UMD: A Globally Connected University

Institute for Systems Research Visiting Research Program - Japan

Since its beginnings in 1985, the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), an interdisciplinary research unit within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland has been at the forefront of international interdisciplinary research and education in the system sciences and systems engineering. ISR is home to about 100 faculty and other researchers from 14 departments and four colleges across UMD, who form teams of researchers with the diverse backgrounds needed to address the world’s most important and challenging problems. ISR collaborates in its work with outside governmental agencies and private industry worldwide through its Strategic Partners program, which has a particularly close connection to Japan. Since 1999, major Japanese corporations such as Honda and Toshiba have sent dozens of their young scientists to ISR for a year to work alongside their UMD peers on a variety of projects.  Their combined basic research has resulted in many new, sophisticated models for decision making and control, communications, and computing needed to model and design engineering systems that are highly automated, autonomous, and distributed. Learn more.