Meet the Researcher: Saeed Alsamhi

Saeed is a CONFIRM SMART 4.0 MSCA Research Fellow based in Athlone Institute of Technology.

“Study hard and your efforts will be paid off”

Tell us a bit about your research...

My research focuses on the collaboration of multi-robot in smart manufacturing to perform common tasks collaboratively in real-time without human intervention. Collaboration means exchanging information, sharing tasks, sharing goals, and mutual learning, adaption, and trust. Blockchain technology plays a vital role to improve decentralization of multi-robot collaboration and sharing data between them while performing tasks with a high level of security. Therefore, multi-robot can collaborate autonomously in decentralized fashion.

What did you study as an Undergraduate?

Bachelor of Engg. (Electronics Engineering),
IBB University, Yemen
2004 – 2009
Project title: “Mobile Communication via Satellite ‘Althouria’”

What made you decide to go into research?

Living with academic family, learning something new and honing my problem-solving skills and to challenge myself!

What do you enjoy most about being a PhD Student or Post-Doc?

My favourite things about being a PhD student at IIT, Varanasi, India:

  • Doing some outreach work
  • My first paper being accepted in SCI Journal
  • Drinking tea with all the researchers in lab three times per day

My favourite things about being a Postdoc at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China were:

  • First salary I got
  • I enjoyed being able to study and write about different things
  • Getting independence in my research is the most enjoyable part of the Postdoc role.

Does your research have any applications in times of world crisis such as during the COVID19 Pandemic?

Blockchain technology involves the operation of multi-robot collaboration for combating COVID-19 and future pandemics. Robots are a promising technology for completing many tasks such as spraying, disinfection, cleaning, treating, detecting high body temperature/mask absence, and delivering goods and medical supplies experiencing an epidemic COVID-19. For combating COVID-19, many heterogeneous and homogeneous robots are required to perform different tasks for supporting different purposes in the quarantine area. Management and decentralizing multi-robot play a vital role in combating COVID-19 by reducing human interaction, monitoring, delivering goods. Blockchain technology can manage multi-robot collaboration in a decentralized fashion, improve the interaction among them to exchange information, share representation, share goals, and trust. My research paper highlighted the challenges and provide the tactical solutions enabled by integrating blockchain and multi-robot collaboration to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed conceptual framework can increase the intelligence, decentralization, and autonomous operations of connected multi-robot collaboration in the blockchain network. We overview blockchain potential benefits to defining a framework of multi-robot collaboration applications to combat COVID-19 epidemics such as monitoring and outdoor and hospital End to End (E2E) delivery systems. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about a career or research in STEM?

Study hard and your efforts will be paid off!

If you would like to learn more about Saeed's research...

Try Googling the following topics:

1. Blockchain for Multi-Robot Collaboration to Combat COVID-19 and Future Pandemics
2. Survey on Collaborative Smart Drones and Internet of Things for Improving Smartness of Smart Cities
3. Multi-user activity recognition: Challenges and opportunities

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