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Ott, Edward

Edward Ott
Distinguished University Professor
3329 AV Williams

Research Interests 

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.


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.

Honors and Awards 

    •    SIAM Jurgen Moser Award (2017)
    •    Richardson Medal (2017)
    •    2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate
    •    APS Julius Edgar Lilienfield Prize (2014)
    •    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

Related News 

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.  May 2, 2018

Interview with Edward Ott in SIAM News
Ott discusses being awarded the Jürgen Moser Lecture Prize in 2017. February 28, 2018

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. February 27, 2017

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 September 22, 2016

Edward Ott named 2012 SIAM Fellow
ECE Professor recognized for "breadth, depth and vitality of his investigations of nonlinear dynamical systems" March 15, 2012

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research
Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 5, 2011

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. May 18, 2011

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research
Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 6, 2010

Taddese Wins First Place at Entrepreneurial Research Symposium
ECE grad student wins poster competition at UMD symposium on research, entrepreneurship. December 8, 2008

ECE Faculty Awarded MURI Grants
Faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were among a select group of DoD grant recipients. March 7, 2007