A PhD student from PSUT receives a grant to work at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 11:15

A PhD student currently studying in the PhD program in Computer Science at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amal Saif, has been awarded a grant funded by the Sharing Knowledge Foundation. She will spend a full year carrying out research in the laboratories of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, starting from the next academic year, 2021/2022.

This grant comes as an activation of the partnership agreement and scientific and research cooperation that was signed in late 2020 between the Royal Scientific Society, PSUT and CERN. The scope of the research that the student will conduct is in the field of artificial intelligence and focuses on developing algorithms related to machine learning under the umbrella of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) program. The RSS, PSUT and CERN share a mission of building bridges through scientific collaboration and research focused on critical challenges.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Wejdan Abu-Elhaija, said that under the agreement, researchers from PSUT may join more than 4,000 scientists and researchers representing more than 200 institutes and universities from 40 different countries to explore the limits of high energy physics in topics related to proving the existence of additional dimensions to discover the particles that are likely to form dark matter.

Prof. Abu-Elhaija added that under this agreement, and through the membership of the parent institution (the RSS) in CERN’s research network, PSUT’s faculty members can conduct research in many innovative fields, which include the topics of big data, artificial intelligence, materials science, applied physics and mechanical engineering. She pointed out that this approach would enhance the University's research position, enrich its capabilities, and strengthen its international relations.

The Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, said that PSUT has long focused on the international dimension, especially for the University’s graduate students studying in the King Hussein College of Computing Sciences. He noted that the School is distinguished by the presence of unique graduate programs such as the Master’s program in Enterprise Systems Engineering, Information Security and Digital Criminology, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence, in addition to a PhD program in Computer Science which focuses on scientific research and publishing in the most prestigious specialized scientific journals.

Notably, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which was established in 1952, is the world's largest laboratory in particle physics, with a membership of 23 countries, and provides particle accelerators and other infrastructure necessary for high-energy physics research.