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Dr Ashraf Tantavy

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7476



Personal profile

Dr. Ashraf Tantavy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Informatics. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA, under the supervision of Professor Xenofon Koutsoukos. 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, summing up to over $1.5 Million, and 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 organisations, 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.

Research group affiliations

Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Dr Tantavy's research interest is at the intersection of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science to develop next generation dependable and secure autonomous Cyber Physical Systems. His current research focus is Cyber Physical Systems security and Reinforcement Learning. His research application domains include autonomous vehicles, drones, transportation systems, and industrial control systems.

Areas of teaching

Cyber Physical Systems, Embedded Systems Design, AI for Cyber Security.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA.
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA.

Courses taught

Embedded Systems, Cyber Physical Systems, AI for Cyber Security, Industrial Automation

Membership of professional associations and societies

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
International Society of Automation (ISA), NC, USA.

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