Maria K. Michael is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), at the University of Cyprus. She holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (specialization in Computer Engineering) from Southern Illinois University, USA. Prior to joining the University of Cyprus, she taught as a Lecturer at the ECE Department at Southern Illinois University, and as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Maria is also a cofounding faculty member of the KIOS Center of Excellence, where she currently serves as the Director of the Center’s Education and Training activities. She is also the academic coordinator of the MSc program in Intelligent Critical Infrastructure Systems, a collaboration between the ECE Department and KIOS CoE at UCY, and Imperial College London, UK.
Her research activities fall in the areas of dependability and security in embedded and IoT-enabled cyber-physical systems. She has extensive expertise in the areas of electronic design automation (CAD), test, diagnosis, reliability, fault tolerance and safety of large-scale integrated circuits and (safety-critical) embedded systems. Her current research focuses on hardware-enabled security and cyber-security in intelligent embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, optimization of performance and dependability of AI/ML edge intelligence, reliability and security of resource-constrained edge-based accelerators, with applications in intelligent critical infrastructure systems such as smart grids, UAVs, robotics and autonomous vehicles. She has more than 100 publications in refereed scientific journals and international conference proceedings. She currently leads a team of fifteen researchers (post-doctoral, PhD, MSc/BSc level). Her research has been funded by several local and international agencies and industry in Europe and the United States, such as EU FP7, EU H2020, Horizon Europe, EU COST, NSF, Intel Corp., and the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation.