Abubakr Muhammad

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, jointly with
Quantum Information Processing Group, and
Center for Intelligent Machines

School of Computer Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

News! I am moving to LUMS School of Science & Engineering (SSE) in Pakistan in Dec 2008 as assistant professor of electrical engineering. This website will no longer be maintained.


I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Insitute of Technology (2005). As a graduate student, I also got a masters degree in Mathematics (2005) and a masters degree in Electrical Engineering (2002) from Georgia Tech. Before that, I completed my BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan (2000).

I do fundamental research in robotics, sensor networks, networked control, and recenlty in quantum information sciences. I am developing some novel analytical techniques at the interface of computational algebraic topology, differential geometry, distributed algorithms and control theory for these applications.

My PhD thesis Graphs, Simplicial Complexes and Beyond: Topological Tools for Multi-agent Coordination won the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Best PhD Dissertation Award for the year 2006. Nominations for this award are received from all departments of science and engineering at Georgia Tech. The thesis will appear in book form in 2008.

Before joining McGill University, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. I have also spent brief periods of collaboration and research at the Mathematics departments of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at Berkeley, and at Caltech.

Before starting my gradute studies, I worked in the industry on several problems in signal processing, target tracking, estimation theory, radar & sonar systems and pattern recognition.

Summer 2008

Interested in working with me at McGill this summer? Please email if interested.  Funding available for undergraduates. (Deadline March 20th)

My book is set to publish.

Winter 2008

Computational topology readings at McGill

COMP-208 Computers for Engineers at McGill

Some links

23 Mathematical challenges for the 21st Century by DARPA

Grand Challenges for Engineering by National Academy of Engineering, USA

Millennieum Prize Problems in Mathematics by Clay Institute


This page was last updated on 04/24/08.