EYAD H. ABED (abed@umd.edu)

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and the Institute for Systems Research
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA
(301) 405-3631 (O)
(425) 648-3960 (Fax)
Contact information at NSF: eabed@nsf.gov; (703) 292-5388

Eyad H. Abed is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research. His research interests include system and control theory with an emphasis on nonlinear systems, and applications in electric power systems, communication networks, aerospace systems, and social networks. Since 2014, he has been on an intergovernmental appointment as a Program Director in the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program within the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) of the U.S. National Science Foundation. During 2002-2008, he served as Director of the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. During 2009-2012, he served as Dean of the College of Information Technology at the United Arab Emirates University.

 Dr. 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 is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of several awards, including 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 boards of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and the journal Nonlinear Dynamics. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and served as its Vice President for Financial Activities during 2007-2009. He has consulted for several corporations and government agencies in the application of control and dynamic modeling to problems in energy, radar and aircraft engine dynamics.

 Dr. Abed's research interests include system and control theory; electric power system dynamics and control; systems engineering; the analysis and design of complex networks, including communication networks and social networks; and aerospace control systems.

 Among his research contributions (with his students and colleagues) in system and control theory are 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.



Abstracts of some of his/her publications can be accessed here from the ISR Technical Reports Archive

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