AI project to help visually impaired people wins top prize at the Saudi Graduate Support Initiative

Developers who win the first prize, amounting SAR 15,000, by
Developers who win the first prize, amounting SAR 15,000, by "Your Eyes" project from the University of Jeddah, an ‎AI technology to explore the environment for the visually impaired persons. (Supplied)
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Updated 19 September 2023
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AI project to help visually impaired people wins top prize at the Saudi Graduate Support Initiative

AI project to help visually impaired people wins top prize at the Saudi Graduate Support Initiative
  • Second prize went to “Saqr,” a project that aims to more efficiently predict traffic accidents, and third spot to “SafeBag,” which uses smart technology to safeguard travelers’ luggage
  • The initiative aims to help students develop their creativity and ideas for new solutions that cater to the needs of society and the labor market, using the latest technology

RIYADH: “Your Eyes,” an initiative created by students from the University of Jeddah, was awarded the top prize for best project during the third session of the Graduate Support Initiative in Riyadh, organized by the Saudi Data Community.

It uses artificial intelligence technology to help visually impaired people navigate their environment and get around.

Second prize at the recent event went to “Saqr,” which means falcon, a project at King Abdulaziz University that aims to more efficiently predict traffic accidents, and third spot to “SafeBag,” a Taibah University project that uses smart technology to safeguard travelers’ luggage.




Abdulqader Al-Masabi, founder of the Saudi Data Community speaks during the awards ceremony to honor the winners for their achievements within the Graduate Support Initiative.‎ (Supplied)

The winners were chosen after representatives of each project presented their work to a specialist panel of judges.

“The Graduate Support Initiative‎ comes as an embodiment of Vision 2030 in achieving the interests of the Kingdom and the citizens, and to provide the opportunity for students to integrate all that they have learned during their years of study,” said Abdulqader Al-Masabi, founder of the SDC.

It aims to help them develop their creativity and ideas for new solutions that cater to the needs of society and the labor market, he added, using the latest technology.

“We launched this initiative to highlight the efforts and competence of graduate students and share their experience and projects that employ data science and artificial intelligence in digital products and solutions, and present them to the community and to supporting agencies,” said Al-Masabi.

The SDC was established in 2016 to empower beginners and established professionals in the field of data, and raise awareness of the critical role data plays in the prosperity of the digital economy, and in the achievement of the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

 


Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia

Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia
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Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia

Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Kingdom has launched a summer training program for aspiring nuclear engineers, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The initiative, spearheaded by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, targets undergraduate nuclear engineering students.

According to the SPA, the eight-week program will be held partly in Saudi Arabia and later at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in South Korea.

The curriculum includes lectures and practical experiments, in addition to visits to nuclear facilities and reactors in South Korea.

According to the SPA, the initiative is a part of the Kingdom’s plan to develop an educated workforce for its nuclear energy industry.


Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated Iranian President Masoud Pezeshkian on his victory in the presidential elections, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. 

During a phone call, the crown prince and the Iranian president praised the “development of bilateral relations between the two countries on several levels, stressing the importance of continuing to enhance cooperation in various fields,” SPA added.

The Iranian president expressed his thanks and appreciation to the crown prince for his good feelings.


Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its condolences to the families of the victims of Monday’s shooting in Oman that left several people dead and a number injured.

The Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday on X, condemned the perpetrators involved in the shooting in Wadi Al-Kabir, Muscat.

The ministry praised the Omani authorities for their swift handling of the situation.

Also on Wednesday, in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, GCC Secretary-General Jassim Al-Badawi said that the “heinous criminal act contradicts all the principles of our true religion and human and moral values.”

He said the GCC would support Oman’s security forces to deal with the incident.

Earlier, Omani police issued a statement that said Monday's shooting had resulted in the death of at least six individuals, which includes one policeman and three perpetrators.

At least 30 foreigners were wounded and have been hospitalized, according to reports.

The Pakistani Embassy in Oman, in a statement on X on Tuesday, said the country “strongly condemns the dastardly terrorist attack” which had resulted in the death of two citizens.

“We are heartened that the government of Oman has neutralized the attackers,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry added in a statement.

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, in a statement carried by the Emirates News Agency on Tuesday.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement on Telegram on Tuesday.

 


Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council

Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council
Updated 17 July 2024
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Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council

Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council
  • Abdulaziz Alwasil says it is a sign of a broken world order caused by ‘some major powers’ putting their own interests ahead of UN’s founding principles
  • The organization is ‘shackled with procedures and rules that allow a small number of states to control the destiny of helpless peoples and countries,’ he adds

NEW YORK CITY: The global order is in one of the most dangerous phases it has experienced since the end of the Cold War, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN said on Tuesday.

Abdulaziz Alwasil blamed this on “some major powers” putting their own interests ahead of the principles on which the UN was built, as a result of which the organization is unable to uphold its responsibilities because its agencies and mechanisms are “shackled with procedures and rules that allow a small number of states to control the destiny of helpless peoples and countries.”

Speaking during a meeting of the Security Council, Alwasil said: “The blatant violations being perpetrated against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are a prime example of the inaction of the current global order and the failure of its most important body, tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security, to fulfill the hopes that have been pinned on it.”

This, he added, has allowed “the Israeli war machine to kill and injure thousands of Palestinians without accountability or deterrence, so that the world stands witness to the worst human catastrophe of our modern history.”

In recent years the world has seen a growing number of increasingly severe crises, Alwasil said, and so it is more important than ever that a new multilateral system be established that is more fair, more cohesive, and has more effective mechanisms to help establish peace and security.

“We’re currently witnessing a phase of a transition to a new multilateral global order, whose features have not solidified yet,” he added.

“This requires us all to enhance our joint and global efforts to protect ourselves from the dangers of conflict and war, especially as we see increasing signs of fragmentation in policy and economics and digitization, and as we see increasing fears of nuclear annihilation and world war three.”

The pursuit of peace and security is the founding principle of the UN, Alwasil said, and he vowed that Saudi Arabia would continue to strive to achieve “the goals or purposes of the United Nations and the maintenance of international peace and security.”

He underscored the important need for “comprehensive reforms” of the Security Council and other UN bodies to better enable them “to perform their duties effectively and in accordance with the principles of the organization, international law and international humanitarian law.”

More than 50 states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, attended the high-level Security Council open debate, titled “Multilateral cooperation in the interest of a more just, democratic and sustainable world order.”


Saudi crown prince receives US senator Chris Van Hollen 

Saudi crown prince receives US senator Chris Van Hollen 
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince receives US senator Chris Van Hollen 

Saudi crown prince receives US senator Chris Van Hollen 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received in Jeddah on Tuesday visiting Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, in addition to issues of mutual interest, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, National Security Adviser Musaed Al-Aiban, and US ambassador to the Kingdom Michael Ratney attended the meeting.