Carnegie Mellon University

Osman Yağan

Osman Yağan

Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Osman Yağan is a Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to joining the faculty of the ECE department in August 2013, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in CyLab at CMU. He has also held a visiting Postdoctoral Scholar position at Arizona State University during Fall 2011. Dr. Yağan received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD in 2011, and his B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey) in 2007.

Dr. Yağan's research interests are in modeling, design, and performance evaluation of engineering systems with particular emphasis on communication systems and networks. Specific research topics include wireless communications, security, random graphs, social and information networks, and cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Yağan is a Senior Member of IEEE and has served as a Technical Program Committee member of several international conferences including IEEE Globecom, PIMRC, ICC, and WiOpt.


Ph.D., 2011
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland

B.S., 2007
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Middle East Technical University


Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in modeling, design, and performance evaluation of engineering systems, with particular emphasis on communication systems and networks. Specific interests include wireless communications, security, random graphs, social and information networks, and cyber-physical systems.


  • Wireless communications
  • Network science
  • Security
  • Social networks
  • Cyber-physical networks
  • Big data
  • Cyberphysical systems (CPS)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information networking
  • Mobility
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Wireless networks

Related news

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Yagan Receives Three Federal Grants for Network Science Research

Osman Yagan recently received three federal grants totaling $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for proposals focusing on network science.
Monday, July 19, 2021

Keeping Distributed Systems Secure

Professor Osman Yağan and Ph.D. student Mansi Sood are working to improve the way systems communicate with one another and keep them safe.
Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Yağan’s Work Included in the Army Research Office Year in Review

Osman Yağan is among a group of researchers included in the Army Research Office (ARO) Year in Review. The group’s paper "Network Propagation Model Predicts Both Information and Viral Spread” is one of the success stories outlined in the annual document.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Yagan Mentioned on Coronavirus Model

Osman Yagan was mentioned in IEEE Spectrum on his coronavirus model.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Assessing COVID-19 Countermeasures

In a project funded by the Army Research Office, Osman Yağan aims to augment the existing models of epidemic spread by leveraging the mathematical theory developed in his recent work.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Fighting COVID-19

Osman Yağan and Princeton’s Vincent Poor were awarded an NSF RAPID grant for applying their work on modeling disease spread to COVID-19. In a recently published paper, the pair modeled how mutations play into the spread of a virus. Now, they are looking to model how public health measures, such as social distancing and travel bans, will affect the spread of COVID-19.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Yagan Quoted on Coronavirus Models

The problem with Coronavirus models is how we talk about them.
Monday, March 02, 2020

To Predict an Epidemic, Evolution Can’t Be Ignored

In a new study appearing in this week’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers show for the first time how important evolutionary adaptations are in predicting epidemics.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

First round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has broken ground as the first round of funded proposals have been announced. Twelve selected projects will be funded for one year, and results will be presented at the IoT@CyLab annual summit next year.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The 2018 CIT Dean's Early Career Fellows

Grover, Péraire, Sankaranarayanan, and Yağan are among the eight engineering faculty to received this award for their outstanding contributions to the university.