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
TitleSemesterCode
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's ProjectFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2014-151401
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's Thesis IIFall Semester 2014-151401
Digital Control SystemsFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Feedback Control Systems LabSpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2014-151402
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2014-151402
Mobile RoboticsSpring Semester 2014-151402
Topics in Systems and ControlSpring Semester 2014-151402
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2014-151403
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Master's Thesis IIFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Robot Motion PlanningFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Feedback Control Systems LabSpring Semester 2015-161502
Feedback Control Systems LabSpring Semester 2015-161502
Independent StudySpring Semester 2015-161502
Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Digital Control SystemsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2015-161503
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Independent StudyFall Semester 2016-171601
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2016-171601
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2016-171603
Optimal Control TheoryFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Electricity & MagnetismWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Information TheorySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Oscillations and WavesSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2009-10901
    Introductory Electronics LabFall Semester 2009-10901
    Signals and SystemsSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2009-10902
    Feedback Control DesignSpring Semester 2009-10902
    MS Thesis ISpring Semester 2009-10902
    Advanced Graph TheorySpring Semester 2009-10902
    BiologySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2010-111001
    MS Thesis IFall Semester 2010-111001
    Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Motion PlanningFall Semester 2010-111001
    Introductory Electronics LabFall Semester 2010-111001
    Signals and SystemsSpring Semester 2010-111002
    MS Thesis ISpring Semester 2010-111002
    MS Thesis IISpring Semester 2010-111002
    Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2011-121101
    MS Thesis IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Topics in Robotics & Control: Robot Dynamics & ControlFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Master's Thesis ISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    MS Thesis ISpring Semester 2011-121102
    MS Thesis IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Feedback Control Systems LabSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Geometric Mechanics and ControlSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Master's Thesis IISummer Semester 2011-121103
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    MS Thesis IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Master's ProjectSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Master's Thesis ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    MS Thesis IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Parameter and State EstimationSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2013-141301
    Digital Control SystemsFall Semester 2013-141301
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Feedback Control Systems LabSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Feedback Control SystemsSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Master's ProjectSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Master's Thesis ISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Robot Motion PlanningSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2013-141303