Mehrdad received his M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems Design from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and his Ph.D. in Computing and Information Technology (operations research) from the University of Wollongong. He is currently a Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, with his current research interest being the design and analysis of metaheuristic optimisation methods, for a variety of business applications, including IoT, logistics, operations research and cloud computing. His work has been published in several highly ranked journals such as Applied Intelligence, Evolutionary Computation, Computers & Industrial Engineering, and Annals of Operations Research. Mehrdad has extensive industry experience in cloud computing, and holds Certified Solutions Architect as well as Certified Educator status with Amazon Web Services (AWS).