Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Abubakr

Associate Professor

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
Fall Semester 2017-18Optimal Control Theory1701
Summer Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1603
Spring Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Senior Project II1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Independent Study1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Summer Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1503
Spring Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Digital Control Systems1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Feedback Control Systems1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Feedback Control Systems1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Independent Study1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Feedback Control Systems Lab1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Feedback Control Systems Lab1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Robot Motion Planning1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis II1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Summer Semester 2014-15Doctoral Thesis Research1403
Spring Semester 2014-15Topics in Systems and Control1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Mobile Robotics1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Doctoral Thesis Research1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Doctoral Thesis Research1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Feedback Control Systems Lab1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Digital Control Systems1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis II1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Doctoral Thesis Research1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis I1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Master's Project1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1401
  • Past Courses
    Summer Semester 2013-14Doctoral Thesis Research1303
    Spring Semester 2013-14Robot Motion Planning1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Master's Thesis I1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Master's Project1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Feedback Control Systems1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Feedback Control Systems Lab1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Senior Project II1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Digital Control Systems1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Doctoral Thesis Research1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13Master's Thesis II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Doctoral Thesis Research1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Parameter and State Estimation1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Feedback Control Systems1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13MS Thesis II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Master's Thesis I1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Master's Project1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Master's Thesis I1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13MS Thesis I1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1201
    Summer Semester 2011-12Master's Thesis II1103
    Spring Semester 2011-12Feedback Control Systems1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Geometric Mechanics and Control1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Feedback Control Systems Lab1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12MS Thesis II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12MS Thesis I1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Master's Thesis II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Master's Thesis I1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Dynamics & Control1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12MS Thesis I1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Master's Thesis I1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Feedback Control Systems1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11MS Thesis II1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11MS Thesis I1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Signals and Systems1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Introductory Electronics Lab1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Motion Planning1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11MS Thesis I1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Senior Project I1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10Biology902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Advanced Graph Theory902
    Spring Semester 2009-10MS Thesis I902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Feedback Control Design902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Senior Project II902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Signals and Systems902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Introductory Electronics Lab901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Senior Project I901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Independent Study804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Oscillations and Waves803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Independent Study803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Information Theory803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Electricity & Magnetism802