Contribute expertise in 2023

It’s been on your career-advancement list: Share your knowledge with Control Engineering peers in 2023 on the most important topics research identified for automation and controls.

By Mark T. Hoske October 19, 2022
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology


Learning Objectives

  • Control Engineering researches what topics are most important for subscribers.
  • Control Engineering 2023 editorial calendar is made by using that research.

Control Engineering Insights

  • Control Engineering conducts research on the most-important topics for subscribers to do their jobs better.
  • Leading Control Engineering topics for 2023 include PLCs, process control, programming, Ethernet, cybersecurity, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data acquisition, energy efficiency, drives, motors, power protection, system integration, applying automation in case studies, and continuing education/training.

Automation and controls research is in from Control Engineering subscribers: These are the control engineering topics that will help you do your jobs better in 2023, and that are represented in the 2023 Control Engineering editorial calendar. The Control Engineering community of control engineering and automation experts are sharing knowledge in articles and courses disseminated online at, in Control Engineering digital editions, print and eBooks, and in e-newsletters and Control Engineering webcasts. As automation and controls increase in value, so is interest in sharing Control Engineering knowledge. Help us make control engineering devices and systems easier to design, use, implement, and integrate.

Leading Control Engineering topics in 2023

Control Engineering organizes coverage into these areas: Control systems and strategy; Networking and information; Control equipment and energy; Industry focus, system integration and workforce development, and special sections, allowing more attention on specific topics. Below are some leading topics for each area, according to subscriber research conducted in July and shared below.

Control systems and strategy

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs)

Process control


Machine control


Proportional-integral derivative (PID), advanced process control

Industrial PCs

Loop control

Analytical instruments

Artificial intelligence/machine learning

Discrete control

Test and calibration equipment

Edge computing

Automation networking and information



Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Data acquisition


Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)


Industry 4.0

Industrial IT/digital transformation


I/O modules and systems

Human-machine interface (HMI)

Alarm management

Automation interoperability.

Control equipment and energy

Energy efficiency



Power protection

Process sensors

Control valves

Discrete sensors

Motion control (electric, pneumatic, hydraulic)

Power distribution

Power supplies


Machine design


Automation industry focus, system integration, and workforce development

System integration

Applying automation (case studies)

Continuing education/training

System integrators

Robotics use


Career advice

Special sections on automation, controls

Inside Process

Inside Machines

Global System Integrator Report

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Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media,, thanks Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering and CFE Media and Technology director of research, for help with this project.

KEYWORDS: Control Engineering, automation, controls


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Author Bio: Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor/content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop. He has been writing about technology since 1987, writing professionally since 1982, and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from UW-Madison.