The University of Technology and Applied Sciences – Shinas organized a Symposium of Information Technology and Applied Mathematics (SITAM) on on 24th May 2022 under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Saeed Bin Hamed Al-Rubaie, the Vice Chancellor of UTAS. The best research papers are shortlisted from the top 28 research papers on Software Engineering, Networking and Mathematics tracks. Researchers of UTAS-Ibri bagged two “Best Research Paper” awards for their research paper and presentation. A total of three (3) research papers were presented by UTAS-Ibri IT staff during the symposium.
The best research works have been recognized and selected through the blind review based on its originality, significance, novelty of approach/analysis, clarity, organization, and knowledge and the presentation. The awards are recognized for the exceptional research ideas in the domain such as Artificial Intelligence in HyFlex Learning Model and Domination Polynomial.
Below are the details of the authors and the submitted papers:
|Dr. Wilfred Blessing N.R, Ms. Sara Said Al Shukaili||Smart AI Environment to Increase Student Engagement and Innovation Skills in HyFlex Learning Model||Software Engineering/IT||Best Research Paper Award|
|Dr. Sanal Kumar, Mr. Wasim Raja||Distance-2 Domination Polynomial of Tensor Product of Graphs||Mathematics||Best Research Paper Award|
|Dr. Sanal Kumar, Mr. Jithin Mathew||Domination Polynomial of Some Standard Digraph Families||Mathematics||Presentation|
The Information Technology department of UTAS-Ibri and its Research and Consultancy Committee are proud to honour the researchers for the well-deserved success. The Head of the Department, Dr. Amal-Bati Said Al Abri, Head of the Math section, Dr. Pugalarasu, Head of the IT section, Ms. Fatima Said Hamed Al-Shamli, IT Research Coordinator, Dr. Qais Saif Qassim Al Janabi and the entire department staff congratulate the presenters for the impressive achievement and best paper awards at the 3rd Symposium of Information Technology and Applied Mathematics which was conducted Online through MS-Teams.
The Information Technology Department of UTAS-Ibri organized a four (4) days comprehensive online training program on ‘Object Oriented Programming and Graphical User Interface Design using Python’ from 23rd May 2022 to 26th May 2022 through MS Teams. The objective of this training is to provide a concrete programming experience with suitable examples to staff and students. This training is very much useful to the students/staff who have the basic knowledge in Python. The training program covered: conceptual information, applications, examples and hands on activities related to all object oriented concepts and Graphical User Interface design. This training was conducted by Dr. Rajasekaran and Dr. Mastan Vali Shaik. On the 4th day Dr. Rajasekaran concluded the sessions by delivering vote of thanks and collected feedback from the participants. As a result, the participants rated the presenters a 4.9 grade points from a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the highest.
The Information Technology Department, through its IT Society organized a workshop on Big Data to students on the 26th May 2022. The said workshop was presented by Ms. Sana Fathima, an IT Lecturer. The workshop gave insights on the fundamentals of big data concepts, big data system and the technologies that work together for the analysis of the big data. The seminar also highlighted the issues and limitations in traditional systems.
The event also showed the practical demonstration of the Big Data technologies such as Hive and HBase that can be used to process a Big Data file and to store in the big data systems. The use of these technologies make querying and analyzing easy.
After the session, a feedback was taken and as a result, the participants rated the presenter 4.5 on a scale of 1-5 where 5 was the highest.
There were six (6) students who were benefited from the said workshop.
The Information Technology Department has organized a two (2)-day “Computer Troubleshooting and Networking” workshop through its IT Society in 18-19th May 2022. The said workshop was conducted by Mr Isabelo, an IT Lecturer.
During day 1 of the workshop, Mr Isabelo focused on discussion and virtual demonstration, whereas in day 2, he demonstrated the actual workshop using the real devices.
The objective of the workshop is to conduct troubleshooting and networking with the IT exit level students in order to equip and prepare them for their future job. The topics include PC components and its function with troubleshooting techniques, windows operating system installation, and basic networking.
The workshop concluded with a question and answer based on their experiences on PC troubleshooting and after which a feedback was taken from the participants. As a result of the feedback on a scale of 1-5, where 5 is the highest, the participants have rated the speaker 4.8.
The Information Technology Department, through its Course Project sub-committee has organized a training session titled, “How to Write a Research Paper” in 7th April 2022. The session was delivered by Dr Omar Hussein Al Guboori, an IT lecturer, and the target audience were those students in Diploma and Bachelor levels who are currently enrolled in course project. The main objective of this program was to give orientation to students in dealing with research.
The training session focused on answering to the following questions:
- Why we do research?
- What is the meaning of researcher?
- What are the available types of researches?
- The 9 steps to write an article.
The training session started at 9:30 AM and concluded at 10:30 AM with the participation of 15 students. After the session, a feedback was taken from the participants and a result of 4.02 was recorded from a scale of 1-5 where 5 was the highest.
The Information Technology Department has successfully conducted its 6th iTech Marathon 2022, a 1-day national-level student virtual symposium on “Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Mathematical Modeling for Socio-economic Development towards Oman Vision-2040” in 24th March 2022. The symposium aimed at providing a platform for university and college students to share their research-based or project-based ideas towards Oman Vision 2040 and to bring together young Omani researchers who can share ideas and applications on AI and mathematical modelling such as in commercial establishments and enterprises, government, or other institutions that will help promote in attaining the goals set out in the Oman Vision 2040. Furthermore, this symposium has provided a platform to explore novel ideas on machine learning, data analysis, and statistics through effective algorithms, scientific methodologies and mathematical models to boost the AI-based innovations. There were sixteen (16) articles accepted from five (5) institutions namely: UTAS-Muscat, UTAS- Salalah, UTAS-Nizwa, UTAS-Ibra and UTAS-Ibri. The symposium was inaugurated Dr Amal Al-Abri, HoD-IT, followed by a keynote session.
After the symposium, a feedback was collected from the students. On a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the highest, the result of the feedback was 4.4. The department intends to conduct another student conference in future and publish articles in reputed journals.
The Information Technology (IT) Department of the University through its IT Society has organized series of online training programs related to Web Designing from March – May 2022.
The training program was conducted by Ms Amal Al-Mamari, an IT Lecturer and has commenced in 14th April 2022 from 8:30AM – 10:30AM for 2 hours via MS Teams.
The workshop was intended for school students and Omani staff. During the session, Ms Amal covered the following points: the basic HTML structure and how to write html codes using the Notepad++. She also demonstrated to school students how to save the HTML file; topics on how to write headings and paragraphs in the web pages was also demonstrated and how to start a simple web page with heading and paragraph using the html elements, h and p. Towards the end of the series, the participants were given the chance to practice how to format headings and paragraphs using attribute to format the html elements such as, color, font –type, font-size and lastly, the presenter discussed the different types of CSS styling and how to apply them in HTML.
The feedback was collected from the participants based on a scale of 1-5 where 5 was the highest and the feedback result was 4.5.
The Information Technology (IT) Department of the University has conducted an online workshop on Privacy, Data Protection and Security on 14th April 2022. The workshop was conducted by Ms Roselle Solitario, an IT Lecturer.
During the session, the presenter focused on What Privacy and Data Protection are? About Our Data, Privacy or Security Principles and Privacy Rights. Moreover, the presenter introduced and demonstrated how a live network of a third party sites are connected to the current browser session using the Orbis Eye and Thunder Beam plug-ins in Google Chrome. The demonstration captured the attention of participants as they have witnessed how their personal data may be shared to other sites without the user’s consent. Interestingly, Ms Roselle showed the steps on how to get all these avoided, thus tracking of personal data can be avoided, too. Additionally, for the security part, she pointed out that security is a way of protecting assets about people’s data that company has collected so that these companies will make sure that confidentiality, integrity and availability goals are being protected and achieved. Lastly, she cited important points to consider especially in protecting or securing our data such as, always download from an official website, always keeping Operating System and antivirus updated, always clear cookies and browsing history and always read before clicking.
The presenter recorded 25 participants from the University who benefited the session. After the workshop, a feedback was collected. On a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the highest, the feedback result was 3.5.
Recently, the Python Programming is very popular among the programming community. In order to facilitate our own community, the Oman community, the Information Technology (IT) Department of the University, through its IT Society has collaborated with the community and conducted an online webinar training sessions which was conducted by Mr Ahamed Nishath, an IT Lecturer from 27-30 March 2022. During the 5-day session, 2 participants from the community has attended all the 5 sessions with interest and enthusiasm in learning python programming.
Mr Nishath focused and discussed on the significant topics such as the Introduction to Python, Anaconda software installation, the basic data types, I/O statements, lists, tuples, nested tuples, dictionaries, and user-defined functions. After discussion, the presenter gave some practical activities and assignments for the participants to practice.
A feedback was collected from the participants at the end of the sessions and the result is 5 on a scale of 1-5 where 5 was the highest. The participants recommended to arrange for another session related to Advanced Python and Data Visualization concepts. The Department will look into this matter and inform the participants accordingly.
Aligned with Oman vision 2040, as an initiative to bridge the gap between industry and academia, the IT department has organized a one-day online seminar on March 31, 2022. It was coordinated in dual tracks: cybersecurity and data science and each track was in two sessions. The primary purpose of the seminar is to provide a platform for sharing the latest scientific research outcomes related to the topics of cybersecurity and data science with industry decision-makers and community influencers.
Moderated by Mr William Ancheta, a lecturer in the IT department, the seminar has commenced at 9:30AM. Following the opening note, a phrase from the Holy Quran was recited. Afterwards, Mr Abdullah Al-Shukeily, an IT-Lecturer, representing the department council, delivered the welcome message addressing the participants and emphasizing the seminar's primary motivation and the designated impact.
After the inauguration ceremony, a keynote speech on Data Science was delivered by Dr Suresh Rasappan. Dr Suresh has presented an overview of data science and its significance in today's world, where data are generated in massive amounts. He also shed light on the industries' needs in data science from different perspectives, including integrating data from various sources, lack of proper understanding of data, data growth issues, confusion while data analysis tool selection, lack of information professionals, and securing data.
There were six topics scheduled in the cybersecurity track. At first, Dr Francis Saviour delivered his talk titled "Implementation of secure access on a private cloud using Openstack-micro-stack". The speaker has introduced the Openstack platform, its usage, modules, and its significance in academia and industry. Moreover, he has demonstrated how to create a private cloud for testing and practicing purposes. Followed by Dr Qais Qassim presented his paper titled "Symptoms-based network intrusion detection system". The paper presented a new anomaly-based intrusion detection method for SCADA systems. Then, Ms Roselle Salazar-Solitario presented her ongoing research on data encryption using quantum computing titled "Modified Diffie-Hellman algorithm: improving public key encryption for quantum computing". The presented study intended to propose a solution for strengthening shared key establishment and plain text data encryption using a combination of De-Morgan's theorem and Floyd's triangle algorithm.
In the second session of the cyber security track, Dr Musab Al-Rawi presented his research titled "'NetAccess': Networked Access to Computerized-System Using Iris", in which he presented an Iris based recognition system for building access control. Mr Geogen George has presented his research work titled "Distributed Light Weight Blockchain Security in Fog Computing for IoT". He discussed the limitations of existing blockchain implementations in IoT technologies. Moreover, he demonstrated his ongoing research by proposing a new modified Blockchain with a modified header. It uses a new hashing that helps the blockchain process large amounts of incoming sensor data and provide the same to FOG on demand. Finally, Ms Nasim Al-Balushi has presented her research on the impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity in the Sultanate of Oman. In her talk, she has demonstrated how the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for security specialists.
On the other track of the seminar, the data science track, Dr Amal Al-Abri was the first presenter. She presented her research work titled "Mining model for semantic relation extraction and ontology representation in a personalized e-learning environment". The proposed research aimed to provide a personalized e-learning environment using social collaboration tools for collaborative learning activities. Then, Dr Mastan and Dr Rajasekaran presented their research titled "Effective use of data analysis and data visualization in e-learning". Their research has presented a sample case study that focuses on how the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS) will effectively utilize data science in the E-Learning platform.
Afterwards, Mr Mangesh Wanjari presented his topic titled "Self-organized criticality-based Twitter data analytics". In his study, he analyzed the Twitter Data and the dynamics of the interactions in Twitter between nodes corresponding to the Self-Organized Criticality (SOC) principle. Also, he discussed his findings on whether the trending topics on Twitter follow a similar SOC-based earthquake model and demonstrate the evolution of physical systems.
During the second session, Dr Pugalarasu Rajan presented his research work titled "Ecological Model with Prey Harvesting System". His study was an approach to analyzing the complex relationship between prey and predator through studying the dynamics of prey-predator interactions. This was followed by a presentation delivered by Dr Sanal Kumar on Domination polynomial in directed graphs. His presentation discussed the domination polynomial of some standard digraphs to various network problems involving directed interactions. Finally, Dr Dilwar Islam has presented his topic on anisotropic cosmology titled "A study of anisotropic cosmology of general theory of relativity".
The seminar was concluded at 2:30PM, and the closing remarks was delivered by Mr Abdullah Al-Shukeily. The seminar has received positive feedback from the 31 participants with score of 4.54 on a scale of 1-5 where 5 was the highest. It is worth to mention that there were 92 participants who joined the seminar throughout the sessions. All attendees and presenters were awarded a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the IT Department, UTAS-Ibri.