Assane Gueye joined Carnegie Mellon University Africa on August 1, 2020. Prior to joining CMU-Africa, he was a faculty member at the ICT Department at the University Alioune Diop of Bambey, Senegal, where he also leads the research group “Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication pour le Développement” (TIC4Dev). Gueye also holds a guest researcher position with the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

Assane completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley in March 2011. He received a master’s degree in 2004 in communication systems engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

His research focuses in two main areas: performance evaluation and security of large-scale communication systems, and information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). Assane is a Fellow of the Next Einstein Forum (Class of 2016). In 2019 he was nominated as a member of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) inaugural Fellow Class.

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2011 Ph.D, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley

2004 M.S., Communications Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

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CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Navigating digital financial inclusion in Africa

As the presence of mobile phones becomes increasingly widespread in Africa, digital services have allowed for more financial inclusion among low- and middle-income countries within the continent. A group of Carnegie Mellon University researchers led by Karen Sowon, a postdoctoral researcher at CMU’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, investigated these issues and recently published a paper on "The Role of User-Agent Interactions on Mobile Money Practices in Kenya and Tanzania."

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

picoCTF-Africa inspires participants to learn cybersecurity

picoCTF-Africa, now in its third year, helps participants improve their skills in vital cybersecurity disciplines.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

CyLab faculty members and students will present their research on topics ranging from mobile money practices in Africa to uncovering and identifying side-channel and evasion attacks at the 45th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Security and Privacy.

Business Day Nigeria

Gueye comments on the rise in electronic payment fraud in Business Day Nigeria

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye comments on the rise in electronic payment fraud in Business Day Nigeria. “We should be more intentional that these technologies will bring more good and not harm,” he says.


Gueye, Fanti selected for UN initiative

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye and ECE’s Giulia Fanti were named among a diverse group of experts to work on an initiative from the United Nations to develop a safeguards framework to guide digital public infrastructure (DPI) design and implementation around the world.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

CMU faculty selected for UN-led working group on DPI safeguards

Assane Gueye and Giulia Fanti have been selected by the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General Envoy on Technology to be part of a working group for the DPI Safeguards initiative.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Understanding the security of mobile apps in Africa

Researchers from CyLab-Africa and the Upanzi Network recently partnered with the mobile security provider Approov to explore the security of common financial services apps used across Africa.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Stakeholder collaboration in Rwanda’s digital transformation

CyLab-Africa and the Upanzi Network, AfricaNenda, and Rwanda Information Society Authority jointly hosted a digital public infrastructure and digital public goods stakeholder engagement workshop. This workshop served as a catalyst for collaborative efforts aimed at advancing Rwanda’s digital transformation.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Op-Ed: Building digital infrastructure for Africa, by Africa

Co-director of the Upanzi Open Digital Technologies Network and CyLab-Africa shares how universities on the continent are well positioned to solve several key challenges on the path to a digital future.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Five unique cybersecurity challenges in Africa

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye has identified five cybersecurity challenges that Africa faces on the path to a digital future.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CMU-Africa Week showcases research and culture

The CyLab Security and Privacy Institute recently hosted CMU-Africa Week on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus. In its first year, the event aimed to build collaboration around research problems in Africa.

Business Day

Gueye quoted on increase in fraudulent activities

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye discussed the importance of staying mindful online as recent reports document sharp increases in money lost due to fraudulent activities. As Africa becomes more digitally connected, growing cybersecurity threats could hinder financial inclusion online. “We should be more intentional that these technologies will bring more good and not harm,” said Gueye.