Iraqi government recognises impact of Sussex researcher

Auday Al-Mayyahi (second left) receives his medal from the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq, Dr Abdul-Razak Abdul-Jaleel Al-Essa.

An engineering researcher at the University of Sussex who has just completed his PhD has been recognised by the Iraqi government for the impact of his published work.

As a doctoral student, Auday Al-Mayyahi published seven papers in high-quality journals and conference proceedings.

In the space of a busy few days last month, Auday successfully ‘defended’ his PhD thesis at an oral viva examination and then travelled to London to receive a medal from the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

This recognition for Auday was the culmination of more than four years at Sussex as a member of the Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group.

Back in September 2013, Auday started his research - supervised by Dr William Wang and Dr Phil Birch - to investigate the trajectory tracking of autonomous ground vehicles in a variety of continuous and non-continuous gradient trajectories.

He also worked on solving the navigation problem of autonomous ground vehicles in static and dynamic environments, using a fuzzy inference system and an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system.

Auday joined a project funded by the European Union as an assistant researcher. The aim of the project - a collaboration between the University of Sussex and University of Greenwich in the UK, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and the University of Lille in France - is to build a series hybrid vehicle from a pure electrical vehicle in the Engineering and Design labs at the University of Sussex.

As a PhD student, Auday gave presentations at two prestigious academic conferences in Malaysia and Slovakia. In 2016, he also participated in the first ever Three Minute Thesis competition at Sussex, when he had just three minutes to present his research to a general audience.

Now that he has completed his doctorate, Auday continues to work as an Associate Tutor and to support the teaching staff in the Engineering and Design department at Sussex by supervising various workshops and labs.

Since 2015 he has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), after completing a six-month course on teaching and learning support in higher education.

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Last updated: Friday, 16 February 2018