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Michael P. Polis, Ph.D.
Michael P. Polis, Ph.D.
Industrial and Systems Engineering Department
508 EC; (248) 370-2743; Fax: (248) 370-2699

Ph.D., Purdue University, 1972 


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1972
  • M.S.E.E. 1968, Purdue University, 1968
  • B.S.E.E. University of Florida, 1966.


Primarily known for work in the area of identification, estimation and control of distributed parameter systems, that is systems described by partial differential equations or delay equations. These systems are often called infinite dimensional, since the state space is infinite dimensional. Interests are in sensor and actuator placement and the control and measurement of hyperbolic systems and thermoelastic systems. He has also worked extensively on transportation systems, and particularly in optimization and signaling for light rail and subway systems. He has also carried out research on the parametric approach to robust control and on socio-economic systems including hydro-electric scheduling and consumption-pollution models. .


Currently researching questions of controllability and observability for a class of viscoelastic contact problems where the interaction of the system and the boundary make the problems both non-local and non-linear. These problems are related to brake heating, and the aim is to control the heating. This is important to the automotive industry since the newer brake materials are not as resistant to heating as the asbestos that has been phased out due to potential health hazards. Another problem is that of source location in water pollution problems. The aim here is to identify to magnitude and/or the location of multiple sources of pollution


  • I. Siverguina and M. P. Polis, ‘Comments on “Model-Based Solution Techniques for the Source Localization Problem”,’ IEEE Trans. Control Systems Technology, 10, 4, p. 633, 2002.
  • I. Siverguina, M.P. Polis and I. Kolmanovski, “On the Source Identification Problem for Parabolic Equations”, Fifth SIAM Conference on Control, San Diego, CA, p. 275, 11-14, July, 2001.
  • Dontchev, M. P. Polis and V. Veliov, “A Dual Approach to Deterministic Parameter Identification,” IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 45, 7, pp. 1341-1346, 2000.
  • Dontchev, M. P. Polis and V. Veliov, “On the Effect of Neglecting Sensor Dynamics in Parameter Identification Problems,” SIAM J. on Control and Optimization, 38, 4, pp. 1309-1321, 2000.
  • M. Fu, A.W. Olbrot, and M.P. Polis, “Robust Stability for Time- Delay Systems: the Edge Theorem and Graphical Tests,” IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 34, 8, pp. 813-820, 1989.
  • R. Datko, J. Lagnese and M.P. Polis, “An example on the effect of time delays in boundary feedback stabilization of wave equations,” SIAM J. Control and Optimization, 24, 1, pp. 152-156, 1986.
  • H.H. Hoang, M.P. Polis, A. Haurie, “Reducing energy consumption through trajectory optimization for a Metro network,” IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, AC-20, 5, pp. 590-595, 1975. (named “Best Paper IEEE Trans. Automatic Control 1974 - 1975.”)
  • M.P. Polis, R.E. Goodson, M.J. Wozny, “On parameter identification for distributed systems using Galerkin’s criterion,” Automatica, 9, 1, pp. 53-64, 1973.


  • Program Director for the Systems Theory and Operations Research Program at the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Consulting: Michigan Bell Telephone, Detroit, MI (199- ), Sidbec Dosco Inc., Montreal (1979 - 1981), Transportation Research and Development Centre, Montreal (1979 - 1980), Quebec Bureau of Planning and Development, Quebec City (1976 - March 1978), Metropolitan Transit Bureau, Montreal (1973 – 1977)


IEEE Control Systems Society, Board of Governors, (1998 – 2000, 1993-1995, 1986-1988), Distinguished Member (1993-), VP Member Activities (1990 – 1991), General Chair, CDC (1988), AE Trans. AC (1981- 1982).


  • Oakland University, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor (1993-present) and Dean (1993 - 2001).
  • Wayne State University, Department of ECE, Professor and Chair (1987 – 1993}
  • Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Department of Electrical Engineering (1973 – 1986).