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Levine, William S.

William S. Levine
Research Professor
2369 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Applying modern control theory to the study of the nervous system's control of movement; control theory and its applications with emphasis on computer aided control system design; application of computers and computation to network control; applications of modern control and estimation theory to biomedical and aerospace problems



Dr. Levine is Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. He specializes in systems, control and estimation. He is engaged in research on control systems design, on the analysis and synthesis of biomechanical controls, and on signal processing issues related to controls. Current specific application projects include understanding the regulation of posture by humans, and reducing the time required to compute model predictive control signals.

Dr. Levine received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled "Optimal Output Feedback Controllers for Linear Systems." He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a recipient of the IEEE's 3rd Millennium Medal. He is a past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and of the American Automatic Control Council.

He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, an editor of Automatica for Rapid Publications, program and, later, general chairman of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), and a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is currently Chairman of the SIAM SIAG on Control Theory and its Applications.

Dr. Levine has many publications dealing with control and estimation theory and their application to practical problems. He is the co-author of the book Using MATLAB to Analyze and Design Control Systems (second edition 1995) published by Benjamin/Cummings. He is the editor of The Control Handbook (second edition 2010) published by CRC Press. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems published by Birkhauser. He is also the editor of a series of books on control engineering for Birkhauser.

One of his papers, "Discrete Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation" (co-authored with J.S. Baras and T.S. Lin) received a biannual award as the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Honors and Awards 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1986

Other awards
IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 1999
Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research, 1998

Related News 

Second Edition Released of The Control Handbook
New edition of three-volume reference set by William Levine published by CRC Press. January 23, 2011

McAvoy, Levine honored for commitment to the Clark School
Service, teaching among the achievements for the two ISR faculty members. October 30, 2009

William Levine honored at retirement celebration
After 36 years teaching, controls expert will continue as research professor. May 24, 2007

Levine, Elliott to speak at memorial conference for W.P. Dayawansa
'Emerging Frontiers in Control Theory Research' honors late ISR/ECE professor. April 16, 2007

Levine co-edits new volume on control systems
Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis also co-editor of Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems May 7, 2005

Levine named VP of the AACC
AACC is an association of the control systems divisions of eight member societies January 6, 2002

Levine and Ephremides receive awards for oustanding contributions in their field
Peers select Professor William Levine and Professor Tony Ephremides for the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. March 13, 2000

Levine edits new Birkhauser control engineering series
Book on Kalman filtering is the first in the series. January 19, 2000