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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.

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.

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. Ott, Prof. Yorke & Alumnus Grebogi Named 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates

Yorke, Ott, Grebogi named top contenders for Nobel Prize in physics for developing method to control chaos

Edward Ott named 2012 SIAM Fellow

ECE Professor recognized for "breadth, depth and vitality of his investigations of nonlinear dynamical systems"

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.

Alumnus Hemmady Receives IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award

Hemmady was recognized by the IEEE Albuquerque Chapter for his work in High Power Microwave (HPM) effects.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.

Taddese Wins First Place at Entrepreneurial Research Symposium

ECE grad student wins poster competition at UMD symposium on research, entrepreneurship.

ECE Faculty Awarded MURI Grants

Faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were among a select group of DoD grant recipients.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

American Physical Society (APS)