Meet the Researcher: Radhya Sahal

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Radhya is a CONFIRM SMART 4.0 MSCA Research Fellow based at Univeristy College Cork

” Regarding my Ph.D. at Cairo University, Egypt, I learned how to solve problems, think for practical solutions, implement ideas and analyze findings.”

Tell us a bit about your research...

The focal point of my current research is centered on blockchain, digital twins, Industry 4.0, AI, and big data. I am currently looking to provide intelligent, collaborative, and distributed decision-making solutions based on digital twins and blockchain for early risk prediction within smart distributed manufacturing.

What did you study as an Undergraduate?

I completed a Bachelor of Computer Science at
Hodeidah University, Yemen.

What made you decide to go into research?

I am passionate about research work to
– Learn something new every day.
– Gain a deeper understanding of the scientific process.
– Being a part of a close-knit team of researchers from different disciplines and nationalities.
– Improve my communication skills to collaborate with other researchers who are inside and outside my field.

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

I am highly impressed to do research work. Regarding my Ph.D. at Cairo University, Egypt, I learned how to solve problems, think for practical solutions, implement ideas and analyze findings. About my postdoc at the National University of Ireland Galway, I learned how quickly to incorporate new research areas from my background and how to deal with recent technologies according to the required deliverables skillfully.

Could your research be used to combat any societal issues, such as those experienced during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, there is a significant need to adopt digital technologies to combat this paramedic crisis. Emerging technologies such as digital twins, blockchain, Internet-of-Things play a vital role in driving the industrial revolution in all domains. Also, acquiring secure real-time data exchange and analysis across multiple participants is essential to support the efforts against COVID-19. Furthermore, with the evolution of personalized healthcare, everyone can be flanked by a personal digital twin representing his healthcare markers. However, although several research works are done to control the COVID-19 pandemic using digital twins technology, Personal Digital Twins is still several years away. Therefore, my research has introduced a decentralized epidemic alerting framework based on personal digital twins and blockchain as a decentralized solution in Medical Cyber-Physical Systems to combat COVID-19 and any future pandemic. The proposed framework aims to decentralize epidemic alerting and to combat COVID-19 outbreaks while preserving personalized healthcare.

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

You must do enough to keep working toward your goal without daily encouragement.
Liking what you are doing and liking how to do it!

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