The Staff Development Committee of Engineering Department organized a seminar program on "ARDUINO PROGRAMMING WITH DIFFERENT SENSORS” on 24th November 2022 Thursday from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in Engineering Skills Lab (B105).

Mr. Abdul Hafeez Sajid, Instructor Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Section has delivered the presentation for the benefit of the staff members. The targeted audience for the program were the lecturer of Electrical and Electronics Engineering section.

He started his presentation with Arduino Overview. He stated that Arduino is an open source electronics platform based on basic hardware and software. It is a single-board microcontroller intended for anyone making interactive and multidisciplinary projects. He discussed Arduino UNO, Arduino Nano, Arduino Mini, Arduino MEGA, Arduino MKR 1000, Arduino MKR 1400, Node MCU, and ESP8266 etc.

He elaborated about various sensors like , color sensor, Voltage sensor ,current sensor, Hall effect Sensor, IR sensor, Ultrasonic sensor, Motion sensor etc. used with the Arduino, which is available on the market that are used in industry.

Finally he presented some case studies like, implementation of temperature controlled ac home appliances using Arduino, smart health care system for monitoring asthma patients based on iot, an iot based novel system to control distracted driving and over speeding etc. Also he has given a demo session with example projects and resource code using Proteus simulation. It was a useful guide to the lecturers of engineering department to be benefitted with the Arduino programing with various sensors. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective. Totally 25 staff participated.

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00 Written by in Engineering

The Information Technology Department through IT Society Committee organized a workshop for the students on 22nd October 2022, entitled “Amazing Mathematical Facts”. The workshop was delivered by Ms. Seema Afroz, Math lecturer, IT Department. The Speaker introduced the main objective of the session to the students. She further elaborated that the session was intended to explore the amazing mathematical concepts and its applications which arise in real world. The students had been trained about Pascals Triangle, Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio and made to realize about the manner in which they were interrelated. At the end of the session, the students were given a follow up activity to assess their aptitude skills which were learnt during the session. It had been found that, the students acquired the necessary skills.

The session was ended by collecting the participants feedback on a scale of 5, the overall feedback was 4.95

Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00 Written by in IT

The Workshop on Vedic Math was organized by the IT society for the students’ community on 22nd November 2022. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Henah Evangelene Vatsalya, Lecturer IT department. The main objective of the workshop was to introduce and to make them learn improve the easy techniques in math computations. This new approach using Vedic math helps in faster computations without actually having to do the long computational procedures. In this session, students learnt a new approach of solving the different types of equations (Linear and Quadratic equations) and to solve the right angled triangles.

The topics discussed in detail during the session were:

  1. Solution of Linear Equations
  2. Solutions of Simultaneous Equations
  3. Factorization of Quadratic Equations
  4. Pythagoras theorem – New approach

The session turned out to be very helpful to the students by making it a fun experience to learn Math. The students were very delighted to learn new short-cut methods for calculations which is evident form their feedback on the event with an average of 4.95 / 5.00. They expressed their views to have more of such sessions in future that make Math learning a great experience.

Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00 Written by in IT

On the occasion of celebrating the Oman Mathematics Day, an online quiz competition “Math Wizard - 2022” was organized by the Math Club of Information Technology Department – UTAS Ibri, in November 22, 2022 at 12PM. The competition aimed at developing the math computing and logical reasoning skills of the students. The program and invitation was sent to all students from the 2 campuses of UTAS-Ibri (CoT and CAS), and as a result, there were 25 students who heed to the call of this event.

The program started at 12PM and immediately the 25 participants have gathered in room D015 (venue). The organizers have discussed the mechanics of the competition, thereafter the competition has started. After the quiz ended, the results were announced to the students and the three top scorers were declared as winners. The Head of IT Department – Dr. Amal Al Abri, the Head of Math Section – Dr. R. Pugalarasu and the Coordinator of Math Club Ms Wardah Al Majrafi addressed the gathering and thanked the students for their active participation. At the end, Dr. Amal Al Abri awarded the prizes and certificates to the winners.

The following students are the winners of the quiz contest:

  1. Aryam Al Mamari - UTAS-Ibri (CoT)
  2. Samiya Al Hinai - UTAS-Ibri (CoT)
  3. AlMoatasem Al Jassasi - UTAS-Ibri (CoT)

The feedback collected from the participants for the event was recorded as 3.67 / 5.00.

Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00 Written by in IT

The speaker, Ms Sharon Ruth Devaneson shared a teaching tip on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The nerve point of her presentation was on how to bridge the gap between classroom and real life situations and it seemed important as it is notoriously difficult for many students, understanding how classroom curriculum applies to the real world. Especially, in areas like English, many students fall into the trap of repeating information without really comprehending the underlying framework.

Technology is another medium that is being used by teachers to bring the real world into the classroom these days. However, the language items learned by students mostly stay within the classroom. 'Connecting' what is learned in the classroom with the real world promotes total student involvement and learning through authentic situations. The teacher acts as the bridge that facilitates and provides the necessary scaffolding.

Profile: Sharon Ruth Devaneson has over 18 years of experience teaching English at the tertiary level. She has an M.A in English Language and Literature from the University of Madras and a CELTA from the British Council. She is constantly trying innovative techniques and strategies to motivate her students to learn and use English independently.

Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00 Written by in ELC

The Staff Development Committee (SDC) of the Business Studies Department organized a presenation on "Mediation and Moderation Analysis" on Thursday, 17th November 2022 from 10.00 p.m to 11.00 a.m at "A214B". The welcome address was given by Dr.Muhammed fasial. The presentation continued with Dr.Tamilselvan, Lecturer, UTAS-Ibri, the presenter started the session by highlighting the basic concepts about mediation and moderation analysis in research. He did an activity about “Assessing the mediating role of residents’ perceptions toward tourism development” for the faculty members to develop a conceptual framework using the given variables such as Independent and Dependent. The staff members were actively involved and completed the task given. All participants received noteworthy session and benefited to all. At the end of the session, some faculty members raised their concerns to the presenter for further clarification. A total of 13 faculty members attended the session. The vote of thanks was given by Dr Surendar Vadeppalli, HOS,Accounting, Business studies department.

Sunday, 27 November 2022 00:00 Written by in Business Studies

The Staff Development Committee of Engineering Department organized a seminar program on "Artificial Intelligence Applications in Electrical Engineering" on 17th November 2022 Thursday from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in Engineering Multi-Purpose Hall (B102).

Mr. Veera Nagireddy Varampati, Lecturer, Electrical Engineering Section has delivered the presentation for the benefit of the staff members. The targeted audience for the program were the lecturer of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

He started his presentation with the introduction on Artificial Intelligence. He stated that artificial intelligence (AI) is the emulation of human intellectual functions by machines, particularly those using computer systems. He discussed the supervised, semi-supervised, and unsupervised learning techniques used in machine learning and deep learning based on artificial neural networks (ANN). He elaborated on a comparison of various hardware for utilizing the Artificial Intelligence, which is available on the market that are used in industry. It served as a helpful manual for Engineering faculties who wanted to apply AI to their benefit. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective. Totally 18 staffs participated.

Thursday, 24 November 2022 00:00 Written by in Engineering

In the pursuant of achieving the Strategic Plan of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS) and the Oman Vision 2040, the UTAS-Ibri represented by the IT department conducted a collaborative program with “The Station”, a non-governmental organization based in Iraq to perform a scientific research training, entitled, “Advanced Training Program in Research Methodology: Step-by-Step Guideline”. The research program was delivered by Dr. Omar Hussein Al Guboori, an IT Lecturer from 1-11 November 2022 at 4PM-9PM due to participants’ availability. The program was conducted offline in Baghdad and the attendance was 16 participants from various occupations such as heads of departments, postgraduate students, and researchers.

The aim of the program is to support the researchers and qualify them to establish a reliable research infrastructure and create a solid foundation of knowledge for the principles and goals of advanced research methodology as the Research methodology provides students with the necessary knowledge to undertake better research and conceivably become successful career researchers. Moreover, teaching research methodology to students has become more critical than ever because of the changing nature of science and data.

The training program provided the participants with the necessary knowledge to undertake better research and conceivably become successful career researchers. The program targeted post-graduate students, lecturers, and researchers in (Research and Development) departments in private and government sectors. Moreover, based on the experience in the scientific research fields, Dr. Omar designed and proposed a twelve steps procedure guideline that the researcher should follow sequentially to do high-impact factor research. The proposed guideline starts by defining the research area and finishes by preparing a manuscript (thesis or journal article) for publication. And towards the end of the program, Dr. Omar asked the participants to do presentations individually. This aimed at evaluating their knowledge and understanding the training outcomes.

Below are the deliverables of the said 11-day extensive training program:

Date

Time

Topic

1st November 2022 Tuesday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Meet the sponsor
  • Send the requirements to the attendees.
  • Specify the type of the attendees that need to attend the workshop.

2nd November 2022 Wednesday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Check the venue of the event.
  • Check the profile for the attendances
  • Update the course delivery content based on the attendance’s requirements.

3rd November 2022  Thursday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

We explained the answers to the following questions:

  • What is publication?
  • Why we do publications?
  • What is the performance metric for high quality researcher?
  • H-index and Citations
  • Journal’s types and differences

4th November 2022 Friday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Journal impact factor.
  • Type of publications.
  • Step by step guideline (1-3)

5th November 2022 Saturday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • How we do Publication?
  • Step by step guideline (3 - 12)

6th November 2022 Sunday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • How to find problem statement?
  • How to do literature review?
  • Why we do literature review?
  • How to define the objectives?
  • How to identify research complexity?
  • How to set the research methodology?
  • Structure of research

5th November 2022 Monday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Practical Day on PhD and MSc. thesis and Articles

6th November 2022 Tuesday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Journal Life Cycle DAY
  • The roles of chief editor, reviewer
  • Why is my paper rejected?
  • How to increase the opportunity for my paper to get accepted?
  • How to prepare my article for submission to web of science journal?
  • How to respond to reviewers’ comments?
  • How to do marketing for my published article?

7h November 2022 Wednesday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Break to let the student prepare for presentation,

8th November 2022 Thursday

04:00 pm – 09:00 pm

  • Break to let the student prepare for presentation,
5th November 2022 Monday 04:00 pm – 09:00 pm) 
  • Practical Day on PhD and MSc. thesis and Articles
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 00:00 Written by in IT

IT Students Won Second Prize in National Level Research Competition The IT students who represented UTAS-Ibri won the second prize during the National Level Research Day Competition which was graced by the University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Said Hameed Al Rubei and organized by UTAS-Al Musannah in collaboration with ISACA - Muscat Chapter in November 10, 2022. The Student Research Day was designed to promote student research and creative inquiry. This event was open to all students from all the academic institutions across the Sultanate who wanted to display their research and creative projects in the IT discipline in the form of a Poster or Applied model with oral presentations. Three teams from the IT department (UTAS-Ibri) participated in the Research Day that focused on “Oman Vision 2040 for Research”, keynote address on “Information Security” and other technical talk and poster/project presentations. Out of 26 teams who participated from 17 universities, the IT team (UTAS-Ibri) won the second prize for the presentation entitledاطمئن Etmaen – “An interactive AI App to boost the mental health in the Arab World”. This research proposal explores a novel idea of mobile application that uses Arabic Natural Language Processing (NLP) feature and AI based software robots to interact with the users that could beat depression, anxiety, self-criticism, stress feelings, psychological disorders and help while they feel anxious or insecure, sad, or angry. Moreover, another presentation entitled, “Self-Checkout Shopping Cart with Anti-Theft Solution” won the ISACA-Muscat chapter one year membership. The main goal of this project is to boost the existing supermarket shopping carts to prevent them from being misused and/or damaged as well as to provide a modern shopping experience. Another team presented the project entitled, “Smart Master Alarm Clock” which received a certificate of appreciation for the worthy idea and presentation. This project is intended to design a smart alarm clock that interacts with the environment to adjust the room temperature and lights to create the most convenient wakeup ambiance. A total of 8 IT students and a lecturer, Dr. Wilfred Blessing N.R have participated.

Research Day Winners and Participants

SN

Title

Students

Supervisor

Award

1

اطمئن Etmaen - An Interactive AI App to Boost the Mental Health in Arab World

Said Saud Sulaiman Al-Qassabi,

Nizzar Said Obaid Al-Shukaili

Dr. Wilfred Blessing N.R

WINNER – Second (Cash Award of OMR 100 & Certificates)

2

Self-Checkout Shopping Cart with Anti-Theft Solution

Sabrina Sulaiman Ali Al Kalbani,

Nawf Abdallah Rashid Al Shamsi,

Atheer Sulaiman Ali Al Kalbani

Dr. Qais Saif Qassim Al Janabi

ISACA Muscat Chapter-Gift Voucher (One year membership), Certificates

3

Smart Master Alarm Clock

Amna Khalaf Mohammed Al Mamari,

Zainab Awadh Mohammed Al Saadi,

Amal Said Bati Al Qayudhi

Dr. Qais Saif Qassim Al Janabi

Certificates

Through this active participation and presentation, all the student participants have benefitted especially on the awareness on current research domains and projects. The interaction with other university students and experts are highly effective.

 
Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:00 Written by in IT

The Staff Development Committee of Engineering Department organized a webinar program on “Supply Chain: Inventory Management through Rules and Packages” on 8th November 2022, Tuesday from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM through MS Teams. The program was delivered by Dr. Joby George, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kerala, India. The targeted audience for the program were faculty members of Engineering Department.

He started his presentation with a welcome address note on global supply chain management. Then he started explaining about the components of supply chain management and further elaborated the presentation on inventory management in supply chain. Also, discussed the research possibilities in inventory management using different rules and packages that are now being used in SCM research. It was a useful presentation for all the faculty members of engineering department. Also, the session was interactive and useful. 

Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:00 Written by in Engineering
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