Muhammad Awais Jafar

I am a PhD student in the department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am advised by Dr. Chris Kanich. My research is focused on the intersection of Privacy, Cyber Security and Applied deep learning. Previously, I worked in Systems and Security lab in LUMS under the supervision of Dr. Fareed Zaffar. I also have a 3 years work experience as a Research and Development Engineer at SlashNext


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Timeline of the cool stuff

  • August 2018: Joined the University of Illinois at Chicago for PhD in Computer Science.
  • July 2018: Left Systems and Security Lab in LUMS.
  • June 2018: Graduated at the top of my Masters Batch
  • March 2018: Admitted to PhD programs of University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa
  • September 2017: Received the Masters Academic Merit Scholarship at Lahore University of Management Science
  • June 2017: Joined Systems and Security Lab in LUMS under the supervision of Dr. Fareed Zaffar.


It takes time to come up with the best first publication :)


My research area of interest mainly comprise of using deep learning to answer security questions, text analytics, computer vision and generating adversarial samples to test robustness of the machine learning models. I also have research collaborations with professors in University of IOWA and Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Job Experience

I have worked as a Research and Devcelopment engineer at a California based Network Security Comapny called Slashnext for 3 years. My main responsibilities were,
  • Working with Tensorflow and keras for deep learning models implementation
  • Development of Classifier to identify Malicious PDF documents
  • Phishing Detection using Adversial Networks
  • Strata Cluster Analysis for Malicious and benign network communication
  • Performing ETL using tools like RapidMiner and using native python numpy stack
  • Experience with Numpy stack including Numpy, Scikit-learn, Scipy, Pandas and Matplotlib
  • Cron and Automation Scripting using Python/Bash
  • Hands on experience with Databases, Local and Remote network administration
  • Collaborative Version Control System (Git, SVN)