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Dr Alma Rahat

Lecturer in Computer Science

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


I have a BEng (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Exeter. I worked as a product development engineer after my bachelor's degree, and held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Exeter. I joined University of Plymouth in September 2018.  

Professional membership

I am a member of the following professional organizations. 

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO) in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). 
I am also a member of the task force on Data Driven Evolutionary Optimization of Exepensive Problems.

Research interests

My current research focus is in the broad areas of fast hybrid optimisation methods, real-world problems and machine learning. In particular, I am developing efficient methods inspired from surrogate-assisted (Bayesian) optimisation for optimising computationally or financially expensive problems (for example, computational fluid dynamics design problems).

Key publications are highlighted

Rahat AAM, Wang C, Everson RM & Fieldsend JE 2018 'Data-driven multi-objective optimisation of coal-fired boiler combustion systems' Applied Energy 229, 446-458 , DOI PEARL
Tabish TA, Pranjol MZI, Hayat H, Rahat AAM, Abdullah TM, Whatmore JL & Zhang S 2017 'In vitro toxic effects of reduced graphene oxide nanosheets on lung cancer cells' Nanotechnology 28, (50) 504001-504001 , DOI
Wang C, Liu Y, Everson RM, Rahat AAM & Zheng S 2017 'Applied Gaussian Process in Optimizing Unburned Carbon Content in Fly Ash for Boiler Combustion' Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2017, 1-8 , DOI PEARL
Rahat AAM, Everson RM & Fieldsend JE 2016 'Evolutionary multi-path routing for network lifetime and robustness in wireless sensor networks' Ad Hoc Networks 52, 130-145 , DOI PEARL
Rahat AAM, Everson RM & Fieldsend JE 2015 'Hybrid Evolutionary Approaches to Maximum Lifetime Routing and Energy Efficiency in Sensor Mesh Networks' Evolutionary Computation 23, (3) 481-507 , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Daniels SJ, Rahat AAM, Everson RM, Tabor GR & Fieldsend JE 2018 'A suite of computationally expensive shape optimisation problems using computational fluid dynamics' 296-307 , DOI PEARL
Rahat AAM, Everson RM & Fieldsend JE 2017 'Alternative infill strategies for expensive multi-objective optimisation' 873-880 , DOI PEARL
Rahat A, Everson R, Fieldsend J, Jin Y & Wang H 2016 'Surrogate-assisted evolutionary optimisation (SAEOpt'16) chairs' welcome & organization' , DOI
Rahat AAM, Everson RM & Fieldsend JE 2014 'Multi-Objective Routing Optimisation for Battery-Powered Wireless Sensor Mesh Networks' 1175-1182 , DOI PEARL

Other academic activities

I am a reviewer for the following journals. 

I was on the program committee the following conferences.