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Using Reinforcement Learning in Smart Buildings

May 17, 2018, AbdelBaky, M., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – CS Seminar

Using Reinforcement Learning in Smart Buildings

Jan 11, 2018, AbdelBaky, M. and Panagopoulos, A.A., The RISE Winter Retreat, Monterey Tides

Programming and Managing Distributed Software-Defined Environments

Dec 8, 2017, AbdelBaky, M., A part of the BETS Group Seminars, University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Honors

  • IPDPS 2017 Ph.D. Forum Award, June 2017
  • Rutgers ECE Graduate Program Academic Achievement Award, May 2017
  • UCC 2015 Cloud Challenge Award (1st Place - Category 2), December 2015
  • IBM PhD Scholarship Award, 2013-2014
  • IBM PhD Fellowship Award, 2012-2013
  • IBM PhD Fellowship Award 2011-2012
  • IEEE SCALE 2011 (1st Place)
  • ETA KAPPA NU Honor Society, September 2009
  • Student Travel Awards
    • HPDC 2017 Student Travel Award, June 2017
    • IPDPS 2017 Student Travel Award, June 2017
    • CCGrid 2017 Student Travel Award, May 2017
    • SC15 Student Travel Award, November 2015
    • SC12 Student Travel Award, November 2012
    • SC11 Student Travel Award, November 2011
  • Rutgers Computing Facilities
    • Consultant Achievement Award, Spring 2008
    • Consultant of the Month, April 2007

Previous Research

  • Moustafa obtained his Ph.D. from Rutgers University under the guidance of Professor Manish Parashar, where he was a three-time recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship and the recipient of the Rutgers ECE Academic Achievement Award. Moustafa’s dissertation focused on the on-demand composition of distributed services to enable a distributed software-defined environment.

  • Moustafa’s previous research interests included using parallel and distributed computing systems (e.g., supercomputers, grids, cloud computing, federated computing, software-defined environments, and advanced cyberinfrastructure) to support large-scale computational and data-enabled/driven science and engineering (CDS&E), Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In particular, Moustafa looked into applying concepts from software-defined environments to support the on-demand autonomic federation of hybrid and advanced cyberinfrastructure (such as the IBM Blue Gene, Open Science Grid, Amazon Web Service, Google Compute Engine, IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure, Chameleon Cloud, Future Systems, and XSEDE) to support various science, engineering, and business applications.

  • Moustafa also worked with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on providing High Performance Computing as a Service (HPCaaS) at all three levels (infrastructure, platform, and software) to support science and engineering applications. A demonstration using the resulting framework was awarded first place in the IEEE SCALE Challenge. Further, and also in collaboration with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he developed a framework that facilitates the deployment of containers across multiple clouds. The work, which was the first of its kind, was awarded first place in the IEEE/ACM UCC Challenge and featured in Fortune Magazine.

  • Moustafa also worked on CometCloud, an autonomic cloud engine built on top of a robust and scalable overlay, which provides programming platforms (MapReduce, Workflow, Master/Worker/BOT) that run on dynamically federated infrastructure.

  • Moustafa also worked on Submarine, a Subscription-based data streaming framework for integrating large facilities and advanced cyberinfrastructure, as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

  • Finally, Moustafa’s past research experiences include contributing to DISCOVER, a portal for interactive steering of scientific applications, using virtual reality for rehabilitation at the Human-Machine Interface Lab at Rutgers University in collaboration with Indiana University School of medicine, mobile development for financial applications in collaboration with Bloomberg, experiments with Single Electron Transistors and nanotechnology at Rutgers University, and the development of ElVis (A Scientific Graphics for Visualization and Monitoring Software) in collaboration with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

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  1. Diaz-Montes, J., AbdelBaky, M., and Parashar, M., 2015, September. Enabling Software-Defined Federations using CometCloud. The 9th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO), Cambridge, MA, USA.
  2. Parashar, M., and AbdelBaky, M., 2012, July. Federating HPC, Cyber-infrastructure and Clouds using CometCloud. Virtual School of Computational Science & Engineering Summer School, Bloomington, IN, USA.
  3. AbdelBaky, M., Kim, H., Rodero, I., and Parashar, M., 2012, May. Developing and Deploying Applications on Federated Clouds using CometCloud.The 12th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), Ottawa, Canada.


  • Program Committee Member - The 2019 International Symposium on Cloud Computing and Services for High Performance Computing Systems (InterCloud-HPC 2019) as part of the 17th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2019), Dublin, Ireland
  • Workshop Proceedings Vice Chair - The 32nd IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2018), Vancouver, Canada
  • Program Committee Member - The First International Workshop on Workflow Science (WoWS 2017) in conjunction with the 13th IEEE eScience Conference in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Student Volunteer - The 31st IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017), Orlando, FL, USA
  • Student Volunteer - The 28th International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15), Austin, TX, USA
  • Student Volunteer - The 22nd ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC13), New York, NY, USA
  • Student Volunteer - The 25th International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC12), Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Student Volunteer - The 24th International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC11), Seattle, WA, USA

Professional Affiliations


  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS)
    • Building Energy Transportation Systems (BETS)
    • Real-time Intelligent Secure Explainable Systems Lab (RISELab)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)



Good fortune comes in many forms; mine came in the form of amazing people who have always been there for me. They helped me through my struggles when times were tough and shared my joy in good times. While gratitude is certainly due to them, it is simply not enough. To the following people, I owe you more than just an acknowledgment. I am truly grateful for your presence in my life, and I am forever in your debt. To my parents Hany & Mervat, wife, lucky charm, and love Melissa, siblings Abdelhamid & Shymaa, in-laws Albert & Barbara, best friend Mark, mentor Kirk, and last but not least to my advisors Manish & David. Thank you for all your help & for being in my life!