Baras, John S.
Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering
Distinguished University Professor
Founding Director, Institute for Systems Research, 1985-1991
Director, Maryland Hybrid Networks Center, 1992-present
The Institute for Systems Research
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Maryland Robotics Center
John Baras website
John S. Baras received the Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (with Highest Honors) from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1970, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1971 and 1973, respectively. Since 1973, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park, MD, USA, where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor. He is also a Faculty Member of the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program, and Affiliate Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Since 2013, he has been a Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Techical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. From 1985 to 1991, he was the Founding Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) (one of the first six National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers). In 1990 he was appointed to the endowed Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering. Since 1992, he has been the Director of the Maryland Center for Hybrid Networks (HYNET), which he co-founded.
He is a IEEE Life Fellow, SIAM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, NAI Fellow, IFAC Fellow, AMS Fellow, AIAA Fellow, Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Major honors and awards include the 1980 George Axelby Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship from the Swedish Research Council, and a three year (2014-2017) Senior Hans Fischer Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In 2016 he was inducted in the University of Maryland A. J. Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame. He was awarded the 2017 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Simon Ramo Medal, the 2017 American Automatic Control Council (AACC) Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, and the 2018 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Communications Award. In June 2018 he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by his alma mater the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
He has coauthored more than 1,000 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences, one book (Path Problems in Networks, 2010), co-edited three others, with 15,587 Google Scholar citations and an h-index of 55. He has given many plenary and keynote addresses in major international conferences worldwide. He has educated 91 doctoral students, 120 MS students and has mentored 70 postdoctoral fellows. He has been the initial architect and continuing innovator of the pioneering MS on Systems Engineering Program of the ISR. His research interests include systems and control, optimization, communication networks, applied mathematics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, signal processing and understanding, robotics, computing systems, network security and trust, systems biology, healthcare management systems, model-based systems engineering. He has been awarded nineteen patents and has been honored worldwide with many awards as innovator and leader of economic development.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1984
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, 2006
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2014
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
National Academy of Inventors, 2015
International Federation for Automatic Control, 2016
American Mathematical Society, 2019
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2020
Honors and Awards
1971, Ch. Chrysovergis Award, awarded by the Senate of the National Technical University of Athens, to the outstanding graduating student from the Department of Electrical Engineering
1978, Naval Research Laboratory Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory, for “Ship RCS Scintillation Simulation”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8189, May,2,1978
1980, George S. Axelby Prize, IEEE, Control Systems Society, for the paper “Discrete-Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation”, IEEE transactions On Automatic Control, AC-24, No. 1, pp. 12-27, February 1979, chosen among papers published in the IEEE transactions On Automatic Control, Vol. AC-23 (1978), and Vol. AC-24 (1979), December 11, 1980
1983, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory , for "Analysis and Evaluation of an Advanced EW System I: Deterministic Formulation", Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8629, August 11, 1983
1984, IEEE Fellow, IEEE, “for contributions to distributed parameter systems theory, quantum and nonlinear estimation, and control of queuing systems”
1991, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award, from the University of Maryland, for the invention of a “Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder”
1993, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory, for “Hierarchical Wavelet Representations of Ship Radar Returns”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report NRL/FR/5750-93-9593, December 31, 1993.
1994, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award , from the University of Maryland, for the invention of “A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications”
1995, Award for Outstanding Performance , for Analysis, Engineering and Implementation of a Novel, Actively Controlled Toolpost for High Precision Machining, from the Smart Materials and Structures DARPA Partnership Team, led by Martin Marietta Corporation.
1995, Outstanding Contributions to Seniors Award, from the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Senior Council, University of Maryland.
1996, Outstanding Paper Award, presented at Design SuperCon 1996 Conference, Santa Clara, CA., for “ATM in Hybrid Networks"
1996, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Research Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Maryland Industry for research, development and commercialization done with Hughes Network Systems.
1997, Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Development of Strategic Directions for Increasing the Competitiveness of Maryland’s Growth Industry Sectors, presented by the Maryland Economic Development Commission in collaboration with the Department of Business and Economic Development of the State of Maryland.
1998, Mancur Olson Research Achievement Award, from the University of Maryland College Park, award honors faculty whose research achievements have been extraordinary over a long time period.
1999, Finalist in the Invention of the Year Competition for 1998, University of Maryland College Park, for the invention “A Method for Distributed Shared Key Generation Using Fractional Keys”
1999, Interviewed by J. Harter WJLA Channel 7, WJLA Channel 7, on my research on wireless Internet, and appeared in the Channel 7, Five-o’clock News program, on February 5, 1999.
2002, Best Paper Award in IT/C4ISR (Information Technology, Information Technology/Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) , at the 23rd Army Science Conference , for “On-Line Detection of Distributed Attacks from Space-Time Network Flow Patterns”
2004, Best Paper Award, presented at the ACM Workshop on Wireless Security, WiSe ’04, for the paper “Trust Evaluation in Ad-Hoc Networks”.
2006, Elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engieering Sciences (IVA), IVA is the world’s oldest engineering academy. Its mission is to promote the engineering and economic sciences and the development of industry for the benefit of society.
2007, Leonard G. Abraham Prize in Communication Systems, IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc), presented at the International Conference on Communications (ICC2007), for the paper “On Trust Models and Trust Evaluation Metrics for Ad Hoc Networks”, Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Security in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks, Vol. 24, Number 2, pp. 318-328, February 2006.
2008, Globecom '08 Best Paper Award for Wireless Networks , presented at the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2008 held at New Orleans, Louisiana, for the paper “Performance Metric Sensitivity Computation for Optimization and Trade-off Analysis in Wireless Networks”
2008, Best Paper Award for C4/ISR , at the 26th Army Science Conference, for “Power Allocation Tradeoffs in Multicarrier Authentication Systems”.
2008, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award , from the University of Maryland, for the invention of “Method and Implementation for Key Generation and Replacement using Markov Models”.
2009, Maryland Innovator of the Year Award, from the Maryland Daily Record, for the invention “Method and Implementation for Key Generation and Replacement using Markov Models”
2012, Award for "Principal Investigator with Greatest Impact", one of the two most significant awards bestowed for Research at the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration
2012, The Largest Selling Product, the other one of the two most significant awards bestowed for Research at the prestigious three year (2014-2017) Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Award was given for HughesNet®, the product which resulted from Dr. Baras’ collaboration with Hughes Network Systems. HughesNet® is the largest-selling product ever developed with the help of the MIPS program. Dr. Baras created the algorithms by which the Internet is delivered over satellite worldwide.
2013, 2013 Jimmy Lin Award for Entrepreneurship, awarded by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, for the business model "Secure Mobile Devices", (with Vladimir Ivanov)
2013, IEEE Life Fellow
2013, Awarded the prestigious 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship, by the Swedish Research Council
2014 to 2017, The prestigious three year (2014-2017) "Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship", by the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
2014 , American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, “for distinguished contributions to the fields of systems and control, communication networks, network security, and leadership in establishing outstanding cross disciplinary research and education programs.”
2014, SIAM Fellow, for contributions to systems theory, stochastic control and communication networks.
2016, 2017 International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow, for contributions to the theory and applications of stochastic systems and control and communication networks and for leadership in cross-disciplinary research and education
2016, 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, For exceptional contributions to the conception and commercialization of internet-over-satellite systems, and for leadership in model-based engineering, systems science, and engineering research.
2016, Inducted in the A. James Clark School of Engineeting Innovation Hall of Fame, for his outstanding contributions to Internet over satellite technology and hybrid networks, which has enabled broadband Internet services over interoperable satellite and terrestrial networks. | remarks |
2018, University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor
2019, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for contributions to the mathematical foundations and applications of systems theory, stochastic systems, stochastic control, network security and trust, mentoring and academic leadership
2020, Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for fundamental and high impact contributions to Internet over satellite technology, cybersecurity, automatic control, model-based systems engineering, and for academic leadership.
Dr. Baras' research interests include scaleable multicast security; integrated management of hybrid communication networks; modeling and performance evaluation of large broadband hybrid networks; fast internet over heterogeneous (wireless-wireline) networks; manufacturing process selection for electromechanical products; intelligent control; wavelets; robust speaker identification; low complexity, high fidelity, low rate speech coding; image processing and understanding; learning clustering algorithms and classification; distributed control (or decision) systems; stochastic dynamic model building; stochastic control and scheduling; real-time sequential detection and estimation; computer-aided control systems design; queuing systems; quantum communications; nonlinear systems; and radar systems modeling and performance evaluation and distributed parameter systems.
Other professional society fellows
- Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science Fellow, 2006
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2014
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Fellow, 1984
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Fellow, 2020
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Fellow, 2015
National Academy of Inventors
- Member, 2015
American Mathematical Society
- Fellow, 2019
- Wireless communication method and system for transmission authentication at the physical layer
- Method and apparatus for authenticating biometric scanners
- Method and apparatus for authenticating swipe biometric scanners
- Method and apparatus for authenticating area biometric scanners
- Method and implementation for information exchange using Markov models
- Method of performance-aware security of unicast communication in hybrid satellite networks
- Method and apparatus for authenticating biometric scanners
- Method and System for Source Authentication in Group Communications
- Topology selection and broadcast method for rule-based link state routing
- Communications Protocol
- 3D Wavelet-Based Video Codec with Human Perceptual Model
- Computer-Aided Determination of Window-and-Level Settings for Filmless Radiology
- Method and system for CELP speech coding and codebook for use therewith (Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder)
- NSF Collaborative Research: The Value of Information in Networked Control: A Utility Based Approach
- ARO: Arches: Autonomous Resilient Cognitive Heterogeneous Swarms
- ONR: Human-Robot Collaborative Autonomy: From Multi-sensory Perception to Cognition and Execution
- NSF CPS: MONA LISA—Monitoring and Assisting with Actions
- ARO: Noncommutative Probability and Information Theories for Inference from Networked Multi-sensor Data
- DoD: Shared Perception, Cognition and Reasoning for Autonomy
- Cooperative Agreement: Cyber-Physical Systems
- Broadband Internet-via-Satellite System
- Science of Integration for Cyber-Physical Systems
- Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)
- Component Based Routing and Clique Based Scheduling for Modular Cross-layer Design of Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks
- Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: RDECOM
- MURI: Multi-layer and multi-resolution Networks of Interacting Agents in Adversarial Environments
- Distributed Learning and Information Dynamics in Networked Autonomous Systems
- Collaborative autonomy and human-robot teams
- Security and trust in a networked immersed world
- Model-Based Systems Engineering
- Detection of In-band Wormholes using Sequential Change Detection Algorithms
- Trust in Distributed Networked Systems
- Systems Engineering Research in the Systems Engineering and Integration Lab
- Systems Engineering Education in the Systems Engineering and Integration Lab
- Physical Layer (RF) Authentication and Experimental Validation: Single and Multi-Carrier
- Trust and Collaboration in Autonomic Networks
- Performance-Aware Security for Unicast Communication in Hybrid Satellite Networks
- A Lightweight Certificate-Based Source Authentication Protocol for Hybrid Networks
- Component Based Models for Performance Analysis and Design of Ad-Hoc Routing Protocols
- Biometric Authentication in Portable Devices
- A Systems Engineering Approach to Wireless Network Design
- Enhanced Distributed Filtering using a Trusted Core
- Connectivity in Networked Systems: Consensus Problems and Small World Graphs
- Stochastic Control of Throughput and Delay for Flows in Air Traffic Management
- Trust Based Distributed Filtering
- Markov Model-Directed Key Exchange
- Hierarchical Collaborative Control of UVs: Stochastic Potentials, Parallel Gibbs, NMPC
- Multicarrier RF Authentication
- Topology Aware Component Based Model for Performance Evaluation of Ad-Hoc Routing Protocols
- A Lightweight Certificate-Based Authentication Protocol for Hybrid Networks
- Efficient Analytical and Numerical Techniques for the Analysis and Design of Wireless Networks
- Consensus problem in stochastic communication topologies
- Dynamic Determination of Air Traffic Flows Using Clustering
- Swarm Intelligence Based Network Optimization
- Distributed Trust Management in Autonomic Networks
- SPRT Based Cooperative Intrusion Detection of In-Band Wormholes
- Component-Based Performance Analysis for MANET Routing Protocols
- Cooperative Dynamic Firewalling for Anti-DDOS Attacks in IP Networks
- Modeling and Detection of Network Attacks
- Broadband Support for a Satellite-based Aeronautical Communications Network
- Atemu Sensor Network Emulator
- Efficient Key Management Techniques for Group Communications in MANETs
- Integrated Modeling and Simulation of an Urban Operation Scenario
- Load Balancing in Multi-Beam Satellite Systems
- Security Issues in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
- Decentralized Control of Autonomous Vehicles
- Distributed Trust Establishment and Computation in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks
- Jointly Optimal Quantization, Estimation and Control of Hidden Markov Chains
- Key Management for Secure Multicast in Hybrid Satellite Networks
- On-Board Dynamic Power and Bandwidth Allocation in Next Generation Ka-Based Satellites
- Control of a Magnetostrictive Actuator with Application to Micropositioning
- Optimal Scheduling Policies for Broadcast Information Delivery Systems
- NSF-CRCD: Combined Research and Curriculum Development in Information-Centric Systems Engineering
- Performance Management in ATM Networks
- A Novel Model for Tool-Wear Estimation
- Reliable Multicast over Satellite
- Comparative Performance Evaluation of Routing Protocols for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
- Integrated Satellite Gateway for Hybrid Internet: Congestion Control, Multicasting and Security
- Negotiating Access Control Policies Using Collaborative Games
- Approximate Dynamic Programming and Its Application in Admission Control
- High Performance Clustering and Discrimination in Microarray Bioinformatics
- Dynamic Models for Control on the Internet: Smooth TCP, RED, Stability
- Hierarchical Key Management Schemes for Multicasting in Large Wireless Networks
- High Data Rate Communications for NASA Missions
- HTTP Enhancements for Hybrid/Satellite Networks
- Distributed Authenticated Key Generation for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
- Network Modeling and Simulations for Internet Services