A compiler is a programmer's best friend; it can find every error in your source code.
-- Buffer Overflow

Ioannis Zografopoulos received his Ph.D. at the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE) of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2023. Prior, he graduated with a B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer, Communications, and Network Engineering, and an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. His research interests include cyber-physical systems security, with an emphasis on embedded systems for industrial, distributed energy, and power grid applications.

He is a member of IET, an IEEE and IEEE PES graduate student member and has served as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Access, IEEE SmartGridComm, IET Smart Grid and other IEEE and ACM conferences and journals.


I chose KAUST to continue my Ph.D. studies for a multitude of reasons. First, KAUST is one of the most rapidly evolving institutions with a preceding global reputation in its 10 years of operation. Achievements such as KAUST’s global standing and faculty citation ranking heavily weighed on my decision. Second, for the well-renowned faculty whose courses I will be able to attend, as well as the 8:1 faculty per student ratio. I am looking forward to working on innovative ideas and building connections with some of the most aspiring researchers in my field. Third, for the unparalleled research infrastructure such as the Shaheen supercomputer cluster.

Achievements and Awards


Education Profile

  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 2023
  • M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Thessaly (UTH), 2015
  • B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer, Communications, and Network Engineering,  University of Thessaly (UTH), 2014

Selected Publications

Zografopoulos, I., Hatziargyriou, N. D., & Konstantinou, C. (2023). Distributed energy resources cybersecurity outlook: Vulnerabilities, attacks, impacts, and mitigations. IEEE Systems Journal.
Zografopoulos, I., Kuruvila, A. P., Basu, K., & Konstantinou, C. (2022). Time series-based detection and impact analysis of firmware attacks in microgrids. Energy Reports, 8, 11221–11234.
Zografopoulos, I., & Konstantinou, C. (2022). Detection of Malicious Attacks in Autonomous Cyber-Physical Inverter-Based Microgrids. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 18(9), 5815–5826.
Xenofontos, C., Zografopoulos, I., Konstantinou, C., Jolfaei, A., Khan, M. K., & Choo, K.-K. R. (2022). Consumer, Commercial, and Industrial IoT (In)Security: Attack Taxonomy and Case Studies. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 9(1), 199–221.
Zografopoulos, I., Ospina, J., Liu, X., & Konstantinou, C. (2021). Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Security: Threat Modeling, Risk Assessment, Resources, Metrics, and Case Studies. IEEE Access, 9, 29775–29818.
Kuruvila, A. P., Zografopoulos, I., Basu, K., & Konstantinou, C. (2021). Hardware-assisted detection of firmware attacks in inverter-based cyberphysical microgrids. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 132, 107150.
Zografopoulos, I., & Konstantinou, C. (2020). DERauth: A Battery-Based Authentication Scheme for Distributed Energy Resources. 2020 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI).