austin1.gif (373 bytes) Mark Austin,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Institute for Systems Research ,
University of Maryland at College Park.





  • Model-Based Systems Engineering and Integration.
  • Systems Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Algorithms and Computational Tools for Energy-Efficient Building Simulation.
  • Semantic Approaches to Distributed Systems Behavior Modeling.

I am keen to work with new graduate students in the Civil Systems Program (CEE), the Masters of Systems Engineering Program (MSSE at ISR) and the Applied Math Program.


  • Parastoo Delgoshaei (Research Engineer at NIST): AI for Enhanced Building Control.
  • Leonard Petnga (University of Alabama, Huntsville): Model-Based Systems Integration for Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Clara Popescu Brooks (Ph.D. in Civil Systems): Machine Learning Algorithms/Sensor Fusion for Smart City Management.
  • Maria Coelho (Ph.D. in Civil Systems): Semantic Modeling for Systems Engineering Transformation.
  • Jessica Knizhnik (co-advised with Craig Carignan) (MSSE): MBSE for Robotic Satellite Service Operations.
  • Joel Abraham (MSSE): Mathematical Foundations for Graph Transformation in MBSE and Urban Behavior Modeling
  • Akanksha Bhat (MSSE): Machine Learning Algorithms for Observation and Modeling of Urban Behavior.
  • Amar Krishna (co-advised with Anindo Roy) (MSSE): MBSE for Robot-Assisted Gait Training in Stroke Patient Rehabilitation.

Click here for a list of recent graduates.


Publications listed on: Google Scholar


  • Austin M.A. and Johnson J. , Compositional Approach to Distributed System Behavior Modeling and
    Formal Validation of Infrastructure Operations with Finite State Automata: Application to Viewpoint-Driven
    Verification of Functionality in Waterways ( pdf ), Systems, Vol. 6, No. 2, January 2018, p. 28.
  • Petnga L., Austin M.A. and Kaisar E. , Formal Analysis of Delays in Waterway System Operations with
    Timed Automata Modeling, The 7th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF),
    Long Beach, CA, October 17--20, 2017.
  • Delgoshaei P., Heidarinejad M., Austin M.A., and Pertzborn A.J. , Semantic Inference-Based Control Strategies for
    Building HVAC Systems Using Modelica-Based Physical Models ( pdf ), The 10th International Symposium on
    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (ISHVAC 2017), Jinan, China, October 19--22, 2017.
  • Delgoshaei P., Austin M.A., Pertzborn A., Heidarinejad M. and Chandan V. , Towards a Semantically-enabled
    Control Strategy for Building Simulations: Integration of Semantic Technologies and Model Predictive Control ( pdf ),
    15th International Conference of IBPSA (Building Simulation 2017), San Francisco, August 7-9, 2017.
  • Petnga L., Austin M.A. and Blackburn M.B. , Semantically-enabled Model-based Systems Engineering of
    Safety-critical Network of Systems ( pdf ),
    27th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (INCOSE 2017), Adelaide, Australia, July 15-20, 2017.
  • Knizhnik J., Austin M.A. and Carignan C. , Robotic Satellite Servicing Trade Space Down Selection ( pdf ),
    27th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (INCOSE 2017), Adelaide, Australia, July 15-20, 2017.
  • Bou-Harb E., Kaisar E., and Austin M.A. , On the Impact of Empirical Attack Models Targeting Marine Transportation,
    The 5th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS 2017),
    Napoli, Italy, June 26-28, 2017.
  • Delgoshaei P., Austin M.A., and Veronica D. , Semantic Models and Rule-based Reasoning for
    Fault Detection and Diagnostics: Applications in Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems ( pdf ),
    The Twelth International Conference on Systems (ICONS 2017), Venice, Italy, April 23-27, 2017, pp. 48-53.
  • Petnga L. and Austin M.A. , Model-Based Design and Formal Verification Processes for
    Automated Waterway System Operations ( pdf ),
    Systems: Special Issue on Product, Process, System Design Review Methods and Tools,
    Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2016, p. 23.
  • Petnga L. and Austin M.A. , An Ontological Framework for Knowledge Modeling and Decision Support in
    Cyber-Physical Systems ( pdf ), Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2016, pp. 77-94.


  • Coelho M., Austin M.A., and Blackburn M. , Distributed System Behavior Modeling of Urban Systems with Ontologies,
    Rules and Many-to-Many Association Relationships ( pdf ),
    The Twelth International Conference on Systems (ICONS 2017), Venice, Italy, April 23-27, 2017, pp. 10-15.
    Best Paper Award.
  • Arellano A., Carney E., and Austin M.A. , Natural Language Processing of Textual Requirements ( pdf ),
    The Tenth International Conference on Systems (ICONS 2015), Barcelona, Spain, April 19-24, 2015.
    Best Paper Award.
  • Austin M.A., Delgoshaei P., and Nguyen A. , Distributed Systems Behavior Modeling with Ontologies, Rules, and
    Message Passing Mechanisms ( pdf ), 13th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2015),
    Hoboken, New Jersey, March 17-19, 2015.
    MITRE Best Transition in Systems Engineering Research Award.
  • Petnga L. and Austin M.A. , Ontologies of Time and Time-based Reasoning for MBSE of Cyber-Physical Systems ( pdf ),
    11th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER 2013), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, March 19-22, 2013.
    Best Conference Paper Award.
  • Mosteller M., Austin M.A., Yang S., and Ghodssi R. , Platforms for Engineering Experimental Biomedical Systems ( pdf ),
    14th Annual International Symposium of The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE 2012), Rome, Italy, July 9-12, 2012.
    Best Paper Award.
  • Austin M.A. and Kaisar E. , Multi-Level Object-Based Modeling of Narrow Passageway Transportation Systems,
    6th World MultiConference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, July 14-18, Orlando, FL, 2002.
    Best Paper Award for section on Information Technology Applications in Transportation.

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Last Modified: January 24, 2018.