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La, Richard J.

La, Richard J.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2401 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Richard J. La received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Before joining ISR and ECE he was a member of the systems engineering group at Alcatel U.S.A. and the mathematics of communication networks group at Motorola Inc.

He has served on the editorial board for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, and IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and the technical program committee for IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICC, ACM MobiHoc, ACM Sigmetrics, Complex Networks, and Wireless Internet.

Honors and awards

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2003)

ISR Outstanding Faculty Award (2021)




Network science, resource allocations and performance evaluation in communication systems, application of game theory, contract theory.

Barg honored with 2024 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

The medal is the highest IEEE-wide award for exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology.

ECE and ISR alumni feature prominently at American Control Conference

Xiaobo Tan, Sean Andersson and Fumin Zhang played key roles at the conference.

A new epidemiology model based on game theory

A population's collective decision making follows an evolutionary dynamics model that captures individual agents’ preferences and assumes the agents can repeatedly revise their strategies.

Remembering Roger Brockett, 1938-2023

Brockett was an ISR founding and permanent faculty member, and a giant of control and robotics.

Marciano's research sheds light on WWII internment camps

ISR-affiliated professor has been using records in the National Archives to better understand family experiences.

AI and ML techniques can help unlock hard-to-reach archival content from pre-digital age

Richard Marciano and colleagues publish an extended, iterative study applied to digitized and datafied WWII-era records housed at the FDR Presidential Library.

A system theoretic approach to epidemic modeling

Nuno Martins, Richard La and Jair Certorio's model steers epidemic variables to an endemic equilibrium with the lowest prevalence of infections.

Entity resolution tool useful to uncover new information in 'big data' sets

In new paper, Richard Marciano and colleagues use technique to unlock links in newly released WWII Japanese American incarceration camp records.

Alumni Profile: Yijie Han

Han received her Ph.D. in 2006 under the guidance of Prof. Richard La with a focus on wireless communication in ad-hoc networks.

Buyukates and Bastopcu win Best Student Paper Award at IEEE SPAWC 2021

The paper investigates version age scaling in general gossip network models which exhibit a community structure.

ISR gives awards to Professor Richard La, four graduate students

ISR's annual awards ceremony was held on the Iribe Building's cantilever plaza.

Ulukus, Modiano guest-edit IEEE journal special issue on Age of Information

The issue includes 21 articles that reflect the state of the art in Age of Information research.

Measuring the 'suckiness' of invasive sea lampreys

Alum Xiaobo Tan and his MSU colleagues have developed sensing panels that can record the mechanics of the attachment.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Fire ... in Space

A University of Maryland engineer's work aboard the International Space Station could lead to cleaner engines and power plants, and safer living conditions in space.

ARL to Fund $30M in Equipment Innovations for Service Members

UMD announces with the U.S. Army Research Lab agreements in additive manufacturing and battery research.

Alum Xiaobo Tan named to Richard M. Hong Endowed Chair at MSU

At Maryland, Tan was advised by Professor John Baras and Professor P. S. Krishnaprasad.

BBI Awards Seed Grants to Six Interdisciplinary Projects

Funded teams feature UMD faculty from 15 academic departments and six centers and institutes

Clark School faculty 'AIM-HI' to address major health challenges

The new UMB-UMCP program has announced its first grants for projects combining AI and medicine.

Path planning for bridge inspection robots

Lin and La develop algorithm for teams of small mobile robots stationed on bridges.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

Marciano, students use computational thinking to reframe digital curation practices

Digital curation is increasingly extending archiving and preservation by adding value to digital objects.

Alum Rick Stamper appointed Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Rose-Hulman

Former student of Lung-Wen Tsai has been on technology institute's faculty for 20 years.

Clark School student teams sweep MAV competition

FIRE freshmen, AE undergrads and MEng Robotics students take first place in both categories at VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.

Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosts Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium

The University’s Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosted its Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium on November 14, 2018 at Adele’s in the Stamp Student Union.

UMD Launches New Labs for Infrastructure Education and Research

The cutting-edge Whiting-Turner Infrastructure Engineering Laboratories total more than 7,000 square feet.

John Baras to receive 2018 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

Baras honored for his technical contributions and commercialization leadership of Internet over satellite, hybrid satellites, and terrestrial networks.

Digital preservation and big data researcher Richard Marciano becomes ISR affiliate

Marciano is part of the NSF Brown Dog national research cyberinfrastructure project.

Empowering Voices in Engineering

Moving towards a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Research Spearheaded by UMD Receives NSF RAPID Support

Findings could advance the design of hurricane-resistant structures.

Research Review: Combating biofilms with microsystem devices

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms—the source of many post-operative infections; latest device can sense and treat biofilm inside urinary catheters.

ISR faculty leading bio-inspired robotics and transportation electrification REUs

NSF's REU program provides undergraduate students with hands-on exposure to scientific research.

John Baras receives AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award

The award is the highest recognition of professional achievement for US control systems engineers and scientists.

Simon is co-editor of new Springer auditory research book

The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party describes the mechanisms the auditory system employs to focus on specific sounds within a noisy environment.

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop

Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks.

Richard La promoted to full professor

La is a joint appointee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research.

ECE/CS senior Ekaterina Tolstaya wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

She will pursue Ph.D. study in electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Rance Cleaveland part of 'CyberHeart' cyber-physical systems grant

Professor is building sophisticated digital platform for testing and prototyping implantable cardiac devices.

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week

Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response.

Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program Approves 18 Technology Development Projects

Worth $4.7 million, the projects team Maryland faculty and companies to bring products closer to market.

New NSF grant funds research to build network of tiny robots for bridge inspection

Nuno Martins, Sarah Bergbreiter, Richard La to collaborate with Resensys on development of semi-autonomous system.

Alumnus Ayan Roy-Chowdhury and Professor John Baras issued U.S. Patent 8,397,062

Patent is for a method and system for source authentication in group communications.

Six ISR students named to Future Faculty Fellows program

Clark School program prepares students for academic careers in Top-50 engineering schools.

Alum Rick Stamper named Rose-Hulman Interim Dean of Faculty

Also named to Princeton Review's "300 Best Professors" list.

ISR alumnus Richard Stamper named associate dean at Rose-Hulman

Stamper will lead professional experiences at the Terre Haute, Ind., institute.

Espy-Wilson, Pruthi Among Business Plan Competition Finalists

Professor & alumnus will present a plan for a speech extraction technology for voice communications.

ISR organizing interdisciplinary student group

Group will give graduate students opportunity for camaraderie and learning.

Herrmann's clinic model used at UMD mass vaccination drill

University tests its preparedness for large-scale outbreaks.

Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center Moves to UM, Mtech

The legal services provider is now headquartered in the TAP Incubator.

Richard La Receives NSF Grant for Designing Network Pricing Mechanisms

Research will be a first step towards identifying suitable frameworks.

Alumnus Priya Ranjan to join IIT Kanpur faculty

Former student of Eyad Abed and Richard La will become assistant professor of electrical engineering.

Makowski, La win NSF grant for modeling mobile wireless networks

Research will explore how different network connectivity concepts shape resource allocation when nodes are mobile.

ECE Students, Alumnus Among UM $50K Business Plan Competition Winners

ECE undergrad Randolph Ballard & alumnus and faculty researcher Mehdi Kalantari among competition winners.

ISR hosts 4th Northeast Control Workshop

Event for graduate students and postdocs draws more than 100 participants.

ISR postdoc Vijay Gupta to join Notre Dame faculty

Research will focus on networked systems and multi-agent systems.

Detecting DDoS Attacks in Stub Domains (ISR IP)

This IP is available to license.

Five ISR communication researchers featured in E@M magazine

Cover story features Professors Ulukus, Ephremides, Narayan, Liu and La

Richard La promoted to associate professor

ECE and ISR faculty member is specialist in network modeling and resource allocation.

Ephremides, Baras, La, Ulukus awarded wireless networks grant

Research to exploit inter-layer dependencies in network protocols for improved performance.