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Ott, Edward

Ott, Edward

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
3329 AV Williams


  • M.S. and Ph.D., Electrophysics, Polytechnic Institute or Brooklyn, 1964 and 1967
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cooper Union


Edward Ott is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 1963, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrophysics from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1964 and 1967. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University from 1967-1968. In 1968 he joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University and took up his current position at the University of Maryland in 1979. Dr. Ott has also held visiting appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB.


  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2022)
  • Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (2020)
  • Richardson Medal, European Geosciences Union (2017)
  • Jürgen Moser Award, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2017)
  • Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (2016)
  • Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2005)
  • Celebrating Teachers Award (2000)
  • Distinguished University Professor (1995)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Institute for Scientific Information World's 100 Most Cited Physicists
  • Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation
  • Former Editor, Physica D
  • Former Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters
  • Former Associate Editor, Physics of Fluids
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Physical Review A
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Chaos
  • Former member of the Editorial Board, Dynamics and Stability of Systems
  • Editorial Board, Central European Journal of Physics

Orcid: 0000-0002-9395-5062, Google Scholar

  • Basic theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics
  • Wave chaos
  • Control of chaos
  • Fractal basin boundaries
  • Dynamics of large interconnected networks
  • Chaotic dynamics of fluids
  • Models of brain dynamics and learning
  • Weather prediction


Dr. Ott is an author of over 400 papers published in scientific journals and is the author of the book "Chaos in Dynamical Systems" (Cambridge University Press), an introduction to concepts in chaotic dynamics for scientists and students.   He is an editor of the book "Coping with Chaos,"  a collection of reprints that focuses on how scientists observe, quantify, and control chaos. He has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world's most highly cited physicists.

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Ott Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Ott recognized for seminal contributions in nonlinear dynamics and foundational work in chaos theory.

Ott Gives Invited Talks on Machine Learning at the Imperial College London and the Alan Turing Institute

Prof. Ott discussed "Machine Learning for Forecasting Chaos" and “Machine Learning Analysis of Chaotic Dynamics and Vice Versa.”

Prof. Ed Ott to receive Richardson Medal (EGU) and Moser Award (SIAM)

Prof. Ed Ott to receive Richardson Medal (EGU) and Moser Award (SIAM)

Prof. Edward Ott and colleagues featured in APS Physics Journal

Prof. Ott and colleagues featured in APS Physics Journal

Prof. Ott, Prof. Yorke & Alumnus Grebogi Named 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates

Yorke, Ott, Grebogi named top contenders for Nobel Prize in physics for developing method to control chaos

IREAP Class of 2013

Congratulations to all of IREAP's Ph.D. and M.S. graduates!