Centre Core Team

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad, Director

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad is the founding director of CYPHYNETS Lab and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at LUMS, Pakistan. He is a Jr. Associate Fellow of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy and until recently the Secretary NMO in Pakistan for the Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA where his PhD thesis won the Sigma Xi Best PhD Dissertation Award. He also received master’s degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He was a postdoctoral researcher first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at McGill University. In 2008, he established the Laboratory for Cyber Physical Networks and Systems (CYPHYNETS) at LUMS. The Lab does fundamental and applied research in robotics, cyber physical systems and water systems engineering. During his research career, he has spent time as a visiting researcher at UIUC, Stanford, ETH Zurich, KAUST, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Melbourne and ICTP. He is currently leading WIT as director.


Dr. Talha Manzoor, Assistant Professor

Talha Manzoor graduated in 2010 with a BS in Mechatronics Engineering from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad and subsequently joined Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore where he completed his MS in Computer Engineering in 2013 and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2017. He was part of a team that won first place in the National Instruments (NI) Mine Detection Robot Design Competition held in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011 and was awarded the gold medal in academics for both his BS and MS degrees. During his PhD he has spent time as a visiting researcher at the Advanced Systems Analysis program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria and the Robotics Research Lab at TU Kaiserslautern, Germany. After his PhD, he served for a couple of years as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Namal Institute, Mianwali where he was also the Controller of Examination.

Talha is generally interested in the modelling, control and estimation of complex dynamical systems. In his research, he works with such systems in the form of complex networks of human agents as consumers of natural resources, as opposed to the conventional treatment of human behavior as disturbances, exogenous inputs or uncertainties, He employs research from social-psychology to form mathematical models of consumer behavior. For analyzing these models, he frequently applies tools from Optimal Control, Game theory and Network Science to help pin down the characteristics of sustainable societies. He has also worked on control and estimation problems in robotics. This includes both theoretical and development work in Robotic Vision, SLAM and State Estimation

Currently he is serving as an Assistant Professor of Research at the LUMS Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) and also teaches in the Department of Electrical Engineering at LUMS.

Mr. Waqas Riaz, Software Engineer

Mr. Riaz is a Research Assistant/Software Engineer in the team of hydrometry for the project of Real Time Flow Monitoring system (RTFM). He joined Cyber Physical Networks Lab (CYPHYNETS) in 2014 and later became the core team member at Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) in 2016. Working here at WIT, his duties include to develop, maintain and improve backend software support for data acquisition and dissemination of canal flow data over web and mobile devices. He have also contributed in developing and using the methodology for flow measurement in small irrigation watercourses using critical flow devices and smart water meter.

Prior to joining WIT, he worked as a Research Assistant at Alternate Energy Research and Innovation Lab (AERIL) at KICS, UET Lahore. Mr. Riaz received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Computer Engineering from National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (NUCES-FAST) in 2013. He has also gained certifications in Web development, database management and CCNA.

Mr. Allah Baksh Shimroze, Laboratory Technician

Allah Bakhsh Shamrooz is a diversified technician with over 10 years of extensive field experience in electronics including biomedical equipment and home appliances. He holds an Associate Engineering Diploma (DAE) in Electronics. At Center for Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS he has contributed heavily in assembling and testing of an in-house developed hydrometer and in deployment and maintenance of a network of these hydrometers in Bahawanagar/ Haroonabad area.

Mr. Soban Hameed Saigol, Administrative Manager

Mr. Saigol is the main administrator of the WIT project, with over eight years of successful experience in the field of administration, HR and Finance. Prior to joining WIT, he was working as an Administration Officer in Electrical Engineering Department of Lahore University Management Sciences. During the 2008 cycle, Soban served as the Project Head for Canotech International on their LUMS project, where he made the project highly successful. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology (PIMSAT) and has also taken different short course certifications in CCNA, CCNP, MCSE Graphic Designing and MS Office.