Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Abubakr

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad does fundamental research at the interface of systems engineering, applied mathematics and applied physics, on various problems in robotics, distributed sensing, network dynamics and quantum information sciences. His interests span the study of connections and complexity in large-scale distributed networks; topological methods for information discovery in massive data sets; and communication, computation & control issues in the physics of information. He has also worked and consulted for the industry on the design of air traffic control systems, radar & sonar systems, communication equipments and medical instrumentation. His current research focuses on the development of cyber-physical systems for development and critical infrastructures in Pakistan, in particular issues related to water.

Dr. Abubakr received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (2005). As a graduate student, he also got a masters degree in Mathematics (2005) and a masters degree in Electrical Engineering (2002) from Georgia Tech. He completed his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan (2000). Before joining LUMS, he has taught and done research as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Canada (2007-2008) and at the University of Pennsylvania, USA (2006-2007).

    • Article
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Coverage and hole-detection in sensor networks via homology . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Leader-based multi-agent coordination: Controllability and optimal control . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Connectivity graphs as models of local interactions . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Blind Swarms for Coverage in 2-D. . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Decentralized computation of homology groups in networks by gossip . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Control using higher order Laplacians in network topologies . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Autonomous formation switching for multiple, mobile robots . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Conjugate degradability and the quantum capacity of cloning channels . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Dynamic Coverage Verification in Mobile Sensor Networks Via Switched Higher Order Laplacians. . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). On the structural complexity of multi-agent robot formations . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Control of Very-Large Scale Irrigation Networks: A CPS Approach in a Developing-World Setting . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Decentralized coordination with local interactions: Some new directions . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Improving efficiency and reliability of gunshot detection systems . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Development of a low-power smart water meter for discharges in indus basin irrigation networks . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Outdoor rgb-d slam performance in slow mine detection . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Formation control under limited sensory range constraints . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Model-driven performance analysis of large scale irrigation networks . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Applications of connectivity graph processes in networked sensing and control . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Positivstellensatz certificates for non-feasibility of connectivity graphs in multi-agent coordination . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Real-Time Water Level Monitoring using Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Graphs, simplicial complexes and beyond: topological tools for multi-agent coordination . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Topology and complexity of formations . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Network configuration control via connectivity graph processes . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Beyond graphs: higher dimensional structures for networked control systems . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Improvements in accuracy of single camera terrain classification . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Visual servoing of a sensor arm for mine detection robot marwa . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). PID controller tuning for network delayed motion control . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Asymptotic stability of switched higher order laplacians . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Modeling and Simulation of Surface-and-dive Behavior of a Bottlenose Dolphin . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Detecting narrow passages in configuration spaces via spectra of probabilistic roadmaps . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Blind swarms for coverage in 2-d . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). A Theoretical Framework for Aerial Inspection of Siltation in Waterways . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). A Smart Metering Approach towards Measuring Flows in Small Irrigation Outlets . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Comparative Frameworks for Risk Mitigation in Canal Networks . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). IoT Enabled Analysis of Irrigation Rosters in the Indus Basin Irrigation System . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Game-theoretic insights into the role of environmentalism and social-ecological relevance: A cognitive model of resource consumption . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Managing river basins with thinking machines . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Gate Automation for Closed Loop Control of Distributary Irrigation Canals in the Indus Basin . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). A framework for aerial inspection of siltation in waterways . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). An extension of the Kalman Filter for a class of measurement models inspired by wide-baseline stereo . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). System identification of Khaira distributory . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Disparity as a separate measurement in monocular SLAM . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Sample size reduction in groundwater surveys via sparse data assimilation . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Development of a virtual test bed for a robotic dead man's switch in high speed driving . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Locating leaks & dumps in open channels with minimal sensing . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Optimal Simplex Distribution in Homological Sensor Networks . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Compressive Sensing Approaches to Geophysical Inverse Problems: A Tutorial . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Development of a low cost thermal feedback system for basic control education . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). WiFi GraphSLAM in 1-D . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Spectral properties of expansive configuration spaces: An empirical study . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). The SimIndus Network . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Feedback in the Quantum World: A Control Engineer´s View of the Quantum Information Processing . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Lums mine-detector: An affordable and scalable robotic swarm for landmine detection . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Sensor selection and motion planning in robotic sensor networks under communication constraints . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems with Constraints and Symmetries: A Lagrangian Perspective . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). www. embedded-world. eu Real-time Water Level Monitoring Using Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Sub-Riemannian Geometry: Basic Ideas and Examples . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Asymptotic Stability of Switched Higher Order Laplacians Implies Sweep Coverage . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Notes on Homology Theory . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Graphs, Simplicial Complexes and Beyond: Topological Tools for Networked Control Systems . ,
      • Abubakr, M. .(1999). Spectral Metrics for Expansive Configuration Spaces . ,
    • Book
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Field and Assistive Robotics: Advances in Systems and Algorithms . , Shaker Verlag
    • Book Section/chapter
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Investigating the Observability of Monocular SLAM: Obscured Beacons and Disparity Measurements . Field and Assistive Robotics: Advances in Systems and Algorithms , Shaker Verla
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Marwa: A Rough Terrain Landmine Detection Robot For Low Budgets . Field and Assistive Robotics: Advances in Systems and Algorithms , Shaker Verlag
    • Conference Papers
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Low Power Hydrometry for Open Channel Flows . 40th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) , IEEE
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). System Identification of Distributory Canals in the Indus Basin . 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control , IFAC
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Optimal Control for Sustainable Consumption of Natural Resources . 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control , IFAC
      • Abubakr, M. .(2014). Volumetric Estimation of Contained Soil using 3D Sensors . 3rd International Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium , CVT
    • Report
      • Abubakr, M. A Model Driven Framework for Risk Mitigation in Irrigation Networks . Climate Change in Pakistan,Working Paper Series #2 , IDRC-CRDI
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Digital Control Systems 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Optimal Control Theory 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1701
Summer Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1603
Spring Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project II 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Summer Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1503
Spring Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Digital Control Systems 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Feedback Control Systems 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Feedback Control Systems 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Independent Study 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Feedback Control Systems Lab 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Feedback Control Systems Lab 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Robot Motion Planning 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis II 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Summer Semester 2014-15 Doctoral Thesis Research 1403
Spring Semester 2014-15 Topics in Systems and Control 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Mobile Robotics 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Doctoral Thesis Research 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Doctoral Thesis Research 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Feedback Control Systems Lab 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Digital Control Systems 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis II 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Doctoral Thesis Research 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis I 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Master's Project 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Summer Semester 2013-14 Doctoral Thesis Research 1303
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Robot Motion Planning 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Master's Thesis I 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Master's Project 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Feedback Control Systems 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Feedback Control Systems Lab 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Senior Project II 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Digital Control Systems 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Doctoral Thesis Research 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Master's Thesis II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Doctoral Thesis Research 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Parameter and State Estimation 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Feedback Control Systems 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 MS Thesis II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Master's Thesis I 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Master's Project 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Master's Thesis I 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 MS Thesis I 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1201
    Summer Semester 2011-12 Master's Thesis II 1103
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Feedback Control Systems 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Geometric Mechanics and Control 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Feedback Control Systems Lab 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 MS Thesis II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 MS Thesis I 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Master's Thesis II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Master's Thesis I 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Dynamics & Control 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 MS Thesis I 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Master's Thesis I 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Feedback Control Systems 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 MS Thesis II 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 MS Thesis I 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Signals and Systems 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Introductory Electronics Lab 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Motion Planning 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 MS Thesis I 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Senior Project I 1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Biology 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Advanced Graph Theory 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 MS Thesis I 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Feedback Control Design 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Senior Project II 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Signals and Systems 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Introductory Electronics Lab 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Senior Project I 901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Independent Study 804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Oscillations and Waves 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Independent Study 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Information Theory 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Electricity & Magnetism 802