Nasibeh Zohrabi

Assistant Professor, Engineering
Tomezsko, 207L
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Dr. Nasibeh Zohrabi is an assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Brandywine. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in VCU Center for Analytics and Smart Technologies (VCAST) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Zohrabi specializes in the field of control and dynamical systems, with specific interests in cyber-physical systems (CPS), model-based control, distributed control, and stochastic hybrid systems. She is also a collaborator in the OpenCyberCity Testbed Project which provides researchers, educators, and industry partners access to technologies that comprise a Smart City. Her current focus is mainly on the challenges of cyber physical systems for smart cities and connected communities. She is investigating the integration of learning-based and model-based control, aiming to take advantage of both domains, for addressing challenges of complex cyber-physical systems. She is interested in a wide range of applications such as smart buildings, intelligent transportation systems/smart mobility, microgrids/shipboard power systems, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Zohrabi is also working on interdisciplinary research projects for addressing different problems in the community (e.g., food desert problem, opioid overdose crisis) through harnessing the power of data analytics, smart technologies, and community engagement.

Research Interests: 

  • Control systems and modeling 

  • Cyber-physical systems (CPS) 

  • Model-based design 

  • Model predictive control (MPC) 

  • Distributed control design 

  • Stochastic hybrid systems/Markovian jump systems  


  • IoT and smart cities applications:  smart buildings and intelligent transportation systems 

  • Microgrids/shipboard power systems 

  • Renewable energy systems 

  • Interdisciplinary research projects such as investigating the role of smart technologies and data analytics in improving sustainable food access. 

Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Lauren Linkous, Roja Eini, Sarin Adhikari, Brittany Keegan, John C. Jones, Basil Gooden, Brian C. Verrelli, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "Towards Sustainable Food Security: An Interdisciplinary Approach." In 2021 IEEE SmartWorld, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, pp. 463-470. IEEE, 2021. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Patrick J. Martin, Murat Kuzlu, Lauren Linkous, Roja Eini, Adam Morrissett, Mostafa Zaman et al. "OpenCity: An Open Architecture Testbed for Smart Cities." In 2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), pp. 1-7. IEEE, 2021. 


Eini, Roja, Lauren Linkous, Nasibeh Zohrabi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "Smart building management system: Performance specifications and design requirements." Journal of Building Engineering 39 (2021): 102222. 


Zaman, Mostafa, Nasibeh Zohrabi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "A CNN-based Path Trajectory Prediction Approach with Safety Constraints." In 2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference & Expo (ITEC), pp. 267-272. IEEE, 2020. 


Batiyah, Salem, Roshan Sharma, Sherif Abdelwahed, and Nasibeh Zohrabi. "An MPC-based power management of standalone DC microgrid with energy storage." International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 120 (2020): 105949. 


Linkous, Lauren, Nasibeh Zohrabi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "Health monitoring in smart homes utilizing internet of things." In 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies (CHASE), pp. 29-34. IEEE, 2019. 


Morrissett, Adam, Roja Eini, Mostafa Zaman, Nasibeh Zohrabi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "A Physical Testbed for Intelligent Transportation Systems." In 2019 12th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI), pp. 161-167. IEEE, 2019. 


Eini, Roja, Lauren Linkous, Nasibeh Zohrabi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "A testbed for a smart building: design and implementation." In Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on International Science of Smart City Operations and Platforms Engineering, pp. 1-6. 2019. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Hasan Zakeri, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "Efficient load management in electric ships: A model predictive control approach." In 2019 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), pp. 3000-3006. IEEE, 2019. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Hasan Zakeri, Amir Hossein Abolmasoumi, and Hamid Reza Momeni. "An adaptive sliding mode approach for Markovian jump systems with uncertain mode-dependent time-varying delays and partly unknown transition probabilities." International Journal of Dynamics and Control 7, no. 1 (2019): 209-225. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Jian Shi, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "An overview of design specifications and requirements for the MVDC shipboard power system." International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 104 (2019): 680-693. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, and Sherif Abdelwahed. "On the application of distributed control structure for medium-voltage DC shipboard power system." In 2017 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), pp. 1201-1206. IEEE, 2017. 


Zohrabi, Nasibeh, Sherif Abdelwahed, and Jian Shi. "Reconfiguration of MVDC shipboard power systems: A model predictive control approach." In 2017 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS), pp. 253-258. IEEE, 2017. 

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2018 

M.S. in Control and Industrial Automation
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, 2013