Experienced and PhD qualified researcher and engineer.

Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (AUS)

Currently I am working on modelling and controlling of Distributed Autonomous Systems.

I received a PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015 while Dipl.-Ing. degree (equivalent of bachelor’s plus master’s degree), with the highest honours, from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010. During PhD, I was awarded International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award by the Australian Federal Government in 2011, and Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (MATS) by the University of Melbourne in 2013.

I had experience in Machine Learning, Iterative Learning Control, Extremum Seeking Control, Networked Control Systems and Model Predictive Control.

My interest is in modelling and controlling of Cyber-Physical Systems.

(In 2017 I changed my name from Merid Ljesnjanin to Alex Salkica Ira.)

Past experience (in chronological order)

Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC)
(5M | APR 2019 – AUG 2019)

Development of machine learning APIs for risk detection

Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
(3Y9M | JUL 2015 – MAR 2019)

Machine Learning project
(2Y1M | MAR 2017 – MAR 2019)

Iterative Learning project
(1Y2M | JAN 2016 – FEB 2017)

Extremum Seeking Control project
(6M | JUL 2015 – DEC 2015)

PhD Student at the University of Melbourne
(4Y4M | APR 2011 – JUL 2015)

Networked Control Systems project


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(4Y4M | APR 2011 – JUL 2015)

Research in the area of model predictive control and networked control systems
Coursework: convex optimisation, linear systems, nonlinear systems and hybrid systems
Recipient of the International Postgraduate Research scholarship and Australian
Postgraduate Award stipednship awarded by the Australian Government and 2 grants awarded by the University of Melbourne
For PhD thesis click here

Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(5Y5M | SEP 2004 – FEB 2010)

Research in the area of digital sliding mode control
Coursework: 36 subjects
Recipient of several scholarships
Published 2 conference papers
First in Class of 2010 (out of 300+ students)
Volunteering: Chair of the IEEE student branch