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Place of visit: CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Salalah Airport, Salalah.

Date:8th June 2022.

As a step towards strengthening the collaboration with industries 6 faculty members of IT, Engineering and Business Department, UTAS – Salalah visited CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), Salalah on 8th June 2022. The visit’s agenda was to find out the mutual cooperation areas such as Live Projects for UTAS students, training programs for students and employees of CAA, and finding the possibilities of joint ventures on various Research Areas.

First of all, Dr. Khalid Al-Najjar and Mr. Mohammed Jaddad has given a brief introduction about CAA and their requirements, then we splitted into 3 groups with CAA staffs to discuss about the training programs which CAA needs for their employees, Identifying the research areas and projects, enlist the training programs which can be offered by CAA and to identify the possibilities of collaborative projects for UTAS students. After the discussion, we collected their requirements. Meanwhile, we visited the exhibition areas where they have shown and explained about their functioning and equipment’s such as the radar system, navigation system and others. The ATC (Air Traffic control) tower also we visited and the supervisor explained us about the technologies and equipment’s used there to control the flights and other systems briefly.

The faculty members are Dr. Husam Ahmed Ba Sedeeq, Mr. Hatem Suwailam, Dr. Abhishek Dubey, Mr. Devarajan Veerasamy, Dr. Naveen Prasad, Dr. Mithun Vinayak Kulkarni.

The Tenth Annual Graduation Project Competition 2022 (UTAS GPC-2022) participated by all UTAS branches was conducted online on the 26th of May 2022 at the UTAS – Sohar campus.

The Graduation Projects Competition (GPC) started in the year 2012. This competition is intended to showcase the projects developed by Information Technology students from all UTAS branches in the academic year 2021-2022. This competition is conducted to motivate the students for doing excellent projects and to select the best three projects from all UTAS and honor them.

Participants submitted a detailed report and recorded video of the graduation project. After verification, the project will be selected for the final competition which includes a live demonstration followed by the viva done by experts from different universities.

Among the 23 projects that competed all over UTAS branches, the project entitled “IoT based Smart Irrigation System with Solar-Powered Wireless Sensor Nodes” developed by Mr. Said Mahad AL-Maashani, a Bachelor student in Networking specialization of the IT department received the Third Prize. This project is under the supervision of Mr. Sunil Thomas Karickom, IT lecturer.

The project is a remotely managed automatic system intended to control the water flow for the plants and trees on the farm according to the soil moisture. This system can switch on a fountain or sprinkler as per the temperature conditions of the farm. The entire working of the system is with solar energy so can be installed in remote places where the electric lines are not available. This system can be monitored and controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using the internet. The highlight of this system is that it uses solar-powered wireless sensor nodes which are developed after conducting a lot of research with the traditional systems. These sensors are used to detect the moisture level in the farm, so it can be installed anywhere on the farm without the hassles of wiring and can be repositioned according to the requirement.

The said project is on the process of patent application.

 

The IT Department and the entire UTAS-Salalah community extend warm congratulations to the winner and project supervisor for this great achievement which bought honor to UTAS-Salalah.

To strengthen the skills in advanced technologies and research of the staff, the IT-NIES Specialization organized a webinar entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: A Research Perspective” on 17th of May 2022. The guest speaker, Dr. Aisha Banu W., a professor of BS Abdur Rahman University in India, delivered a rich and comprehensive talk about the topic.

The webinar focused mainly in the research areas in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and recommendation engines, which are example applications of AI and ML (Machine Learning). The generation of unstructured data in the form of text, voice, and images has made this research area a very relevant to today's scenario.

Examples of apps powered by NLP are:

  • Voice Assistants
  • Question and Answering Systems
  • Text Summarization algorithms
  • Chatbots
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Machine Translation

The rapid market growth of NLP therefore, leads to the exponential growth as well on the demand of professionals with profound skills in NLP in the industry. At the end of the session, the participants were encouraged to keep abreast with this trend, explore more and conduct research related to Natural Language Processing which will benefit the university as a whole.

All the participants were welcomed by Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, the IT-HOD while the vote of thanks was rendered by Dr. Mohammed Al Mahri, the HOS of IT Section.

This event was organized and facilitated by Dr. Chithik Raja, IT-NIES Lecturer, Mr. Jonathan Tambaoan, NIES Program Coordinator, Dr. Venkateswaran, RCC Chair, Dr. Bernard Ugalde, SDC Chair, and Ms. Melissa Juanillo, HRC Chair.

A total of 44 participants joined the webinar from the IT and Engineering Departments of UTAS-Salalah and one from Sultan Qaboos University. They gave their positive feedback on the event and received the e-certificate afterwards.

The Huawei Certified Information and Communication Technology Associate (HCIA) in Cloud Service training program was officially launched by the Information Technology (IT) department on May 17, 2022, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, at BSIT 18L. The seven-week program will begin on May 24 and continue every Tuesday until July 5. Students and alumni who have mastered cutting-edge knowledge and abilities in public cloud computing and are adept at using Huawei cloud service products would benefit from the training course. Acquiring HCIA-Cloud Service V2.2 certification demonstrates that students have mastered the fundamentals of cloud services and can deploy and maintain a variety of cloud services, assisting businesses in achieving cloud transformation in their ICT environments.

 

Dr. Abhishek Dubey, HOS of the Multimedia Section, and Dr. Mohammed Al Mahri, HOS of the IT Section, welcomed the attendees. Mr. Devarajan Veerasamy, Dr. Bernard Ugalde, and Dr.  Venkateswaran Radhakrishnan then gave an orientation on what to expect on the training program, its goals and objective, and the training schedule. They also gave a system walkthrough on how to use the learning management system of Huawei. Finally, Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, HOD of the department gave an inspiring speech that motivated the participants.

 

There were 40 students who registered in the said training program coming from the various academic departments and English Language Center.

Industrial and Community Engagement Committee in coordination with the Student Development Committee of the Information Technology Department of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah (UTAS-Salalah) conducted a webinar for IT students on “Latest Trends in Computer Engineering and IT” on April 12, 2022 (Tuesday) between 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM. The Guest Speaker was Prof. (Dr.) KP Yadav (Vice Chancellor of MATS University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India). The event was participated by the students and staff of the IT Department.

Dr. KP Yadav discussed the fastest-growing computer science and IT trends in current scenarios like Quantum Computing, Zero Trust Model, Cloud Computing, Katlin, Digital Twin, Cyber Security, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology and Artificial Intelligence. The Guest speaker, in his discussion, illustrated the implications of these technologies and demonstrated the different technological developments and advances through different contexts.

The resource speaker Dr. KP Yadav also discussed current career opportunities in CS and IT fields such as DBA, Computer Network Architect, Software Engineer, Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Bioinformatics Engineer/Researcher, Software Programmer, Data Scientist/Analyst, Software Tester, etc.

This webinar will help the students to enhance their knowledge and update their skills by inputting the latest techniques and methods related to their respective fields.

Mr. Mansoor Ahmed Bakhit Al-Hadhari and Mr. Aseel Said Ismail Dashesha, B.Tech students from the IT Department under the Networking Specialization participated in the second Student IT Research Exposition (SITREX) conference recently held at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Shinas on 31st March 2022.

They have presented their research paper entitled “IoT Based Data Center Security Management System”. The team received the “The Best Research Paper Award” for winning the 1st place from among all research papers presented by the participants from various private, government universities and colleges in Oman.

The team’s faculty mentor was Mr. Devarajan Veerasamy, Project Supervisor and the Research guidance provided by Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Chair – Research-IT Department.

Dr. Fatima Al-Shanfari, HoD- IT Department congratulated the entire team.

The IT Department successfully held a spectacular celebration for this academic year, the IT Festival 2022, last March 20–29, 2022. The collaborative ideas, efforts, and valuable contributions of the department's sections, specializations, staff, IT club, and students made the annual event an added significant achievement.

As reflected in the college's strategic and operational plans, the IT Department strongly believes in the value of engaging both staff and students in curricular and extra-curricular activities. As a result, the department sets aside a day each year for students and staff to showcase their skills and talents in order to foster camaraderie and fellowship among its members. This day provides an opportunity for the department to raise awareness among its stakeholders on its various specializations through skills competitions, alumni and industry talks, innovation and entrepreneurship efforts, and recognition of outstanding students.

The continuing threat of the pandemic inspires this year’s celebration to be more ingenious. The department invited international speakers for the workshops. The activities and competitions conducted were organized and hosted by every section and specialization which actively participated also by students from UTAS in other regions. Moreover, a course projects exhibition was held. Invited alumni and representatives from industry sectors gave motivational talks, and outstanding students were recognized. All these activities are geared towards promoting learning and celebrating IT as an enabler of our society.

Day 1 was the virtual opening ceremony. It was held via MS Teams on the 20th of March, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al-Mamari, Dean - UTAS Salalah,gave the inaugural address. Motivational talks were given by the following invited guests, Mr. David Chan, CEO and Cofounder, eCora, UK; Ms. Marwa Al Shanfari, IT Technical Support, Dhofar University; and Ms. Murooj Al Saadi, Program Manager, Google for Startups MENA. Their success stories made the inauguration a grand success. 

The Math Section successfully conducted the activities lined up for the Day 2 held on the 21st of March, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 PM. The program prepared is in line with the Pi Day celebration. Students enthusiastically participated in the Pi Day Puzzle Competition that unveiled their prowess in solving mathematical problems. Meanwhile, the presentation of Ms. Manwa Mohammed Ali Al Mashani on tips on how to study and prepare for math tests enlightened students to overcome their fear in taking the math tests.

The next five days were for the offline activities for each specialization. The IT Section held the Mobile Programming Competition and Network Analysis and Design while the Multimedia Section organized the Photography Competition with 54 participants submitted their entries.

On its 8th day, the IT Section magnificently executed two major online events, the Python Programming Competition and Network Configuration Setup on the 27th of March, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 PM. IT students across UTAS dynamically participated the competitions.

Meanwhile, on 28th of March, the Multimedia Section made the 9th day of the IT Festival celebration exceptional from 4:00-6:00 PM. The Information Systems Program organized the IS Quiz Competition online with 29 registered participants, while the Database Program conducted the Data Modeling Quest with 32 registered participants. An overflowing response from the students across UTAS during the different events was remarkable. 

On 29th of March 2022, the closing ceremony was conducted on campus at the Multipurpose Hall (MPH). Course projects exhibition from each section and specialization was showcased. Awarding of the winners of the different events and competitions and student recognition were among the highlights. In addition, Mr. Aws Al Ammari, IT Manager, Port of Salalah gave a motivational talk. Several student businesses participated which made the day more festive. The following were ELECTRO.M, Let's Bake, Patria Cafe, Rina Cookies, M Home Sweets, and Oyya Ice Cream & Coffee. This year’s IT Festival was sponsored by Do Chocolate and flowers.

The festival was fully supported by the Dean, Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al-Mamari who gave the inaugural address, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Majdi Mohammed Said Bait Ali Sulaiman who awarded the winners and outstanding students, and the IT-HOD, Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, who was the overall chairman of the festival. Overall, the overwhelming support from the IT Club headed by Shouq Amur Suhail Al-Mashani, various section heads, and department committees, as well as the support of the other departments and centers in the University made this year’s festival a momentous one.

The winners of the various events are as follows:

Pi Day Puzzle Contest

First Place:

MANAR BAKHIT ALI AMER JEED

MARYAM AWADH HAMDAN AL-SHUKAILI

FATIMA HAITHAM AHMED AL-KATHIRI

FATIMA MUSTAHAIL MOHAMED RAJHAIT AL MAHRI

AMIRA AMER SAID AL AMRI

HAYAM MOHAMMED AHMED MUSALLAM MAJONAH ZAABANOOT

Second Place

ABDALLAH MOHAMMED ALI AL AWAID

MOHAMMED TANAF MOHAMMED THABRIT AL HARIZI

AL AMJAD KHALIFA SAIF AL HINAI

AHMED MOHAMMED SUHAIL MOHAMMED AL MAASHANI

SAID OMAR AHMED AL-KATHIRI

HARIB KHALID MOHAMMED AL-RAWAS

AHMED SALIM RAJAD AL SHAHRI

Third Place

HUSSEIN ALI RASHID AL-MASHRAFI

AMER AHMED SAIF HABIS

Said Ali Ahmed Mahash Al Shahri

ALI MOHAMMED ALI AL ZAWAMRI

ABDUL MAJEED ABDULLAH HAJIRAN MASADA AL AMRI

MOHAMMED KHALID MOHAMMED AL-SHEIDI

Python Programming Competition

1st Place

SHAIKAH TALIB ABDULLAH AL-ORAIMI

2nd Place

SAEED SAUD ALQASSABI

3rd Place

AHOOD SALEH SALIM AL MASHIKHI

Network Configuration Setup Competition

1st Place 

SALMA ALI MAHAD AKAAK

2nd Place 

KHALID AHMED ALI BAIT ALI SULAIMAN

3rd Place 

SAUD SALAH SALIM AL-NAJJAR

Network Analysis and Design Competition

1st Place 

KHALID AHMED ALI BAIT ALI SULAIMAN

Data Modeling Quest

1st Place

AL KHAYAR MOHAMMED TANNAF AL AWAID

2nd Place

AMINA ALI SUHAIL AL MASHANI

3rd Place

SHAHAD SAID ABDULLAH AL SHANFARI

IT Skills Competition

1st Place

SHAHD AHMED ALI BAIT FADHAL

2nd Place

ALI SAID MOAMIN ALI ALI SULAIMAN

3rd Place

AMINA ALI SAID QAHOOR AL MAHRI

Photography Competition

1st Place

WAFA MAHAD SUHAIL AL-MAASHANI

2nd Place

RAYA ALI SAID AL AMRI

3rd Place

HAKIMA SUHAIL MAHAD AL AMRI

The Information Systems Program of the Multimedia Section of the IT Department organized a workshop entitled "The How To’s of Systems Analysis and Design.” It is in collaboration with the IT Student Development Committee, chaired by Dr. Bernard Ugalde and IT Club. It was conducted on the 22nd of February 2022 in the IT Building from 12:00-1:30 P.M.

The workshop aimed to provide students with a practical approach on how to properly conduct the systems analysis and design, vital to systems development. Further, it guided and reinforced students taking course projects specifically on how to produce accurate deliverables required to produce IS solutions.

The workshop's speaker was Ms. Marian Malig-on, a Systems Analysis and Design expert and lecturer in the Information Systems Program. She first provided an overview of the Systems Analysis and Design landscape, its significance to the course project, and its context to the real-world application. The workshop prospered explaining how to do a proper systems analysis, how its deliverables intertwined, and as a basis in performing the system's design and to the overall system development process. She also stressed the applicability of each phase of the systems analysis and design relating it to the student’s actual experience in their course project endeavor. Finally, she strongly motivated the students to pay close attention to the system development process in order to produce accurate deliverables required to produce a high-quality Information System solution.

Furthermore, Dr. Abhishek Dubey, HOS of Multimedia Section, gave welcome remarks and expressed his gratitude to the speaker for sharing her expertise and the participants who positively responded to the invitation. He also highlighted the essence of the workshop to the students and in their chosen specialization. Also, Mr. Mohammed Azeem Qureshi, Program Coordinator of Database graced the activity sharing his words of inspiration to the students. Dr. T. Karthikeyan, a lecturer from IS Program hosted the event with the support of Ms. Melissa Juanillo, a lecturer from the Database Program.

The workshop was participated by students taking course projects from IS and Database Programs and other Diploma level students from the IT Section. All showed great enthusiasm and full participation until the end of the session. The workshop received a positive response from the student participants who got e-certificates immediately after.

The organizers expressed their gratitude to Dr. Fatima Al Shanfari, HOD of the IT Department, and to Dr. Majdi Mohammed Said Bait Ali Sulaiman, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for their countless support.

University of Technology and Applied Sciences – Salalah participated online in the Huawei ICT Academies gathering in Muscat last March 29, 2022. The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology of Oman and Omantel.

The Huawei ICT Academy is a school-business partnership that includes higher education institutions and aids in the development of local talent ecosystems and the development of future ICT leaders. Since its introduction in 2013, Huawei has developed a talent supply chain that spans the full process of learning, certification, and employment by extending the cooperation mechanism between colleges and organizations. Huawei ICT Academies have benefited the lives of over 5,000 students in Oman to far, helping them to gain critical ICT skills.

Fahad Al Abri, Director-General Sector Development and Capacity Building at Oman Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology gave an opening speech. He said that the Oman Vision 2040's digital transformation aspirations necessitate an expedited skills development program to match. Because our universities cannot do it alone, we encourage collaboration across the ICT sector.

The long-term Huawei partners in diverse areas, according to Ibtihal Al Riyami, General Manager of Organization Planning at Omantel, benefit substantially from Huawei's various ICT skills development initiatives, which allow us to improve the customer experience.

Chenjianhan, the CEO of Huawei Oman, pointed out that the company is committed to strengthening Oman's ICT environment and cultivating local talent through collaboration with governments, universities, and industry groups.

Dr. Bernard Ugalde, one of the certified Huawei instructors, gave a short talk about UTAS-Salalah Huawei Academy journey. With him are Ms. Jasmin Tumulak, and Mr. Suresh Palarimath.

Lastly, Huawei awarded UTAS-Salalah as one of the Best Active Academies who achieved the highest number of instructors who received Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) in different ICT courses for the year 2021.

Sunday, 17 April 2022 10:42

An Industrial Visit to Salalah Port

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In its pursuit of experiential learning, “Industrial and Community Engagement Committee” of the Information Technology Department organized an industrial visit to Salalah Port on Wednesday 23rd March 2022. A group of 14 students from various specializations along with four faculty members: Dr. Ujjwal Agarwal, Faculty- Information Systems Section, Dr. R. Venkateswaran, Faculty- Network Section, Mr. Abraham Deivanathan Egan , Faculty- Math Section, and Mr. Sk Wasim Haidar, Faculty-IT Section visited Salalah Port.

All visiting members were welcomed by Mr. Aws Ammari, IT Manager of Salalah Port and his team. Mr. Aws Ammari gave the presentation on various technologies used in Salalah Port. In his presentation, he covered the following points:

  • The achievements of Salalah Port in 2021
  • Various sections of IT Department and their working areas
  • Various technologies used in the port to make their working environment smooth like Big Data, IoT, LTE, Cloud Computing and Block Chain.

Further, Mr. Musallam Refeet, Senior Network Administrator of Salalah Port explained the current working procedure used in the company. He also showed the network implementation as well as the different live processes and its operations.

This industrial visit provided an opportunity to bridge the gap between classroom theoretical training and practical learning in a real-life environment. Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience for the students with an insight into the corporate world.

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