Researcher

Dr Aya Hussein

My Expertise

Human-Swarm Interaction

Curriculum Learning

Swarm Robotics

Human Factors

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Artificial Life

Biography

I am a research associate at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. My current research focuses on combining human and machine intelligence by studying interaction schemes that allow humans to teach machines and to effectively team up with them in the field. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UNSW- Canberra in 2020. During my PhD, I investigated different aspects that...view more

I am a research associate at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. My current research focuses on combining human and machine intelligence by studying interaction schemes that allow humans to teach machines and to effectively team up with them in the field. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UNSW- Canberra in 2020. During my PhD, I investigated different aspects that facilitates the realisation of high-performance teams that combine human and machine intelligence. In particular, I focused on both Human Factors and Swarm Robotics, where I studied performance, trust, and transparency in Human-Swarm Teaming. I got my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Engineering from Cairo University in 2011 and 2015. My Master research was about Arabic text diacritisation where I used Natural Language Processing (NLP) to enable the automatic restoration of the diacritics which is an essential pre-processing task for many Arabic NLP applications.

 


My Grants

  • Chief Investigator, RG213520 Grant from Defence Innovation Network in Continual Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous shepherding ($20,000), 2021

My Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science from UNSW- Canberra in 2020
  • MSc in Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, 2015
  • BSc in Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, 2011

My Awards

Awards:

  • UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council Research Student Award 2020: for my contribution to both research and school life
  • Winner of the IEEE CIS Webinar Competition on "Emerging Topics and Applications of Computational Intelligence" 2019

 

Scholarships:

  • UNSW Tuition Fees Scholarship 2017-2020
  • Registration Grant for IEEE WCCI 2020
  • Student Travel Grant of the HFES Human Performance Modelling Technical Group 2019
  • Scholarship for attending "Research to Impact" program, Canberra Innovation Network 2019
  • Scholarship for attending Data61 & DST Cyber Summer School, Melbourne 2018

My Research Activities

 

Review Activities:

  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

  • IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems

  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics

  • Autonomous Robots

  • Computers in Human Behavior

  • Mathematics and Computers in Simulation

  • Environmental Modelling & Software

  • Others; my full list of verified reviews can be found on my Publons profile.

 

 

 


My Engagement

Activities:

  • Student representative in the Research Leadership Group (RLG) & School Board, School of Engineering and IT, UNSW-Canberra, 2020

  • Volunteer in IEEE SSCI, Canberra, Australia, 2020

  • Volunteer in Canberra Artificial Intelligence Summer School (CAISS2020), Virtual event, 2020

  • Session co-chair in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual meeting, Seattle, USA, 2019

  • Volunteer in IEEE CIS YoWIENet Student Workshop- UNSW-Canberra, Australia, 2018

  • Volunteer in IEEE International Computer Engineering Conference (ICENCO), Cairo, Egypt, 2012-2016

Invited Presentations:

  • The 3rd IEEE Systems Modelling Conference, Canberra, Australia, 2019

Professional Memberships:

  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS)

  • IEEE Woman in Engineering (WIE)

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

 

 


My Teaching

  • Special topics in AI [ZEIT3312], Semester 2, 2021 
  • Simulation [ZEIT 3404], Teaching support, Summer 2020
  •  Joint Military Education and Training (JMET), Marking support, 2019-present
  •  CDF & thesis project supervision 2021
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