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  • 24 - Feb
  • 2024

Students from the University Of Jordan take first place in the Orange Summer Challenge for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things

University of Jordan News - The “OptiGuide" team, which includes three students from the University Of Jordan and three others from various Jordanian universities, won the Orange Company Summer Challenge held in Africa and the Middle East for the year 2023 under the title “Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things."

The team included two students from the School of Engineering: Abdul Rahman Al-Marian from the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, and Muhammad Al-Najjar from the Department of Artificial Intelligence, at the King Abdullah II School of Information Technology, and student Firas Obaid from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, along with students Younis Al-Azza from Al-Balqa Applied University, Sally Ashraf a graduate of the Hashemite University, and Raghad Ajamiya, from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

The jury expressed their admiration for the projects presented, praising the “OptiGuide" team's idea, which came in the form of a futuristic visual aid tool, consisting of an application powered by artificial intelligence and two tactical wristbands. The idea, after taking into account the predictions of the artificial intelligence model, is to guide visually impaired users through vibrations that indicate the safe direction for them.

The winning students thanked the administration of the University Of Jordan, represented by its president, Dr. Nathir Obeidat, for his continuous support for the students, and the Orange Company for providing this unique opportunity, and Dr. Musa Al-Yaman from the School of Engineering and Dr. Musa Al-Akhras from the King Abdullah School of Information Technology for their supervision of the project.

They added that they benefited from the academic experiences provided to them while studying at the university, and from consulting faculty members with expertise in the relevant disciplines during the various stages of project development.

By winning the regional competition, the OptiGuide team qualified to represent Orange Jordan and compete with the rest of the qualified teams from African and Middle Eastern countries.

It is noteworthy that the “Orange" Summer Challenge initiative was held for the first time, and 256 participants from 11 countries applied for it, noting that the company provided the participating teams with an appropriate place to develop their ideas and budgets to purchase the necessary equipment and consulting services to help them develop ideas that may form the nucleus of future companies.​