Zoomposium 31: 9 February 2023

Published: 23 January 2023

Dr Pejman SAEGHE: ‘Media consumption in the metaverse’ Dr Mahmoud Wagih: 'Radio Frequency (RF)-Enabled Sustainable Electronics' Dr Arianna Gea Pagano: 'Discrete modelling and multi-scale experimental investigation of geomaterials for application to environmental problems'

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Dr Pejman Saeghe, School of Computing Science

‘Media consumption in the metaverse’

The advent of consumer augmented and virtual reality (XR) devices heralds a new age in media content consumption, where in addition to consuming passive media presented on 2D screens, content and information can be consumed as interactive 3D artefacts presented in the viewing environment. This mode of content consumption/interaction brings with it many challenges, including content presentation (e.g., considering viewers’ attention and content consumption habits) and ethical implications such as the privacy, safety, and security of XR users and bystanders and deceptive designs implemented to benefit the service owners, typically at the expense of the users.

Dr Pejman Saeghe uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the identification and mitigation of XR challenges, such as the ones mentioned above.


Dr Mahmoud Wagih, James Watt School of Engineering

‘Radio Frequency (RF)-Enabled Sustainable Electronics’

RF-connected systems are well-defined in telecommunications. My research focuses on RF-enabled systems, i.e., RF powering, RF sensing, and even RF actuation [www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/csi/greenrf/]. This has been focused on user-centric wearable applications with a track-record in printed electronics, flexible/textile-based sensors, and low-cost IoT devices. My current interest is how to build (RF-enabled) electronics for sustainability, considering their cradle-to-grave lifecycle.

I’m keen on working with groups developing new advanced materials, medical to industrial sensors, ultra-low power computing, and sustainability/environmental design, in addition to virtually anyone developing/using electronic systems that could benefit from going wireless and cutting the power cord!


Arianna Gea Paganno, James Watt School of Engineering

‘Discrete modelling and multi-scale experimental investigation of geomaterials for application to environmental problems’

My research interests focus on understanding the link between nano/micro-scale processes in geomaterials and the behaviour at larger scales (up to the engineering scale), by combining discrete modelling techniques and multiscale experimental evidence, with the ultimate aim to inform continuum models to address various geo-environmental challenges. I am keen to collaborate with colleagues with expertise in discrete numerical modelling (e.g. MD, DEM), and experimental techniques for imaging and characterisation of nano/microscopic particles and particulate systems (e.g. x-ray imaging, electron and scanning probe microscopy). In the short term, I plan to obtain funding to look at predicting the behaviour of bentonite engineered barriers for geological disposal of radioactive waste; I am therefore particularly interested in establishing collaborations within this field.


First published: 23 January 2023