Michael Branicky

Michael Branicky
  • Professor
  • Former Dean of Engineering
  • School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Dr. Michael S. Branicky is Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Kansas (KU). He was KU's Dean of Engineering July 2013-June 2018. Before that he was professor and chair of EECS at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), which he joined in 1996. Branicky received a B.S. (1987) and M.S. (1990) in Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics from CWRU and a Sc.D. in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995). He was elected IEEE Fellow in 2016 for contributions to switched and hybrid control systems. His h-index is 40 with nearly 17,000 total citations, according to Google Scholar.



Research interests:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems / IoT
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics

Selected Publications

K Jagodnik, P Thomas, A van den Bogert, M Branicky, R Kirsch. Training an Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning Controller for Arm Movement Using Human-Generated Rewards. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 25(10), 1892-1905, 2017.

KM Jagodnik, PS Thomas, AJ van den Bogert, MS Branicky, RF Kirsch. Human-Like Rewards to Train a Reinforcement Learning Controller for Planar Arm Movement. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems 46(5), 723-733, 2016.

IM Mitchell, X Koutsoukos, M Branicky, AM Bayen. Guest Editorial Special Section on Control and Automation From the 2015 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS).  IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 13 (2), 448-449, 2016.

All publications available at Google Scholar

Awards & Honors

Fellow, IEEE, 2016 for contributions to switched and hybrid control systems

Director's Award for Collaborative Integration (team), NSF, 2012 for National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

Director's Superior Accomplishment Award (individual), NSF, 2010 for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

Walter R. Fried Memorial Award for Best Paper, IEEE/ION PLANS, 2010

Teaching Award, EECS Department, CWRU, 2007

Winner, Best Video, Intl. Conf. Robotics and Automation, 2005

Teaching Award, EECS Department, CWRU, 2004

Teaching Leader Award, Case School of Engineering, 2004

Finalist, Best Paper, Intl. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2002

Winner, Best Video, Intl. Conf. Robotics and Automation, 2002

Grants & Other Funded Activity

RI: Medium: Active Sensing, Localization and Mapping in Dynamic Deformable Environments for Image-Guided Interventions
National Science Foundation
PI (KU subcontract)
8/1/2016 - 7/31/2020
Support for CPS Week 2014 Student Participation
National Science Foundation
2/15/2014 - 1/31/2015


IEEE (Fellow), AAAS, Sigma Xi, Mortar Board, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu