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Junaid Farooq

Junaid is an Electrical (Systems) Engineer working towards a Ph.D. degree at NYU under the supervision of Prof. Quanyan Zhu. He is an Associate Director of the Laboratory for Agile and Resilient Complex Systems (LARX) and a member of the NYU Center for Cyber Security (CCS). His research focus is on developing distributed intelligence to enable the secure and resilient operation of Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber-Physical Systems, Critical Infrastructure, and Urban Smart Systems.

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 2016 - 2020 (expected) 

New York University

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2013 - 2015

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2009 - 2013

National University of Sciences & Technology 


  • Research Engineer, 2015-2016

          Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Qatar Science and Technology Park, Doha


  • Dante Youla Award for Research Excellence

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

  • Athanasios Papoulis Award for Teaching Excellence

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

  • Ernst Weber Fellowship

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

  • KAUST Fellowship

​​​​​​​King Abdullah University of Science & Technology


  1. M. J. Farooq and Q. Zhu, "Modeling, Analysis, and Mitigation of Dynamic Botnet Formation in Wireless IoT Networks", in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 2412-2426, Sept. 2019.
  2. M. J. Farooq and Q. Zhu, "A Multi-Layer Feedback System Approach to Resilient Connectivity of Remotely Deployed Mobile Internet of Things", in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 422-432, June 2018.
  3. M. J. Farooq and Q. Zhu, "On the Secure and Reconfigurable Multi-Layer Network Design for Critical Information Dissemination in the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT)", in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 2618-2632, April 2018.
  4. T. Kieras, M. J. Farooq, and Q. Zhu, "Modeling and Assessment of IoT Supply Chain Security Risks: The Role of Structural and Parametric Uncertainties", in IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, Workshop on Cyber Resilient Supply Chain Technologies, 2020.

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