Distributed problem-solving taking off in Tulsa

Saeid Samadidana, a computer science doctoral candidate, chose The University of Tulsa after a friend encouraged him to apply. Samadidana said that TU’s friendly environment and how the community is always ready to help also played a large role in his decision.

“I found that there is a lot of research in my area of interest,” Samadidana said. “My research area is multi-agent systems and more specifically it is about distributed problem-solving. My focus is on optimizing the algorithms and also finding a model to predict the behavior of the algorithms.”

Samadidana said that he finds being able to relate the distributed systems to physical law incredibly interesting. “What excites me about my research is the math and providing a theory based on the physical law,” he said.

After-graduation plans

Samadidana has a couple of different career goals for after he graduates. He said he would love to become a faculty member at a university to help share the knowledge and experience he gained during his time at TU with other students. However, he is also interested in joining the industry to apply his expertise in different fields.

“I am never going to miss anything about TU because I always will keep all good memories with myself,” Samadidana said. “However, I will miss my adviser; he is one of the best people I have ever met. He is very knowledgeable, supportive, and helpful. I will definitely be in contact with him and I’m certain I will do many projects with him in the future.”

M.S. and Ph.D. students in the Tandy School of Computer Science are engaged in many interesting and high-impact research projects that can provide them with more experience for their careers. With an effective combination of creativity and technical knowledge, computer science is a highly valued commodity in today’s job market. Some professional opportunities for graduate computer science students are a software developer, game developer, system analyst, security architect, research scientist and professor.