Assistant Professor
2347 AV Williams Building
8223 Paint Branch Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
A. James Clark School of Engineering,
University of Maryland, College Park

I am looking for bright PhD students with interests and expertise in cyber-physical systems, formal methods, control theory, and machine learning! Interested students, please read this note!

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) are huge technological trend that is taking place. CPS and IoT promise a drastic change to our day-to-day lives by deeply embedding cyber technologies (computation and communication) inside every physical process in the environment. Self-driving cars, smart cities, robots, and telehealth are just a few examples of CPS and IoT that carry this promise. However, as embedded software and connectivity are penetrating every aspect of our life, a multitude of problems arises that require holistic engineering tools that are significantly different from ones used to reason about isolated embedded systems. My research is focused on providing tools, algorithms and new systems and spans both theoretical and experimental aspects of CPS and IoT with specific interest on resilience, security, and privacy problems. My research draws on tools from both from embedded systems, control theory, machine learning and formal methods.


Short Bio

Yasser Shoukry received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 where he was affiliated with both the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab (supervised by Prof. Paulo Tabuada) as well as the Networked and Embedded Systems Lab (supervised by Prof. Mani Srivastava). He received the M.Sc. and the B.Sc. degrees (with distinction and honors) in Computer and Systems engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 2010 and 2007, respectively.

Between September 2015 and July 2017, Yasser was a joint post-doctoral associate at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UPenn under the mentorship of Prof. George J. Pappas, Prof. Sanjit A. Seshia, and Prof. Paulo Tabuada. Before pursuing his Ph.D. at UCLA, he spent four years as an R&D engineer in the industry of automotive embedded systems. Yasser's research interests include the design and implementation of resilient cyber-physical systems by drawing on tools from embedded systems, formal methods, control theory, and machine learning.

Prof. Shoukry is the recipient of the Best Demo Award from the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in 2017, the Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) in 2016, the Distinguished Dissertation Award from UCLA EE department in 2016, the UCLA Chancellors prize in 2011/2012, the UCLA EE Graduate Division Fellowship in 2011/2012, and the UCLA EE Preliminary Exam Fellowship in 2012. In 2015, he led the UCLA/Caltech/CMU team to win the NSF Early Career Investigators (NSF-ECI) research challenge. His team represented the NSF- ECI in the NIST Global Cities Technology Challenge, an initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city.


  • Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015 (Dissertation: "Security and Privacy in Cyber Physical Systems: Attacks and Countermeasures", Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award!)
  • M.Sc. in Computer and Systems Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2010
    (Thesis: "Model Predictive Control (MPC) on Chip")
  • B.Sc. in Computer and Systems Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2007

Selected Awards:

  • Best Demo Award, 16th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), CPS Week, April 2017.
  • Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award, EE Department, UCLA, 2016.
  • Best Paper Award, ACM/IEEE 7th International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems (ICCPS), CPS Week, April 2016.
  • NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Early-Career Investigator’s (NSF-ECI) Research Competition Winner, CPS Week, April 2015.
  • Preliminary Exam Fellowship, EE Department, UCLA, February 2012.
  • Chancellor Prize Fellowship, EE Department, UCLA, Summer 2011,2012.
  • Graduate Division Fellowship EE Department, UCLA, 2011/2012.
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