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Levine, William

Levine, William

Research Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Robotics Center
Brain and Behavior Institute
2367 A.V. Williams Bldg.


William S. Levine received his Bachelor's, Master's and Ph. D. degrees from M. I. T.   He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout his career he has specialized in the design and analysis of control systems and related problems in estimation, filtering, and system modeling. He has been, and remains, particularly interested in the application of these techniques and ideas to problems in biomechanics. He has published over 100 articles on these and related topics. He has supervised 22 completed Ph. D. and 29 completed M. S. theses. Several of these involved design and construction of control systems.  

He is the co-author of Using MATLAB to Analyze and Design Control Systems , published by Benjamin/Cummings, March 1992. Second Edition, March 1995. He is the editor of The Control Handbook, published by CRC Press (in cooperation with IEEE Press), February 1996. He is the co-editor of The Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems, published by Birkhauser in June 2005. He is also the series editor for Birkhauser's Control Engineering Series.

He is a member of SIAM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He has been President of both the IEEE Control Systems Society and the American Automatic Control Council. He has also been Chair of the SIAM interest group in Control Theory and its Applications. He is a recipient of the IEEE's Third Millenium Medal.  The Control Handbook was named best engineering handbook published in 1996 by the Assoc. of American Publishers.

He and his collaborators received the Schroers Award for outstanding rotorcraft research in 1998 for their work on computer-aided design of rotorcraft control systems. He and another group of collaborators received the award for outstanding paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control for their paper entitled "Discrete Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation."


  • President, American Automatic Control Council (2004 and 2005)
  • IEEE Millennium Medal (2000)
  • Associate Editor at Large, IEEE Transactions on Control (1998-2004)
  • Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research (1998)
  • Best Engineering Handbook by the Association of American Publishers (1996)
  • President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (1991)
  • Distinguished Member, IEEE Control Systems Society (1990)
  • Editor for Rapid Publications, Technical Communiques and Correspondence,
Automatica (1985-1993)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control (1981-1982)
  • Award for the Outstanding Paper in the IEEE Trans. On Automatic Control for "Discrete Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation" (1979)
  • George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (1972)
  • IEEE Fellow


Professor Levine's research interests are in the areas of application of modern control theory to the study of the nervous system's control of movement and; control theory and its applications with emphasis on computer aided control system design; application of computers and computation to network control; and applications of modern control and estimation theory to biomedical and aerospace problems.

UMD-Trento Partnership yields first graduate student exchange

The exchange is part of the "Control of Living Cells Through Communication with Artificial Cells" collaboration.

Clark School Celebrates Hard-Working Staff

At annual event, Dean Pines cites long-serving and new staff members.

Second Edition Released of The Control Handbook

New edition of three-volume reference set by William Levine published by CRC Press.

McAvoy, Levine honored for commitment to the Clark School

Service, teaching among the achievements for the two ISR faculty members.

Levine's Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems Most Popular Download

Book garners largest number of downloads in Springer Engineering series.

Mariko Sugimoto is new ISR Visiting Scholar

Toshiba engineer will study vibration control.

William Levine honored at retirement celebration

After 36 years teaching, controls expert will continue as research professor.

Levine, Elliott to speak at memorial conference for W.P. Dayawansa

'Emerging Frontiers in Control Theory Research' honors late ISR/ECE professor.

Book edited by ISR faculty becomes best seller

A book edited by ISR-affiliated Professor William Levine (ECE) and former ISR faculty member Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis was the 29th best-selling engineering title for the publisher Springer-Verlag in February 2006.

Masaaki Nagashima lectures on control for engines and emissions

Honda visiting scientist collaborated with William Levine

Yuichi Kato pays return visit to ISR

Former Honda visiting scientist had worked on motorcycle damping systems

Levine co-edits new volume on control systems

Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis also co-editor of Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems

Alum Naomi Leonard named as MacArthur Fellow

Sept 2004—Expert in underwater robotics research receives coveted, no-strings-attached "genius" grant.

Masaaki Nagashima is visiting scientist from Honda R&D, Japan

August 2004—Visiting engineer will conduct research on automotive exhaust emission and CO2 control.

William Levine named AACC President

The American Automatic Control Council is an association of the control systems divisions of eight member societies.

Levine named VP of the AACC

AACC is an association of the control systems divisions of eight member societies

Levine and Ephremides receive awards for outstanding contributions in their field

Peers select Professor William Levine and Professor Tony Ephremides for the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

Levine edits new Birkhauser control engineering series

Book on Kalman filtering is the first in the series.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)