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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 

  • 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 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

Ph.D. student Anup Menon is finalist for IEEE CDC best paper award
Research developed an algorithm for desirable outcomes in multi-agent systems. January 8, 2014

Alum Mingyan Liu named IEEE Fellow
Liu was honored for her contributions to modeling of wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks. December 5, 2013

Alumnus Alvaro Cárdenas joins University of Texas at Dallas faculty
Former student of John Baras specializes in network security. March 13, 2013

Alum Xiaobo Tan improves robotic fish
Fish now can glide for long distances. January 17, 2013

Baras, Somasundaram, Jain, and Tabatabaee issued U.S. Patent 8,325,746
This invention will optimize the link-state information that is to be broadcast in a routing domain of a communication network. December 11, 2012

Baras Recognized with Two Greatest Economic Impact Awards
Maryland Industrial Partnerships recognized Dr. Baras and HughesNet® at their 25th Anniversary Gala. December 8, 2012

Alumna Carole Teolis profiled in livescience.com story
Highlighted is NEON, an indoor navigation technology Teolis developed. November 19, 2012

John Baras gives invited lecture at workshop on control of CPS systems
He presented a three-layer framework for modeling networked CPS. October 15, 2012

Alumna Mingyan Liu promoted to full professor; wins best paper award
Former John Baras student a member of EECS Department faculty at the University of Michigan. June 5, 2012