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Research Institutes

Institute for Systems Research
The Institute for Systems Research (ISR) advances and exploits fundamental methodological tools—intelligent control, modeling and optimization, communications and signal processing, computing, operations research, human factors, reliability and risk assessment, and systems integration—to solve systems engineering problems. The institute has produced enabling technologies for manufacturing processes, consumer products, and very large-scale engineering systems such as hybrid communication networks and made important contributions to basic research and education. ISR offers a full range of collaboration options for interested corporations.

Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
A joint institute of the Clark School and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics applies basic science skills to practical problems and engineering skills to fundamental scientific investigations. The institute is recognized internationally in high-temperature plasma physics, plasma spectroscopy, relativistic microwave electronics, high-brightness charged particle beams, laser-plasma interactions, nonlinear dynamics (chaos), ion beam microfabrication techniques, microwave sintering of advanced materials, nanoscience, and nanotechnology.

Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)
To significantly boost the state's research capacities in bioscience and biotechnology—thereby increasing scientific discovery, technology transfer, and economic development—the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) brings together the research strengths of the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore (including the schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing), the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and the former University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. IBBR participates in the Maryland BioChip Collaborative.

Institute for Physical Science and Technology
The Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) pursues interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST provides support for theoretical and experimental research in areas at the intersection of traditional disciplines. Current research programs are in the areas of applied mathematics, biophysics, chaotic dynamics, chemical physics, optical physics, space physics, scientific computation, and statistical physics.

University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) provides a unique multidisciplinary computing environment to address some of today’s most pressing scientific and societal challenges. Led by distinguished researchers and supported by a cutting-edge infrastructure, UMIACS pioneers computational science involving national defense, precision medicine, big data, cybersecurity, language and culture, and more. If your organization faces a fundamental problem that is best solved by the use of powerful computing tools, UMIACS has the expertise, history and capabilities to deliver a solution.

Research Centers

Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
The Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center is one of three Army Research Office rotorcraft centers of excellence. Faculty, staff, and students conduct leading-edge research in rotorcraft aerodynamics, aero-acoustics, dynamics, structures, smart materials, and flight mechanics. The center includes unique experimental facilities, such as two fully instrumented rotor rigs, a hover tower, and a 10-foot (three-meter) vacuum chamber.

Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering
For the world's leading avionics, automotive, computer, semiconductor, and electronics manufacturers, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering develops methodologies, models, and tools for the design, manufacture, analysis, and management of electronic products. The center is a leader in physics-of-failure approaches to reliability and life-cycle prediction and in accelerated testing, failure analysis, and electronic parts selection and management.

Center for Advanced Transportation Technology
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by the increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals and affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering supports the center. CATT provides an organizational umbrella for five major initiatives including Capital Wireless Information Net, CATT Laboratory, Consortium for ITS Training and Education, Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination, and Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center.

Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
The Center for Engironmental Energy Engineering (CEE) is an international leader in research and education in environmentally responsible and economically feasible thermal management systems for buildings, transportation, and electronic cooling. With support from government and industry sponsors and the university, CEEE research addresses advanced heat exchangers, alternative cooling technologies and fluids, integrated systems optimization, and cooling, heating, and power systems.

Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation
The University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) is funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The center focuses on modernizing and improving the ways drugs and medical devices are reviewed and evaluated.

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Bringing together experts from the Clark School, computer science, and fields such as economics, social science, and public policy , the Maryland Cybersecurity Center partners with government and industry on two major initiatives: providing educational programs that prepare the future cybersecurity workforce and developing innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks.  Research addresses software and network security, cyber supply chain security, cybersecurity policy, attacker behavioral analysis, health care IT, and many other topics.

Maryland NanoCenter
A partnership between the Clark School, the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, and the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, the Maryland NanoCenter promotes major nano research and education initiatives, provides a single point of contact for those seeking nano expertise and partnerships at the university, and supplies infrastructure to facilitate university nano activities through equipment, staff support, and informational and administrative functions.

The Maryland Robotics Center
Through interdisciplinary research and educational programs based on a systems approach, the Maryland Robotics Center seeks to advance robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and robot applications.  Research activities include development of robotic component technologies (e.g., sensors, actuators, structures, and communication), novel robotic platforms, and intelligence and autonomy for robotic systems. The center includes faculty members from multiple Clark School departments, biology, and computer science.

University of Maryland Energy Research Center
The University of Maryland Energy Research Center is a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage. The center focuses on four principal areas of energy technology research, energy policy and economics, and educational programs.