Potentially Life-Saving Smartphone App by Ajman University Students Wins Another National Award

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Ajman University (AU) made it happen again!

A team of students and alumni from the College of Engineering and Information Technology earned top national honors in the James Dyson Award with their “Vita-CAM” project. The smartphone application uses artificial intelligence to detect vitamin deficiencies in humans by taking pictures of their eyes, lips, and tongue. The team is now qualified for the next round alongside all other winners from all over the world, in countries where James Dyson branches are located.

Earlier this year, the team, including Ahmed Saifeldeen, Mohamed Ait Gacem, Saifeldeen Alghlayini, and Eng. Wessam Shehieb, an Assistant Lecturer at the AU College of Engineering and Information Technology, won first place – and AED 50,000 in prize money – in the UAE Hackathonfor their potentially life-saving innovation.

Dr. Karim Seghir, AU Chancellor, said the institution takes pride in providing students with hands-on and focused training.  “This bolsters our students’ competitiveness in international, regional and local competitions and forums,” he said. “We are so proud of the creators of Vita-CAM, which is an exceptional achievement.”

Eng. Wessam Shehieb, who is also a graduate of AU’s College of Engineering and Information Technology, said students have shined in several other forums as well, including the “du Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence” competition.

He noted that AU strongly supports and promotes great ideas and innovations. “I am so proud to belong to this esteemed institution which is in the top 2.8% universities worldwide and among top 1.7% institutions in the Arab world,” he said.

The James Dyson Award is an international engineering design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is open to current and recent design engineering students and is run by the James Dyson Foundation.

Entries are judged first at the national and regional levels before progressing to the international stage. A panel of Dyson engineers selects an international shortlist of 20 entries. The top 20 projects are then reviewed by Sir James Dyson, who selects the international winner plus up to two runners-up.

While entries were accepted on March 28 to July 11, 2019, about 50 projects were qualified for the second stage on the national and regional levels, and the national winner (Vita-Cam) and two runners-up were announced on September 19. The international winner is to be announced on November 14.