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Marcus, Steve

Marcus, Steve

Professor Emeritus
Former Director, Institute for Systems Research
Former Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2219 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Steve Marcus received his Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1972, respectively. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1971. From 1975 to 1991, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor in Engineering. He was associate chair of the Department from 1984-89.

In 1991, he joined the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Institute for Systems Research until 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research. He also served as the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Honors and awards

Poole & Kent Teaching Award, 2013

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland, 2000-2001

Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 1998

IEEE Fellow, 1986

NSF Research Initiation Award

Editor-in-Chief, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 2000-2005

Corresponding Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1991-1999, 2006-2008

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1990-91

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Applicandae Mathematicae: An International Journal on Applying Mathematics and Mathematical Applications, 1983-2007

Associate Editor, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, 1987-2002

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Information Theory, 1990-1992

Associate Editor, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, 1990-2001

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 1980-81



Control and systems engineering, analysis and control of stochastic systems, Markov decision processes, stochastic and adaptive control, learning, fault detection, and discrete event systems, with applications in manufacturing and communication networks

Reinforcement learning is a game for Kaiqing Zhang

Zhang's research lies at the intersection of machine learning, reinforcement learning, game theory, and control theory.

Four ECE Faculty Retire

The department honors these individuals and thanks them for their years of teaching and service.

Pamela Abshire is named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

She is one of six Clark School faculty honored at the university's annual convocation.

Alumnus Stefano Coraluppi elected IEEE Fellow

Coraluppi elevated "for contributions to multi-sensor, multi-target tracking."

Fu, Marcus team for new AFOSR project on simulation optimization

Simulation optimization aims to guide planning and decision making under uncertainty in complex dynamic settings.

New algorithms for estimating the latent dynamics underlying biological processes

Work by Miran, Presacco, Babadi, Simon, Fu and Marcus published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Murphy Named 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Alumnus Kevin Galloway earns tenure at the U.S. Naval Academy

Galloway is a 2001 EE Ph.D., advised by Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR).

ECE Names 2019-2020 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Das, Demertziz, Nguyen, and Zou have been selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2019-20.

AlphaGo family of AI programs grew from AMS simulation-based algorithms developed at UMD

New review article by original author Michael Fu traces game-playing AI programs to seminal 2005 paper in Operations Research.

Other professional society fellows

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2009

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 1986