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CEI Students and Faculty attend GITEX 2019


Last week, students and faculty from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics (CEI) attended the 39th GITEX Technology Week, where they were immersed in the latest technology and innovations. This year’s exhibition was held under the theme of ‘Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy’, which brings together human creativity and skills and next-gen technologies like 5G, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, AR/VR, and Mobility.

Judhi Prasetyo, Lecturer in CEI, was invited to participate in the GITEX Tech Talk. Judhi with other panel discussion members, Matthew Karau (New York University), and Aradhya Malhotra (Skyless Games), shared their thoughts and ideas around ‘Consumer Robotics: Robots for Everyday Life’ and engaged with the attendees through a Q&A session. Judhi also moderated another session on ‘Big Data Convergence and Integration with IoT’ featuring industry experts Alberto Delgado (Etisalat), Mazen Faraj (Nutanix), Vijay Jaswall (Software AG) and Byron Gavin (RBBI).

The CEI students, under the guidance of their lecturers Engie Bashir, Dr Maha Saadeh, Judhi Mrasetyo and Chinnu George, went on several field trips to the GITEX event and were amazed to see and interact with what they described as “out of this world” technologies and inovations.

Second year BEng student Karishma Sukhwani said, “We were amazed to see the technological advancements like driverless vehicles, self-driving drones and even flying bikes – all of which, aside from driverless cars, are on sale in the current market. There were a lot of applications for VR and AR for training and controlling the mobility of far distanced vehicles. We were able to benefit from hands-on experience with the latest and upcoming technologies”.

First year BEng student Sujay Sherstha also reflected on the experience at GITEXT: “4G technology is now lacklustre compared to the new 5G technology. I was able to experience it at the Ericsson booth first hand when the operator was able to control an excavator that was miles away in the comfort of his makeshift headquarters. This technology allows construction operators to resume their work operations even when temperatures are at hazardous levels; thus, improving the efficiency of the construction process.”

A big thanks to Dell EMC for providing an exceptional guided tour to the students. The students were able to engage with the company’s experts who showcased Dell EMC products and services relating to emerging technologies. By attending these events, students are able to see how theoretical knowledge is applied to the real-world.

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