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Shvan Haji Karim graduates with a PhD in Computer Sciences and Informatics from Ulster University.

Originally from Kurdistan, Shvan fully emmersed himself in the Ulster University experience, completing his PhD in the Intelligent System Research Centre on the Magee campus.

Shvan was 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.

Speaking highly of the research opportunities available at Ulster, Shvan 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 Centre at the Magee campus.”

Shvan relished his time at Ulster University and took advantage of all the opportunities available to PhD researchers.

“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, he commented:

“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.

For more information on Ulster University PhD opportunities, visit: Doctoral College - Ulster University