Pejman A. Karegar

Pejman A. Karegar

Doctor of Philosophy candidate

For his PhD in engineering, Pejman A. Karegar is investigating novel ways to protect wildlife from predators.

“Wildlife monitoring is a vital activity – particularly here in New Zealand – to sustain the populations of animals that are prone to extinction. Protecting these animals requires controlling or even eradicating the predators.

“Animals trap status monitoring using wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and a drone as a regular data ferry can be a promising solution to control the population of predators by structuring and maintaining them over a wide area.”

His PhD research is being supervised by Professor Adnan Al-Anbuky from AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

The right choice
Taking on a PhD was the logical next step for him, says Pejman who came to AUT as an international student from Iran and expects to complete his PhD in 2023.

“I’ve been interested in research activities and publishing scientific articles since my master’s degree studies. Electrical and electronic engineering – particularly intelligent applications based on wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and smart environmental monitoring using drones – is my field of interest, and I therefore chose to pursue my PhD in this area.

“After exploring the research activities of different New Zealand universities, I found a noticeable affinity between my research interests and those of AUT, particularly AUT’s Sensor Network and Smart Environment (SeNSe) research laboratory. I read the lab’s published scientific papers and knew I could expand my knowledge in my proposed research project following the new technologies at SeNSe lab and be employed for progressing the project. I then contacted Professor Adnan Al-Anbuky, asking for details about the doctoral programme to achieve my goal of completing a PhD.”

He has had a number of proud achievements throughout his time at AUT.

“I received a couple of scholarships during the PhD journey such as Callaghan Innovation research funding, a university scholarship and two scholarships to present my research papers at the Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems and the Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications conferences. I also won two awards at the AUT X Challenge entrepreneurship competition, and have enjoyed participating in monthly planning meetings and presentations with Callaghan Innovation and AUT researchers.”

Highly recommended
Pejman says he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend doctoral study at AUT to other students.

“I’d highly recommend PhD study at AUT for students who are keen to be on the road towards inspirational research throughout their lives.

“I also appreciate that during the PhD journey, AUT provides students with the chance of working as a teaching assistant to gain more experience in academia.”

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