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Education Profile

  • 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


  • Building 1, Level 4,  4409-WS06
  • Building 3, Level 2,  Lab 2740

Ioannis Zografopoulos received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer, Communications, and Network Engineering, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE) of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). His research interests include cyber-physical systems security, with an emphasis on embedded systems for industrial, distributed energy, and power grid applications. He is an IEEE and IEEE PES graduate student member and has served as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) 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 weighted 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 unparallel research infrastructure such as the Shaheen supercomputer cluster.

Achievements and Awards

  • 1st place at Cyber Security Awareness Week - Hack My Robot Challenge (CSAW-HMR), Nov 2022
  • Finalist at Cyber Security Awareness Week - Capture The Flag (CSAW-CTF), Nov 2022
  • Black Hat USA student scholarship, Aug 2022
  • Successful Ph.D. proposal defense, Mar 2022
  • 1st place at Cyber Security Awareness Week - Embedded Security Challenge (CSAW-ESC) in USA/Canada and MENA regions, Nov 2021
  • IEEE VLSI Test Symposium participation and travel grant, Apr 2020
  • Passed Ph.D. qualifying examination, Nov 2019
  • Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) student award, Jun 2019
  • First-Class Honors, MSc Scholarship award, Nov 2015
  • First-Class Honors, B.Eng, Jul 2014


Selected Publications

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.
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.
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.
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).