My name is Mahmoud, originally from Egypt, and currently a PhD student at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). I have been enjoying my time very much in Ireland. I love the vibrant campus of NUIG, and the relatively simple life in smaller towns like Galway City. I am joining a Summer of HPC project at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Being on the lookout for taking part in research-related projects, I am very glad to join the Summer of HPC program. I particularly get a thrill out of doing research, and developing new ideas. My enjoyment extends in the case of inter-disciplinary research projects that can jointly synthesize different fields (e.g. computing and life sciences). I expect to experience such inter-disciplinary advantages during the summer project, where I will be working closely with a climate scientist.
With regard to my PhD research, it mainly involves simulation modeling along with machine learning (ML). We attempt to develop a hybrid approach that integrates simulation models with ML. At its core, our approach is based on the premise that a system’s knowledge can be partially captured and learned in an automated manner, aided by ML models. We conceive that the proposed approach can help lead to self-adaptive simulation models that can learn to change their behaviour in accordance with changes in the real-world system’s behaviour.
Besides computing and research, I have always been keen on learning about arts, particularly drama and theatre arts. I enjoy reading plays, and watching theatre very much. I also studied drama at the Academy of Arts in Cairo. I deeply believe that studying a quite different discipline has widened the breadth of my knowledge.
My favourite quote is “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, Benjamin Franklin.
Have a look at my intro video shot inside the IT4Innovations supercomputing facility in Ostrava, Czech: