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Dean Michael S. Branicky, Sc.D., P.E.

Michael S. Branicky has been Dean of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas since July 2013. Before that he was professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, which he joined in 1996.

Branicky received a B.S. (1987) and M.S. (1990) in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve and a Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995).

Branicky's research interests include hybrid systems, intelligent control, and learning, with applications to robotics, manufacturing, control over networks, and biology. In these areas, he has published over 100 journal and conference articles, delivered over 90 invited lectures at conferences, companies, and universities, and been involved in over $7 million of external awards from government agencies and corporations. He has won several “Best Video” awards and best paper nominations/awards in robotics and his top papers in hybrid systems and networked control have over 2500 citations each. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2016 for contributions to switched and hybrid control systems.

From July 2008 to June 2010, Branicky was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Computer Systems Research and Cyber-Physical Systems, where he won the NSF Director's Superior Accomplishment Award. From 2011-2013, he served NSF as an Expert in the National Robotics Initiative (NRI). The NRI team received the Director's Award for Collaborative Integration in 2012. He has also held research positions at MIT's AI Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, NASA Ames, Siemens Corporate Research (Munich), and Lund Institute of Technology's Dept. of Automatic Control.


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