Yusuf Sarwar Uddin is a Ph.D. candidate within UI’s cyber-physical research group. A cyber-physical system (CPS) is characterized by a close connection and coordination between computational elements, such as cell phones, and a surrounding physical environment, such as terrain; a CPS is typically implemented as a network. One important CPS application is to disruption-tolerant communications networks designed to survive natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti. Yusuf’s primary research interest lies in the delay characteristics of such networks; he also intends to develop energy-efficient communications protocols for them.
A native of Bangladesh, Yusuf received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where he taught for a year before coming to the University of Illinois. In his vision of a better future for his people, Yusuf has been particularly inspired by the work of a fellow Bangladeshi—Nobel Laureate and Fulbright alumnus Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of microfinance for the poor.