QU, HBKU and QCRI launch Artificial Intelligence National Competition
September 28 2020 07:01 PM
Artificial Intelligence National Competition
Artificial Intelligence National Competition


Qatar University's College of Engineering (QU-CENG), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) announced launch of Artificial Intelligence National Competition.

This opportunity will also raise awareness of AI technologies in Qatar, support building local capacity in this timely and crucial area, and provide a platform for participants to share AI ideas and applications.

The competition consists of two tracks, and participants are required to submit either a "Concept & Design" or "Proof of Concept & Demo". Track 1 of the competition: Concept and Design. Track 2 of the competition: Proof of concept and Demo."

The competition includes many application areas in healthcare solutions, AI in education, automatic and real-time detection of trolls over social media, crowd monitoring and behavior analysis, real-time AI solutions for assisting referees to take prompt decisions, detection and prevention of attacks and malware, drones for emergency services and logistics impacting the supply chain and security challenges due to the blockade.

In his speech, QU-CENG Dean Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji said "This is a national competition challenging students, developers, professionals, and researchers to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to tackle some challenges for different applications.

In his speech, (Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid said "The competition consists of 5 phases: Idea Submission Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, Announcement of shortlisted ideas Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, Solution design / development duration 4 months, Project Submission Monday, Mar. 1, 2021, Project testing and demos (track 2) Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021, Announcement of winners Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021".

In his comment, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Dr. Mounir Hamdi, said "The competition will recognize the developers who are paving the path for future innovative AI technologies that can be deployed to support infrastructure and address challenges for different applications as highlighted below".

The details of the two tracks are as follows: Track 1 of the competition: Concept and Design; The teams are requested to describe their concept and design in the form of an article. A presentation that shows the proposed solution must be presented in front of the juries. The evaluation criteria for this track will be mainly on your innovative idea (60 percent) and the feasibility of implementation (40 percent)".

Track 2 of the competition: Proof of concept and Demos; in this track, the teams are requested to articulate their proof of concept in the form of a detailed article.

A technical presentation must be done to show the proposed solution and the conducted experimentations, in addition to a live demo to demonstrate the actual implementation of the proposed solution. The evaluation criteria for this track will be on the innovative idea (30 percent), the feasibility of implementation (30 percent), and the performance (40 percent).

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