Student recognized globally for high-impact research on vehicular networks

Mosavat sits at a desk, working on a laptop, in a room with electrical and computer equipment. Another student works at a desk in the background.
Mosavat has spent many hours in this lab in the Engineering Office Wing, which is shared by Professor Lin Cai and another faculty member

2020 December – Hamed Mosavat wants his work to have a positive impact on the world and he’s found a niche where he can do just that.

Mosavat, a PhD student in UVic Electrical Engineering, is focusing his energy on improving road safety through wireless networking and mobile computing.

“Transportation is an inseparable part of our modern life, in which driving safety is of great importance,” he says. “ During my PhD, I’ve been working on vehicular networks in order to increase the reliability of vehicle-to-vehicle communication.”

Recently, Mosavat’s work was recognized when he received the prestigious IEEE Transportation Electronics Fellowship Award. The international award, which promotes graduate-level study, recognizes outstanding research contributions to vehicular communications and intelligent transportation systems. (IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology.)

“Ideally, my ambition is to make the world a better place to live,” says Mosavat. “If I can be a small part of doing that by improving road safety and enhancing the reliability of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, I’ll be more than happy.”

Five years ago, Mosavat left his hometown of Jahrom, in southern Iran, to attend UVic. He’d earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Tehran, so the move to Victoria was a big change. But he was eager to work with Lin Cai, whose own research in wireless networking and mobile computing is internationally recognized and has earned numerous awards and accolades.

“By choosing UVic, I had this opportunity to work with top researchers in the Communication Networks Lab under the supervision of Professor Lin Cai, who has extensive expertise,” says Mosavat. “ I think every moment at UVic collaborating with my lab-mates in the CNLAB has been memorable for me.”

Though immersed in his work much of the time, Mosavat has also found time both to enjoy Victoria’s natural beauty and stay connected to his Iranian roots and sense of community. He served as president of UVic Iranian Students Association for two years, supporting Iranian students and promoting Persian culture by organizing cultural events and festivals.

“I also play Setar, an Iranian musical instrument,” he says. “It actually helps me remember where I came from – that’s why I love playing and keep practicing.”

Mosavat will be defending his PhD thesis online later this month. After he completes his time at UVic, he plans to pursue work that enables him to work on an R&D team that focuses on finding practical solutions to real-world problems.

“I’m most passionate about learning new things and helping other people,” says Mosavat, “since I believe that the latter helps me to be a better human being, and the former motivates me to move and progress.”

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