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Dr. John Baras has a Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1970; M.S., Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University 1971, 1973. Since 1973, faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and in the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program, at the University of Maryland College Park. Since 2000, faculty member in Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Since 2014, faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Founding Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), 1985-1991. Since 1991, Founding Director of the Maryland Center for Hybrid Networks (HYNET). Since 2013, Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. IEEE Life Fellow, SIAM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, NAI Fellow, IFAC Fellow, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Received the 1980 George Axelby Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship from the Swedish Research Council, and a three year (2014-2017) Senior Hans Fischer Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He was inducted in the A. J. Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame (2016) of the University of Maryland and he was selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, and the 2017 AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award.
Dr. Baras has co-authored more than 850 technical papers in prestigious refereed journals and conferences, one book (Path Problems in Networks, 2010), and co-edited three others. He is a highly cited author with 11,266 Google Scholar citations and an h-index of 47. He has educated 85 doctoral students, 112 MS students and has mentored 50 postdoctoral fellows. Many of his students are on the faculty of major universities, have had successful careers in major companies or have founded and developed successful companies in the United States and abroad.
Professor Baras’ research interests include systems and control, optimization, communication networks, signal processing and understanding, robotics, computing systems and networks, network security and trust, and model-based systems engineering. He has been awarded eighteen patents, has four patents pending, and has been honoured with many awards as innovator and leader of economic development (c.f. his recent selection as Fellow of the NAI). He has led (or co-led) many large multi-year, multi-university projects from NSF, NASA, ARO, ONR, ARL, DAPRA, AFOSR, RDECOM. He has led several successful commercialization efforts and technology transfer efforts. He is an international authority in creating and managing industry-university collaborative centers of excellence and innovation programs.