A student from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, was placed in the top five at the recently held Challenge & Innovation Forum Qatar 2021.
Mohamed al-Qassabi was recognised for his invention of a detection system for football matches that detects offside plays, as well as performance and injury issues.
The competition also included a hackathon portion, where teams worked together to create a new invention within 48 hours. Al-Qassabi’s team was placed second by creating an invention that provides feedback to home fitness enthusiasts.
CMU-Q’s Houda Bouamor, assistant teaching professor in information systems, served as a mentor during the hackathon portion of the competition.
Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, congratulated al-Qassabi: “Mohamed is a true inventor. Over the past several years, he has continuously applied the knowledge he learns at CMU-Q to refine his invention.”
The first competition of its kind in the Mena region, the Challenge & Innovation Forum hosted 100 participants from 38 countries. The competition was hosted in collaboration with government and industry partners, including the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Qatar Scientific Club.
“I like these kinds of competitions because they help me develop my project,” said al-Qassabi. “I get feedback that can help me make it better.”
Al-Qassabi, who is studying information systems with a minor in Arabic studies, was recently placed third in the 'Stars of Science' innovation competition that is televised throughout the Arab world. During that competition, he expanded his invention from an offside detector to a system that can also sense performance issues or injuries.
“I like learning new things, and then making them work,” said al-Qassabi.
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar offers undergraduate programmes in information systems, as well as biological sciences, business administration and computer science.