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Ott, Edward

Ott, Edward

Distinguished University Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
3329 AV Williams


Edward Ott is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1963, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrophysics from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1964 and 1967. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University from 1967-1968. In 1968 he joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, and took up his current position at the University of Maryland in 1979. Dr. Ott has also held visiting appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB.


    •    Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2005)
    •    Celebrating Teachers Award (2000)
    •    Distinguished University Professor (1995)
    •    IEEE Fellow
    •    American Physical Society Fellow
    •    Institute for Scientific Information World's 100 Most Cited Physicists
    •    Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
    •    Former Editor, Physica D
    •    Former Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters
    •    Former Associate Editor, Physics of Fluids
    •    Former member of the Editorial Board, Physical Review A
    •    Former member of the Editorial Board, Chaos
    •    Former member of the Editorial Board, Dynamics and Stability of Systems
    •    Editorial Board, Central European Journal of Physics

Dr. Ott's current research is on the basic theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics. Some of his current research projects are in wave chaos, dynamics on large interconnected networks, chaotic dynamics of fluids, and weather prediction. Dr. Ott is an author of over 300 papers published in scientific journals, and is also the author of the book, `Chaos in Dynamical Systems' (Cambridge University Press). He has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world's 100 most cited physicists.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

BBI Announces FY19 Seed Grant Awards

Awarded proposals feature researchers from seven colleges and schools as well as three centers and institutes

Ott Gives Invited Talks on Machine Learning at the Imperial College London and the Alan Turing Institute

Prof. Ott discussed "Machine Learning for Forecasting Chaos" and “Machine Learning Analysis of Chaotic Dynamics and Vice Versa.”

International Workshop on Cyber Deception and Defense addresses threats and countermeasures

The workshop was sponsored by the Army Research Office, the Clark School, ECE and ISR.

Wired Magazine Features Ott and Collaborators’ work on Machine Learning to Predict Chaos 

Machine learning, and more specifically reservoir computing, offers an effective potential means for model-free prediction of large spatiotemporally chaotic systems. 

Interview with Edward Ott in SIAM News

Ott discusses being awarded the Jürgen Moser Lecture Prize in 2017.

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17.

UMD Steel Bridge Team Builds Their Way to Nationals

The competition was organized by UMD's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Alumnus Ahmadi Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Ahmadi is one of only 126 individuals in the US to win an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

Prof. Ed Ott to receive Richardson Medal (EGU) and Moser Award (SIAM)

Prof. Ed Ott to receive Richardson Medal (EGU) and Moser Award (SIAM)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

American Physical Society (APS)