Ashok Vardhan Raja, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Ashok Vardhan Raja


Ashok Vardhan Raja is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics for the College of Technology at Purdue University Northwest.

Research Overview

My research is on secure integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) such as UAVs for robust operations. He is expanding his current work by using Swarm of UAVs to address security issues and to other domains in the integration of AI and CPS.

Select Publications

Ashok Raja, Mengjie Jia, and Jiawei Yuan, “Towards the Security of AI-enabled UAV Anomaly Detection”, In the proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Rome, Italy, June 2023

Mengjie Jia, Ashok Raja, and Jiawei Yuan, “A Hybrid Delay-aware Approach towards UAV Flight Data Anomaly Detection”, In the proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Computing (ICNC), Hawaii, USA, Feb 2023

Ashok Raja, Laurent Njilla, and Jiawei Yuan, “Adversarial Attacks and Defenses Toward AI-Assisted UAV Infrastructure Inspection”, in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 9, no. 23, December 1, 2022

Julio Galvan, Ashok Raja, Yanyan Li, and Jiawei Yuan, “Sensor Data-Driven UAV Anomaly Detection Using Deep Learning Approach”, IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), San Diego, CA, November 2021

Ashok Raja, Laurent Njilla, and Jiawei Yuan, “Blur the Eyes of UAV: Effective Attacks on UAV-based Infrastructure Inspection”, IEEE 33rd International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), Virtual, November 2021

Teaching Focus

His teaching focus is on Cybersecurity and AI related topics.

Ashok Vardhan Raja


(219) 989-8062

Office Location:

Hammond, Anderson Building 239


  • Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science (Computer Science) at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, May 2023
  • M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, May 2019
  • B.S in Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Aug 2017

Areas of Expertise

  • AI-enabled UAV Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Security and Privacy
  • Machine Learning