Monday, 8 Mar 2021
The Research Council (TRC) last week announced the three winning projects of the second edition of Upgrade – a programme designed to transform graduation projects into start-ups in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

TRC announces winning graduation projects of Upgrade programme

Upgrade has been created and supervised by TRC, SAS Centre for Entrepreneurship at Information Technology Authority, Omantel and Riyada.

The 3 winning projects have been selected out of eight graduation projects that reached the final evaluation stage of the programme.

The 3 projects, that will be incubated below the programme to be transformed into ICT begin-ups, are ‘Unmanned Surface Vessel for Oil Spillage Handling’, ready by a team from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) ‘Wear View: Virtual Reality Application for Job Seekers’, ready by a team from Rustaq College of Education and ‘Facial-Recognition Application to Scan People’s Identities and Verify the Legitimacy of Their Presence in the Country’, ready by a team from Middle East College.

The Unmanned Surface Vessel for Oil Spillage Handling project ready by the team that involved Waleed al Maawali, Omar al Zakwani, Ahmed al Naabi, Ibrahim al Jahwari, and Moosa al Masoudi from SQU, is a marine robot developed as an unmanned vessel that can respond to marine oil spill notifications, received by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs. It can navigate to the place of contamination, gather samples, detect the sort of contamination, and send genuine-time alerts to the ministry.

The Wear View: Virtual Reality Application for Job Seekers project ready by Zainab al Blushi, Halail al Mayahi, Mahaa al Badri from Rustaq College of Education, is an application that assists job seekers and fresh graduates to practice and prepare for job interviews making use of virtual reality simulation.

The Middle East College’s project Facial-Recognition Application to Scan People’s Identities and Verify the Legitimacy of Their Presence in the Country ready by Naama al Siyabi, Najla al Siyabi, and Ismail al Siyabi, aims at building a face recognition method for scanning criminals’ faces by means of glasses that can be worn by policemen.

Dr Ali al Shidhani, director of Research Centres at TRC, mentioned in the coming editions Upgrade will accept projects not only from the sultanate, but also from other GCC nations.

The awarding ceremony was held at Sundus Rotana Hotel below the patronage of H H Sayyida Dr Muna bint Fahd al Said, assistant vice chancellor for External Cooperation at SQU.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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