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What's new

Discover how ISR researchers are driving the cutting edge of emerging technologies.

There's a lot going on!

There's a lot going on!

Check out this month's event schedule at ISR.

Ambassadors of systems thinking

Ambassadors of systems thinking

A systems approach to solving problems permeates ISR research.

ISR, industry and government

ISR, industry and government

Learn about the many opportunities available to partner with ISR researchers.

Founded in 1985

Founded in 1985

ISR was one of the 'original six' NSF Engineering Research Centers.

Micro and nano systems

Micro and nano systems

MEMS sensors, nanofabrication, labs-on-a-chip, small-scale energy, medical devices

Model-based systems engineering

Model-based systems engineering

ISR is a leader in MBSE, offering the M.S. in Systems Engineering degree.

Animal-borne wireless networks

Animal-borne wireless networks

This NSF research involves Maryland, Princeton and the National Geographic Society.

Innovative capstone courses

Innovative capstone courses

ISR-led classes bring systems engineering to diverse subjects.

Community building

Community building

ISR students benefit from academic, mentoring and social events.

Groundbreaking microsystems research

Groundbreaking microsystems research

Tobacco mosaic virus structure harnessed for new generation batteries.

About ISR

About ISR

Explore interdisciplinary research and education in the systems sciences and systems engineering.

Aviation operations research

Aviation operations research

ISR is home to NEXTOR, the FAA's national aviation operations research center.

ISR research

ISR research

Encounter the work of close to 100 faculty in four colleges and 14 disciplines.

From nature to networks

From nature to networks

Unlocking biological rules will improve robotic networks.

Research emphasis: Communication systems and networks

Research emphasis: Communication systems and networks

ISR is renowned for its expertise in communication networks, security and theory.

Collective dynamics and control

Collective dynamics and control

2013 PECASE winner Derek Paley works in AUV cooperative control.

International research collaborations

International research collaborations

ISR has active research partnerships around the world--including with Trento, Italy.

Really, really small robots

Really, really small robots

2013 PECASE Award winner Sarah Bergbreiter develops sub-millimeter robots.

Industry and government partnerships

Industry and government partnerships

ISR's opportunities build strong research ties with industry and government researchers.

News, publications and media resources

News, publications and media resources

Want to know what's going on? Member of the press? We have resources right here.

Control systems and methodologies

Control systems and methodologies

Control and optimization theory; biologically inspired control.

Visiting ISR?

Visiting ISR?

Our visitor's section has directions, parking information and more.

Neuroscience and biology-based technology

Neuroscience and biology-based technology

Biological signal processing, brain plasticity, neuromechanical systems, and neuromorphic-based control.

ISR visiting scientists

ISR visiting scientists

Working engineers live in residency and participate in ISR research for a year or more.

Centers and labs

Centers and labs

Find out more about ISR's centers, labs and other programs.

Prospective student?

Prospective student?

Find out more on our student video page.

Advances in micro air vehicles

Advances in micro air vehicles

Robo Raven III has independent, solar flapping wings.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

ISR's current REU opportunity is in miniature robotics

Robotics

Robotics

Medical robots, tiny robots; collaborating robots; unmanned vehicles; space and water robots

Top students, groundbreaking research

Top students, groundbreaking research

Eric Kim learned about cooperative autonomy and won an NSF Graduate Fellowship.

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News

University of Maryland Breaks Ground for A. James Clark Hall

New building to serve as hub for human health innovation in the state of Maryland More »

UMD UAS Test Site Receives FAA Approval to Fly

Inaugural research flight to take place in December. More »

Engineering systems for mental health work by Espy-Wilson, Resnik, Vaughn-Cooke featured in Newsweek

Research on quantifiable indicators could result in mental health tracking app. More »

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference

UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference. More »

Upcoming Events

Washington DC Regional Battery Excellence Center Inaugural Workshop

November 25, 2014 7:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Adelphi Laboratory Center, 2800 Powder Mill Road, Building 205 Adelphi MD 20783 More »

ChBE Seminar Series: ​Cerasela Dinu

November 25, 2014 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Room 2108, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg. More »

Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Fritz Kub

November 25, 2014 4:00 p.m. Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building More »

MSE Seminar Series

November 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. Room 2108, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg. More »

Announcements

Robotics Service-Learning

The students in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology and Society program are great friends of ISR and the Maryland Robotics Center, providing tour guides for our robotics events and help to K-12 robotics clubs throughout the year. Learn about their exciting work in this great video, and support their robotics service-learning efforts via a Launch UMD crowd-source funding campaign: ter.ps/stsk12 through Nov. 22.

ISR is turning 30!

ISR celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala event on May 8, 2015. Mark your calendar and plan to spend the day with us!