Al Ain: The oldest university in the UAE, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) recently honored a team of outstanding students from its College of Information Technology who secured first place in the Brain-Computer Interface Designers Hackathon at the 2021 Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society.
The winning team which comprised of Mr. Khalil Ibrahim Al Balooshi, Mr. Ahmed Shemy, and Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Jabbar was supervised by Dr. Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem. Mr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Chancellor of the UAEU, and Adviser for Cultural Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, welcomed the winners.
Meanwhile, Dr. Belkacem elaborated that, “Participation in the conference is a vital means to strengthen the college and university efforts to prepare graduates to be innovative, creative and future-ready. The student team developed a robotic communications system that reads a record of brain activity (electroencephalogram) and translates it into commands that allow users to speak to others. This system assists people of determination paralyzed through stroke, spinal cord injuries, broken neck, or deaf and mute.
Commenting on the team’s victory, team leader, Mr. Al Balooshi, stated that, “The victory is the fruit of hard work. The team worked together diligently for long hours. We had unlimited support from our academic staff, who opened our horizons to the possibilities of innovations that would refine our skills and the end-product. This enabled us to compete with confidence against a global field of students from many disciplines.”
Sharing his insights into the winning project, the team leader further elaborated that, “It is distinguished by the inclusion of a speech-to-text engine. This enables the user to read the speech and activates an automated response system. That system relies on Neuro-Linguistic Processing technology and moves the robot’s parts by sending commands to the brain.”
Most Read: These are the Instagram Rulers from the GCC