Assistant Professor in Systems Engineering,
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science,
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75080

Office: ECSN 3.720    Email:
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Waseem Abbas

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at U T Dallas. Prior to that I was a Research Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. I also did my postdoc at the Vanderbilt University (Institute for Software Integrated Systems).

My research interests are in networked control systems, cyber-physical systems, resilience and robustness in networked systems, distributed optimization, graph machine learning, and graph-theoretic methods for multiagent systems.


PhD: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

MS:  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 

BSc: University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan 

Positions Available

  • I am looking for motivated PhD students to work in the broad areas of network control systems, network analysis, resilience and robustness in distributed systems and graph machine learning. 
  • ​If you send me an email, please include your CV and a brief statement of research. 


  • September 2021 - Paper accepted in Automatica (Elsevier). [W. Abbas, M. Shabbir, J. Li and X. Koutsoukos,  "Resilient Distributed Vector Consensus Using Centerpoint"] [paper]
  • August 2021 I will be teaching Linear Systems (SYSM 6307 / MECH 6300 / EECS 6331) in Fall 2021.
  • August 2021 - I have joined the Systems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Dallas as an Assistant Professor.
  • June 2021 - Paper accepted in IEEE Control System Letters. [W. Abbas, M. Shabbir, A.Y. Yazicioglu and X. Koutsoukos,  "Edge Augmentation with Controllability Constraints in Directed Laplacian Networks"] [paper]
  • January 2021 - Paper accepted in the journal (Elsevier) Neurocomputing.  [A. Said, S. Hassan, W. Abbas and M. Shabbir, "NetKI: A Kirchhoff Index Based Statistical Graph Embedding in Nearly Linear Time"] [paper]
  • November 2020 - Paper accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.  [A. Mitra, F. Ghawash, S. Sundaram and W. Abbas "On the Impacts of Redundancy, Diversity, and Trust in Resilient Distributed State Estimation"] [paper]
  • October 2020 - Paper accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. [A.Y. Yazicioglu, W. Abbas and M. Shabbir, "Structural Robustness to Noise in Consensus Networks: Impact of Degrees and Distances, Fundamental Limits, and Extremal Graphs"] [paper]
  • September 2020 - Paper accepted in the 34th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2020. [paper]
  • August 2020 - I am teaching CS 2212 - Discrete Structures course in the CS Department (Vanderbilt University).
  • July 2020 - Two papers accepted in the 59th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2020,  Jeju Island, South Korea. [papers 1 , 2]
  • July 2020 - Paper accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. [W. Abbas, M. Shabbir, A.Y. Yazicioglu, A. Akber, "Trade-off Between Controllability and Robustness in Diffusively Coupled Networks"] [paper]
  • May 2020- Paper accepted in the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2020 Conference, Corvallis, OR. [paper]
  • March 2020 - Book chapter to appear in Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, J. Baillieul and T. Samad (Eds.), Springer, London, 2020. [L. Sela, W. Abbas, "Sensing Technologies for Water Distribution Networks".]
  • January 2020 - Paper accepted in the 24th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) 2020, Singapore (acceptance rate 21%). [paper]
  • January 2020 - Two papers accepted in the American Control Conference (ACC) 2020, Denver, CO. [papers 1 , 2
  • November 2019Paper accepted in the IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks. [J. Li, W. Abbas, X. Koutsoukos, "Resilient Distributed Diffusion in Networks with Adversaries."] [paper]
  • July 2019 - Three papers accepted in the 58th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2019, Nice, France. [papers 1 , 2 , 3]
  • July 2019 - Happy to join the EECS Department at Vanderbilt University as a Research Assistant Professor.
  • July 2019 - Paper accepted in the Computers & Security (Elsevier) journal. [A. Laszka, W.Abbas, Y. Vorobeychik, 
    X. Koutsoukos, "Detection and Mitigation of Attacks on Transportation Networks as a Multi-Stage Security Game".]
  • July 2019 - Paper accepted in the 8th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys 2019), Chicago, IL [paper]
  • May 2019 - Paper accepted in the Cyber-Physical Systems (Taylor & Francis) journal. [A. Laszka, W.Abbas, Y. Vorobeychik, X. Koutsoukos, "Integrating Redundancy, Diversity, and Hardening to Improve Security of Industrial Internet of Things".]  [paper]
  • May 2019 - Paper accepted in the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Springer) journal. [A. Ghafouri, A. Laszka, W.Abbas, Y. Vorobeychik, X. Koutsoukos, "A Game-Theoretic Approach for Selecting Optimal Time-Dependent Thresholds for Anomaly Detection".] [paper]