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GUST Students Win First Place at 6th Annual Dell Technologies Graduation Project Competition

12 September 2021


Kuwait City, 12 September 2021: GUST Computer Science senior students, Ayah Beidas, Fatme Ghaddar, and Kousar Mohi participated with their capstone project at the 6th Annual Dell Technologies Graduation Project Competition, which was elected among the top 25 projects and ranked first among numerous projects from Russia, Turkey, and the MENA region. Projects were submitted online, then reviewed and evaluated through a multi-stage evaluation process by international professors and senior Dell Technologies Experts from around the world.


Led by the Head of the Computer Science Department, Associate Professor, Dr. Mahmoud Elish, GUST students developed and presented “Autemo”, a cross-platform mobile application for iOS and Android intended to improve the quality of life of children suffering from autism by alleviating and enhancing their social skills. It targets autistic children’s inability to express emotions by training their facial, verbal and cognitive skills of the user child. “Autemo” won first out of 235 projects that were submitted. At the event, more than 100 universities participated, representing 19 countries from region with a total of 1060 participants.


The competition was open to senior undergraduate students from universities in the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Turkey. Students were invited to submit their project abstracts in areas related to the advancement of technology and applications related to the following focus areas: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Multi-Cloud.


Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Bashar Ibrahim said “This outstanding achievement is a further testament to computer science students' hard work as well as the dedication of their faculty members. Congratulations on the well-deserved success!”


Acting President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Bassam Alameddine said “We are very proud to have GUST represented at “Autemo” by GUST outstanding students. The project proved GUST great academic aptitude and the students’ excellent analytical skills. We congratulate our students for their immense efforts and for elevating GUST’s name in such a prestigious international event.”


This year students from GUST’s Computer Science Department have participated and excelled at several regional and local competitions, such as the 8th KCPC Tournament held in February. This is a testament to the highly competitive practical environment at GUST’s Computer Science Department, which is based on the University’s standards in academic excellence.