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Baras, John S.

Baras, John S.

Professor
Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering
Distinguished University Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Mechanical Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
2247 A.V. Williams Bldg.
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John S. Baras received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1970, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1971 and 1973.

Professor Baras was the Founding Director of the Institute for Systems Research (one of the first six NSF Engineering Research Centers) from 1985 to 1991. Since August 1973 he has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), and the Applied Mathematics Faculty, at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor holding a permanent joint appointment with ECE and ISR. In February 1990 he was appointed to the Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering.  Since 1992  Dr. Baras has been the Founding Director of the Maryland Hybrid Networks Center (HyNet) ) (an industry-university-government consortium, with substantial support from DoD, NASA and industry focusing on hybrid wireless networks). He was named a Distinguished University Professor by the University of Maryland in 2018. It is the highest honor bestowed by the university on its faculty.

Among his awards are: a 1978 Naval Research Laboratory Research Publication Award; the 1980 Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society; 1983 and 1993 Alan Berman Research Publication Awards from NRL; 1991 Outstanding Invention of the Year Award from the University of Maryland for the invention of a “Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder”; 1994 Outstanding Invention of the Year Award from the University of Maryland for the invention of "A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications"; November 1995, Outstanding Contributions to Seniors Award, from the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Senior Council; January 1996, Outstanding Paper Award, "ATM in Hybrid Networks", presented at Design SuperCon 1996 Conference, Santa Clara, CA;  April 1996, MIPS Research Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Maryland Industry for work done with Hughes Network Systems; December 1998, the Mancur Olson Research Achievement Award, from the Univ. of Maryland College Park (award recognizes faculty whose research achievements have been extraordinary); December 2002, Best paper Award at the 23rd Army Science Conference, Orlando, Florida; September 2004, Best paper Award 2004 Wireless Security conference.

Dr. Baras is a Fellow of IEEE, SIAM, AAAS, the National Academy of Inventors, IFAC and AMS. He was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, March 2006.

He has consulted extensively with industry and government on various automation, systems and telecommunication problems. He has served in the following: Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society; IEEE Engineering R&D Committee; Aerospace Industries Association advisory committee on advanced sensors; IEEE Fellow evaluation committee. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, the editorial board of Systems and Control: Foundations and Applications, the editorial board of IMA J. of Mathematical Control and Information, the editorial board of Systems Automation-Research and Applications. Dr. Baras is a world renowned researcher in communication and automation systems, has received many awards for his papers and research, has more than 450 technical papers published and was the editor of the book “Recent Advances in Stochastic Calculus”, Springer, 1990. He holds three patents (all in signal processing) and has four pending. He has graduated 42 PhD students and 70 MS students. He has sponsored and supervised 32 postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Baras is internationally known for his leadership of industry-university-government consortia and has collaborated effectively with both industry and government scientists and engineers.

Professor Baras' research interests include: wireless networks, sensor networks, distributed networked control systems, satellite and hybrid communication networks, integrated network management systems, fast Internet services via hybrid, satellite and wireless networks, network security and intrusion detection, stochastic systems, robust control of nonlinear systems, real-time parallel architectures for nonlinear signal processing, intelligent control systems, expert and symbolic systems for control and communication systems synthesis, distributed parameter systems, planning and optimization, real-time architectures for intelligent control, speech and image compression and understanding, biomimetic algorithms and systems for signal processing and sensor networks, model-based systems engineering, model-based software engineering, integration of logic programming and nonlinear programming for trade-off analysis, object oriented modeling of complex engineering systems, validation and verification of systems models and designs, intelligent manufacturing of smart materials, integrated product-process design. He is widely credited for inventing and establishing Internet over satellite and hybrid networks and for initiating the new “component based” approach to wireless network modeling and design. He has more than 30 years experience and contributions to defense related problems.

Professor Baras was the initial principal architect of the ISR M.S. program in Systems Engineering. He arranged for industry participation in advisory and teaching capacity. More recently Dr. Baras has been heavily involved in the development of new core courses for systems engineering. These include courses on systems modeling, systems engineering fundamentals, system requirements analysis, system trade-off analysis and tools, system validation-verification and testing and systems integration. In his efforts to teach systems thinking at the undergraduate level to all Engineering majors he is developing three courses, with the objective to introduce in the foundational core for engineering education the key concepts of system models, controls and signals in a way that integrates computer related ideas and constructs into these foundations from the start. His efforts address the often emphasized need for a new integrative approach to engineering (holistic rather than in parts) which in turn addresses the needs for modular design, systems thinking and team work.

Fellows
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1984
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, 2006
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2014
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
National Academy of Inventors, 2015
International Federation for Automatic Control, 2016
American Mathematical Society, 2019

Honors and Awards

1971, Ch. Chrysovergis Award, awarded by the Senate of the National Technical University of Athens, to the outstanding graduating student from the Department of Electrical Engineering

1978, Naval Research Laboratory Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory, for “Ship RCS Scintillation Simulation”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8189, May,2,1978

1980, George S. Axelby Prize, IEEE, Control Systems Society, for the paper “Discrete-Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation”, IEEE transactions On Automatic Control, AC-24, No. 1, pp. 12-27, February 1979, chosen among papers published in the IEEE transactions On Automatic Control, Vol. AC-23 (1978), and Vol. AC-24 (1979), December 11, 1980

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

1984, IEEE Fellow, IEEE, “for contributions to distributed parameter systems theory, quantum and nonlinear estimation, and control of queuing systems”

1991, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award, from the University of Maryland, for the invention of a “Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder”

1993, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory, for “Hierarchical Wavelet Representations of Ship Radar Returns”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report NRL/FR/5750-93-9593, December 31, 1993.

1994, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award , from the University of Maryland, for the invention of “A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications”

1995, Award for Outstanding Performance , for Analysis, Engineering and Implementation of a Novel, Actively Controlled Toolpost for High Precision Machining, from the Smart Materials and Structures DARPA Partnership Team, led by Martin Marietta Corporation.

1995, Outstanding Contributions to Seniors Award, from the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Senior Council, University of Maryland.

1996, Outstanding Paper Award, presented at Design SuperCon 1996 Conference, Santa Clara, CA., for “ATM in Hybrid Networks"

1996, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Research Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Maryland Industry  for research, development and commercialization done with Hughes Network Systems.

1997, Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Development of Strategic Directions for Increasing the Competitiveness of Maryland’s Growth Industry Sectors, presented by the Maryland Economic Development Commission in collaboration with the Department of Business and Economic Development of the State of Maryland.

1998, Mancur Olson Research Achievement Award, from the University of Maryland College Park, award honors faculty whose research achievements have been extraordinary over a long time period.

1999, Finalist in the Invention of the Year Competition for 1998, University of Maryland College Park, for the invention “A Method for Distributed Shared Key Generation Using Fractional Keys”

1999, Interviewed by J. Harter WJLA Channel 7, WJLA Channel 7, on my research on wireless Internet, and appeared in the Channel 7, Five-o’clock News program, on February 5, 1999.

2002, Best Paper Award in IT/C4ISR (Information Technology, Information Technology/Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) , at the 23rd Army Science Conference , for “On-Line Detection of Distributed Attacks from Space-Time Network Flow Patterns”

2004, Best Paper Award, presented at the ACM Workshop on Wireless Security, WiSe ’04, for the paper “Trust Evaluation in Ad-Hoc Networks”.

2006, Elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engieering Sciences (IVA), IVA is the world’s oldest engineering academy. Its mission is to promote the engineering and economic sciences and the development of industry for the benefit of society.

2007, Leonard G. Abraham Prize in Communication Systems, IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc), presented at the International Conference on Communications (ICC2007), for the paper “On Trust Models and Trust Evaluation Metrics for Ad Hoc Networks”, Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Security in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks, Vol. 24, Number 2, pp. 318-328, February 2006.

2008, Globecom '08 Best Paper Award for Wireless Networks , presented at the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2008 held at New Orleans, Louisiana, for the paper “Performance Metric Sensitivity Computation for Optimization and Trade-off Analysis in Wireless Networks”

2008, Best Paper Award for C4/ISR , at the 26th Army Science Conference, for “Power Allocation Tradeoffs in Multicarrier Authentication Systems”.

2008, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award , from the University of Maryland, for the invention of “Method and Implementation for Key Generation and Replacement using Markov Models”.

2009, Maryland Innovator of the Year Award, from the Maryland Daily Record, for the invention “Method and Implementation for Key Generation and Replacement using Markov Models”

2012, Award for "Principal Investigator with Greatest Impact", one of the two most significant awards bestowed for Research at the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration

2012, The Largest Selling Product, the other one of the two most significant awards bestowed for Research at the prestigious three year (2014-2017) Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Award was given for HughesNet®, the product which resulted from Dr. Baras’ collaboration with Hughes Network Systems. HughesNet® is the largest-selling product ever developed with the help of the MIPS program. Dr. Baras created the algorithms by which the Internet is delivered over satellite worldwide.

2013, 2013 Jimmy Lin Award for Entrepreneurship, awarded by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, for the business model "Secure Mobile Devices", (with Vladimir Ivanov)

2013, IEEE Life Fellow

2013, Awarded the prestigious 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship, by the Swedish Research Council

2014 to 2017, The prestigious three year (2014-2017) "Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship", by the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany

2014 , American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, “for distinguished contributions to the fields of systems and control, communication networks, network security, and leadership in establishing outstanding cross disciplinary research and education programs.”

2014, SIAM Fellow, for contributions to systems theory, stochastic control and communication networks.

2015, National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, http://www.academyofinventors.org/press-releases.asp

2016, 2017 International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow, for contributions to the theory and applications of stochastic systems and control and communication networks and for leadership in cross-disciplinary research and education

2016, 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, For exceptional contributions to the conception and commercialization of internet-over-satellite systems, and for leadership in model-based engineering, systems science, and engineering research.

2016, Inducted in the A. James Clark School of Engineeting Innovation Hall of Fame, for his outstanding contributions to Internet over satellite technology and hybrid networks, which has enabled broadband Internet services over interoperable satellite and terrestrial networks. | remarks |

2018, AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

2018, University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor

2019, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for contributions to the mathematical foundations and applications of systems theory, stochastic systems, stochastic control, network security and trust, mentoring and academic leadership

 

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.


Jiang, Marakby, Vaswani, and Wu named 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni

The four alumni were nominated for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering, their humanitarian efforts, and the application of their engineering education to other disciplines.

Alumnus Xiaobo Tan elevated to ASME Fellow

Tan was recognized for his work in robotics.

Alum Nikolaos Sidiropoulos named Louis T. Rader Professor at UVA

Sidiropoulos joined Virginia in August 2017 as the chair of its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Baras named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Baras is also a Fellow of IEEE, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, SIAM, AAAS, NAI, and IFAC.

John Baras to receive 2018 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

Baras honored for his technical contributions and commercialization leadership of Internet over satellite, hybrid satellites, and terrestrial networks.

Alumna Mingyan Liu named ECE chair at University of Michigan

Liu earned MSSE and PhD degrees at Maryland, advised by John Baras.

Baras and Mayergoyz named Distinguished University Professors

Baras and Mayergoyz receive the highest academic honor conferred by the University of Maryland.

ECE Inducts Three New Distinguished Alumni

Ghanadan, Tan, and Viniotis inducted for leadership and meritorious contributions to engineering, humanitarian efforts, and the application of their engineering education to other disciplines.

Three ECE Students Named Outstanding Graduate Assistants

Shahriar, Usman, and Aneesh have been named among the top 2% of campus GAs in a given year.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Fellow, 2015

  • Member, 2015

  • Fellow, 2019

Other professional society fellows

  • Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science Fellow, 2006
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2014

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 1984