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Baras, John S.

John S. Baras
Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering
A.V. Williams 2247

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.


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 

  • 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 

Baras, Yu, Sadler issued patent for wireless communication authentication
The invention is an authentication scheme encompassing a large family of authentication systems which may be built over existing transmission systems. October 16, 2015

UMD Invention Could Make Your Mobile Device Almost Impossible to Break Into
Team develops authentication system for both fingerprint and sensor on mobile device. August 26, 2015

Alumnus Xiaobo Tan promoted to full professor at Michigan State
Tan earned a 2002 Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. July 13, 2015

Alum Radha Poovendran named IEEE Fellow; department chair
University of Washington professor recognized “for contributions to security in cyber-physical systems.” January 15, 2015

John Baras elected AAAS Fellow
Baras recognized for accomplishments in multiple fields that mark his career. December 1, 2014

Alum Xiaobo Tan developing robotic fish to 'stalk' real fish in the Great Lakes
The MSU professor's fish will track the movements of lake trout, walleye and lake sturgeon. September 29, 2014

ECE Ph.D. Candidate Menon Wins Kulkarni Fellowship
Research grant will help Menon develop algorithms to maximize total power production on wind farms. May 27, 2014

ECE Names 2013-2014 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five ECE Ph.D. candidates selected for excellence in dissertation research. May 1, 2014

John Baras named Fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Baras was recognized for his “contributions to systems theory, stochastic control and communication networks.” March 28, 2014

Alum Jason Li promoted to VP of Research and Development at Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Li is a former student of John Baras. March 28, 2014