​B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, 2005M.S. ​Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, ECE, 2008Ph.D. ​Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, ECE, 2016

"My research focuses on developing techniques and tools for assessment and design of resilient cyber-physical systems (CPS), in particular reliability, safety, and security validation of medical CPS and surgical robots."

Homa Alemzadeh, Assistant Professor

Homa Alemzadeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. Homa is also an Assistant Professor by courtesy in the Computer Science Department. Before joining UVA, she was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran. Homa was the recipient of 2017 William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability from the IEEE Technical Committee and the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. Her work on analysis of safety incidents in robotic surgery was selected as the Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper in Adult Cardiac Surgery at the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, BBC, NBC News, among others.


  • William C. Carter Dissertation Award in Dependability 2017
  • J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) 2014

Research Interests

  • Dependable and Secure Computing
  • Resilient Systems and Analytics
  • Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems

Selected Publications

  • “On the Safety of Machine Learning: Cyber-Physical Systems, Decision Sciences, and Data Products” Big Data Journal 5:3, 246–255, 2017. Kush R. Varshney and H. Alemzadeh
  • “On Threat Modeling and Mitigation of Medical Cyber-Physical Systems,” Proc. Second IEEE International Workshop on Security, Privacy, and Trustworthiness in Medical Cyber-Physical Systems, IEEE CHASE, 2017. H. Almohri, L. Cheng, D. Yao, H. Alemzadeh
  • “Targeted Attacks on Teleoperated Surgical Robots: Dynamic Model-based Detection and Mitigation,” Proc. 46th IEEE/IFIP Int. Conf. on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2016. H. Alemzadeh, D. Chen, X. Li, T. Kesavadas, Z. T. Kalbarczyk, R. K. Iyer
  • “A Hardware-in-the-loop Simulator for Safety Training in Robotic Surgery,” Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016. X. Li, H. Alemzadeh, D. Chen, Z. Kalbarczyk, R. K. Iyer, T. Kesavadas
  • “Safety-critical Cyber-physical Attacks: Analysis, Detection, and Mitigation,” Proc. Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security (HOTSOS), 2016. H. Lin, H. Alemzadeh, D. Chen, Z. T. Kalbarczyk, R. K. Iyer
  • “Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Study of 14 Years of FDA Data,” PLoS ONE, vol. 11, no. 4: e0151470, 2016. H. Alemzadeh, R. K. Iyer, Z. T. Kalbarczyk, N. Leveson, J. Raman
  • “Systems-theoretic Safety Assessment of Robotic Telesurgical Systems,”Proc. 34th Int. Conf. Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security(SAFECOMP), Sep. 2015. H. Alemzadeh, D. Chen, A. Lewis, Z. Kalbarczyk, J. Raman, N. Leveson, R. K. Iyer
  • “A Fault-Tolerant Hardware Architecture for Robust Wearable Heart Rate Monitoring,” Proc. 9th Int. Conf. Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health’2015), May 2015. Q. Li, H. Alemzadeh, Z. Kalbarczyk, R. K. Iyer
  • “Analysis of Safety-Critical Computer Failures in Medical Devices,” IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 14-26, July-Aug. 2013. H. Alemzadeh, R. K. Iyer, Z. Kalbarczyk, J. Raman
  • “An Embedded Reconfigurable Architecture for Patient-Specific Multi-Parameter Medical Monitoring,” Proc. 33rd Annu. Int. IEEE EMBS Conf. (EMBC’11), Sep. 2011. H. Alemzadeh, Z. Jin, Z. Kalbarczyk, R. K. Iyer

Courses Taught

  • Dependable Computing Systems (ECE/CS 4434/6434 - SYS 4582/6582) Spring 2017, 2018
  • Advanced Embedded Systems (ECE 4501/6501) Fall 2017, 2018

Featured Grants & Projects