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AUK Holds the 4th Annual Electrical & Computer Engineering Exhibition 2016 (ECEE'16)

Alumni and students from the American University of Kuwait presented their senior capstone design projects during the 4th Annual Electrical & Computer Engineering Exhibition 2016 (ECEE'16). ECEE'16 was organized by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and teams from the AUK- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Branch (IEEESB), and featured designs that competed for two awards; the Best Project Award, and the Students Choice Award.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Mounib Khanafer, Chair of the Organizing Committee, who explained that such exhibitions provide students with platforms to test and showcase their skills through the projects they present. "These projects are valuable opportunities for students to test their skills, make a change in their societies and shape their professional personalities to pave way towards a successful career," he expressed.

The event also featured 3 keynote speeches. Professor Kassem Saleh, Acting Dean of the College of Life Sciences, Kuwait University, spoke of stakeholder management for successful projects; Ali Arzouni, Project Manager, Siemens Electrical and Electronics Services Kuwait (KSCC), spoke of the principles of modern automation systems; and Dr. Detlef Hummes, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, AUK, spoke of the global future of technology.

Seven teams participated in the event. Each team addressed a specific area of technical interest and was supervised by a faculty member from the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. The event served as a capstone design project incubator for junior and senior students.

Towards the end of the event, the judging panel that was comprised of Dr. Mounib Khanafer, Assistant Professor of Computer & Electrical Engineering; and Dr. Jibran Yousafzai, Assistant Professor of Computer & Electronic Engineering named the IVA: Inspection Vehicle ATARO project as the winner of the Best Project Award, while registered students in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department voted SysMART: A System of Smart Markets as the winner of the Student Choice Award.

Hala Al-Faisal and Ajab Fakhruddin were the team behind the Best Project Award winning project, IVA: Inspection Vehicle ATARO. This project allows the visual inspection of motors and generators for power plant application. The robot is extremely small so that it can go inside the airgap of a generator without removing the rotor. This allows inspection during short maintenance periods, which saves both the time and costs of removing the rotor. Three small endoscopic cameras are mounted atop the robot that can be controlled by a PlayStation 2 Dual Shock joystick. It comes with a convenient user interface that allows the inspector to view all three cameras simultaneously while controlling the movement of the robot. IVA is operated by a magnetic champ drive so that it is able to provide visual inspection of the stator surface around 360o. This team was supervised by Dr. Detlef Hummes.

Yazan Mohamad, Majd Makdessi and Omar Raad won the Students Choice Award with their project; SysMART: A System of Smart Markets. The aim of SysMART is to revolutionize the customer shopping experience by featuring smart solutions that can provide useful information and services for shoppers. Features include indoor navigation, smart cart, kids tracking, food freshness tracker, companion mutual tracking, cashier lane suggestion, alternative supermarket branch purchase suggestions for out-of-stock items. SysMART also offers unique off-supermarket options, such as items availability, parking availability, traffic status leading to and from the supermarkets. This team was supervised by Dr. Issam Damaj, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering.

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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 20th February 2017

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2017

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