Keeping up with technology is must for progress, say experts at Saudi conference

Experts at the 15th annual Learning and Technology Conference organized by Effat University on Sunday discussed issues pertaining to the fast-changing technologies and ways to effectively gain from the technological revolution. (AN photo)
Updated 27 February 2018
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Keeping up with technology is must for progress, say experts at Saudi conference

JEDDAH: Advances in technology are changing every aspect of human life and in order to adapt to the latest development, experts stress the need to raise awareness among the masses in this regard.
Experts at the 15th annual Learning and Technology Conference organized by Effat University on Sunday discussed issues pertaining to the fast-changing technologies and ways to effectively gain from the technological revolution.
The event titled “Internet of Things (IoT) …Embedding Technology” was attended by a number of experts from different fields who highlighted the pros and cons of technology and the impact of automation on our daily lives.
“We chose this topic to raise awareness among people, to get them ready, to make them aware of the risks, and the pros and cons and to help prepare them to adapt to it, because usually, people resist change,” said Dr. Khulood Rambo, dean of Effat College of Engineering, who also chaired the conference.
Dr. Abdulrahman Alahdal gave a presentation on “Biomedical application of IoT technologies and its effect.” He highlighted how technology has changed medical procedures.
Through his presentation titled “Internet of Things: The New Education and Learning Era,” Dr. Abdulrahman Sheikh underscored the importance of the Internet in imparting education.
Scott Amyx, who was the keynote speaker, discussed the impact of technology in the industrial sector in his presentation titled “Saudi Arabia’s potential to be the No. 1 renewable energy producer in the world.”
He highlighted Effat University’s Master of Science in Energy Engineering program, specifically the Renewable Energy concentration.
“There is a definite hunger for progress and transformation,” Amyx said.
Dr. Adil Rajput, an instructor at Effat University, explained that the conference was specifically focused on the learning aspects of various technologies. “Technology is shaping our lives and we need to take a look at different aspects including security and social,” he told Arab News.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.