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Electrical & Computer Engineering Exhibition

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the American University of Kuwait (AUK), the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University held the Electrical & Computer Engineering Exhibition 2013 (ECEE'13), in which alumni and students presented projects to compete for the Best Project Award, as well as the Students' Choice Award. The panel of judges for the Best Project Award was composed of instructors and experts in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, while students across the University were able to cast their votes via email to nominate the winner of the Students Choice Award. Interim President Dr. Nizar Hamzeh and Interim Dean Dr. Rawda Awwad presented the awards to the participants and winners in each of the categories.

Dr Issam Damaj, Chair of AUK's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, headed the committee that organized this initiative. "The ECEE'13 was an opportunity to exhibit the projects of the first Computer Engineering graduates. It was good to see our alumni back on campus to meet with the rapidly growing body of engineering students. More than forty current capstone students had the opportunity to learn from the experiences of their peers. The exhibited projects well demonstrated the abilities of our students and the capabilities of AUK's first-class laboratories," he said. The organization committee included Dr. Mohammed El Abd, Mr. Hani Samadi, and Ms. Marie El Neaman.

Four projects were presented in the Exhibition:

GPU Implementation of Computational Algorithms:

  • Khaled Al-Ajmi
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mohammed El Abd

AUK Student, Khaled Al-Ajmi next ot his project

Khaled Al-Ajmi investigated the implementation of two computational algorithms on graphic processing units (GPUs) to accelerate their computation speed. The algorithms implemented are the population-based harmony search and artificial bee colony algorithms. Two GPU-based implementations were presented for each algorithm, one that uses the GPU to speed up the evaluation part of the algorithm and another version that uses the GPU to speed up the algorithm as a whole. Each of these versions was compared against their sequential and CPU-parallel counterparts. The experiments carried out clearly illustrated the increase of the computation speed of the implemented algorithms when executed on GPUs.

Smart Cart:
  • Nardeen Al-Alawy
  • Rudaina Al-Khalawi
  • Reem Al-Luqman
  • Supervisor: Dr. Issam Damaj

AUK Students (From left) Rudaina Al-Khalawi and Reem Al-Luqman


AUK Students (From leftt) Rudaina Al-Khalawi and Reem Al-Luqman preparing their project


AUK Student, Reem Al-Luqman explaining her project

The Smart Cart team has developed a system that facilitates the supermarket experience for the shoppers. By simply connecting to the supermarket's web server wirelessly, the shoppers can easily navigate through the supermarket to find the items they seek without having to waste any time trying to locate them. This is done by using Radio-Frequency (RF) technology, whereby an RF reader attached to the shopping cart locates the desired item-section and guides the shopper to it in a time-efficient manner. Additionally, couples shopping together will never have to worry about losing each other in the supermarket, as there is a shopping cart locator facility as well.

"Be Safe" Smart System:
  • Maryam Al-Omar
  • Dana Al-Muttar
  • Jarrah Jarrah
  • Supervisor: D. Mohammed El Abd

AUK Student, Maryam Al-Omar next to her Project

In addition to regulating light/electricity consumption within the household, this system’s main features are to ensure the safety of the house and its inhabitants. Be Safe can save time for search and rescue operations in case of emergencies when the house needs to be evacuated, such as if a fire breaks out; it automatically counts how many individuals are in the house and determine their locations.

It also has the ability to detect air pollutants, such as gas leaks or dust, and take the necessary measures to ventilate the house accordingly. Once pollutants have been detected in a room, the door to that room closes to stop the pollutants from spreading, and the windows open - in case ventilation was required - or close in case of stopping the pollutants such as dust from entering.

Additionally, the home's lighting system is programed to be solar-sensitive and automatically switch on/off when needed.

Homeowners receive notifications via email whenever the Be Safe system has been activated.

HOBOT: A Customizable HOme Management System with a Surveillance RoBOT with a Surveillance RoBOT
  • Mohammad El-Shafei
  • Maher Rehayel
  • Adel Shalati
  • Supervisor: Dr. Issam Damaj

AUK Students (From left) Maher Rehayel, Mohammad El-Shafei, and Adel Shalati next to their Customizable Home Management System

The Home Management System with a Surveillance Robot, or HOBOT as it is named by its' creators, turns regular, traditional homes into robots - sort of! HOBOT is a system that automates the control over home's maintenance and surveillance that is customized to the personal needs of the homeowner. Some of its functions include monitoring temperature and home ventilation, managing environmentally economic usage of lighting (indoor and outdoor), as well as a security system that documents unexpected activities around the house - these functions are especially useful when the homeowners are away from their homes. When the homeowners are away, HOBOT immediately notifies them via email of any disturbances to the pre-programed settings. HOBOT is ubiquitous; users can use smart phones, tablets, laptops and other computing devices. The system provides a true pervasive computing experience. HOBOT Software is web-enabled and supports several modes of use including the administration of customization and calibration.

After viewing each of the projects, Dr. Hamzeh, supported by the panel of judges, which consisted of Dr. Ashraf Zaher, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Dr. Mounib Khanafer, Assistant Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Seyed Esmaeili, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, presented the certificates to all the participants and congratulated them on their dedication to their projects.

After some consideration, and the tallying of the student votes that were submitted for the Student Choice Award, the winner of both categories was the HOBOT team. Congratulations to them and all their fellow participators for a job well-done!



AUK Student, Khaled Al-Ajmi Receiving his Certificate


AUK Student, Maryam Al-Omar Receiving her Certificate


AUK Student, Mohammad El-Shafei Receiving his Certifiate


AUK Student, Reem Al-Luqman Receiving her Certificate


AUK Student, Rudaina Al-Khalawy Receiving her Certificate


Group photo for Engineering faculty, staff, and students with the AUK Interim President and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Upper row (from left): Dr. Jabran Yousafzai, Dr. Mounib Khanafer, Dr. Seyed Esmaeili, Dr. Ashraf Zaher, Dr. Detlef Hummes, Dr. Nizar Hamzeh, Dr. Rawda Awwad, Dr. Mohammed Al Abd, Dr. Issam Damaj, Mr. Hani El Samadi, Maymoonah I Toubeh
Lower Row - AUK Students (from left): Khaled Al-Ajmi, Maher Rehayel, Mohammad El-Shafei, Adel Shalati, Maryam Al-Omar, Rudaina Al-Khalawi, Reem Al-Luqman


Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 22nd December 2013

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2013



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