RMIT’s reputation and approach to teaching attracted international student Yoosef Abushark, who is now completing a PhD in agent-oriented software engineering.
PhD (Computer Science)
My intention is to share and cultivate the research culture I experienced here and to build a collaborative bond between both universities.
I completed a Bachelor of Computer Science at King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia then came to Australia to complete my research degree at RMIT University.
I received a scholarship to study abroad and I was able to choose my destination. I opted for Melbourne, Australia, because I enjoy the lifestyle and multi-cultural environment.
RMIT is known for taking care of international students without compromising quality standards – I’m certain that I made the right choice. It also has a great blend of practical and theoretical studies; allowing students to tackle computing theories, while also gaining hands-on opportunities and experiences.
I was looking for a unique and challenging topic and more importantly, I wanted a project that would make a positive impact on the software engineering field.
My supervisors proposed the idea of design time verification, using agent-oriented software engineering – a promising method for building complex and intelligent systems.
Multi-agent systems are increasingly being used in complex applications because they include features such as autonomy, proactivity, flexibility, robustness and social ability. Finding ways to detect and avoid defects in these systems at an early stage of the development lifestyle is becoming increasingly critical.
My research aims to find ways to ensure the correctness of agent design artefacts against different point of reference: requirements and interaction protocols. My proposed approach will be applied at the design time, not requiring source code, which would save development costs.
While working on my research, I’ve also had the opportunity to gain teaching experience, broadening my knowledge and improving my ‘thinking-out-of-the-box’ skills. These experiences include tutoring and co-supervision of student projects involving a Lego robotic arm and a search and rescue drone.
When I graduate I’ll go back home and serve at King Abdul-Aziz University as an academic. My intention is to share and cultivate the research culture I experienced here and to build a collaborative bond between both universities.