As Part of the 2018 British Computer Society (BCS) ICT Conference, this year’s programme includes a National Level Student Competition in UAE. The objective of this event is to provide students a unique platform where they use technology to showcase their creativity and enhance their interest in the areas of Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IOT), Robotics, Cyber security, Block chain, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Health Care, Mobile Apps, Telecommunications, eLearning, Cloud computing, UX, 3D Printing which is aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development.
Dr. Mohammad Hamdan from School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences organized and chaired the programming competition on behalf of BCS middle east. It was organized in a research flavor as a student research conference. A call for paper (CFP) was crafted and circulated to various academic institutions in UAE. More than 80 unique individuals accessed the CFP using EasyChair thus exposing Heriot Watt University to a wide audience. Around 25 Abstracts were submitted after extended deadline in June 2018. After reviewing Abstracts only 15 teams submitted full papers describing their application to the competition. This includes a 10 pages paper in addition to uploading a video that describes the system. Academics from U.A.E. and the region were asked to review the submitted papers. Only 11 were accepted and asked to come to Heriot Watt University Dubai on the7 th October 2018 to give an oral presentation and demo of their projects. Also posters were shown to audience.
A panel of judges (five from HW and one external from University of Birmingham Dubai) evaluated the five presentations and ranked the winners. The students expressed their thanks to the judges and fairness of the process. The title of the projects that won were: 1) IoT based control of Laundry Machines, 2) Iris – Platform for memory loss patients, 3) Intelligent Energy Management System. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to winners during BCS ICT conference ( http://www.bcsconf.com ) in Abu Dhabi on the 28 th October 2018.
Students from various institutions in Dubai, RAK and Abu-Dhabi participated in the event. In fact a local student (UAE national) reached the finals this year and presented an interesting project. Mr Ahmad Al-Hamdi from ADNOC presented his work about “Implementation of Mixed Reality Technology In Oil and Gas Industry Training”.