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ECE Students Teams Win Awards at Maker Faire Kuwait

The Maker Faire was held in Kuwait for the first time in February 2017 at the Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref. Participants from around the Gulf attended to showcase innovative ideas in the areas of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft, to be considered for awards in various categories. The American University of Kuwait (AUK) participated with four capstone projects from the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the event and earned awards for 2 of the projects.

The first winning project, The Harvesting Robot, was developed to navigate itself through gardens and small greenhouses and identify fruits as either ripe or rotten and place them in their designated boxes before delivering them to specified locations. The team responsible for developing this robot consisted of Fatima Al-langawy, Fatma Taqi, Heba Abdulraheem and Dr. Mohammed El-Abd, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering. Their invention won the second place award and KD 1500.

The second award to be won by AUK went to RICO; a mobile application that aims to help early-stage Alzheimer's patients recognize people they interact with regularly. This application uses face recognition technology on smart phones to identify individuals and display their relation to the patients by extracting the information from a database. RICO was developed by Anaf Al-Zuhair, Rawan Al-Asad, and Dr. Seyed Esmaeili, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. The team came in fourth place at the event and received KD 750.

Other projects presented by AUK at the event included an indoor fire-fighting drone called Auxilio, and the PCB Milling Machine. Also, Dr. Seyed Esmaeili presented two inventions independently; Two Glasses in One (reversible glasses that the wearer can turn inside-out), and a wheeled suitcase system that minimizes the lift-force required to manoeuvre traditional suitcases.

Maker Faire events were launched in 2006 to showcase invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It was initially designed to showcase makers who are exploring new technologies, but later began to feature innovation in the areas of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. This year, more than 500 entries were submitted for the technological track, from which only 40 were accepted, out of which 5 were declared winners based on evaluations conducted by a judging committee and public votes. Maker Faire Kuwait featured participants from Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and KSA.
 


2nd Place Winner - The Harvesting Robot Team


4th Place Winner - RICO Team

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 28th March 2017



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