E-CoSM (or Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling) started in 2006 as a workshop series initiated by IFP Energies Nouvelles in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris, France. It was immediately appreciated for its relevance and focus by the engine control community and for TC 7.1 (Automotive Control) it was the perfect complement to the existing AAC (Advances in Automotive Control) symposium and the IFAC World Congress. Starting in 2009 E-CoSM became a TC 7.1 sponsored event to be organized every three years staggered with AAC and the World Congress. This means that every year there is an IFAC event relevant for TC 7.1 where researchers within the automotive control community can publish and discuss their research. From 2006-2012 E-CoSM was a mostly European matter which was hosted by IFP in Rueil-Malmaison every time but for 2015 it was decided to try something new and host E-CoSM in The United States instead. The Ohio State University was selected as host both because of its excellence in engine control as well as its proximity to major automotive industry in The US. The event was a success and as anticipated a larger number of American researchers and practitioners from the automotive control sector were attracted than previously. Following the success in 2015 it was decided that E-CoSM should go global in 2018 by establishing itself in Asia. The decision fell upon Changchun in north-east China as host city for E-CoSM 2018. E-CoSM was also upgraded to conference status due to the increasing number of attendees. Three different Asian universities were involved in the organizational committee headed by Jilin University: Jilin University (Changchun), Dalian Minzu University (Dalian) and Sophia University (Tokyo). Again, the event was a success and attracted a large number of Asian researchers and practitioners in the field of automotive control but also many participants from Europe and The US. Much appreciated technical tours were offered at Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control (see photograph of driving simulator) and at First Automotive Works (FAW), both located in Changchun. The first E-CoSM in Asia was in fact so successful that TC 7.1 decided to do an encore 2021, this time E-CoSM will be hosted by Sophia University (Tokyo). E-CoSM has truly gone global!