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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

President Obama names Michael Rotkowitz a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

The PECASE is the highest federal government honor for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. More »

University of Maryland to Establish Research Center of Excellence with UTC Climate, Controls & Security and Otis

The University of Maryland announces plans to establish new research center of excellence with United Technologies Corporation’s commercial businesses. More »

Congratulations ISR graduates!

These new alumni graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2016. More »

MSSE student Jessica Knizhnik wins INCOSE/Kossiakoff Scholarship

The award recognizes and encourages promising applied systems engineering research students. More »

Upcoming Events

AIM Lab Winter 2017 TEM Short Course

January 19, 2017 9:30 a.m. AIM Lab, Kim Engineering Building More »

NACS Seminar: Dr. Sheila Blumstein, Variability and Invariance in Speech and Lexical Processing

January 27, 2017 10:15 a.m. 1103 Bioscience Research Building More »

ME Seminar: Vinothan Manoharan "A Particle Walks into an Interface..."

February 10, 2017 10:30 a.m. DeWalt Seminar Room, 2164 Martin More »

National Cancer Institute-UMD Symposium

February 17, 2017 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. NIH John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Room 640; Bethesda, Md. More »

Announcements

ISR Papers of Note

ISR faculty publish high-quality journal articles and present papers at important conferences worldwide. View a directory of ISR papers of note here.

A microrobot that pronks

Watch this 20mm, 2 gram microrobot traverse rough terrain on its magnetically actuated legs, using a "pronking" gait. Research by Sarah Bergbreiter and Ryan St. Pierre.