CRA-E Graduate Fellow
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Yasra (she/her) is a third-year Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). At UMASS she is working with Prof. Fatima M. Anwar and her research interests lie in the domain of extended reality (XR), embedded systems, and security. Before starting her Ph.D. at UMASS, she earned her Bachelor of Engineering focused on Software Engineering from Pakistan in 2014 and MS in Computer Science from Binghamton University (State University of New York) in 2019. Over the years, she has served different roles of mentors as teaching assistant, guest lecturer, research mentor, K-12 engineering workshop instructor, and organizer. She was a student scholar at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in 2019, CRA-WP Grad Cohort (2021, 2022), N2Women, and Google CSRMP (2020). In addition to mentoring, she has been a part of competitive reviewing committees in the past including GHC (2021) and EuroSys shadow program committee (2022). Currently, in her research, she is investigating the stealthiness of the multi-modal attack surface that is present in the mixed reality systems, by launching coordinated spatiotemporal attacks on sensor data. While she is not solving computational problems, she is either playing card games with her friends, baking bread, or cooking food from all over the world for her family and friends.