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Dr Alma Rahat

Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 723913

Extension: (Streatham) 3913

I have a BEng (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Exeter. Before starting my PhD, I worked in the electronics industry as a product development engineer. I joined the University of Exeter as a KTP Associate in 2012, and developed an energy efficient and fault tolerant routing protocol for wireless sensors in collaboration with Prof. Richard Everson and Prof. Jonathan Fieldsend. This work was extended to a PhD, and my research topic was Hybrid Evolutionary Routing Optimisation for Wireless Sensor Mesh Networks. Shortly before submitting my thesis, I started working as a Research Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Exeter. 

Current Research.

My current research focus is in the broad areas of fast hybrid optimisation methods, real-world problems and machine learning. In particular, I am investigating the use of surrogate-assisted optimisation approaches for expensive computational fluid dynamics design problems wihtin the project entitled Data Driven Surrogate-Assisted Evolutionary Fluid Dynamic Optimisation.

I also work on the following project.

Poetry by Numbers. The main objective of this project is to restore the Eureka Machine, a machine for generating Latin verses, which was built by John Clark in the 19th century. This machine is effectively a mechanical random number generator: one of the earliest of its kind. We are currently working on building a physical replica of the machine.

I have a public code repository:

Some of my presentation slides are available at:

Other Relevant Information.

I am a reviewer for the following journals. 

I was on the program committee the following conferences. 

I was a teaching assistant for the following modules. 

I am a member of the following professional organizations. 

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Association for Computing Machinery

We organized a Workshop on Surrogate-Assisted Evolutionary Optimisation at GECCO (2016, 2017). See this website for more information. 

I am also a member of the task force on Data Driven Evolutionary Optimization of Exepensive Problems.