Kurdish PhD graduate praises ‘friendly’ Derry

A man from Kurdistan has hailed his experience of living in ‘friendly’ Derry after graduating from Ulster University Magee with a PhD in Computer Sciences and Informatics.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 5:01 pm
Shvan Haji Karim.

Shvan Haji Karim completed his PhD in the Intelligent System Research Centre at the Derry campus, and had been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship for his PhD exploring brain inspired self-repairing electronic systems.

Passionate about this globally relevant research area, Shvan believes that future computers will be modelled on the human brain to perform computations in a reliable and power-efficient manner.

He said: “I chose Ulster because of its track record and research expertise in the areas of brain-inspired computing, network-on-chip and self-repairing electronics systems in the Intelligent System Research Center at the Magee campus.

“I really enjoyed being part of a vibrant and diverse research environment that encourages publications and participation in high level conferences and journals. The Doctoral College organise a wide range of events throughout the year to help you settle in, make friends and support you through your research journey. The international student team were also really helpful and always on hand with help and advice when you need it. This all adds up to an invaluable experience.”

Speaking about his experience of studying at the university’s Magee campus in the city, he added: “I found living in Derry-Londonderry a great experience. It’s a city with extremely friendly people and rich heritage. I enjoyed walking along river Foyle and on the historical city walls. I can’t wait to come back again for a visit.”

Shvan is currently working in Belgium for Magics Instruments, a company that designs custom processor and smart sensors for radiation-hardened environments.

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