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Fall 2017

Information Technology Capstone Projects - Fall 2017

  Senior Information Technology students presented their capstone projects. Below is a description of each of the projects: Travel Website and Recommendation System by Bahashty Fatah: - Travel Website and Recommendation System is a website that helps travelers around the world with suggested places to visit and tour. Fitted by Shene M. Tahir: - Fitted is a website that tries to connect trainees to trainers who are leading professionals in fitness around Sulaimani for workout advice. Automated Malware Analysis in Virtual Reality by Hussein A. Shahab: - Automated Malware Analysis is a virtual reality application that helps analysts to detect malware efficiently in a very short amount of time. Loro Translator: Speak the Language of the Globe by Ahmed Aram: - Loro Translator is a platform that helps translators and people who are looking for one to meet and negotiate on a professional level on the medium, time, and date of the job. Color Learning System by Kazei Soran: - Color Learning System is an Arduino-based model that helps children with autism learn colors. The system does the acclaimed by visuals and sounds. In addition, when stage two activates, a game of Simon Says with colors challenges the user, testing their memory. Path Optimization Using Genetic Algorithms by Chra Hussein: - Path Optimization Using Generic Algorithms is a project that helps cable companies, especially Internet Service Provides, minimize cost and maximize speed through generic algorithms that can suggest the right approach to implement. Auto Ordering System by Rawezh Muhammad: - Auto Ordering System is a cafe/restaurant application that helps customers to digitally order foods and drinks, track preparation timing, and call a waiter on request. Vision Shoe Mirko Mohammed: - Vision Shoe is a smart shoe that aims to replace canes for visually impaired people. With this technology, the wearer will have the confidence to walk around without stumbling. Medication Reminder Mobile Application by Sina Kamiran: - Medication Reminder is an Android mobile application that helps patients and/or nurses to schedule medication doses. SuliSights by Dalia Rebin: - SuliSights is a smart TV application that helps tourists find restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, outdoor sights, historical monuments, and events easily. In addition, users can add reviews to the application helping other tourists with their endeavor while staying at Sulaimani city.

AUIS Professor Presents Joint Research at International Scientific Conference in Riga

Dr. Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, faculty of Department of Engineering, recently represented American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) at the 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). The conference was held on October 12-13, 2017, in Riga, Latvia. The paper, “Comparison Analysis of AC PM Transverse-Flux Machines of Different Designs in Terms of Power Density and Cost,” presented by Dr. Dobzhansky at the conference, was joint research work by AUIS in cooperation with the University of New Orleans (USA) and North-West University (South Africa). This is the first research work of the University presented in the field of electrical engineering internationally. The paper discusses different designs of transverse flux machines, and their applications in industry and power generation. Dr. Dobzhansky is currently continuing his research in this area by developing an urban-type, self-guided electromagnetic train. The research will be presented at the ITEC 2018 conference in California next year. An associate professor in the engineering department, Dr. Dobzhansky joined AUIS in Fall 2017. His academic and research interests include electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. He has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Ukraine. He completed his MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, USA.

AUIS Receives New Humanities Grant for Student Scholarships

$250,000 gift creates a permanent funding source to support students and programs at AUIS November 7, 2017 (Sulaimani, KRG-Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced its receipt of a generous grant from the American University of Iraq Foundation, the University’s primary U.S. sponsor. The 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant reflects a new endowment at the Foundation to fund a recurring scholarship for a female student in her final year at AUIS who shows exceptional promise and is pursuing a path of study in the humanities. Each year an AUIS selection committee will consider both merit and financial need when considering potential recipients of the scholarship. The $250,000 Grant will also be used to create up to five new one-time AUIS scholarships in the current academic year for first or second year female students who show exceptional promise and a strong interest in pursuing a path or course of study in the humanities. A small portion of the Grant will go towards supporting research initiatives and activities organized by the AUIS Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS), and Kashkul, a research, translation, and cultural preservation collaborative housed at AUIS.  AUIS’s President, Bruce Walker Ferguson, thanked the Foundation for its gift, as well as the anonymous donor who made the gift possible.  “More than 90% of AUIS students currently receive some form of tuition discount through merit-based scholarships and sponsorship,” he noted.  “In a time of economic hardship and political uncertainty, the 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant supports and engages bright, motivated students from all over Iraq and the Kurdistan Region who have the skills, knowledge and commitment to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.” AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style institution of higher education in Iraq. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it is also the first non-government university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. AUIS offers the only English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Iraq that is accredited in the United States. The University welcomes students, 35% of whom are women, from Iraq’s diverse communities, including Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Yazidis and Christians as well as Syrian refugees. Their critical thinking skills, fluency in English, and bilingual capabilities provide AUIS graduates with excellent employment prospects in both the private and public sectors. Students who want to pursue a path in the humanities have a choice of majoring in English Literature, Journalism, or International Studies, after completing a Core Curriculum. -- ENDS -- Follow AUIS on Twitter or Facebook, or visit the University’s web site at www.auis.edu.krd, for the latest news and details about the University. If you would like to help the University and its students, please visit the American University of Iraq Foundation's giving site or contact the office of the President, [email protected] For media requests, please contact Bzhar Boskani, media and public relations adviser, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893.  

Roundtable on the State of the IT Industry

Did you miss it? A very interesting and useful IT event took place on October 24, 2017, at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), discussing the state of the IT industry, both locally and globally. Many topics were shared and discussed including the demand for IT jobs, new IT trends, and reviews on digital transformation. The speakers included Mr. Yad Kamal, CEO of Avesta Group, and Mr. Raed Bou Hamdan, co-founder of Click Iraq. The event was introduced by Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS. He emphasized the importance of these events and how they can bring insight and knowledge for students. Hearing from IT experts with industry experience, students can be better informed on the IT job market and its changing dynamics. Dr. Latif announced that the IT department has established a board of advisers with professionals from the local industry. Mr. Yad Kamal discussed the state of the IT market in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, both public and private. He said that the government organizations are using simple IT techniques and tools, therefore it’s a good opportunity for new graduates. Mr. Yad then gave a presentation on the jobs with the highest demand in the IT market. He mentioned that the standard jobs in the market include network administrators and help desk support. The jobs in high demand are web and mobile development. He also encouraged and concentrated on technical sales as it is in high demand. Professionals should have a technical background, product information, and good marketing skills: “Avesta Group and many others pay very good salary for people with this skill and experience, and they are rarely found in the market,” he said. Our other speaker, Mr. Raed, showed clear statistical information on how the digital transformation has progressed so rapidly in a short period of time.  He stated that the digital transformation allows connecting people, access to information, and most importantly, creating new jobs. Mr. Raed discussed how data analysis has become something that many IT companies invest in and there are many careers for anyone interested in that field. He also discussed how people are using and reacting to digital technology according to their ages, “The younger generation is more into product and visualization, while the older generation wants the experience. Most of the new products that are released match the desires and mentality of the new generation,” said Mr. Raed. This was the first IT roundtable discussion in Fall 2017. There was a good turnout of IT faculty, students, and alumni. Attending the event, Professor Katongo Lukwesa commented, “I believe this is a great opportunity for the AUIS community to interact with employers and innovators who will give meaning to a lot of things that are studied in the classroom.” Article by IT Department communications intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran.

AUIS Professor Attends UNDP Entrepreneurship Conference in Sulaimani

Dr. Farzad Sanati, assistant professor of Information Technology, was invited as an adviser to an entrepreneurship workshop in Sulaimani, Iraq. The three-day event was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and was part of the UNDP’s Innovation for Development program. The event aimed to introduce participants to the entrepreneurial mindset and provide hands-on training in high impact entrepreneurship. The advisers and moderators worked with the young participants to develop creative capacity, entrepreneurial confidence, and acquire the necessary skills to build startups that solve real problems. Photo credit: @IraqiYouthCafe

AUIS Faculty Attends Seminar on Research Methods

On October 14, 2017, Dr. Atheer Matroud, assistant professor of Information Technology at AUIS, along with some faculty members of other Iraqi universities, conducted a seminar titled “Sober Scientific Research and Publication in International Journals” organized by The House of Wisdom, in Baghdad. The House of Wisdom is an intellectual and scientific establishment that deals with scholarly research and academic studies. The purpose of the seminar was to establish the best method for writing effective research papers. The audience was introduced to software tools for writing, referencing, and checking for plagiarism. They also addressed problems concerning academic writing in Iraq. During the seminar, Dr. Matroud prioritized the impact of plagiarism, whether done intentionally or unintentionally, citing examples. Unintentional plagiarism is when you accidentally fail to cite your sources correctly, which is still counted as plagiarism and is not acceptable. Dr. Matroud stressed that any form of plagiarism can lead to serious legal implications as well as destroyed reputation or even the loss of a career. The seminar was well attended and organized, with representation from many universities in Iraq. The audience also enjoyed listening to new methods and approaches for writing academic research papers. Some members of public universities also requested to host similar seminars at their institutions. Commenting on the seminar, Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS, said, “Our faculty members at AUIS bring a lot of international expertise that the higher education sector in the country can, and must, benefit from. Dr. Matroud’s seminar is a very good step toward bridging the expertise gap between AUIS and other national institutions.”  Commenting on the quality of research and academic writing at AUIS, Dr. Matroud said: “I have found that at AUIS we are way ahead in training our students, especially, on the topic of writing and plagiarism.” Article by IT Department Communications Intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran.


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