School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201

Michael P. Polis, Ph.D.

Headshot of Michael PolisProfessor
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.


  • Circuits
  • Modeling and statistical methods
  • Controls
  • Operations research


Identification, estimation and control of distributed parameter
systems, that is systems described by partial differential or delay
equations. Transportation systems, and particularly for subway
systems. Smart-grid problems relating to optimizing the electric
power grid of the future.

“This research enables systems to work more efficiently.” -Michael Polis, 2016

Current Research

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

Selected Publications 

1. Bo Zhao, Feng Lin, Caisheng Wang, Xuesong Zhang, Michael P.
Polis, Le Yi Wang, Supervisory Control of Networked Timed
Discrete Event Systems and its Applications to Power Distribution
Networks, Accepted for publica- tion IEEE Trans. on Control of
Network Systems, 2015.

2. Le Yi Wang, Caisheng Wang, George Yin, Feng Lin, Michael
P. Polis, Caiping Zhang, and Jiuchun Jiang, Balanced Control
Strategies for Intercon- nected Heterogeneous Battery Systems,
Accepted for publication IEEE Trans. On Sustainable Energy, 2015.

3. L.Y. Wang, M.P. Polis, G.G. Yin, W. Chen, Y. Fu, and C.C. Mi,
“Battery Cell Identification and Estimation Using String Terminal
Voltage Measure- ments,” IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology,
61 (2012), no. 7, pp. 2925- 2935

4. I. Kolmanovsky, I. Sivergina, and M.P. Polis, “Identification of
Heat Flux in a Quasi-static Thermoelastic System,” ASME Journal
of Dynamic Sys- tems, Measurement and Control, 128 (2006), no.
3, 608-616

5. H.H. Hoang, M.P. Polis, A. Haurie, “Reducing energy
consumption through trajectory optimization for a Metro
network,” IEEE Trans. IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, AC-20,
5, pp. 590-595, 1975.

Industry/Government Experience

  • 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)

Professional Association

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).