John S. Baras

Honors and Awards

  • Ch. Chrysovergis Award, June 1971; awarded by the Senate of the National Technical University of Athens, to the outstanding graduating student from the Department of Electrical Engineering.
  • 1978, Naval Research Laboratory Research Publication Award; for “Ship RCS Scintillation Simulation”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8189, May 2, 1978.
  • 1980, George S. Axelby Prize, IEEE, Control Systems Society; for the paper “Discrete-Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation”, IEEE transactions On Automatic Control, AC-24, No. 1, pp. 12-27, February 1979, chosen among papers published in the IEEE  transactions On Automatic Control, Vol. AC-23 (1978), and Vol. AC-24 (1979), December 11, 1980.
  • 1983, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory; for "Analysis and Evaluation of an Advanced EW System I: Deterministic Formulation", Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report 8629, August 11, 1983.
  • 1984, IEEE Fellow; “for contributions to distributed parameter systems theory, quantum and nonlinear estimation, and control of queuing systems”.
  • 1991, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award from the University of Maryland for the invention of a “Low Complexity CELP Speech Coder”.
  • 1993, Alan Berman Research Publication Award, from the Naval Research Laboratory; for “Hierarchical Wavelet Representations of Ship Radar Returns”, Naval Research Laboratory Technical Report NRL/FR/5750-93-9593, December 31, 1993.
  • 1994, Outstanding Invention of the Year Award from the University of Maryland for the invention of “A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications”.
  • 1995, Award for Outstanding Performance for Analysis, Engineering and Implementation of a Novel, Actively Controlled Toolpost for High Precision Machining, from the Smart Materials and Structures DARPA Partnership Team, led by Martin Marietta Corporation.
  • 1995, November, Outstanding Contributions to Seniors Award, from the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Senior Council, University of Maryland.
  • 1996, January, Outstanding Paper Award, for “ATM in Hybrid Networks” presented at Design SuperCon 1996 Conference, Santa Clara, CA.
  • 1996, April, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Research Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Maryland Industry, for research, development and commercialization done with Hughes Network Systems.
  • 1997, June, Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Development of Strategic Directions for Increasing the Competitiveness of Maryland’s Growth Industry Sectors, presented by the Maryland Economic Development Commission in collaboration with the Department of Business and Economic Development of the State of Maryland.
  • 1998, December, Mancur Olson Research Achievement Award, from the University of Maryland College Park; award honors faculty whose research achievements have been extraordinary over a long time period.
  • 1999, Interviewed by J. Harter of WJLA Channel 7, on my research on wireless Internet, and appeared in the Channel 7, Five-o’clock News program, on February 5, 1999.
  • 1999, April, Finalist in the Invention of the Year Competition for 1998, University of Maryland College Park, for the invention “A Method for Distributed Shared Key Generation Using Fractional Keys”.
  • 2002, December, Best Paper Award in IT/C4ISR (Information Technology, Information Technology/Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) at the 23rd Army Science Conference; for “On-Line Detection of Distributed Attacks from Space-Time Network Flow Patterns”.
  • 2004, October, Best Paper Award, presented at the ACM Workshop on Wireless Security, WiSe ’04, for the paper “Trust Evaluation in Ad-Hoc Networks”.
  • 2007, Leonard G. Abraham Prize in Communication Systems, IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc), presented at the International Conference on Communications  (ICC2007), for the paper “On Trust Models and Trust Evaluation Metrics for Ad Hoc Networks”, Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Security in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks, Vol. 24, Number 2, pp. 318-328, February 2006.
  • 2008, December, Globecom '08 Best Paper Award for Wireless Networks at the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2008 held at New Orleans, Louisiana; for the paper “Performance Metric Sensitivity Computation for Optimization and Trade-off Analysis in Wireless Networks”.
  • 2008, December, Best Session Paper Award at the 26th Army Science Conference; for “Power Allocation Tradeoffs in Multicarrier Authentication Systems”.
  • 2008, December, Patent Application Award from the NASA Glenn Research Center, Technology Transfer & Partnership Office; for the “invention disclosure LEW-16872-1 (NASA Glenn Research Center No) and patent (US Patent 7,006,568, granted February 28, 2006) entitled “ 3D Wavelet-Based Video Codec with Human Perceptual Model: A Method and Apparatus for Conditional Access in Broadcast/Multicast Systems””.
  • 2009, September, Jimmy Lin Award for Innovation and Invention, won by Prof. Baras and ISR alumnus Paul Yu (EE PhD 2008) for their invention, "Wireless Communication Method and System for Transmission Authentication at the Physical Layer".
  • 2009, Maryland Innovator of the Year Award for "Method and Implementation for generation and Replacement using Markov Models", which created a technology that allows for message encryption and its reversal which greatly reduces the potential for third-party security breaches.


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