

The previous recipients of this award are Howard H. Rosenbrock (1995),
Karl Johan Astrom (1997), F. Greg Shinskey (1998), Jens G. Balchen 
(2000), Charles Cutler (2001), Roger Sargent (2003), Ernst Gilles (2004) 
and Manfred Morari (2006).  The award is awarded by the Nordic Working 
Group on Process Control.

For more information about the award lecture and  the working group see:

Contributed by: Sigurd Skogestad, Norway