Muhammad Umer Tariq, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
  • M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore.

Research Interests

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Software Architecture
  • Systems Engineering


Dr. Tariq received his B.S. Electrical Engineering degree in 2007, following which he received a Fulbright fellowship to pursue graduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees in 2010 and 2016 respectively. In his doctoral studies, he focused on the development of service-oriented computing infrastructure for efficient as well as reliable development and operation of wide-area cyber-physical systems such as smart power grid and automated irrigation networks.

In 2015, he also completed a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Tariq was the Co-founder and Principal Software Architect of a technology startup, based in Atlanta, GA, USA, that won multiple R&D grants from the US Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), and various US national labs.

Selected Publications

  • U. Tariq and M. Wolf, “An Hourglass-Shaped Architecture for Model-Based Development of Networked Cyber-Physical Systems,” in M. A. Al Faruque, A. Canedo (Eds.), Design Automation of Cyber-Physical Systems. Springer Nature Switzerland AG (2019)
  • U. Tariq, J. Florence and M. Wolf, “Improving the Safety and Security of Wide-Area Cyber–Physical Systems Through a Resource-Aware, Service-Oriented Development Methodology,” in Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 106, no. 1, pp. 144-159 (2018)
  • U. Tariq, S. Grijalva, and M. Wolf, “A Service-Oriented, Cyber-Physical Reference Model for Smart Grid,” in S. K. Khaitan, J. D. McCalley, and C. C. Liu (Eds.), Cyber-Physical Systems Approach to Smart Electric Power Grid (pp. 25-42). Springer International Publishing Switzerland (2015)
  • U. Tariq, B. P. Swenson, A. P. Narasimhan, S. Grijalva, G. F. Riley, and M. Wolf, “Cyber-Physical Co-Simulation of Smart Grid Applications using ns-3,” Workshop on Ns-3 (WNS3), 2014 {Best Paper Award}
  • U. Tariq, H. A. Nasir, A. Muhammad, and M. Wolf, “Model-Driven Performance Analysis of Large Scale Irrigation Networks,” International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems (ICCPS), 2012
  • U. Tariq, S. Grijalva, and M. Wolf, “Towards a Distributed, Service-Oriented Control Infrastructure for Smart Grid,” International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems (ICCPS), 2011
  • Grijalva and M. U. Tariq, “Prosumer-Based Smart Grid Architecture Enables a Flat, Sustainable Electricity Industry,” Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), 2011
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