Usman A. Fiaz ​  

Electrical Engineer | Roboticist | Graduate Student

Usman A. Fiaz (complete: Usman Amin Fiaz, abbrev: U.A.F., or simply: Usman) is a Pakistan (PK)  born Electrical Engineer and Robotics Enthusiast, currently associated with the University of Maryland College Park (UMD)  as a Doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since August 2017, where he is affiliated with the Autonomy, Robotics, and Cognition (ARC) Lab and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), under the supervision of Prof.  John S. Baras. Prior to that, Usman received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and  Technology (KAUST) in May 2017, where he was associated with the Robotics Intelligent Systems and Control (RISC) Lab under the supervision of Prof.  Jeff S. Shamma. Usman earned his Bachelors degree, also in Electrical Engineering from  Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS) in June 2015, with the highest honors.
Usman's research focuses on some of the modern areas in control theory and robotics, with emphasis on autonomous multi-agent systems. His recent work investigates intelligent designs for aerial grasping, and the applications of game theory in programmable self-assembly for modular robots.
Usman is recepient of the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the University of Maryland during his first year as a PhD student (2018), second runner-up and bronze medal winner in MBZIRC Robotics Challenge (2017),  the Academic Gold Medal awardee in his undergraduate degree (2015), as well as the Best Student of the College Award holder (2011) from his college.
As a believer of cooperative success, Usman holds a strong faith in being part of a team with similar interests, and an organisation that values its employees. He also loves to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. His other interests include photography, travelling, football (i.e. soccer), and talking to (arguing with) his elder brother and sister.