WaCoMo team selected for final in Seattle

 23 May 2017 - 10:12

WaCoMo team selected for final in Seattle

The Peninsula

The “WaCoMo” team from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) has been selected among six winning teams at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Middle East and Africa 2017 to represent the Middle East and Africa region in the worldwide final in Seattle.

The team received the award by Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Al Hariri on May 21 at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon.

The team includes students Youssef A Al Hariri, Naram S Mhaisen, and Omran A Alrashid Abazeed. They were supervised by CENG Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Dr Osama Halabi. The students created a project aimed at smart sensing and monitoring water consumption, as well as providing an interactive visualisation of the water consumption happening at different outlets in a property to eventually reduce water wastage.

Commenting on this achievement, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa said: “We are very proud of our students who did an amazing job at this competition. Such achievement refers to the high-quality education offered by CENG. This reflects the College’s commitment to provide students with opportunities to participate in various regional and international initiatives to boost their skills and develop their knowledge and experience. This also aligns with the College’s vision towards excellence in education, research, and community service.”

CSE Head Dr Sumaya Al Maadeed said: “We are proud of the achievement of our students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This reflects Qatar University’s support of its students and its ongoing efforts to offer a high-quality education and an optimal learning environment, which contributes to encouraging the students to innovate and create.”

Dr Osama Halabi said: “I am full of hope on the future of the group’s unique idea. This is a very innovative project, which is not yet in the market and we hope that they would be the pioneers in the field. In addition, the project provides a smart and unique solution for water monitoring that will lead to less water wastage which is very important for the region and the world.”

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities to students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications and games and to integrate solutions that can change the way we live, work and play. 17 teams competed in this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup Middle East and Africa.