The Center for Informatics and Data Analytics (CIDA), a research, consultancy and training center at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), finalized its prototype of the very first 360 street view project of Hawary Shar, the second largest park in the Middle East that is located in Sulaimani, Iraq. In 2007, Google launched a new feature to their Google Maps and Google Earth services called Google Street View. Google Street View enables users to wander around cities and towns on their PCs and smartphones as if they are in the town itself. Over the last decade, Google expanded the platform covering more areas of the world, making this feature the norm to check city sites and scenes of interest while planning for a vacation, a business trip, or just a visit. Yet, this service has not been created for Iraq. With 200 individual photos, 100 hours of work, and a distance of nearly a 1000 meters, CIDA volunteers hope to end the shade over Sulaimani’s streets and eventually the whole country of Iraq. The purpose of the project is to cover major cities in Iraq, starting from Sulaimani, to show the true nature of Iraq and put a stop to the stereotypical “war zone” and “unsafe” claims to attract tourists and exchange of cultures. Dr. Hemin Latif, Founding Director of CIDA states “Hawari Shar Street View is the beginning of a long, creative, and ambitious journey of using the latest in technology advancement to build the foundations of a smart city”. The team thought of Hawary Shar as its target for the project implementation due to flora of the landmark and its controlled environment. The idea of the project, initially, was to cover the whole city using an automotive method, similar to Google’s approach. However, with limited resources and tools, CIDA members took the conventional way of using a 360 degree camera and a tripod to cover the whole distance and create the prototype. Google allows users with a Gmail account to post 360 degree photos on Google Maps. However, viewers cannot move from one spot to another. Stitching individual photos with specialized software is required to enable the same feature Google intended to do with Street View. Therefore, there is a difference between static 360 panoramic images and a Street View feature. The team behind Hawari Shar Street View is composed of three volunteer members who are Ms. Sheneh Muheddin, Mr. Berzy Bahzad, and Dr. Hemin Latif. Users can now visit Hawary Shar, virtually, with this link: https://goo.gl/zCJHMi Article by IT Lab Assistant Berzy Bahzad.
Join our IT students from 11:00 to 12:30 to help you in downloading and installing almost most of AUIS running programs that they need, such as Processing, PSPP, Eclipse, MySQL, Virtual Box, Ubuntu, and all other programs of other majors.
The Information Technology department is hosting a roundtable disucssion with IT experts in Kurdistan, on the state of the IT industry. For more information please contact Mr. Berzy Bahzad: [email protected]
On September 16, 2017, a group of robotics students, accompanied by Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS, and the IT Lab Assistant Mr. Berzy Bahzad attended the first Robotics Festival in Kurdistan, organized by the IT organization – TechEye.org – and under the supervision of the South Korean Consulate in Erbil. Despite the overwhelming heat and seven hours' drive from Sulaimani to Erbil and back, the students learned a lot from the trip to the exhibition, including things not related to technical or programming skills, like learning how to organize an event such as this. There were various projects on display: command-based speech recognition light project, all custom PVC-made underwater robot, an automatic pencil-drawing robot, and many more. The competitors were a group of talented and energetic students, graduates, and hobbyists. Haval Rezan, an IT junior at AUIS realized that “The competition is no longer inside AUIS where we were the only institute to teach robotics. We now have a greater challenge to stay on top of the game.” It also made the attendants realize that many people are interested in robotics in Kurdistan outside AUIS. “The event was eye-opening. Now I know that there are people who understand the language of robotics,” said Lavin Luqman, AUIS IT major. Sharing his view on the trip, Dr. Latif said, “Teaching and learning are not only limited to in-class experience and interaction. There is a lot of teaching and learning taking place out of classrooms too, something that both faculty and students need to know and can benefit from. Having a very popular course on Physical Computing and Robotics offered to our IT students, I find it very important that the students know what else is out there. Many of the projects we saw are similar or related to what we teach our students at AUIS. Some were very impressive in terms of both idea and execution. I hope the students enjoyed their experience and we are looking forward to similar events in the future.” Field trips not only guarantee a different experience, but serve as an opportunity for students to meet and get to know people. During this trip, the students, staff, and professors had the chance to get to know one another, discuss different topics, and share their interests. Students also expressed their interest in having more university-organized trips in the future and competing either on a university level or event-based levels, similar to the First Robotics Festival. Article written by Berzy Bahzad, IT Lab Assistant
Our IT students will be presenting creative, interactive and fun projects tomorrow from 11:15 - 12:15 in A-B1-Hallway. This event is sponsored by Dario Cafe. There will be plenty of pizzas, cakes, cupcakes, beverages and much more! You can also win unique prizes we collected just for this special event. One more thing, we have lots of stickers! You should put at least one on your laptop!
The Information Technololgy department at AUIS is hosting an event for all IT students to get together, connect, and enjoy free food and drink.
The program is a two-month course which aims to build a bridge between academic institutions and the ICT industry for students who are looking into joining companies such as Ericsson. Ericsson’s ICT Professional Foundation Program targets large groups of students from across the region to help the maximum number of individuals benefit from an opportunity to seamlessly transition from academic institutions to the ICT industry. “For the second consecutive year, Ericsson has organized a certification ceremony in Sulaimani where we had the honor to celebrate twenty-two high potential students from AUIS for passing the Ericsson ICT Professional Foundation Program,” said Ibrahim Itani, Sulaimani's General Manager at Ericsson, “This program offered the participants the chance to explore valuable information on the latest Information and Communication Technologies and their impact on the business, people and society.” The program, which first started in 2015, now covers 15 countries across the Middle East and is a gateway for students in the region to explore opportunities in the ICT industry. “Ericsson remains committed to enlightening the new generation on the latest technologies and business models that will shape their future careers,” continued Itani, “We are wishing the students that have successfully passed this program all the best in their studies and future career plans.” The online nature of the course enables Ericsson to target a large group of students at once, and is efficient in terms of cost and logistics. The course supports building a great pipeline of candidates for internship and graduate programs. Ericsson is a communications technology and service company, which provides software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – and enables the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. Ericsson operates worldwide, and currently has two offices operating in the Kurdistan region. Find out more about Ericsson here.
Our IT seniors will be presenting their capstone projects in the AUIS Conference Hall. These students put a lot of effort into coding, programming, and designing their projects. Mark your calendar and do not miss this event!
The vision of the center is to contribute to the growth and development of the government, business sector, and the society through empowering data-driven decision-making. The mission of the center is to promote research, stimulate consultancy, and provide trainings by working as a hub for all likeminded people who explore, value, and use the power of informatics and data analytics. One of the first projects of the center is Kurdistan Data; an online platform for improving data availability and literacy in Kurdistan. The initial planning and setup of the project is made possible by the generous funds of Erbil Manpower (emp) and Choman Group. "emp's donation for the Center for Informatics and Data Analytics is a symbolic contribution to payback for AUIS and its continuous invaluable effort to enhance and strengthen the youth education in Kurdistan Region and Iraq and to prepare a generation of leaders who will make a change in their country," commented Ms. Talan Aouny, CEO and Founder of Erbil Manpower Ltd. Ms. Aouny continued "data availability and literacy is a strong catalyst for offering quality business service which is the core of emp's mission, hence we believe in the eligibility of this center and anticipate that the center will add enormous value to the way business is done in our country." Talan Aouny, CEO of EMP and Choman Kareem, Manger of Choman Group In the same regard, Mr. Choman Kareem, General Manager of Choman Group said "it is clear that information technology is influencing many aspects of our life in this era. Dr. Hemin Latif's plans for improving data availability and literacy through the Center's project is right on time and well thought off. Our society is in need of such projects. Therefore we are glad that we could contribute to the projects initial planning and setup." Dr. Hemin Latif, Founding Director of CIDA, emphasized that the success of such projects cannot be achieved without the support of various entities and the generous donations of people like Ms. Aouny and Mr. Kareem. Find out more about CIDA here.