I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCLA. I am affiliated with the "Networked and Embedded Systems Lab" (NESL) where I work under the supervision of Prof. Mani Srivastava. I received my B.Sc. from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 2008 and my M.Sc from UCLA in 2013. Before I joined NESL, I was an R&D engineer in Mentor Graphics Egypt. My current research interests include designing personalized and autonomous context-aware systems with special focus on performance, reliability, security, and privacy issues. I am a recipient of the Ph.D. Microsoft Research fellowship for 2016-2018. I am also selected as a Grace Hopper Scholar for 2016.


  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014-current):
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Advisor: Prof. Mani Srivastava
  • MS in Electrical Engineering (2012-2014):
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Thesis: Context Aware Runtime Adaptation for Android OS.
    Advisor: Prof. Mani Srivastava
  • BSc (Distinction with Honors) in Computer and Systems Engineering (2003-2008):
    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
    Senior Project: Development of an Isolated Word Speech Recognition (ISR) Algorithm for Deaf-Aided Devices.

Research Interests

Professional Experience


  1. Towards Personalized and Autonomous IoT systems. (submitted)
  2. Personalized context-aware automotive for ADAS. (submitted)
  3. Safeguard against spyware in context-aware systems. (submitted)
  4. CAreDroid: Adaptation Framework for Android Context-Aware Applications

    Salma Elmalaki, Lucas Wanner, and Mani Srivastava.
    The 21st Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom’15), Paris, France, September 2015. (acceptance rate=18%) (Best Paper Award & Best Community Paper Award)

  5. A Case for Battery Charging-Aware Power Management and Deferrable Task Scheduling in Smartphones

    Salma Elmalaki, Mark Gottsho, Puneet Gupta, and Mani Srivastava.
    USENIX 6th Workshop on Power-Aware Computing and Systems (HotPower’14), Colorado, USA, October 2014. (acceptance rate=34%)

  6. Towards Analyzing and Improving Robustness of Software Applications to Intermittent and Permanent Faults in Hardware

    Ankur Sharma, Joseph Sloan, Salma Elmalaki, Lucas Wanner, Mani B Srivastava, and Puneet Gupta.
    International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) 2013, pp:435 – 438, Asheville, USA, October 2013.

  7. VarEMU: An Emulation Testbed for Variability-Aware Software

    Lucas Wanner, Salma Elmalaki, Liangzhen Lai, Puneet Gupta, and Mani Srivastava.
    International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis (CODES+ISSS), Montreal, QC, Canada, September 2013. (acceptance rate=27.9%)

Teaching Experience

Honors and Awards