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Murat Kuzlu, PhD

Dr. Murat Kuzlu joined the Department of Engineering Technology, Old Dominion University in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He worked as a Global Network Product Support Engineer at Nortel Networks, Turkey. In 2006, he joined the Energy Institute of TUBITAK-MAM (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – The Marmara Research Center), where he worked as a senior researcher. Before joining ODU, he worked as a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute.

His research interests include smart grid, demand response, smart metering systems, home and building energy management systems, co-simulation, wireless communication, and embedded systems. Dr. Kuzlu is responsible for development of the smart city testbed, OpenCyberCity, for data collection and processing as well as its test with the industry partner.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech
PhD Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Kocaeli University
MS Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Kocaeli University
BS Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Kocaeli University


Nasibeh Zohrabi, PhD

Dr. Nasibeh Zohrabi is an assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Brandywine. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in VCU Center for Analytics and Smart Technologies (VCAST) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Zohrabi specializes in the field of control and dynamical systems, with specific interests in cyber-physical systems (CPS), model-based control, distributed control, and stochastic hybrid systems. Her current focus is mainly on the challenges of cyber physical systems for smart cities and connected communities. She is investigating the integration of learning-based and model-based control, aiming to take advantage of both domains, for addressing challenges of complex cyber-physical systems. She is interested in a wide range of applications such as smart buildings, intelligent transportation systems/smart mobility, microgrids/shipboard power systems, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Zohrabi is also working on interdisciplinary research projects for addressing different problems in the community (e.g., food desert problem, opioid overdose crisis) through harnessing the power of data analytics, smart technologies, and community engagement.

PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University 
MS Control and Industrial Automation, Tarbiat Modares University

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Ashraf Tantavy, PhD

Dr. Ashraf Tantavy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He received his PhD in 2011 from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA. Prior to joining DMU, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), VA, USA, where he served as a Co-PI/Collaborator on several research grants funded by government agencies and industrial partners including Virginia Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), Virginia Catalyst, NASA, and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). Prior to VCU, he worked in the Oil & Gas industry for multinational organizations, including British Petroleum, Qatar Gas, and Schneider Electric (then Invensys), where he designed, verified, and implemented a variety of embedded systems including distributed control systems, SCADA systems, and safety instrumented systems. He is a certified Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Expert from the International Society of Automation (ISA), NC, USA, 2015. He is a member of the IEEE.

PhD Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

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