Doctoral School for Dependable Electronic-Based Systems

PhD Students


PhD students: Abd Alrahman Dawara and Francesco Corti in front, Hassaan Hydher and Florian Mayer in the middle, Sayyidshahab Nabavi in the back

I received my BSc degree in electrical engineering from Damascus University, Damascus, in 2017. Then, I have joined the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as a volunteer. It was a nice experience as I had the chance to work in a multicultural environment, with people from all over the world. After that with a great motivation to pursue my academic goals, I succeeded in getting a fully funded masters scholarship in China, and I received my MSc degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, in 2022 and and could achieve the following awards:

  • Best Thesis Award for my master's thesis entitled "Improvement of Position Estimation Accuracy in Sensorless Control Method for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Drive System"
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award - outstanding performance and honorary title of “Excellent Graduate” from 2022 batch.

Indeed, electrical engineering is a wide major, so I was specifically interested in the field of electrical machine and their control system, and I have always been fascinated by the way we use electrical machine to operate various application in our daily life. Since I am sure that the PhD programme would offer me the possibility of receiving a complete picture of all aspects of my field, I recently joined the Electric Drives and Machines Institute, Graz University of Technology, as a Project Assistant and PhD Student.

My passion for research started while completing my final year Bachelor's project, but the main exposure was during my master when I successfully published three research articles. The fascinating thing about research that intrigues me the most is the way it helps an individual to methodically define a scope specific set of problems and then attempt to solve these problems. I am proud to be a part of DENISE family and am eager to take advantage of the facilities and expertise offered by DENISE. I would also like to contribute to the short and long-term plans of DENISE with my own expertise and enthusiasm and would actively seek to represent it through my own publications and other research outputs.

Abd Alraham Dawara ist working on his PhD project Post-fault Operation of Open-winding Induction Machines.


My academic journey started at the University of Padua in 2016 where I attended a BSc in Computer Science, after that driven by my passion for Artificial Intelligence I decided to start the first MSc fully on AI in Italy at the University of Pisa. Moreover, after the first year, I decided to apply for the Erasmus+ program and I started to study in Graz as an exchange student to continue to deepen my knowledge about AI.

My passion for doing research started while working on my master thesis about Deep Neural Networks compression done at the Institute of Technical Informatics of TU Graz. Moreover, while studying the impact of compression on Deep Neural Networks I understood that AI will revolutionize our data-driven society but before that its mechanisms and behaviours need to be fully understood.

Francesco Corti is working on his PhD project Testing Safety and Trustworthiness of Embedded AI Systems.


I am currently working on reproducible testing for large scale wireless networks. I did my BEng and MSc from the University of the West of England and the University of Moratuwa respectively. My previous studies and research were mostly focused on electronic and telecommunication engineering. 'Reproducibility', it was a question which always in my mind throughout my academic journey whenever I go through performance analysis of the research works. I am excited that I got an opportunity to work on a similar concept through the DENISE project.

Mohamed Hyder, Mohamed Hassaan is working on his PhD project Reproducible Testing of Large-scale Networked Systems.


I have been working ar the “Electronics and Computer Engineering” degree programme at FH JOANNEUM since 2016. My previous activities included teaching as well as research and development of corporate projects. I am looking forward to meet many nice, smart and inspiring people during this time and I know that my environment (family and colleagues) will also provide me with the necessary and precious support. I am also looking forward to exchanges with my fellow PhD candidates within the project.

'Reliable 1-bit mixed-signal processing' aims to represent and process complex information with one bit. A bit 'binary digit' is the smallest binary information unit and is often represented with '0' or '1' (two-level). This leads to the questions of whether we can find uniform representations for 1-bit signals (either continuous-time or discrete-time), whether we can build reliable systems for detecting and generating 1-bit signals, and whether we can develop algorithms for 1-bit signals and systems. If this approach works, we can use digital circuit technologies to develop highly efficiently digital, analogue and mixed-signal circuits.

Doing independent scientific research in a specific area of signal processing has always appealed to me, hence I really appreciate the opportunity to start the doctoral programme. From my own experience, I know that such a goal holds many challenges, is demanding and can require a lot. However, gaining new knowledge and sharing it with others is very exciting for me.
Read more in the interview with Florian Mayer

Florian Mayer is working on his PhD project Reliable 1-bit Mixed-signal Processing.


I am excited to be part of the DENISE joint Doctoral programme; I am convinced that this programme is a unique opportunity to exploit multidisciplinary experts to tackle real-world problems. Nowadays, especially in Artificial Intelligence, it is crucial to guarantee safety and outcome guarantees, especially in safety-critical control applications and electronic-based systems.
Read more in the interview with Sayyidshahab Nabavi

Sayyidshahab Nabavi is working on his PhD project Optimization Methods for Robust Wireless Network Planning & Design.