William S. Levine

Professor, Control Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Affiliate, Institute for Systems Research

Office 2367 AV Williams Building

Mailing address
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2367 AV Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742



Phone 301-405-3654

Fax 301-314-9281

E-mail wsl@umd.edu


The Control Handbook, Second Edition is edited by Dr. Levine.

At publication, The Control Handbook immediately became the definitive resource that engineers working with modern control systems required. Among its many accolades, that first edition was cited by the AAP as the Best Engineering Handbook of 1996. In the second edition, Dr. Levine has once again compiled the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on control engineering. He has fully reorganized the text to reflect the technical advances achieved since the last edition and has expanded its contents to include the multidisciplinary perspective that is making control engineering a critical component in so many fields. Now expanded from one to three volumes, The Control Handbook, Second Edition organizes cutting-edge contributions from more than 200 leading experts representing every corner of the globe. They cover everything from basic closed-loop systems to multi-agent adaptive systems and from the control of electric motors to the control of complex networks.  2nd Ed. 2010.

				MATLABUsing MATLAB to Analyze and Design Control Systems, Naomi Erich Leonard and William S. Levine

With this text, students can learn MATLAB, a remarkable time-saving tool for anyone who studies or designs control systems. Through extensive interactive examples and exercises that demonstrate MATLAB fundamentals and its plotting capabilities, students quickly learn how to use the software to perform calculations and generate graphs essential to control system analysis and design. The manual includes an introduction to SIMULINK software and Handle Graphics. 2nd Ed., 2019.

Control Engineering Series

Professor Levine is the series editor of Birkhauser Boston's Control Engineering Series books.

HandbookThe Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems, (2005)  edited by Professor Levine and former ISR faculty member Dimitrios Hristu-Varsakelis, now of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

The handbook provides engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and students a broad, comprehensive source of information and technology to address many questions and aspects of embedded and networked control. A carefully organized collection of important results, tools, software, and technology, this work unifies into a single reference many scattered articles, websites, and specification sheets—information that might otherwise be difficult to find. 

MPC HandbookHandbook of Model Predictive Control, Edited by Sasa V. Rakovic and William S. Levine

Recent developments in model-predictive control (MPC) promise remarkable opportunities for designing multi-input control systems and improving the control of single-input, single-output systems. This volume provides a definitive survey of the latest model-predictive control methods available to engineers and scientists today. The book will be useful to working engineers, scientists and mathematicians, as well as students and faculty interested in the progression of control theory. Future developments in MPC will build from concepts demonstrated in this book and anyone with an interest in MPC will find fruitful information and suggestions for additional reading. Published in 2019.




Dr. Levine is Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. He specializes in systems, control and estimation. He is engaged in research on control systems design, on the analysis and synthesis of biomechanical controls, and on signal processing issues related to controls. Current specific application projects include understanding the regulation of posture by humans, and reducing the time required to compute model predictive control signals.

Dr. Levine received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled "Optimal Output Feedback Controllers for Linear Systems." He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a recipient of the IEEE's 3rd Millennium Medal. He is a past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and of the American Automatic Control Council.

He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, an editor of Automatica for Rapid Publications, program and, later, general chairman of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), and a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is currently Chairman of the SIAM SIAG on Control Theory and its Applications.

Dr. Levine has many publications dealing with control and estimation theory and their application to practical problems. He is the co-author of the book Using MATLAB to Analyze and Design Control Systems (second edition 1995) published by Benjamin/Cummings. He is the editor of The Control Handbook (second edition 2010) published by CRC Press. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Networked and Embedded Control Systems published by Birkhauser. He is also the editor of a series of books on control engineering for Birkhauser.

One of his papers, "Discrete Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation" (co-authored with J.S. Baras and T.S. Lin) received a biannual award as the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Research interests

Professor Levine's research interests are in the areas of application of modern control theory to the study of the nervous system's control of movement and; control theory and its applications with emphasis on computer aided control system design; application of computers and computation to network control; and applications of modern control and estimation theory to biomedical and aerospace problems.


Undergraduate Controls Laboratory

Significant research

1. W.S. Levine, Q.F. Wei, and W.P. Dayawansa, "Nonlinear controller for an inverted pendulum having restricted travel," Automatica, to appear 1995.

2. W.S. Levine, F.E. Zajac, and R.W. Wicke, "Dependence of Jumping Performance on Muscle Properties When Humans Use Only Calf Muscles for Propulsion," J. Biomechanics, vol. 17, pp. 513-523, 1984.

3. W.S. Levine, F.E. Zajac, M.R. Belzer, and M.R. Zomlefer, "Ankle Controls that Produce a Maximal Vertical Jump When Other Joints are Locked," IEEE Trans. on AC, AC-28, (11), 1983, pp. 1008-1016.

4. W.S. Levine, M. Christodoulou, and F.E. Zajac, "On Propelling a Baton to a Maximum Vertical or Horizontal Distance," Automatica, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 321-324, 1983.

5. W.S. Levine, J.S. Baras, and T.L. Lin, "Discrete Time Point Processes in Urban Traffic Queue Estimation," IEEE Trans. on AC, vol. AC-24, no. 1, pp. 12-27 (1979).

Technical Reports

Some of Dr. Levine's publications can be accessed here from the University of Maryland DRUM Technical Reports Archive.