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Baras, John S.

John S. Baras
Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering
ECE, HyNET, ISR, CS
A.V. Williams 2247
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(301)405-6606

Research Interests 

Dr. Baras' research interests include scaleable multicast security; integrated management of hybrid communication networks; modeling and performance evaluation of large broadband hybrid networks; fast internet over heterogeneous (wireless-wireline) networks; manufacturing process selection for electromechanical products; intelligent control; wavelets; robust speaker identification; low complexity, high fidelity, low rate speech coding; image processing and understanding; learning clustering algorithms and classification; distributed control (or decision) systems; stochastic dynamic model building; stochastic control and scheduling; real-time sequential detection and estimation; computer-aided control systems design; queuing systems; quantum communications; nonlinear systems; and radar systems modeling and performance evaluation and distributed parameter systems.

Background 

John S. Baras holds a permanent joint appointment as professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and the Institute for Systems Research. He was the founding director of ISR, which is one of the first six National Science Foundation engineering research centers. Dr. Baras is the Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering and is the founding and current director of the Center for Hybrid and Satellite Communication Networks, a NASA commercial space center. He also serves as a faculty member of the university's Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics and an affiliate professor in the Computer Science Department.

Honors and Awards 

  • IEEE Simon Ramo Medal (2017)
  • AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (2017)
  • AAAS Fellow
  • Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award (2009)
  • Jimmy Lin Award for Innovation and Invention, ECE Department, UMD (2009)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award (2008)
  • 26th Army Science Conference Best Paper Award for Information 
    Technology/C4ISR (2007)
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) (2006)
  • ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland (2006)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award, Physical Sciences category, “Cell Sensor Based Pathogen Detection” (2005)
  • George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2004)
  • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Washington Section (2004)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Washington Area Affinity Group, Vice Chair (2004)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2003)
  • Co-Chair for Annual WIE Symposium (2003 and 2004)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II
  • Member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committees on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems, Neural Systems and Applications, Sensory Systems
  • University of Maryland College Park Mancur Olson Research Achievement Award (1998)
  • Outstanding Paper Award, for “ATM in Hybrid Networks” presented at Design SuperCon 1996 Conference, Santa Clara, CA (1996)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award for “A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications” (1994)
  • Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory for “Hierarchical Wavelet Representations of Ship Radar Returns” (1993)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award for “Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder” (1991)
  • IEEE Fellow (1984)
    1983, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory; for "Analysis and Evaluation of an Advanced EW System I: Deterministic Formulation", Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8629, August 11, 1983.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE, Control Systems Society for “Discrete-Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation” (1980)
  • Naval Research Laboratory Research Publication Award for “Ship RCS Scintillation Simulation” (1978)
  • Permanent Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering

Related News 

John Baras named AIAA Associate Fellow
AIAA Associate Fellows are individuals of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. October 3, 2017

Four Honored at 6th Annual ECE Distinguished Alumni Awards
The ECE Department honored four alumni for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering. June 2, 2017

John Baras receives 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal
The medal is given "for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science." May 25, 2017

John Baras receives AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award
The award is the highest recognition of professional achievement for US control systems engineers and scientists. May 25, 2017

Four ECE Students Receive Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from UMD Graduate School
While the Awards carry no cash prize, they convey the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus GAs in a given year.  May 8, 2017

UMD Pushes Beyond Line of Sight to Map Impacts of Traditional Farming in Belize
The project marks the first time a UAS Test Site operator has flown using only instrumentation and cameras. February 14, 2017

John Baras wins 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal
The medal is given for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science. November 22, 2016

Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awards
ISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony. September 13, 2016

John Baras named IFAC Fellow
Baras honored "for contributions to the theory and applications of stochastic systems and control and communication networks and for leadership in cross-disciplinary research and education." July 13, 2016

FICO purchases alums' cyber risk startup
Mingyan Liu and Manish Karir lead QuadMetrics, which calculates a 'security risk' score for businesses. June 24, 2016