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UOWD Team Wins at the Software Project Competition

Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

The UOWD team who had earlier won the Academic Award at the UAE Software Development Trade Show (SDTS) 2010, won the second prize at Technologic 2010 for the Competition Software Project Competition (SPC 2010) organized by the Department of Information Technology at Manipal University, Dubai.

The project Newborn Hearing Tests Storage and Analysis System was developed by a team of undergraduate Computer Science students at UOWD. This project competed with various software projects with 11 other teams from a total of 7 universities at the event.

The girls gave a fantastic presentation and demonstration of their project and the judges were very impressed by their performance. said Vishwesh Akre, Senior IT Lecturer at Manipal University Dubai.

The project was developed by a team of three students, Tooba Salahuddin, Hina Majeed and Safeenah Waziri under the joint supervision of Dr. Catherine Todd, an Assistant Professor at UOWD, and Dr. Mohamed K. Watfa.

The software project is in collaboration with the American Hospital Dubai. It extends the current manual system for collection of hearing tests of newborns at its Audiology Department, by automating the Database Management System and result delivery. The automated system also offers reminders for re-test dates to the parents of newborns, in order to help them remember the next appointment dates. In addition to that it also provides a prototype for remote access to the audiologists using the system on a mobile emulator, which is extendible to a mobile platform. Moreover, the software also generates relevant statistics related to hearing tests in the U.A.E based on different factors and for this reason it is the first of its kind in the region.

The panel of judges comprised Dr. Boutheina Tlili, Program Director, Michigan State University; Dr. Fahim Akhter, Associate Professor, Zayed University Dubai; Dr. Sayed S. Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Al Ghurair University Dubai; Mr. Khazi M. Akram, General Manager, RAS Infotech Limited Dubai. Projects were evaluated against the following criteria: innovativeness of the project, interface usability, impact on the community, technical difficulties in implementation, commercial scope of the project.