Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani

Associate Professor and Distance Learning Coordinator

Computer Engineering

I joined Missouri S&T (then UMR) in August 2004. Until December 2006, I had a joint appointment in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Information Science and Technology. Prior to joining UMR, I was a graduate research assistant at the Distributed Multimedia Systems Laboratory at Purdue University, where I conducted research on topics including Y2K testing of mission-critical defense systems, software acquisition, and enterprise engineering. From June 2002 to May 2003, I taught Linear Circuit Analysis I (ECE201) at Purdue. I worked for Cisco Systems from May 1997 to May 2000, initially as a member of the original development team for the Cisco Interactive Mentor, a series of multimedia tutorials on Cisco products and internetworking technology, and later on research and development for high availability mechanisms for the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS).

Journal Articles

  • A. R. Hurson, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and M. Wisely. Energy-ecient algorithms for data retrieval from indexed parallel broadcast channels. Sustainable Computing, Informatics and Systems, submitted.
  • K. Marashi and S. Sedigh Sarvestani. Quantitative reliability modeling of smart grids with consideration of cyber-physical interdependencies. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, submitted.
  • C.S. Wagner, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A.R. Hurson. Proactive search: Using outcomebased dynamic nearest-neighbor recommendation algorithms to increase search engine e_cacy. ACM Transactions on Information Systems, under revision for resubmission.
  • P. Maheshwari, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and D. Pommerenke. Software-based methodologies for root-cause analysis of embedded system failures resulting from electrostatic discharge. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, submitted.
  • Faza, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and B. McMillin. An integrated cyber-physical reliability model for the smart grid. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, submitted.
  • Faza, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and B. McMillin. A case study in quantitative analysis of cyber-physical systems: reliability of the electric power grid. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, submitted.
  • Michael Wisely, A. R. Hurson, and S. Sedigh Sarvestani. Public data dissemination via broadcasting. Journal of Information Processing, 23(3), 2015, invited, to appear.
  • K. Marashi, M. Woodard, S. Sedigh, and A. Hurson. Quantitative reliability analysis for intelligent water distribution networks. Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 2014.
  • Shaun Wagner, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A. R. Hurson. Algorithms and techniques for proactive search. Journal of Information Processing, 22(3):425{434, 2014, invited.

Conference Presentations

  • M. Wisely, A. R. Hurson, and S. Sedigh Sarvestani. An extensible simulation framework for evaluating centralized trac prediction algorithms. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo(ICCVE 2015), Shenzhen, China, Oct. 2015
  • L. Heendaliya, M. Wisely, D. Lin, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A.R. Hurson. Inuenceaware predictive density queries under road network constraints. In Proceedings of the14th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2015), Hong Kong, Aug. 2015
  • K. Marashi, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A. R. Hurson. Analyzing the negative e_ect of interdependency on reliability of cyber-physical systems. In ACM SIGMETRICS, 2015, submitted.
  • Mark Woodard, Steven White, and Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani. Survivability modeling for cyber-physical critical infrastructure systems. In Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, 2015, rejected, under revision for submission to alternate venue
  • Avritzer, L. Carnevali, L. Happe, B. R. Haverkort, A. Koziolek, D. Menasche, A. Remke, and S. Sedigh Sarvestani. Survivability evaluation of gas, water and electricity infrastructures. In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Practical Applications of Stochastic Modelling (PASM '14), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, May 2014
  • M. Al-Basrawi, N. Jarus, K. Joshi, and S. Sedigh Sarvestani. Analysis of reliability and resilience for smart grids. In Proceedings of the 38th IEEE International Computers, Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC '14), Vasteras, Sweden, Jul. 2014
  • K. Marashi and S. Sedigh. Towards comprehensive modeling of reliability for smart grids: Requirements and challenges. In Proceedings of the 15th IEEE International High


  •  M. Woodard, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A. R. Hurson. Propagation of corrupted data in critical infrastructure cyber-physical systems: A research survey. Advances in Computers. Elsevier, 2015, to appear
  • T. Morrow, S. Sedigh Sarvestani, and A. R. Hurson. Percepolis: Cyberinfrastructure for personalized education. In E. Railean, G. Walker, L. Jackson, and A. Elci, editors, Handbook of Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education. IGI Global, 2015, to appear
  • Steven C. White and Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani. Comparison of security models: Attack graphs versus Petri nets. volume 94 of Advances in Computers, pages 1 { 24. Elsevier, 2014


  • 2015 Recognition of two publications by the NSF Science of Security Index as Signi cant Research in Cyber Security

Research Interests:

Cyber-physical systems; Critical infrastructure protection; Simulation and analytical modeling of complex networked systems; System and information assurance; Networked systems for remote structural health monitoring


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  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2003
  • M.S, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN . 1998
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 1995