First student to complete his PhD from the educational collaboration between Simula and TU Berlin

On Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, Saeed Shafiee Sabet successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Understanding and Mitigating the Influence of Delay on Cloud Gaming Quality of Experience", and became the first PhD student to dispute as a result of the educational collaboration between Simula and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin).

The educational collaboration between Simula and TU Berlin was initiated in 2017 to educate PhD students within the field of Digital Engineering. This collaborative program between Norway and Germany addresses the societal challenges that come with digitalization. In particular, the research is focused on the combination of public infrastructures and intelligent health, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) is also part of the collaboration. Together the partners connect established researchers and future PhD students with one of the strongest research initiatives in Europe that target these societal challenges.

– There is a great need for cutting-edge expertise within these fields of IT. Therefore SimulaMet is very proud to collaborate with these reputable institutions, and develop much-needed expertise. We look forward to the future of this collaborative program, where we will continue to educate PhD students that will contribute to the knowledge industry in Norway, and internationally, says Professor Olav Lysne, director of SimulaMet.

Saeed has been one of the first to complete his PhD from this collaboration. His supervisors have been Professor Pål Halvorsen and Professor Carsten Griwodz, from the Department of Holistic Systems at SimulaMet, and Professor Sebastian Möller from the Quality and Usability Lab in TU Berlin. 

In his PhD Saeed was working on cloud gaming, which is a delay-sensitive service that has emerged in the recent years. He investigated the impact that delay has on the cloud gaming quality of experience, and contributed to a better understanding of this. In addition, he developed five network latency compensation techniques to improve the quality of experience degraded by network delay. 

– Being a part of this program, I could use experts from both TU Berlin and Simula, and had the opportunity to work with two fantastic teams, says Saeed on his experience as a PhD student in this collaboration. 

The partners are currently working towards scaling up the initiative and further develop the collaboration. 


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