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USP Research Paper – Third Best in High Ranked International Conference

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(From L-R): Associate Professor Giansalvo Cirrincione, Mr Nayzel Jannif, Professor Maurizio Cirrincione, and Dr Ali Mohammadi with the certificate and award.

The quality of research carried out at The University of the South Pacific (USP) continues to strengthen.

Academics of the School of Engineering and Physics (SEP) recently received an international award for the third best research paper out of 850 papers submitted from across the world.

The team comprising of Professor Maurizio Cirrincione, Mr Nayzel Jannif, Dr Ali Mohammadi, and Associate Professor Giansalvo Cirrincione who is an Adjunct Associate Professor based in France (University of Picardie Jules Verne) and Gianpaolo Vitale (Senior Researcher of the National Research Council of Italy - CNR) submitted a research paper on Experimental Application of Least-Squares Technique for Estimation of Double Layer Super Capacitor Parameters.

The paper was submitted to the 20th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems held in Sydney, Australia from 11 – 14 August 2017, co-sponsored by the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and received the third prize for the Best Paper Award during the closing ceremony.

Super capacitors are power storage devices commonly used in electrical or hybrid vehicles and boats. There are many models to explain their behaviour; however, estimation of the parameters of the super capacitors is very difficult, because of the complexity of the model.

The research paper submitted by the team from SEP discussed all of the variables of the model of the super capacitor so that it could be put to better use in terms of greater efficiency in electric vehicles and make the system fault tolerant and consequently safer. This can have important industrial applications.

Professor Cirrincione, Head of SEP and contributor of the research paper said that it is a proud moment for his school and the University as a whole to have been awarded the third best from papers submitted from well developed countries like Japan, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and countries from the European continent that have better resources and facilities.

This award, he said, attests that the University provides quality education, so students are confident that when they graduate, their qualification is internationally recognised as well.

This research is relevant to the region, in that, the super capacitor is an important component of electric vehicles and boats and the fact that USP’s SEP is leading in this field of super capacitors.

This, Professor Cirrincione said, may in a way drive some graduates to continue our ideas in making spinoffs, which they can also sell abroad, because it is very much in demand.

The Head of School thanked Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) and Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP for their continuous support towards research related activities at the University.

He also acknowledged the contribution of the staff and students of SEP towards any research conducted at the school.

While congratulating the team, Dr Jokhan said that the Engineering section continues to demonstrate their ability to be amongst the world’s best in the quality of research and innovations.

“It goes to show good leadership and teamwork amongst the staff and students. I am extremely proud with the performance of our engineers,” Dr Jokhan said.

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