About Me

My name is Ahmed Atya and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in computer science at the University of California, Riverside. In addition, I am a student member at the IEEE Communications and Computer Societies. As an undergraduate studies, my graduation project was sponsored by Vodafone and was granted the Dr. Naeem Abu-Taleb Award for the best Graduation Project in Computer Engineering at EED 2009 that was organized by IEEE graduates of last decade (GOLD). In the Computer Engineering Department, I encountered many interesting and challenging problems that I thoroughly investigated besides my undergraduate studies. The aforementioned efforts positioned me ahead of my colleague’s, especially in hands-on systems projects. To further enhance my skills, I have gone through training in well-known research and industrial companies. Moreover, I pursue both master and Ph.D. degrees to leroy my thirst of knowledge. My research interests are, but not limited to, networks, systems and security.

Contact Details

Ahmed Atya
WCH 367, University of California, University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521, US



University of California, Riverside

PhD in Computer Science Sept 2011 - Current

Under the supervision of Prof. Srikanth Krishnamurthy, I am conducting research on various networks projects. Currently, I am experimenting with agility solution to defend against side-channel attacks in a cloud based infrastructure that supports visualization, for instance, Amazon EC2. My goal is to protect the physical location of a service (running on a virtual machine) from being revealed to an attacker. I am assisting with several other projects; (1) SPAM Detection on android phones, (2) Physical layer security of IoT devices. During my research, I am obligated to carry on software development process, starting from designing building, testing and tuning a designated system.

Nile University

M.Sc. Degree in Communication and Information Technology Oct. 2009 - Aug. 2011

As a part of my research, I was working in utilizing emerging networking technologies namely network coding along with homomorphic encryption to solve security problems in wireless networks. Under the guidance of my advising professors, Prof. Tamer ElBatt and Prof. Moustafa Youssef, we have exploited the trade-off between privacy and throughput in the presence of a network coding networks setup.

Cairo University

Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering Sept. 2004 - June. 2009

Graduation project: We designed and implemented MoSec (Mobile Security Framework) that provide lightweight security services (Stenography, Watermarking, Private and Public encryption) to a variety of applications. Project was funded by Vodafone Egypt


Research Assistant (Intern)

NEC Research Labs Jan. 2014 - April 2014

We undertake an extensive measurement study that sheds light on the properties of Power line Communication (PLC) that significantly degrade its performance in a multiflow setting. We implement (C/C++) a framework on two different testbeds using off-the-shelf PLC adapters and showcase its ability to effectively manage flows, delivering several folds throughput improvement over state-of-the-art solutions. Output: Bolt Framework, a paper and a patent.

Research Assistant (Intern)

Samsung Research America June 2013 - Sept 2013

Our research was focusing on developing RUFC, an efficient and flexible framework to support Reliable UDP with Flow Control. Our framework sits in between the transport layer employing UDP and the application layer. While providing the common functionalities and interfaces for both layers, RUFC is capable of supporting policy customization and parameter tuning to achieve the optimum application performance. RUFC was implemented using C/C++. Output: RUFC Library, a published paper and a patent under provision.


In addition to working with experimental kits such as, WARP kits and 802.11a,g nodes, I have experience building SDN-based testbed.

  • C/C++
  • C#
  • Java
  • Python


  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

    Steve Jobs
  • I always feel happy, you know why? Because I don't expect anything from anyone; expectations always hurt.. Life is short.. So love your life.. Be happy.. And Keep smiling.. Just Live for yourself and always remember: Before you speak... Listen. Before you write... Think Before you spend... Earn Before you pray... Forgive Before you hurt... Feel Before you hate... Love Before you quit... Try Before you die... Live.

    William Shakespeare

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