System and control theory; electric power system dynamics and control; aerospace control systems; and the analysis and design of complex networks, including communication networks and social networks.
Eyad H. Abed received the S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D.degrees in 1981 and 1982, respectively, from the University of California at Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland since 1983, where he is presently a Professor and Director of the Institute for Systems Research. Dr. Abed, a Fellow of the IEEE, is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper award from the American Automatic Control Council, a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award of the Institute for Systems Research, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory, and two teaching awards from the University of Maryland. He has been on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and currently serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Nonlinear Dynamics. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society, serving as Vice President for Financial Activities of the Society since 2007.
Dr. Abed's research contributions (with his students and colleagues) in system and control theory include the development of the bifurcation control approach to control of nonlinear systems bordering on their stability limits; introduction of strong D-stability and its implications for stability analysis of multi-time-scale systems; introduction of the guardian map approach to stability analysis of uncertain systems; contributions to the study of border collision bifurcations; and development of a new approach to the analysis of modal participation in linear dynamic systems. In applications, he and his co-workers have contributed to the study of oscillations and nonlinear dynamics of electric power systems; oscillations in internet traffic under congestion control protocols such as TCP-RED; redesign of computer network congestion control protocols to extend the regime of acceptable behavior; analysis and design of artificial swarms; nonlinear dynamics and active stall control of gas turbine jet engines; control of tethered satellites in station-keeping and in deployment and retrieval; modeling and control of power electronic circuits using sampled-data methods; nonlinear modeling and control of supercavitating bodies; control of particle accelerators; aircraft stall control; analysis and control design for cardiac arrhythmia; and gated radar tracking system nonlinear modeling and dynamics.
Honors and Awards
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2001
Young faculty awards
NSF PYI for "Nonlinear Control and Order Reduction," 1987
O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, American Automatic Control Council
Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, Council for the International
Exchange of Scholars
Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory
University of Maryland awards
ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, 1990