PhD Student

Yara is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Boston University. Her advisor is Professor Jonathan Apavoo, and collaborates with Professor Steve Homer and Professor Orran Kreiger. Yara started her PhD in September 2017, and her main research focus is on operating systems and computer architecture. Her current research interest is in operating systems structure and organization for the implementation of alternative systems that exploit modern hardware trends, such as multiprocessors, distributed memory, and performance monitoring facilities.

Yara received her BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut. During her undergraduate studies, she explored and attempted to integrate ideas from computer systems, machine learning, computer security, and neurobiology. One of her goals is to be able to incorporate learning and computation efficiently such that computation may be learned, stored, retrieved, accelerated, and shared between distributed computing components.


Awad, Y., Nassar, M., and Safa, H. (2018). Modeling Malware as a Language. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC).